This paleo monkey bread is absolutely drool-worthy and filled with grain free, gluten free, and refined sugar free ingredients with a vegan option!
Have you ever tried monkey bread? Oddly enough, it has nothing to do with bananas!
Rather, it’s a delicious and gooey bite sized cinnamon roll! Or at least that’s how I look at it 😉
I fell in love with monkey bread when one day, after a huge snow day, my sister, brother, and I came inside from playing out in the snow and my mom surprised us with a monkey bread making kit.
Our little brains were puzzled, but excited, and our bellies were certainly hungry, so we got to work! I mean, what 9 year old doesn’t love making a mess in the kitchen?
Well, my heart was sold on monkey bread that day. It was so easy and SO delicious! That memory is something I carry with me to this day because it represents just pure bliss. Snow days and monkey bread. As kids, we’re so care-free, about calories, about foods, about what “needs” to get done, and about what we’re doing next. We just live in the moment, and how beautiful is that?
So that’s the long-story-not-so-short way of what monkey bread means to me! I, of course, love a good non-paleo version of monkey bread and have no issues eating gluten, I always love a challenge in the recipe world!
I’ve come to love all types of foods and don’t follow a specific label. So that means I eat recipes freely, paleo or not, gluten free or not, Whole30 or not, vegan or not…etc.! It feels very intuitive, but I struggle to call it intuitive eating, as I know there are many negative connotations with that (the anti-diet mentality I don’t think is healthy either). I like to see it as eating like how I used to eat when I was a kid.
Anywho, back to this paleo monkey bread! So basically, it tastes like a bite sized cinnamon roll and is the perfect addition to any brunch party spread!
I also just love how easy it is, and it’s egg-free! I’ve included a vegan option as well, for those who choose to not eat dairy, but the only animal product in this monkey bread would come from the butter!
Pretty cool, huh?
Now the trick is getting the dough to rise without yeast. Yeast is considered paleo, but it won’t do jack squat unless you have gluten in it. Seeing as this is a paleo monkey bread, there is no gluten.
SO I did some brainstorming and came up with using baking powder. Just enough baking powder, and this baby will rise!
I know, I know, baking powder isn’t technically paleo, but making your own can be. If you’re not following a strictly paleo diet, don’t fret and just use regular baking powder! I love Bob’s Red Mill– it’s one of my go-to brands for high quality baking essentials.
Next, let’s get into this cassava flour business. So for this recipe, I used cassava flour, which is basically ground up yuca root. I highly recommend using Otto’s Cassava Flour- they’re my favorite brand of cassava flour!
So how long does it actually take to prep this monkey bread? 15 minutes. I’m serious. It’s quick and easy.
The hard part is waiting for it to bake in the oven for 40 minutes…and smelling that beautiful cinnamon aroma!
I have to say, I love my cinnamon rolls, but man…give me this monkey bread any day, and I’m set! It’s such a great addition to parties because it’s pick-apart, and it’s fun and easy treat for kids 🙂
Now, I’ll be over here, waiting for the perfect snow day to come so I can get to making this again, because monkey bread and snow just go together right? But I don’t suggest you wait that long 😉
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This grain-free, easy Paleo recipe is a much healthier alternative to traditional monkey bread recipes, but every bit as delicious! There’s even a vegan option! You’ll definitely want to try this Paleo dessert the next time you’re craving something sweet (or in need of an indulgent but easy breakfast recipe)!
- 4 cups cassava flour
- 1/2 cup grass-fed butter (cubed, can use vegan butter)
- 2 cups almond or coconut milk (divided)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp baking powder (paleo-friendly)
- 1/2 stick grass-fed butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a bundt pan with grass-fed butter or coconut oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, sea salt, and vanilla. Set aside
- In a small pot, heat 1 cup of almond/coconut milk and add cubes of butter. Stir until completely melted.
- Slowly pour milk and butter mixture into dough.
- Add in remaining almond/coconut milk and maple syrup.
- Mix and combine with hands until it forms a large sticky dough ball. Set aside for a moment as you prepare the filling.
- In the same small pot, heat together the butter and cinnamon until thoroughly melted. Pour into a small bowl and whisk in maple syrup. Place next to monkey bread dough bowl and bundt pan to create an assembly line.
- Roll dough balls into 1 tbsp sized dough balls and dip into butter mixture, then place into bundt pan. Repeat this pattern going all the way around the bundt pan and building the layers of the monkey bread.
- Any remaining filling simply pour around all of the dough balls.
- Place into the oven and bake for at least 40 minutes.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
- Category: Breakfast, Dessert
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