kid-friendly bread pudding that rocks

handmade christmas wk 3

By now you should have a good start on your Christmas decorating. In week one, we discussed selecting a theme and adorning your front door with a welcoming wreath. In week two, I shared a round up of nontraditional Christmas trees. This week, however, is less about ornaments and tinsel and more about people. It’s about connecting. And what better way to extend Christmas cheer to others than with a homemade offering from your kitchen. 

I remember my mother always making a huge batch of applesauce cakes at the beginning of the holiday season. She baked them in mini aluminum pans, wrapped them in plastic wrap, and placed them in the freezer. It was her handy stash of gifts for anyone stopping by our home throughout the Christmas season. To this day, I equate those shiny foil pans with Christmas bows attached with my mother’s hallmark hospitality. And I never feel I’m quite prepared for the busy holiday until an adequate supply of those little loaf pans find a temporary home in my freezer as well. 

I love carrying on nostalgic traditions, but what I love even more is improving upon them. And with the help of my very talented friend Barabara, I’ve stumbled across just that – an even tastier and EASIER substitution for those time intensive applesauce cakes. A kid-friendly bread pudding so easy that your children can be a part of the process!

kid friendly bread pudding -

Here’s how my guest foodie blogger Barbara Baxter describes herself:

…a bread pudding expert who began the art of cookery at age four. Prior to that I just loafed. While Julia has her “Bon Appetit” and Emeril has his  “Bam!” – I have my “Click Click, Boom Boom, this bread pudding rocks!”

But don’t just take my word for it. Go ahead, try it for yourself!


I love the fact that all of Barbara’s different versions of bread puddings never have more than 5 ingredients. 

  • mini loaf pan
  • 8 glazed donut holes
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 banana, cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Half & Half


The ingredients above are for a single mini loaf, but I suggest buying enough ingredients to make a huge batch of puddings to keep on hand for impromptu gifts.

First, butter the inside of the loaf pan. Cut the donut holes in half; then place 8 half slices, cut side up, in the pan. 

kid-friendly bread pudding

Next add half of the chocolate morsels along with half of the banana slices, then top with another layer of donut holes. 

bread pudding that rocks

Now add the rest of the chocolate morsels and the rest of the banana slices. In a small bowl, whisk egg until white and yolk combine. Add 1/2 cup of Half & Half to the egg, and whisk thoroughly. Pour the egg mixuture over the ingredients in the mini loaf pan. Gently press down ingredients until the egg mixture covers everything. 

bread pudding that rocks

Cover & refrigerate several hours or overnight. When ready to bake, place the loaf pan on a cookie sheet to catch any overflow. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

bread pudding

Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack. It will be very puffy when it first comes out of the oven but may deflate slightly as it cools. Cool completely before covering. What makes this little gift even more special is to recruit your child or grandchild as an assistant. And it’s as simple as that. Click – Click, Boom – Boom, this bread pudding rocks.

Barbara's Rock'n Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding
Serves 4
A kid-friendly bread pudding that children can make too easily and adults will eat too quickly!
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 8 glazed donut holes
  2. 1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
  3. 1/2 banana, cut into 1/4" slices
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 cup Half & Half
  1. Butter inside of loaf pan. Cut donut holes in half, then place 8 half slices, cut side up, in loaf pan. Sprinkle with half the chocolate morsels and half the banana slices.
  2. Repeat with another layer of donut holes, the rest of the morsels and the rest of the banana slices.
  3. In a a small bowl, whisk together egg with 1/2 cup Half & Half. Pour egg mixture over ingredients in loaf pan. Press down ingredients gently so the mixture covers everything.
  4. Cook in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack.
  1. Click - Click, Boom - Boom, this bread pudding rocks!
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