Lightened Pumpkin Bread Pudding

A lower fat and lower calorie dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas, Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce.

Make this for Thanksgiving - Low Calorie Low Fat Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce is my all time favorite Christmas Dessert. I first started making it a few years ago when I found the recipe in Bon Appetit. I adore a good bread pudding and almost always have it out at a restaurant as long as there are NO raisins! I think this pumpkin bread pudding was the first bread pudding I ever made. They really are so simple and can feed a crowd. I decided I wanted to challenge myself to lighten up this dearly loved dish and make it a little healthier. I was on cloud nine with the results.

It’s funny, bread pudding was not something I grew up eating. I surprisingly cannot even remember the first time I had it. I know, quite uncommon for me. I usually can tell you everything I ate and something as momentous as my first bite of bread pudding should have been quite memorable. It put me on a quest to find the perfect bread and perfect custard to create the ultimate bread pudding. I just don’t understand how I could forget such a life changing moment!

If I am going to make bread pudding then I want Brioche bread. Brioche is a French bread with a high fat content from eggs and butter. I know I said I was lightning up the recipe and I still want to use fattening bread. YES, YES, YES! It must be Brioche. You will get a fantastic texture and the extra richness in the bread means you can lower the fat content in the custard and skip half and half or heavy cream. If I am absolutely in a pickle and have to make bread pudding without brioche then I will use Challah. If I cannot get either, I don’t make it! It is just not worth it. We all have to have a line we will not cross. This is mine.

Since I had made my stand with the bread, I had to lighten the custard. So I went to my new “old standby” So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer. Have I said how much I love this stuff? I do, I do. It provides a great texture and richness without the calories and fat. It is a miracle worker in this bread pudding. Sure I’ve tried bread pudding with 2% milk that I have seen in a lot of light recipes but it just doesn’t do it for me. The texture and richness are all wrong. I want it to be right and with So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer it is. The Bread Pudding Angels are singing “Hallelujah!” You will love this dessert. One bite and you will be hooked! Try if out on your family for Christmas and it will become a tradition in no time.

Low Fat Low Calorie Pumpkin Bread Pudding


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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 18
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 2 cups Coconut Milk Creamer
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup domino light sugar/stevia mix*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground all-spice
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 10 cups cubed brioche bread 1/2 inch cubes

Caramel Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk Creamer


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut creamer, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, Domino light, eggs, spices and vanilla extract.
  3. Gently stir in the bread cubes.
  4. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray and pour in the bread pudding.
  5. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  6. Bake the bread pudding until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  7. For the caramel sauce: in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the butter and sugar until the butter melts.
  8. Stir in the coconut creamer and continue to stir until sugar melts and the sauce becomes smooth, about 3 minutes.
  9. Serve bread pudding with warm caramel sauce.

Recipe Notes

*If you want to eliminate the stevia, use 1 cup of brown sugar instead

Adapted from Bon Appetit Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce


  1. Lynn Palmatier says
    I hate bread pudding, EXCEPT FOR THIS PUMPKIN BREAD PUDDING! It was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.
  2. Pumpkin with coconut cream sounds heavenly!! Check out easy healthy recipes at Flavzcorner.
  3. I love anything pumpkin, and this looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon!
  4. This sounds heavenly. I love bread puddings. I've not seen the So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer though.
  5. That's funny that you don't like raisins. One of my step sons is the same way. This Bread Pudding looks really good! Thanks for Linking Up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!
  6. Thank you so much for sharing you awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back real soon! Miz Helen
  7. Congratulations! Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and hope you enjoy your new Red Plate. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  8. Good morning --this sounds delicious !!! What can be used in place of the coconut creamer as some folks in our family have tree nut allergies...thanks so much !!!
  9. This sounds delicious...what can be substituted for the coconut creamer ??? we have a family member with tree nut allergies...thanks so much...
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Doris, A soy creamer can be used instead. The calories will be a little more but still less than regular cream.
      • Thanks--could I use a dairy creamer instead ??? or fat free half and half ??? what other suggestions would you give ???thanks again
        • Christie Daruwalla says
          Hi Doris, You can use fat free half and half too.
          • Thanks Christie--next question ( sorry that I did not ask them all at once...LOL....not enough caffeine I guess...) what alternate breads could be used ??? we live in a very small town and can not find a lot of " speciality " breads ...thanks again
          • Christie Daruwalla says
            Hi Doris, Challah would be my next choice. Then any type of hearty bread would be fun. Let me know how it turns out for you. Christie


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