Sweet Potato Pudding

Sweet Potato Pudding

It’s here, ya’ll! We have ONE week left until our Jamaican kitchen pop-up event! If you haven’t registered, make sure to do so ASAP! Here’s the link to register!

On the dessert menu for this even is our Sweet Potato Pudding. This custardy treat is light, easy, naturally gluten-free and nut-free!

This pudding is a common dessert in Jamaica and especially with the warming Caribbean spices like cinnamon, ginger and allspice, this is sure to transport your tastebuds.

Pumpkin pie change-up

This pudding would be a fantastic substitute for the traditional pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. For this recipe, you can use sweet potato, pumpkin, or butternut squash! I used canned just to make my life a bit easier, but if you have fresh sweet potatoes, you’ll want to roast them in the oven at 425F degrees for 40-45 minutes. Then, add the ingredients into a blender, or use a handheld stick blender in a large bowl, pour into a casserole (or pie dish) and that’s it.

This sweet potato pudding uses eggs to make a custard-type pudding but if you’re egg-free, substitute the 4 eggs for 1 cup of flour. It’ll still be delicious, of course, but the texture will be cakier and less custard-like.

Hope you all try this recipe – maybe for your next Shabbat lunch meal as a twist on kugel, or for your Thanksgiving dessert. Can’t wait to see you all at the pop-up next week!

If you’re interested in some more recipes that we’ll be featuring at the pop-up, check these out below!

Chayote Squash Slaw – Meat Your Vegetables

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Sweet Potato Pudding
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, OR one 15 oz. can If using whole sweet potatoes, pierce with a fork and roast at 425F for 40-45 minutes until the flesh is soft
  • 1 14 oz. Can of Coconut Milk Don't use light coconut milk, or coconut cream, or cream of coconut (that has too much sugar and is used for pina coladas!)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 4 Eggs, large
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Allspice Used a lot in Jamaican cuisine!
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F

  2. Add all ingredients into a large bowl, or blender container

  3. Blend, or use a handheld stick blender (or you can use a whisk) and mix all ingredients together until the batter is smooth

  4. Pour into 2-quart square baking dish

  5. Bake at 375F for 1 hour, or until fully set

  6. Let cool and serve! This would be great warmed, or room temp (or cold too, it'll just be a bit firmer) and served with a dollop of whipped cream - YUM!

Cinnamon Swirl Challah Bread Pudding

A Slice of Heaven

Ah, the heavenly aroma of sweet challah baking in the oven.  The cinnamon sugar mixture bubbling on top.  Maybe your challah has raisins or chopped apples, or a cinnamon streusel draped over the braided beauty.  But here’s a thought for you.  When the holidays are over – when your Sukkah is stashed away for the season, what on earth do you do with all that leftover challah?

Sure you could turn it into French Toast.  But that takes too long.  Or maybe dice them up and bake them into croutons.  So, uh, you can have cinnamon challah croutons in your Caesar salad?  Nope, I have a better idea.

Take that French Toast idea and make it into a casserole.  Behold, Cinnamon Swirl Challah Bread Pudding! Here, take this napkin to wipe the drool from your chin. 🙂

Let’s be honest, bread pudding is a carb-o-load to the MAX, so this is definitely not keto-friendly (unless that is, if you’re using a low-carb bread to start with). So one piece is really the serving size here. Trust me, this is not a delicate or light dish (and when I say “trust me”, what I mean by that is I used my husband as the taste-tester for this).

Leftovers to the Rescue!

I got the idea after defrosting a challah from the freezer and well, sadly, it tasted a little like freezer burn.  Clearly that won’t get your taste buds salivating, but I went the lazy-girl’s way.  All you do to make this bread paradise is cube up leftover challah, and make a custard, pour it on top and bake.  Like I said, lazy-girl’s version of French Toast, but in casserole form! Genius, I KNOW! And if you look closely, you can see those perfect cinnamon swirls throughout.  Ah, the perfect bite. No more freezer burn taste here!

One side note – my husband mentioned that this bread pudding would be great with some maple syrup on top – or something to “glaze” it.  I didn’t have a photo to share on this post with the glaze, but it’s simple to make! Just a few tablespoons of powdered sugar added with some almond milk (and add in some vanilla extract too), until it gets thick and gooey. Drizzle on top and there ya have it (detailed instructions are in the recipe below).

But beware!  This bread pudding will make your entire household smell undeniably delicious – with an intoxicating aroma of cinnamon and sugar.  If you’re feeling creative, add in some (dairy-free) chocolate chips, or some diced apples, or some dried apricots.  Not that you need a reason to stuff this bread pudding with anymore sugar, but why not.  It’s kugel, gone wild! Or, as I like to say, “leftovers” that are now “makeovers”!  Enjoy!

Yet again, this holiday season is upon us, so here we go again – Chag Sameach dear readers, from your team at Meat Your Vegetables!


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Cinnamon Swirl Challah Bread Pudding
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Rachel Katzman
  • 2 cups Almond Milk Or use any dairy-free milk you have around
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1 tsp. Maple Extract Or use Vanilla!
  • 1/3 cup Swerve Brown Sugar Substitute Or use regular brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1/2 Loaf Sweet challah bread, cut into 2-inch cubes You want to fill the pan but not overcrowd it - this will make about 6 cups
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. and grease a 4-6 cup baking dish with coconut oil

  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the almond milk, coconut oil, extract, brown sugar and salt. Continue whisking until coconut oil is mixed in and melted; cool.

  3. The mixture will start to separate while it's cooling - that's okay. While whisking the slightly cooled milk, add in the beaten eggs and whisk until combined (otherwise if you just pour it in and don't whisk, you'll end up with clumpy scrambled eggs)!

  4. Pour the mixture over the cubed bread immediately. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until custard is set but still a little wobbly and edges have slightly browned.

  5. Serve warm or at room temp. You can also serve this with a glaze on top - simply mix a few tablespoons of powdered sugar and add in a few teaspoons at a time of almond milk (and add a splash of vanilla), until you get a thick glaze consistency - pour over top and devour!