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Skillet Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding {can be GF, Vegan + Paleo}

October 13, 2015

This Healthy Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding is a quick and easy dessert or breakfast and is a great way to use up leftover bread!


When I was in elementary school, It always used to bug me so much when kids at lunch wouldn’t eat sandwiches with crusts on. They would act like they were gonna eat poison or something! I never had a problem with crusts, It’s literally just bread, not poison.


Anyway, the only time I had a legitimate excuse to take crusts off was to make my French Toast Rollups (by the way, you should make these, they are incredible!). We have a no-waste policy in our house, so we make our Dad eat everything Β that’s gonna go bad (sorry Dad!), as long as it’s not expired ;). There was no way that I was gonna throw away 3 cups of bread crusts, they were already perfectly stale, ready for bread pudding!This Healthy Skillet Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding is a quick and easy dessert or breakfast and is a great way to use up leftover bread!

Not just bread pudding, but skillet bread pudding. First you cook the apples in the skillet, Mix apples with the other ingredients, then place everything in the skillet and bake. There is no need to wash out the skillet. Just one bowl, one skillet, 7 ingredients, so simple and easy with no mess!

This Healthy Skillet Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding is a quick and easy dessert or breakfast and is a great way to use up leftover bread!


I found out something: Apples get caramelized when cook them in a skillet! Just another bonus if you make this! You can also customize this by using whatever type of bread fits your dietary needs, whether it be paleo, vegan, GF or whole-wheat, everyone can enjoy it.


I don’t know whether to call this dessert or breakfast, maybe because I ate it for both but it’s highly up to you!Β 


Skillet Cinnamon-Apple Bread Pudding


  • Baked Apples
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Other Ingredients
  • 3 cups cubed stale bread, can use GF, vegan, whole-wheat or paleo bread of choice
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (can use lite, if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Mix apples, oil and cinnamon in a medium skillet and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5-8 minutes, let cool
  3. In a large bowl, mix together bread, milk, sugar and vanilla, add in apple and combine well
  4. Place mixture in skillet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden
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  • Do you eat crusts or nah?

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  • Reply allie @ Through Her Looking Glass October 13, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Yes yes, that would be the question. Dessert or breakfast? Both is definitely the best answer. Would love this delicious skillet pudding andy time of the day!

    • Reply Bethany And Rachel October 13, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      I can’t decide either but I wouldn’t mind having it for all meals :))

  • Reply Erin@WellPlated October 13, 2015 at 4:14 am

    I have such a soft spot for bread puddings of all kinds! This one is perfect for fall.

  • Reply Audrey @ Unconventional Baker October 13, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Haha — what *was* up with that no-crust stuff?! πŸ™‚ I never got it. Or the kids that left the crusty pizza slice ends… I loved all bread, heartily in contrast. And I loved bread pudding. I actually have an apple bread pudding recipe I’ll be sharing soon as well, but I really love your skillet version — it looks absolutely delicious!

    • Reply Bethany And Rachel October 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      I don’t get it either, crusts are the best part! I can’t wait for your apple bread pudding recipe! Im sure that’s gonna be epic πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes October 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Bread pudding is one of my favorite things of all time. We had it at our wedding instead of cake!! Love the fall twist on it.

    • Reply Bethany And Rachel October 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      I LOVE bread pudding too! maybe when i get married ill have that instead of cake too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Annmarie October 13, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    YUM! Love this! Perfect for a chilly fall day πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jessica DeMay October 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    This looks so delicious! What a great way to use up stale bread!! With all that apple?? Yum!

  • Reply Shashi at RunninSrilankan October 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    YES! This should definitely be eaten at breakfast and dinner – heck – why not lunch too – that is if there’s any leftovers….

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    That’s how I live too πŸ˜‰ NO WASTE! Throwing away food is a sin πŸ˜›
    This looks fantastic!!! I never have leftover bread since all my special GF bread is frozen and doesn’t come in mass quantities, but those end pieces always need a use!

  • Reply Caitlin October 14, 2015 at 2:09 am

    YUUMM! I don’t know if you know this, but I’m crazy about apples! This looks right up my alley.

  • Reply Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together October 14, 2015 at 2:54 am

    I haven’t thought about bread pudding for a minute but this looks great… just picturing this with a scoop of ice cream, ahh!

    • Reply Bethany And Rachel October 14, 2015 at 10:57 am

      ah yes it would be absolute perfection with ice cream! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shannon October 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    This looks so delicious! I just made bread pudding last week too!

  • Reply Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie October 16, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    This looks DELICIOUS! I always have some apples on hand in the fall so I will definitely have to give this a try!

  • Reply Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy October 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Sooooooo incredible! It looks divine! Love using in season produce for fall recipes. NOMS!

  • Reply Jess @hellotofit October 16, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    OH MY this looks good! Love the use of coconut milk πŸ™‚ thanks for linking up!

  • Reply Kathryn Grace October 16, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I LOVE crusts! And I love apple-bread pudding and have some stale bread in the freezer just begging for apples, cinnamon, sugar and a hot oven.

    Question for you though. How many baked apples do we need? I’m thinking I might not pre-bake at all. Just add more chopped apple to the skillet? Or do we need the applesauce-like texture of baked apples to help make the pudding moist?

    Definitely looking forward to trying this recipe as soon, tonight, I hope!

  • Reply Cara's Healthy Cravings October 17, 2015 at 3:04 am

    I love any fruit dessert that is warm and filled with cinnamon, a spoonful of ice cream doesn’t hurt either!
    I am a liker of crust, not a lover…I can leave the pie crust behind…same goes for cakes, I am more into the cake than the frosting.

  • Reply Marie @ Not Enough October 17, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I’m with you on this one, I don’t really get why kids don’t eat the crust! Anyway, this skillet sounds AMAZING, cinnamon + apple are a match made in heaven! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Marla October 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Bethany & Rachel,
    This sounds so tasty and easy to make. What a great dessert, Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted.

  • Reply Lynn @Heavenlynn Healthy October 18, 2015 at 8:05 am

    It seems like not eating bread crust is such an American thing, you would never find bread without crust anywhere over here in Europe. Actually it’s quite the opposite, people here fight over the ends of freshly baked loaf of breads because they are the most crunchy and delicious part of the bread. Funny how cultures differ, but I am glad that you never had a problem with bread crust.
    This recipe looks amazing by the way – you can almost smell the flavors through the screen.
    I just stumbled upon your blog today and I will definitely come back – also because I absolutely love your blog name πŸ™‚
    xx from Germany
    Lynn from Heavenlynn Healthy

  • Reply Alexus October 21, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Can you use another type of milk?

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