Cherry-Chocolate Bread Pudding

Servings: 12
Prep: 15 minutes
45 minutes


Summary:  XXXX

Add a little extra love to your holiday dessert with the addition of dark chocolate and cherries.

This recipe for bread pudding from the American Institute for Cancer Research combines the goodness of whole-grain bread with the health-promoting compounds found in chocolate and cherries.

Dark chocolate is packed with flavonoids, a group of phytochemicals that act as antioxidants. Cherries get their dark red hue from anthocyanins, which are currently being studied for their ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

It is like having your dessert with a side of cancer fighting power.

Per serving: 176 calories, 4 g fat (2 g sat fat), 31 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 3 g fiber, 232 mg sodium.

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research. View more great recipes at


Ingredients:  XXXX

3/4 cup dried tart or sweet cherries
3/4 cup apple juice or water
8 slices whole-wheat bread
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2½ cups refrigerated plain coconut milk, divided
2 large eggs
3 large egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Canola oil cooking spray
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, at least 60-63 percent cocoa
2 Tbsp. sliced almonds


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In small bowl, soak cherries in apple juice or water to plump them. Drain well, and set aside.
  3. Stack bread slices and using serrated knife, cut off crust. Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes; making about 7 cups.
  4. In large mixing bowl, combine cocoa, sugar and salt. Add 1/3 cup of coconut milk, and whisk until smooth. Add remaining coconut milk, and whisk to combine well. Add eggs, egg whites and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Add cubed bread and drained cherries, mixing gently until all bread is moistened. Set mixture aside to soak for 30 to 60 minutes.
  5. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Stir mixture again to evenly distribute cherries. Spread mixture in prepared pan. Sprinkle on chocolate chips and almonds.
  6. Bake until knife inserted in center of pudding comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Cool on rack until just warm. Cut pudding into 12 pieces, and serve. Or cool completely, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Serve this bread pudding cold or at room temperature.