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Pear + Chocolate Pudding

I used to love bread and butter pudding. It’s kind of a strange marriage – I don’t know of another dessert that uses bread as the main ingredient – but it just works. The versions i’m used to are loaded with no-so-great ingredients and gluten, which gives me brain fog and plenty of lovely bloating to contend with. This lighter version skips the copious amounts of butter, sugar and white bread. I also managed to squeeze extra protein in there. Tummy says YES!





  • 5 slices gluten free seeded bread (I used Abbott’s Village Bakery)
  • 4 small pears, some whole, some quartered
  • 100g of 90% dark chocolate
  • 3 organic free-range eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup granulated stevia (like Natvia)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Tear the bread slices into quarters (roughly) and chuck in a brownie pan, then wedge in the pears and scatter with dark chocolate.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and cinnamon until combined.
  4. Heat the almond milk in a pan on a medium-high heat, along with the vanilla essence, protein (if using) and stevia until almost at boiling point, then remove from the heat.
  5. Gradually pour the hot milk into the eggs and whisk in well.
  6. Pour the mixture over the bread and bake for 50 minutes or until just set.
  7. Serve with an extra drizzle of melted chocolate and perhaps some raw honey if you’re feeling indulgent. It’s great cold for brekkie too!

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

  1. I never tried a pear match with a chocolate and butter but I am so curious with this one. I might try it and match with my bentilia pasta which is purely organic.

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