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Oh, bread pudding — why must you contain so many calories?!
Good news for lovers of this sweet treat: I have a healthy portion-controlled version that’ll knock your socks off. This recipe is packed with cinnamon and raisins, making it perfect for mornings.
If you always grab the cinnamon-raisin bagel from the break room, this is a much better alternative. Hello, protein! Bonus: You can make it in the microwave in minutes.
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Made-in-a-Mug Bread Pudding for One
Makes: 1 serving
¼ cup (about 2 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 packet no-calorie sweetener
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. cinnamon
2 slices light bread
1 ½ tsp. light butter or light buttery spread
1 tbsp. raisins, chopped
2 tsp. powdered sugar
1. Spray a microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add egg whites/substitute, almond milk, sweetener, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
2. Spread bread with butter. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
3. Add bread pieces to the mug, and gently stir to coat.
4. Fold in chopped raisins. Microwave for 1 minute.
5. Gently stir. Microwave for 1 minute, or until set.
6. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar with 1/2 tsp. water. Mix well. Drizzle over bread pudding.
Active time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes or less
Nutritional information: 224 calories, 4g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 552mg sodium, 34g carbs, 6g fiber, 14.5g sugars, 12.5g protein
’Til next time… Chew the right thing!