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Makeover Chocolate Croissant Pudding

 Makeover Chocolate Croissant Pudding
“My father is French, and I have a lot of family recipes that involve croissants. Any way to make this one healthier?” Our test kitchen transformed one of Sonya’s best-loved recipes into a delectable, slimmed-down version without giving up the croissants she loves. —Sonya Labbe, Santa Monica, California
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing


  • 6 day-old croissants, split
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 eggs
  • 5 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • Place croissant bottoms in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with
  • cooking spray. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and replace croissant
  • tops.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla; pour over
  • croissants. Let stand for 10 minutes or until croissants are
  • softened.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a knife
  • inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes
  • before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 326 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 166 mg cholesterol, 313 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein.