Apple Walnut Slow Cooker Bread Pudding

Thank you to California Walnuts for sponsoring the recipe we created, Apple Walnut Slow Cooker Bread Pudding.

Who loves sweet treats? This girl definitely does! I am working hard at living a healthy lifestyle, but still like the occasional dessert. It’s all about moderation, right? Yes it is! I tried to amp up this recipe with a few healthy additions. like California walnuts.  Apple Walnut Bread Pudding recipe is a winner in the dessert category! Plus, it’s made in the slow cooker, so no need to heat up the kitchen on a hot summer day.

This is Apple Walnut Bread Pudding made in the slow cooker. It's gooey, delicious, and perfect for fall!

Here’s the list of ingredients you will need to have a wonderful, delicious dessert you can make in the slow cooker.

Apple Walnut Slow Cooker Bread Pudding

Ingredients

2 tbsp sugar
4 tsp cinnamon
2 cups diced apples ( I used yellow delicious)
4 eggs
1 cup vanilla coffee creamer
1 cup sweet potato puree (baby food works great)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
8 cups cubed whole grain bread lightly toasted (approx 10-12 slices)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped California walnuts
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Optional toppings: frozen yogurt, caramel syrup, California Walnuts

Traditionally bread pudding is made with stale bread cubes. I don’t usually have time to wait for the bread to become stale when I need it for a recipe. I just lightly toast the bread in the toaster and cube it up. For this batch of Apple Walnut Bread Pudding, I used a dark German Wheat bread for the whole grain and fiber. You can use your favorite hearty bread.

apple walnut bread pudding bread cubes

The apples I added were chopped, but I didn’t remove the skin. Leaving the skin on adds extra fiber, which we all know is what we need for healthy digestions.

Apple Walnut Bread Pudding Apples

The California walnuts are packed full of nutrition and add a wonderful texture to the Apple Walnut Slow Cooker Bread Pudding recipe. California walnuts, add protein, fiber and healthy omega-3s to our dessert recipe. Walnuts are the only nut to contain a significant amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the essential plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. In one ounce, there are 2.5 grams of ALA, which is more than five times the amount found in any other nut. Bam! That definitely kicked the recipe up a notch or two! California walnuts have a distinct delicious flavor. It was hard not to eat all of them before I even started the recipe.

apple walnut bread pudding walnuts

Sweet potato is also full of fiber, beta-carotene and vitamins. Sweet potatoes can be added to most any recipe, very easily. If a baking recipe calls for applesauce, pumpkin or melted butter, try substituting sweet potato puree for extra nutrition. I keep baby food sweet potatoes in my pantry so I always have them on hand when I need them.

apple walnut bread pudding sweet potato

Recipes that you can throw together and forget for a few hours, are the best. I utilize my slow cooker as much as possible all year round. I don’t have air conditioning in my house, so I appreciate not having to turn on the oven during the hot summer days.

Apple Walnut Slow Cooker Bread Pudding

Directions

Place chopped apples in small bowl and sprinkle with 2 tbsp of white sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon. Stir until coated and set aside.

apples
In a medium bowl whisk together 4 eggs, vanilla creamer, sweet potato puree, brown sugar, vanilla extract, 2 tsp cinnamon, and nutmeg until well blended.

apple walnut bread pudding wet ingredients
Grease the inside of a 4 quart slow cooker.
Add a layer of 1/2 bread cubes.
Sprinkle with 1 cup of chopped apple mixture.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped California walnuts.

apple walnut bread pudding ingredients
Pour 1/2 of the egg mixture over the layers.
Repeat layers with remaining bread cubes, apples and California walnuts.
Pour remaining egg mixture over the layers.

apple walnut bread pudding wet ingredients to pour
Gently toss to make sure all bread cubes are fully coated with egg mixture.
Cook on low 3 to 4 hours until knife inserted in middle comes out clean.
Serve warm with caramel syrup, additional California walnuts, and frozen yogurt if desired.

apple walnut bread pudding on a spoon

 

You don’t have to feel guilty eating an occasional dessert like this Apple Walnut Slow Cooker Bread Pudding. When you add California walnuts to your recipe, you add extra protein, fiber and healthy fats that should be part of a healthy lifestyle journey.

Can you think of a favorite recipe that would be even better if you added California walnuts?

If you have a favorite walnut recipe, be sure to enter the I Heart Walnuts recipe contest. The contests is accepting entries now through July 7.

 

5.0 from 6 reviews
Apple Walnut Slow Cooker Bread Pudding
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups diced apples ( I used yellow delicious)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vanilla coffee creamer
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree (baby food works great)
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 8 cups cubed whole grain bread lightly toasted (approx 10-12 slices)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped California walnuts
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Optional toppings: frozen yogurt, caramel syrup, California Walnuts
Instructions
  1. Place chopped apples in small bowl and sprinkle with 2 tbsp of white sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon. Stir until coated and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together 4 eggs, vanilla creamer, sweet potato puree, brown sugar, vanilla extract, 2 tsp cinnamon, and nutmeg until well blended.
  3. Grease the inside of a 4 quart slow cooker.
  4. Add a layer of ½ bread cubes.
  5. Sprinkle with 1 cup of chopped apple mixture.
  6. Sprinkle with ½ cup chopped California Walnuts.
  7. Pour ½ of the egg mixture over the layers.
  8. Repeat layers with remaining bread cubes, apples and California walnuts.
  9. Pour remaining egg mixture over the layers.
  10. Gently toss to make sure all bread cubes are fully coated with egg mixture.
  11. Cook on low 3 to 4 hours until knife inserted in middle comes out clean.
  12. Serve warm with caramel syrup, additional California walnuts, and frozen yogurt if desired.

apple walnut slow cooker bread pudding dessert

 

Michele Brosius
Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!
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Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

22 thoughts on “Apple Walnut Slow Cooker Bread Pudding

  • June 21, 2016 at 11:36 am
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    I have never had bread pudding before, I can’t wait to try this. It sounds delish!

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  • June 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm
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    This looks delicious! I love that it can be made in the slow cooker. Perfect for busy days 🙂

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  • June 21, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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    This looks nice. A scoop of ice cream will make this a summer treat everyone will enjoy.

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  • June 21, 2016 at 7:09 pm
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    My husband isn’t big on dessert (I know, it’s hard but I love him anyway). This is one I think we’d both devour! It looks awesome.

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  • June 21, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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    I have ever made a bread pudding before but this looks so delish ad so simple! I never knew!

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  • June 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm
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    This looks like a delicious recipe to try, thanks for sharing it! I will give it a whirl one of these days!

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  • June 21, 2016 at 9:22 pm
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    Wow. This is almost.. just almost too pretty to eat. I might be able to hold back my family long enough to snap a photo or two.

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  • June 21, 2016 at 10:09 pm
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    Oh wow! I love that this is made in a slow cooker. I hate heating my house up in the summer with cooking – and this looks just perfect.

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  • June 22, 2016 at 12:29 am
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    This looks amazing! And your photography is awesome by the way!

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  • June 22, 2016 at 8:00 am
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    We use our slo cooker for so many great dinner ideas, but I have never tried a dessert? I am sure this will be amazing, I will be making this soon!

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  • June 22, 2016 at 9:01 am
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    That looks heavenly. I grew up using walnuts but here in the south Pecans seem to be king. I would still rather have walnuts!

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  • June 22, 2016 at 10:42 am
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    This dessert looks delicious! I love bread puddings. I usually love adding walnuts to my brownie batches. It makes my brownies taste even better and adds good texture!

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  • June 22, 2016 at 11:00 am
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    Bread pudding is one of my favorite indulgences. This one looks so delicious!

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  • June 22, 2016 at 11:56 am
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    I love slow cooker meals, but have never tried a dessert in one. This recipe looks like an awesome first to try. My husband loves bread pudding and would devour this!

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  • June 23, 2016 at 10:27 pm
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    I absolutely love walnuts. Plus, apples with cinnamon is divine.

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  • June 23, 2016 at 10:38 pm
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    Omg can we say yum?!?! Must give this recipe a try! Anything Apple is delicious

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  • June 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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    Nothing like a yummy slow cooker dessert! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

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