Grandma’s old-fashioned bread pudding gets a holiday twist with this Sweet Potato Bread Pudding recipe. It has everything you love about the classic Thanksgiving dish, sweet potato casserole, including the marshmallow topping.

We love sweet potatoes no matter how you fix them like Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch and Cranberry Walnut Sweet Potato Rounds.

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Sweet Potato Bread Pudding With Marshmallow Topping

Have a loaf of stale bread you’re about to throw out? Well, stop right now because I’m about to show you have you can turn stale bread into the dessert of your dreams!

This sweet potato bread pudding is like nothing you’ve seen at the Thanksgiving dessert table before. It has all of your favorite parts of the classic sweet potato casserole but in a whole new and better way.

Trust me when I say you’re going to want to save plenty of room for dessert if this dish is around.

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What Is Bread Pudding? 

Bread pudding is described a bread-based dessert made with stale bread and milk or cream. It generally contains eggs, a form of fat such as oil, butter, and a variety of other ingredients.

You might find ingredients like sugar, syrup, honey, dried fruit, nuts, as well as spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla in a lot of bread pudding recipes.

What makes the dish really good is that the bread is soaked in the liquids, mixed with the other ingredients, and baked. The dish is typically served as a dessert.

bread cubes on baking sheet

How To Make Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

(full printable recipe at end of post)

You know I love a good easy recipe. The easier it is, the more appealing it sounds to me. So I love how simple and easy it is to make a bread pudding this amazing!

You just have to add sweet potatoes to a bowl and mash. Then add the remaining ingredients and whisk together. Pour the mixture over the bread cubes and allow to soak. Lastly, place the baking dish with bread pudding on a sheet pan and bake.

making Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

Tips and Tricks For The Best Bread Pudding

Use day-old bread: Bread pudding is best made with day-old bread that is starting to get hard. This is because you want most of the moisture gone, and for the bread to be stiff.

No worries though, if you have fresh bread you can cut up the loaf and put it in the oven for 8-10 minutes and you’ll be good to go!

Soak the bread: It’s very important that you don’t skip letting the bread soak. This allows the mixture to really get incorporated with the bread. Without this step, you’ll have a pretty bland and uninteresting bread pudding. The longer you can let it soak the better the flavor will be.

Closely watch the marshmallows: Marshmallows make an amazing topping especially when lightly toasted, but things can go wrong quickly if you aren’t paying attention.

As soon as you put the marshmallows in the oven be sure to watch them carefully the whole time, or you might end up with an oven on fire, and no one wants that disaster.

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with marshmallow topping in baking dish

Mix It Up With Different Toppings

Butter Pecan Crunch 

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves

In a small bowl using a fork or your hands, combine the brown sugar, flour, salt, and toss with a fork or your fingers until moist crumbs form. Toss in the pecans until well combined and sprinkle mixture over the bread pudding before placing it in the oven.

Coconut Pecan Topping

  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1⁄3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1⁄3 cup flour
  • 1⁄3 cup melted butter

Combine the coconut, brown sugar, pecans, and flower, then mix in the melted butter until thoroughly incorporated. Sprinkle mixture over the bread pudding prior to placing it in the oven.

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding on spoon

Serving Up Sweet Potato Bread Pudding

When you have a dessert this appetizing, it’s almost too hard to wait for all the way until it’s time for dessert to break it out! Trust me I won’t judge you if you sneak a couple bites before the main course is served. The wait for dessert is made a lot easier if you have a whole meal of heavenly dishes waiting for you in the main course.

I think my dream Thanksgiving dinner would be Butternut Squash Gouda Cheese Dip to start. Followed by turkey main event with a side of Slow Cooker Stuffing with Artichokes and Pecans, and Maple-Braised Butternut Squash. Then a nice big glass of Cranberry Mulled Ale and a heaping serving of sweet potato bread pudding to top off the night.

Can you even imagine a Thanksgiving more dreamy than that? I’m seriously drooling right now just thinking about it.

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding on plate

More Amazing Thanksgiving Desserts!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Layers of graham cracker, peanut butter filling, and chocolate. It’s a chocolate and peanut butter lover’s dream come true!

Turtle Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake A seasonal celebration Ice Cream Dessert that doubles as a Thanksgiving Dessert.

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie a delicious combination of flavors and texture that just screams “fall” with apple and pumpkin, in a heavenly spiced custard pie.

Cranberry Trifle Soft cake layered with sweet-tart cranberries and homemade custard.  This beautiful dessert is perfect for any time of year!

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Everything you love about pecan pie, along with a layer of chocolate, transformed into an easy to eat bar to pick up and enjoy.

Apple Cider Cupcakes Moist and flavorful recipe made from scratch with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting make for a mouthwatering fall dessert!


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A Sweet Potato Bread Pudding You’ll Love!

It’s time to ditch the typical pumpkin pie you bring every year to Thanksgiving and wow your friends and family with a pan full of sweet potato bread pudding. I can’t wait to hear how much you love it!

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Sweet Potato Bread Pudding on spoon

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Marshmallow Topping

Yield: 9 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Grandma's old-fashioned bread pudding gets a holiday twist with this Sweet Potato Bread Pudding recipe. It has everything you love about the classic Thanksgiving dish, sweet potato casserole, including the marshmallow topping.


  • 1 (one pound) loaf of day-old Brioche, cut into 1 inch cubes*
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (40 ounce) can yams (cut sweet potatoes), drained
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

for topping:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows


  1. Place the bread cubes in a greased 9 x 9 x 3 baking dish.
  2. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat until golden and caramelized (about 5 minutes)Drizzle browned butter over bread pieces.
  3. Add drained sweet potatoes to a large bowl and mash using a fork or electric mixer. Add the remaining ingredients (except toppings) and whisk together until well blended.
  4. Pour the mixture over the bread cubes. Allow bread to soak for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Heat oven to 350° F. Place baking dish with bread pudding on a sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove dish from oven and sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans. Place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Remove dish from oven again, and top with marshmallows and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until marshmallows are melted and toasted, watching closely so they don't burn.
  8. All it to cool for 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm.


If your bread is still fresh, you can cut it into 1-inch cubes and place them on a baking sheet, and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bread is dried out.

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