You Asked, We Deliver: Jessica Alba’s Apple Banana Bread Pudding

10/29/2013 at 01:16 PM ET

Jessica Alba's Banana Apple Bread Pudding Recipe
Courtesy Jessica Alba; inset: Gregg DeGuire/WireIm

Instagram is making us very hungry.

Just like Aziz Ansari‘s homemade frittata and Mindy Kaling‘s favorite shrimp and gritsJessica Alba‘s recent photos of her apple banana bread pudding set off the ol’ hunger pangs—and had us hankering for that recipe.

We weren’t the only ones: Hundreds of her followers posted comments asking for info on the actress’s healthy dish, which is made with egg whites, light brown sugar and vanilla coconut milk—a sharp departure from caloric cream-soaked or doughnut bread puddings.

Well, ask and you shall receive because Alba is sharing her gluten-free, dairy-free—but flavor-full—recipe exclusively with us!

“After being away from home for a few weeks, I craved fall comfort food,” the actress and co-founder of The Honest Company tells PEOPLE. “So, I wanted to make this delicious bread pudding with my girls [Honor, 5, and Haven, 2]. We adapted this recipe from Denise Jardine’s The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen, a cookbook that I have in my collection.”

Jardine’s original recipe called for pears, but Alba subbed in “apples and bananas we already had” for a seasonal spin. She also added a touch of sweetness and spice, sprinkling a little cinnamon and vanilla sugar to the dish before baking.

Jessica Alba's Banana Apple Bread Pudding Recipe
Courtesy Jessica Alba

“One of the reasons I love bread pudding is that the recipes are so versatile. You easily can adjust them to your liking and use what ingredients you have at home,” says Alba. “While you can use any bread and milk you like, I cubed gluten-free bread because it’s dense and really soaked up the tasty coconut milk I used for the cream base. Don’t be afraid to try cow’s, almond, soy, or rice milks depending on your dietary needs.”

“Of course, you never can have too much chocolate,” she says. “If I were making this again, I would layer in more chocolate chips than the recipe called for!”

If you’re using fruits with their skins on, like apples, pears or peaches, Alba recommends giving them a thorough rinse before baking: “Make sure to wash [them] really well, even if [they’re] organic, to get rid of the handling contaminants, bacteria and dirt,” says the actress, who uses her Honest Fruit+ Veggie Wash.

“Everyone in the family loved the apple banana bread pudding,” she says. “I call that a successful first attempt at making it!” Now, it’s your turn!

Apple Banana Bread Pudding
Serves 6

6 cups light packed, day-old, gluten-free sandwich bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 apples, cored and cut into small pieces
2 bananas, thinly sliced
¼ cup dairy-free and gluten-free chocolate chips
⅓ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
Cinnamon, optional
Vanilla sugar, optional
6 large eggs (or egg whites)
3½ cups vanilla coconut milk

1. Thoroughly grease an 8″ x 11″ x 2″ glass baking dish. Scatter half of the bread cubes evenly over the bottom of the dish. Distribute the apples and bananas in a single layer on top of the bread.

2. Sprinkle half of the chocolate and half of the brown sugar evenly over the fruit. (Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla sugar, if desired.) Scatter the remaining bread and chocolate evenly over the top.

3. Whisk together the eggs and milk in a large bowl until well blended. Slowly put the egg mixture over the top of the bread. Set the dish aside for 20 minutes, periodically pushing the bread down lightly with the back of a fork, until the bread has absorbed much of the egg mixture. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar on top of the bread (and a second sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla sugar, if desired.). While the bread is soaking, preheat the oven to 325F.

4. Set the baking dish in a larger pan; transfer to the oven and add enough hot water to the larger pan to reach halfway up the sides of the baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 11/2 hours. The pudding should be slightly soft in the center and crisp on top. Remove from the oven and allow it to cook for 15 minutes before serving.

—Sonal Dutt

Jessica Alba's Banana Apple Bread Pudding Recipe
Courtesy Jessica Alba

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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