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Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding with Pecans and Chocolate Chips

Reward yourself with breakfast that tastes like dessert! Slightly boozy too. What more can we ask for? Chocolate kahlua bread pudding is bursting with chocolate flavour and a truly special morning treat. 

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Welcome to September everyone! Or as we Filipinos like to call it, the start of Christmas season lol.

Up here though, the end of the Labour Day weekend signals the unofficial end of summer as kids go back to school and sweaters start to make their appearance.

Seriously, it was so chilly last week it actually already felt like fall.

While I am hoping for an Indian summer (of course I am), I have to admit I do love fall flavours. Cozy, comfy food that feels like a warm hug on a crisp fall day.

Let’s start with this delightful chocolate kahlua bread pudding. It has chocolate, cardamom, cinnamon and pecans. Plus a little booze for kicks. What’s not to love?

Kind of bread to use

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

In my other favourite bread pudding recipe (surprise, surprise, it’s lemon and has booze in it too: Croissant Bread Pudding with Lemon Butter and Blueberries), I used butter croissant as base.

In this chocolate bread pudding though, I used the sturdier and crustier ciabatta because that was what we had leftovers of.

Bread pudding is a great way to use up days old bread! So feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Some breads are fluffier than others and that may affect the texture of your pudding but it will taste just as delicious.

Double chocolate

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

I mean, it’s hard to go wrong with chocolate, right?! And in this recipe you get double the chocolate fun – it has cocoa in the custard and chocolate chips mixed in with the bread.

Plus, it has coffee liqueur! Which makes it an adult breakfast. We deserve it once in a while, yes? While the kids have their chocolate pancakes?

Chocolate kahlua bread pudding

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

This chocolate kahlua bread pudding is what lazy weekend mornings are made of.

Go for it and top it with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, more chocolate chips and pecans.

What you’ll have is breakfast that’s rich, decadent and tastes just like dessert.

Make-ahead breakfast

It keeps incredibly well too. So make it this weekend and keep leftovers covered in the fridge.

Next morning, just grab a slice, microwave, enjoy and be on your way!

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding with Pecans and Chocolate Chips

Author: Jolina
Reward yourself with breakfast that tastes like dessert! Slightly boozy too. Chocolate kahlua bread pudding is bursting with chocolate flavour and a truly special morning treat.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine North American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 438 kcal


  • 5 cups ciabatta bread cubed, day old or stale
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder I use Dutch-processed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 pieces large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup kahlua
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Put 5 cups cubed ciabatta bread in a deep 8×11 inch baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and ½ cup chopped pecans. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup brown sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder, 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground cardamom and a pinch of salt.
  • Add eggs and whisk until combined.
  • Add 1 cup milk, 1 cup heavy cream, ½ cup kahlua and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture into your bread cubes and let sit for 45 mins to an hour or until soaked through.
  • When ready, preheat your oven to 350F. Bake for 60-75 minutes or until the custard is set (see notes). Let cool before serving.


Check at the half way point. If you notice the top of your pudding getting too toasty and brown on top, loosely cover with aluminum foil and continue baking.


Calories: 438kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 5gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 122mgPotassium: 236mgFiber: 3gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 501IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Comfort Food, Easy, Holidays, Make-Ahead Meal
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Happy baking!

Did you make chocolate kahlua bread pudding? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Rate the Recipe


Monday 11th of September 2017

This is totally my kind of breakfast! Chocolate in the morning makes everything right and love the Kahlua addition


Friday 15th of September 2017

Hi Jenny! How's it going? Hard to go wrong with chocolate in the morning, yes? :) Happy Friday!

Claire Santiago

Friday 8th of September 2017

I love pecans. They add a unique taste to every dish. I am sure this is a level up chocolate bread pudding because of the pecans. The recipe is a must-try for family's snacks or desserts.

Ali Rost

Thursday 7th of September 2017

This looks like another keeper of a recipe! I have a bread pudding recipe that my friends beg me to make, but it’s the “stand over the stove and your friends wonder where your host is” version. This way I can participate in the fun too instead of slaving over a stove the entire time. (ps: love the addition of Kahlua!) x


Sunday 10th of September 2017

Haha I know those kinds of recipes :) Bet it's delicious!

Jennifer L

Thursday 7th of September 2017

Oh my gosh I'm still salivating by how good this bread pudding looks. I'm so use to the traditional bread pudding that I would never have thought to add chocolate and kahlua to the mix. How sinfully delicious that is. I'm giving this a def try for fall.


Sunday 10th of September 2017

You get dessert for breakfast!


Thursday 7th of September 2017

You got me at chocolate. This looks amazing and delicious at the same time. I would love to try it, I have all the ingredients so I can surprise my husband. He has a sweet tooth too.


Sunday 10th of September 2017

Nice! Hope you guys like it! :)