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Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

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This comforting Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding is made in an Instant Pot! With warm autumn spices, apples and a sweet vanilla sauce, this bread pudding is a delicious way to usher in a new season!

This recipe is courtesy of my friends, Jane Bonacci and Sara De Leeuw and their publisher, as they prepare to launch their new cookbook, The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook, on September 18.

Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding on a round white ceramic plate

Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

As a carb lover, I’ve always had a penchant for bread pudding. And with fall approaching, this apple cinnamon bread pudding was a delightful dessert. This lovely autumnal dessert was created by tossing cinnamon bread cubes along with diced apples in a cinnamon spiked custard. And to make it super quick and tender, this bread pudding is made in an Instant Pot!

Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding in a white ceramic casserole

Tips for Making Gluten Free Desserts

My nephew was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and needed to eliminate gluten from his diet.Though I knew the general rules of what to avoid when eating gluten-free, making this apple cinnamon bread pudding gave me the opportunity to dive in a little deeper.

  • Though there is no need for leaveners in this bread pudding, if you’re making gluten-free cookies or cakes, you need to increase the leavening agent (baking power or baking soda) by 25% from a recipe using conventional flour.
  • You must replace wheat flour, with a gluten-free flour. My gluten-free friends have recommended Cup4Cup which is easily substituted in equal amounts.
  • There are other gluten-free flour options, but generally a mixture of flours works better than just a single flour in trying to reproduce the characteristics of a wheat flour.
  • According to America’s Test Kitchen, adding one part starch to 3 parts gluten free flour helps mimic all purpose flour. I’ve seen other ratios as well, so it may depend on what sort of dessert you’re making, cookies, cakes, muffins, etc.
  • Make sure all ingredients you collect for your recipe are gluten free. For example, in this bread pudding, the vanilla extract must be gluten free. You might think all vanillas are gluten free, but since some alcohols are made with grain, there is the potential for extracts to contain small amounts of gluten.
  • Oats are naturally gluten free but are often processed in factories that also process wheat flour. Read the labels carefully, and look for the words gluten-free if in doubt.
Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding on a white dessert plate

The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook

Cooking with a pressure cooker, like the Instant Pot, has had a resurgence in the past couple years. There are loads of cookbooks featuring the Instant Pot, but few that focus on recipes for those who must avoid gluten. I, of course, zeroed in on the desserts. From this Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding to New York Style Cheesecake, Double Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake, and  Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake, there were some delectable options.

I’ve made a vanilla bean cheesecake in my IP, and it was ultra creamy and delicious! This cookbook takes the guesswork out of taking trying to translate your standard gluten free recipes into Instant Pot recipes. This apple bread pudding was made with Udi’s gluten free cinnamon raisin bread tossed with a lovely custard. But my favorite part of the recipe was the caramelly vanilla sauce. I could have eaten it with a spoon!

More Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Love:

Going through a remodel, I found the Instant Pot a great tool to use while my kitchen was out of commission. I love the concentrated flavors and how quick and tender it makes chicken, beef and pork.

Besides cheesecake, I’ve also made Clotted Cream, Rotisserie Chicken and Instant Pot Baby back Ribs.  I’m dying to make this Instant Pot Creme Brulee, this Instant Pot French Onion Soup and this Instant Pot Yogurt! Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe?

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Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding on a round white ceramic plate

Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is an all-time favorite dessert. This homemade version is packed with fruit and has a sweet, fluffy custard and a sinfully delicious vanilla sauce that is caramel-like in consistency.”

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Instant Pot
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


For the Bread Pudding:

2 medium baking apples (Honeycrisp or Braeburn work beautifully), peeled cored. and chopped into a medium dice

1 1/2 cups (355 ml) water

2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter melted. plus more for the pan

1/2 cup (100 g) dark brown sugar

2 1/2 cups (590 ml) whole milk

4 eggs, beaten 2 teaspoons (10 ml) gluten-free vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 cups (400g) cubed gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread (such as Udi’s brand)

1/2 cup (75g) chopped pecans, toasted

For the Sweet Vanilla Sauce:

1/2 cup (112 g) unsalted butter

1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar

1/2 cup (100 g) dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon (15 ml) gluten-free vanilla extract

1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy whipping cream


 In a large bowl whisk together the 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter brown sugar milk, eggs. vanilla spices and salt. Add the cubed bread, toasted nuts and apple pieces. Mix until well combined.

Set aside while you prepare the pan.  Using either a 6-cup (1410 ml) Bundt or 1/2-quart (14) round baking dish, butter the bottom and sides of the pan. Be sure to get into the comers of the pan.

Pour the bread pudding mixture into the prepared pan.

Place a trivet in your pressure cooker. Add the water to the bottom of the pot. Spray a piece of aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray and place (sprayed side down) over the bread pudding. This will protect the pudding from excess moisture while cooking. Use a foil sling to lower the bread pudding onto the trivet. 

Close and lock the lid making sure the steam pudding making sure the steam release knob is in the sealing position. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. When the cook time is finished, use the quick release method by turning the release knob to the venting position and releasing the steam. Once the float pin drops unlock the lid and open it carefully.  Use the foll sling to remove the dish from the pressure cooker.

If you like a crispy top, place your dish on a sheet pan and put in the oven at 400°F (200°C or gas mark 6) for 5 minutes. Watch the bread pudding carefully so it doesn’t get too brown.

During the last 10 minutes of cooking time or when it’s browning in the oven, make the sweet vanilla sauce.

In a small pan, combine all the sauce ingredients. Place over medium heat stirring constantly until the butter has fully melted the sauce thickens, 5 to 8 minutes.

Cut the bread pudding into pieces then pour some sauce over each piece. Serve warm and try not to lick the spoon!


If you can’t find gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread you can substitute any other hearty gluten-free bread and add 4 cup (75g) ralsins and an extra 3 tablespoons (36g) sugar to the recipe.

If you’re NOT gluten free, just substitute your favorite cinnamon or cinnamon raising bread for the gluten-free bread.




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7 comments on “Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding”

  1. I love bread pudding, savory and sweet! Wonderful to have this gluten free option with apple and cinnamon. So convenient to make it in the instant pot. Perfect chilly weather dessert!

  2. Thank you so much Liz, this is a wonderful article and your bread pudding looks amazing! We really appreciate your support and are looking forward to getting our first look at our new book!! So exciting!

  3. What a delicious bowl of comfort dessert. Love this idea! We just purchased our instant pot this year and we are so excited on so many delicious dishes one can make so much easier. Would love to check out Jane’s new cookbook.

  4. Hi Liz! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m sorry to hear about your nephew. You have some great tips listed here for helping others who need to eat gluten-free. Enjoy the book and good luck with your remodel! <3 

  5. this dessert looks fabulous! I would love this pudding bread !

  6. Hi Liz ! I love your “new” blog! Your pudding looks just délicieux, it sounds like autumn is near. xo

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