This isn't your traditional bread pudding recipe, but that is not a bad thing. Sometimes it is good to break away from the usual recipes we are used to and experiment with different ingredients. That is especially true when you are making a healthy alternative to something, which this is.
Most people wouldn't think the words chocolate and healthy would go together, but health is about balance and I think as long as you choose quality over quantity, then a little chocolate in your diet is more than fine. I lost 7st whilst still eating a couple of squares of really good quality dark chocolate each day.
Another way in which this recipe is healthier than most bread pudding recipes, is that I have not added sugar to it and instead I have made my own date syrup. If you don't like the taste of dates, don't worry, you can't taste them. It just adds sweetness to the dish. Sweetening your recipes with fruit can make a big difference to your waistline.
You could get really creative with this dessert recipes and even add a little liquor to it, or top it with some homemade peanut butter. Add some orange zest to the mixture for that delicious combination of chocolate and orange or even add some chopped cherries. The possibilities are almost endless.
Chocolate Bread Pudding
250g brown bread
100g pitted dates
200ml boiling water
25g unsweetened cocoa powder
30g dark chocolate
1 tsp dark vanilla extract
Put the dates and boiling water in a bowl and leave for 15 minutes to allow the dates to soften. Once that is done, put the dates and water into food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
Tear up the bread into small chunks and put in a bowl. Add the milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, egg and date mixture and combine together until it is all mixed.
Put the mixture in a greased 8x5 inch baking dish. Cut the chocolate into chunks and sprinkle on top of the bread pudding mix.
Put in a pre-heated oven a 200C for 35 minutes.
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