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Pudina Tal-Hobz (Bread Pudding)

If you look through any collection of Maltese recipes, you’re sure to find a recipe for ‘Pudina tal-Hobz’. This is the Maltese version of Bread Pudding. Growing up, I loved this dense and chocolatey pudding and especially enjoyed biting into yummy bits of hidden melted chocolate. It always felt like biting into a surprise rainbow!

Additionally, many Maltese people prefer Pudina tal-hobz to a chocolate brownie, and I have proof! I asked this question to The Healthy Malteser followers on Facebook. And guess what? The vast majority agreed that Maltese Bread Pudding is indeed better than a brownie!

As much as we all LOVE Pudina tal-hobz, the traditional recipe is not particularly healthy. It calls for an unhealthy dose of melted butter or margarine (full of saturated fats), brown sugar, white bread, and a whole combination of not so great ingredients. This Healthy Malteser version features a number of substitutions to make it a nutritious treat that can be enjoyed guilt free!

First off, I substituted the white stale bread with a brown loaf, packed with fiber and wholemeal goodness. I also subbed unhealthy margarine with a blend of coconut oil and soy-based Greek yogurt – sneaking in some more protein. I used unsweetened almond milk in lieu of normal milk (fewer calories) and ditched the sugar. 

Healthy and Vegan Maltese Pudina tal-Hobz (Bread Pudding)

What can I substitute sugar with?

For me, sugar is one of the easiest ingredients to replace. My favorite substitution will always be fresh or dried fruits. If you chop these very finely, you’ll never even realize they’re there! Finely chopped dried fruits will easily give you the same consistency as brown sugar. Nevertheless, you can also use sweeteners, such as xylitol, erythritol and stevia, or liquid sweeteners such as agave and date syrup. The best result is probably a combination of the above. 

For this recipe, I went with a mix of dried fruits, agave syrup and some stevia. Although the traditional recipe calls for dried fruits anyway, I added dates to the mix. By chopping these finely, using a food processor, the sweetness is spread out more evenly as a result. 

Healthy Maltese Bread Pudding wrapped in pink ribbon

What mix-ins can I use in my Pudina?

When it comes to mix-ins, the chocolate is not optional by any means! It is, without a doubt, the best thing about the recipe. You can use chopped pieces of sugar-free dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips. 

In my household, everyone hates the lemon and orange peel found in the traditional Maltese bread pudding. Consequently, I opted for alternative mix-ins: coconuts and chia seeds – chock full of fibre, healthy fats and antioxidants.

Using the mentioned ingredients, this Maltese Pudina tal-Hobz comes in at only 166 calories and a whopping 4.3g of dietary fibre per serving. This delicious treat can be served warm straight from the baking dish. Personally, I much prefer it after it sets in the fridge for a few hours or even better the next day. 

If you love healthy chocolate-y treats, you’ll probably also enjoy my healthy chocolate cake, baci and vegan chocolate frosting

Healthy and Vegan Maltese Pudina tal-Hobz (Bread Pudding)

Maltese Pudina tal-Hobz (Bread Pudding) – Healthy and Vegan

Geraldine Bartolo
Ask any Maltese person and the likelihood is that they prefer this to a Chocolate Brownie!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Maltese
Servings 16 squares
Calories 166 kcal


  • Food Processor
  • Baking Dish (30 x 25 cm)
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 500 g Wholemeal Bread
  • 350 ml Almond Milk
  • Water enough to soak the bread
  • 45 g Dates
  • 150 g Sultanas
  • 40 g Sweetener
  • 40 g Sugar Free Dark Chocolate or vegan chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa
  • 1 Ripe Banana mashed
  • 100 g Soya Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Agave Syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spices
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cornflour

Optional mmix-ins

  • 15 g chia seeds
  • 15 g coconut


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°.
  • Soak the bread in milk & water for 20 minutes and set aside. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients as per below.
  • Make sweetener paste by blending dates, sultanas & sweetener of choice in a food processor, until the mixture resembles brown sugar. (Be sure to not over-process or your mixture will turn into a ball and will be very difficult to handle – 5 to 10 seconds should do the trick.)
  • Add the dark chocolate pieces and pulse for another 10 seconds until the chocolate pieces are broken to small bits.
  • Mash the banana and add all the remaining ingredients. Mix very well.
  • Put the soaked bread in a colander and drain well using your hands to squeeze out the excess water. Don’t skip this step as your Pudina will be very liquidy.
  • Mix in the sweetener paste and stir.
  • Add in the banana-mash mixture and keep stirring until all the ingredients are very well combined, resembling brownie batter.
  • Pour into a lined dish and bake for 50 – 55 minutes. You’ll know your Pudina is ready by inserting a skewer in the middle and it comes out clean.
  • Let cool and refrigerate for a few hours before serving.


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    3 thoughts on “Pudina Tal-Hobz (Bread Pudding)”

    1. 5 stars
      My family loved this pudina … It truly tastes delicious. Thank you also Geraldine for answering my question

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