Recipe: Chocolate Cinnamon Bread Pudding Muffins
Cooler weather is nature’s signal that it’s time for baked desserts. Chocolate and cinnamon bread pudding is a favorite comfort food that ushers in fall with its sweet and slightly spicy flavors. Muffins have a short cook time, particularly if you choose to make 24 mini-muffins rather than 12 regular sized muffins. With bread being one of just six ingredients, you can be serving a sweet treat in less than one hour.
Bake these after dinner and serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream for a decadent dessert. For a nutritious fruity twist, break open the muffins while they’re still warm and add sliced bananas before topping with ice cream.
Seal leftovers in an air-tight container, then warm and serve for dessert the following night. My preference is to pair them with a glass of milk as an afternoon snack for the kids while I sip on a Café au Lait to pick me up before after school activities.
- 1 ¾ cups low-fat milk
- 3 large egg whites or eggs, beaten
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6 cups cubed (one-half inch) cinnamon swirl or egg bread
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
- 12 cup muffin pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine milk, egg whites, sugar and vanilla; mix well. Stir in bread cubes and chocolate chips; mix well. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Spoon mixture into 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake for 30 minutes or until puffed and set. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.
The snacks may be cooled, placed in an air-tight container, and frozen up to one month before serving.
Will you serve the muffins “as is,” topped with ice cream or go bananas?
Trina Robertson, MS, RD is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. As a HealthyEating.org Mom she shares her positive approach to healthy eating with the goal of inspiring others to prepare and enjoy foods from each of the food groups. As a Project Manager with the Dairy Council of California, Trina develops, evaluates, and promotes nutrition education materials for students and adults. At home she enjoys cooking and sharing meals with her family. Her most rewarding accomplishment is that her boys are good eaters and are learning to cook. Follow Trina on Twitter @TrinaR_RD and find more Healthy Eating ideas on Facebook.
Both recipes provided by www.milkmustache.comFeatured image courtesy of Flickr.