Boozy Chocolate Bread Pudding | Vegan & Gluten Free


This chocolate bread pudding has a show-stopping molten lava center, flavored with chocolate and whiskey. This festive dessert is a surefire crowd pleaser, and perfect for the holidays!

chocolate bread pudding being served

This chocolate bread pudding is a fun makeover of a classic British dessert. Bread pudding is one of the world’s most well-love comfort foods. It’s homey and indulgent, and yet festive enough to serve at Christmas dinner.

But what really makes this chocolate version stand out is the boozy molten chocolate center. Outside you find a fluffy, slightly zest sponge cake. And inside, you find a warm, molten, gooey center with a delightful undertone of whisky. Yes, please!

This chocolate bread pudding is:

  • Incredibly moist and full of flavor.
  • Completed with a heavenly chocolatey center.
  • With a melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • Vegan.
  • Gluten-free.
  • Oil-free.
  • Flourless.
  • Boozy (but this is optional).
  • Easy enough for beginners.
  • Ideal for the holiday season.
  • Just the ultimate Christmas pudding recipe!
  • Freezer-friendly.
chocolate bread pudding with chocolate whiskey center

I have to say, this proved tricky to perfect. I wanted to create a recipe that was both vegan and gluten-free but didn’t involve any commercial gluten-free baking flour.

Hence, almond flour to the rescue. Almond flour is my current obsession, because it’s perfect for creating a soft, fluffy and moist texture, especially in combination with a nut butter. You won’t believe that any flour is missing!

Of course, if you want to keep this Christmas pudding alcohol-free, you can simply omit the whisky or replace it with a non-alcoholic beverage. Alternatively, use any other alcoholic drink of your choice. Liqueurs work incredibly well.

slice of bread pudding on a white plate

Make the Pudding (Step by Step)

Soak the dates in the boiling water for around 20 minutes.

Add the medjool dates, the water you soaked them in, orange peel, vanilla extract, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, almond butter and almond flour to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

mixing the batter for the chocolate bread pudding

Preheat an oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F.

Melt chocolate in a water bath over the stove. Then, transfer to a mixing bowl with whisky, maple syrup and coconut milk. Whisk together thoroughly.

ingredients for the molten chocolate center

Transfer ⅔ of the dough to a hemisphere cake tin and bake a dent in the middle. Pour in the chocolate sauce, then add the rest of the dough over the top.

assembling the bread pudding in the pan

Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes. Best served immediately, but can be frozen or kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Boozy Chocolate Bread Pudding (vegan)

This chocolate bread pudding has a show-stopping molten lava center, flavored with chocolate and whiskey. This festive dessert is a surefire crowd pleaser, and perfect for the holidays!

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American, British

Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Keyword: chocolate bread pudding, Christmas pudding recipe, gluten-free Christmas pudding, gluten-free vegan Christmas pudding, vegan Christmas pudding

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 494kcal

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 2.5 cups medjool dates pitted and chopped
  • 1.5 cups boiling water
  • 1 large orange peel of, chopped
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 cups almond flour

For the chocolate centre

  • 5 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp whisky optional
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk

Instructions

  • Soak the dates in the boiling water for around 20 minutes.

  • Add the medjool dates, the water you soaked them in, orange peel, vanilla extract, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, almond butter and almond flour to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

  • Preheat an oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F.

  • Melt chocolate in a water bath over the stove. Then, transfer to a mixing bowl with whisky, maple syrup and coconut milk. Whisk together thoroughly.

  • Transfer ⅔ of the dough to a hemisphere cake tin and bake a dent in the middle. Pour in the chocolate sauce, then add the rest of the dough over the top.

  • Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes. Best served immediately, but can be frozen or kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 4mg

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