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Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, Exclusive: Chocolate-Banana-Walnut Bread Pudding

By Paula Deen

Because I’m not eating as much bread as I used to, I find that I always have extra pieces of bread lying around and going stale. What better way to put them to good use than to whip up an oldie but a goodie like this? Bread pudding never seems to disappoint and a bread pudding featuring bananas, chocolate, and walnuts is a surefire crowd-pleaser. I often use leftover crostini for this here dish, but feel free to use French bread too. This pudding recipe is a much lighter version of what I used to make, but
it is just as scrumptious. When you get a load of how fast it disappears, you’ll see what I mean.


  • 1 small loaf stale bread, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup regular or light sour cream
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place the bread in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, sour cream, 1⁄3 cup of the sugar, the eggs, and nutmeg. Add the milk mixture to the bread, stirring gently to combine. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and slide the banana slices in between the bread slices. Top with the walnuts and sprinkle over the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, until the center is set.

Serves 6 to 8

More about Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Recipes All Lightened Up

Paula Deen has lost over 40 pounds and has maintained her weight loss for over two years by swapping out ingredients to reduce fat and calories. Paula’s key to weight loss is moderation and accountability, and one day a week she still enjoys good old southern cooking with biscuits and all. One does not have to give up taste when reducing calories, and these recipes are a testament to that. Paula shares 250 of her favorite recipes lightened up. This brand-new, New York Times best-selling cookbook presents lightened up versions of fifty of her classic southern recipes and presents new recipes that cut the calories but not the delicious taste.

The New-York Times Best-Selling cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, is now available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and your local bookstores!


Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.