Coconut Cookie Butter Bread Pudding

Y'all this recipe is to die for, and incredibly easy.

Both of which means it gets an A+ in my book. I'm not one for recipes with random ingredients I'll never use again.



I'm looking at you Chinese Five Spice I bought 6 years ago and maybe used 3 times... and that involved just adding it to random things just to see what it tasted like.

Now today's recipe has a few elements, a super traditional bread pudding base, coconut oil to replace the butter, and everyone beloved cookie butter.

If you've followed along for a long time you know that after my grandmother passed away I started going through her recipes. The bread pudding was always a sore spot.

She always told me I had to watch her make it because she didn't have a recipe.

I've made bread pudding a dozen times over the years and let me tell you that the base to this bread pudding is spot on for her recipe. Hallelujah, all the praise hands!



The topping, not a Nanny recipe at all. This was me wanting something I haven't seen. I've also been know to receive cookie butter for holidays, eat it with a spoon, and smear it on anything I could justify eating it on.

Hence the cookie butter aspect, and I have to say it added something to the sauce that I actually love much more than your traditional whisky sauce.



Now the coconut oil... again this is a long time love affair that started when Jeremy decided to start oil pulling years ago. He purchased a large jar of coconut oil and Sam's Club that just so happened to be TresOmega.

I have sense used their coconut oil in cooking, to moisturize my hair, to oil pull, for diaper rash, to remove makeup, on the dog, and I've even eaten a few tablespoons full a day at times in an attempt to bump up my basal body temperature.

The uses are endless.

Using it in this bread pudding though, it added a nice subtle coconut flavor and a few health benefits no one is looking for when they eat bread pudding.

You can thank me later.



I'd also like to note that this recipe is easily halved. I used two loaves of french bread so that's an easy split & you can easily knock the 10 eggs down to five. Leaving you with an easy one person serving of bread pudding.

Just kidding.

Coconut Cookie Butter Bread Pudding


serves 26
Ingredients:
Bread Pudding - 
2 loaves of French bread
10 eggs
1 quart of whole milk
3 cups of sugar
2 tbsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 melted Tresomega Coconut Oil

Cookie Butter Sauce - 
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Cookie Butter
1 tbsp Coconut oil
1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Directions:
Bread Pudding - 
Grease a 13x9 baking dish with coconut oil. Tear French bread into chunks and place into the baking dish. In a large mixing bowl combine the next six ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour over French bread and bake for 1 hour.

Sauce - 
When the bread pudding has cooked, begin making the sauce. In a sauce pan bring coconut oil, cookie butter, and evaporated milk to a simmer over low heat, stirring continuously. Gradually add in the sifted powdered sugar. Cook until it thickens enough to coat the spoon. Pour over cooked bread pudding and serve warm.

Be sure to check out TresOmega, we have loved their products for a very long time. Like I said I use the coconut oil daily and have for several years. You can purchase their products at: Tresomega.com, Sams.com, Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

Meal Pinning Monday

It's the last Monday before Thanksgiving and I'm in holiday heaven! Who's with me? 

I honestly can't wait to be off work for a week and live at my own pace. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Saturday Five?


[ONE]

Jeremy was awarded Louisiana School Psychologist of the year this week. Super excited is clearly an understatement of my feelings on the subject. Love that hard working guy. 


Party Sandwich Pasta

We are an appetizer family, plain and simple. 

My favorite part of Christmas is that on Christmas Eve we spend the day making every appetizer our hearts desire and chowing down that evening. 

One of our long time favorite Christmas Eve snacks is Party Sandwiches, you know those lovely sweet rolls with ham and Swiss cheese. Covered in melted butter with Dijon and Poppy Seeds. They're to die for. 


In coming up with a recipe for the Tresomega Organics for Life recipe challenge I decided to turn our favorite appetizer into a quick and easy week night meal. 

If any of your have been around this blog for any amount of time you know that my hubby is hard to please. 

I was pleasantly surprised when he said he loved this dish! 

Meal Pinning Monday

This week is pretty recipe heavy from the new Mark Sisson Keto Reset book, sadly most of the recipes aren't on Pinterest. However they can still give you some great meal ideas. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Friday Five

This has been one of those weeks that needs a weekend, although I'm afraid I say that every week and live for Saturday. Anyone else?


[ONE]


It's that most magical time of year when you realize it's high time to do some serious cleaning again. I've currently got my baseboards laid out in my planner by room category for the next month or so. I'm a soapy water, Magic Eraser, and toothbrush kinda gal. If something works better, let me know. 


[TWO]


I've really had a lot of run with Lafayette Moms Blog is the month since it launched. 
Started out at the month at Tinsel & Treasure, got to meet some great ladies and have fun for a hour or two. Then we had Boo at the Zoo last weekend, got to see some of the same ladies and chat. I mainly love it because for the first time in 9 years I am not the weirdo with the blog. There are other writers, people to bounce ideas off of, other people who blow up social media all the time. It's lovely. 


[THREE]


No one can accuse Harrison of being dull or unimaginative. Halloween was a perfect example of this toddler acting silly. He decided to take my cat ears and spent a good chunk of time before Trick-R-Treating started just crawling around the circle while we all stood outside and talked... there was meowing involved. 

Notice the already chocolate stained lips? He wasn't missing a minute of that candy. 


[FOUR]


Who doesn't love a good side by side photo. This is all of our Halloween photos together over the course of his little life, with his mama (Te-Te) wearing that same pumpkin monogrammed shirt and cat ears. 


[FIVE]


I've decided I'm not that impressed with the It Cosmetics regular concealer, maybe it's because QVC didn't give me the option to buy a different shade from my CC Cream. Either way I don't think it's super special as far as coverage or the ability to not crease goes. I still love my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. Their CC is still life, and next order I'll be moving back over to the beloved illuminating version. However next up on my list of product to try from them is their Bye Bye Pores. I previously bought the touted to be super amazing primer from The Ordinary and don't think it's any better than my pink pump jar of Elf Primer



Play-Doh Te-Te

The other night we had a terrible storm, the kind that wakes you up because it is so incredibly loud. The kind where you get less sleep and pre children you would have taken a nap.

That’s where I was at Sunday.

I wanted to rest.

I wanted to lay on the couch and watch the new episode of The Pioneer Woman Cooks that was recorded on Sling.

As any parent searching for a second of alone time, I quietly crawled into the recliner, turned on my TV, and crossed my fingers that the Play-Doh on the little kid table in the kitchen would entertain for a mere 30 minutes of cooking show quietness.

It didn’t.

My child who normally plays alone wanted my attention… which he normally doesn’t. Daddy is the prime time parents these day, but somehow I was taking center stage this out of the ordinary Sunday and getting lots of love and affection.
As I was just getting into the part of the episode about cauliflower crust pizza I heard a little boy voice saying, “Te-Te, Te-Te come.”

“Te-Te let’s go.”

I assumed I was being beckoned for my usual purpose in life, serving food to people in this house. To my surprise it wasn’t that.

He didn’t want a snack.

That chubby little boy grabbed me by the hand and took me to his tiny Ikea table to play with his Play-Doh with him.

I won’t lie to you, at first I was disappointed. I wanted to park my potato butt in the recliner and watch TV. My beloved TV I see so little of these days, because when it’s on it isn’t a show I care about.

A few minutes into this squishy dough time it occurred to me that this won’t happen for long, and it won’t happen often. I should just sit there and take advantage of it.

As it stands, Harrison doesn’t come to me for this stuff often, he’s a Daddy’s baby.
But for some reason on this odd day he wanted his parent who he’s named Te-Te for some unknown reason… that I think I know the reason for actually.

So this tired mama (Te-Te) sat her rear on the cold tile floor and played with Play-Doh. She realized she needed to be there because that chubby child wanted her there.

He wanted to sit with me. He wanted me to make tons of Play-Doh snakes so he could hiss and play until their tongues fell off and I had to start all over again.

He just wanted to sit next to his mama, and that’s something I have to remind myself to take advantage of.


It’s in the small moments mamas.