Slow Cooker Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Gluten-Free Option


This moist and delicious slow cooker vegan apple cinnamon bread pudding recipe was shared with us by Rudi’s Bakery. It takes just minutes to prepare, and is a great make ahead dessert that is delicious with dairy-free ice cream.

Unlike traditional bread pudding, this recipe is made without dairy and eggs. Eggs, in particular, create structure in bread pudding. Consequently, this bread pudding has a different texture that doesn’t “set” in the same way. But it’s an equally delicious dessert – particularly if you don’t like the egg-y-ness of bread pudding.

Slow Cooker Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding Recipe with Gluten-Free OptionThis recipe was originally shared with us by Rudi’s Bakery. All Rudi’s breads, wheat and gluten-free, are made without dairy. But their gluten-free bread contains eggs, so it isn’t vegan. 

Special Diet Notes: Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, optionally vegan, and vegetarian.

Slow Cooker Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding
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You can use gluten-free or wheat bread in this recipe, but make sure it's dairy-free.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 9 vegan bread slices (gluten-free, if needed)
  • ¼ cup dairy-free buttery spread
  • 3 apples*, sliced or diced (optionally peeled)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup honey or agave nectar (for strictly vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup walnuts (optional; omit for nut-free)
  1. Spread the buttery spread on the bread slices and place under a broiler until nicely browned.
  2. Cut the bread into chunks
  3. Place the toasted bread, apples, apple juice, raisins, honey or agave, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in your slow cooker and stir to combine.
  4. Set the slow cooker to LOW and leave to cook for 5 to 6 hours. Check in and stir the bread pudding around the 3 to 4 hour mark.
  5. Stir in the walnuts (if using) before serving.
*Choose apples that hold their shape when baking, like Granny Smiith, Cortland, or Braeburn.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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