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Last year, I participated in a fun experiment in which we replaced all the bread in our house with Arnold Healthfull Bread. A confessed bread snob, I rarely eat store-bought bread; but I learned that the Arnold bread is not only healthy, but delicious!
Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to go on a Disney Cruise to celebrate our 24th anniversary. The day we disembarked from the ship, we spent the day at the Magic Kingdom, and followed it up by dinner at his favorite Disney restaurant – ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. As usual, dinner did not disappoint and was the perfect way to end our time away.
Perfect endings really are a thing! They’re not just in fairy tales. In addition to a perfect ending of our trip, we had a perfect ending at dinner when they presented us with the Banana Bread Pudding. I’m pretty sure it’s made with the same Pineapple-Coconut bread that they serve as an appetizer. It’s got this amazing exotic, tropical taste that makes you keep going back for me, even when you’re stuffed full!
I decided that I’d like to try to create a similar bread pudding, using simple-to-find ingredients, with Arnold® Whole Grain 100% Whole Wheat Bread as the base. I searched online and found various recipes, but none were exactly what I was looking for. My recipe is a rough adaptation of one I found at Big Bears Wife. [printable version of my recipe available at end of post]
How to make your own Banana Colada Bread Pudding
Gather your ingredients.
Spray a 13 by 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Cube up about 2/3 of your loaf of Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat bread.
In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add the half & half and milk. Stir in the crushed pineapple, coconut, and bananas.
Pour liquid mixture over bread cubes and push down bread to make sure it’s all covered in the liquid. (If it seems too wet, you can add more bread cubes, as needed.)
Cover and refrigerate for an hour (or overnight, if you’d like to serve this with breakfast/brunch).
When ready to bake, uncover and place in oven. Set oven to 350°F. Bake for an hour+, ’til bread pudding is set and nicely browned.
Serve with extra banana slices, caramel ice cream topping (as desired), and vanilla ice cream.
More about Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread is premium bread with a whopping 23g of whole grains per slice! It has 100 calories per slice and has 3 g of fiber per slice. Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavoring.
*Availability: Arnold® bread is available across the Eastern U.S. and can be found in the Midwestern U.S. as Brownberry® bread.
- 1 loaf of Arnold® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat
- 6 eggs
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 2 T. vanilla
- 2 c. half & half
- 2 c. milk
- 1 can crushed pineapple, drained
- 2 large bananas, mashed
- 1 c. sweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- extra bananas, for garnish
- caramel ice cream topping, if desired
- vanilla ice cream
- Gather your ingredients.
- Spray a 9x13" pan with cooking spray.
- Cube at least 2/3 of the loaf of bread and place cubes in pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Add the half & half and milk. Stir well.
- Add the pineapple, coconut, and banana.
- Pour liquid mixture over bread cubes and push bread cubes down to evenly coat. (If too liquidy, more bread cubes can be added.)
- Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Uncover and bake at 350° for an hour+ 'til pudding is set and nicely browned.
- This bread pudding is lovely served with additional bananas sliced on top, caramel drizzle (as desired), and some vanilla ice cream.
***The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Arnold® Bread so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Arnold®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Arnold® Bread.***