The most gooey and delicious vegan monkey bread made from scratch that tastes just like the classic! Super soft cinnamon roll bites baked in a gooey and sticky sweet caramel sauce for a dairy free vegan holiday breakfast!

vegan monkey bread on a marble slab

Why you’ll love this easy vegan monkey bread:

If you’ve ever had monkey bread, then rest assured that this vegan monkey bread tastes identical to the classic recipe. It’s undetectably eggless, dairy free, and refined sugar free, yet it’s gooey, sticky, full of cinnamon and sweetness, and so soft and pillowy with every bite.

Like these amazing vegan cinnamon rolls and vegan French toast or vegan French toast casserole, vegan monkey bread is the perfect crowd-pleasing vegan breakfast option to serve for the holidays!

And if you’re gluten free, try these amazing vegan gluten free cinnamon rolls and gluten free monkey bread!

Some people prefer to make their monkey bread using biscuit dough from a can, but this recipe truly is from scratch. Trust me, it yields the best flavors and texture. And the dough is surprisingly simple!

My sister, brother, and I used to make monkey bread from scratch after every snow day. We never used the short cut route, which is using biscuit dough instead of making the dough. We actually didn’t know any other way, and it wasn’t until I got older that many just used biscuit dough!

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This vegan monkey bread is undetectably vegan and dairy free with a homemade sweet dough that tastes almost like a brioche dough coated in cinnamon and coconut sugar (a must!). We then drizzle the dough in a sticky and deliciously sweet vegan butter and coconut sugar caramel sauce that’s just out of this world.

This easy vegan monkey bread is perfect for Christmas morning, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving morning, or any holiday brunch!

What is monkey bread?

If you’ve never heard of monkey bread, then you’re in for a treat. Monkey bread is a combination of sweet dough, cinnamon, sugar, and melted butter baked into bite sized pieces in a bundt cake pan.

Once baked, the dough pieces become like a mix between a cinnamon roll and a soft baked donut. They’re bite sized pieces, so you can easily tear and share.

The vegan butter, sugar, and cinnamon caramelize together, creating this sticky mess that’s absolutely delicious. Basically, it’s the ultimate holiday brunch recipe.

hand pulling piece of monkey bread

The Ingredients You Need

For some reason, many people are under the assumption that making dough from scratch for homemade monkey bread is difficult, and purchasing biscuit dough is just easier.

Yes, vegan canned biscuits do exist (apparently some of Pillsbury’s biscuits are accidentally vegan). But making the dough from scratch not only tastes better, but is actually just as easy as going to the store and getting a can.

I’m going to show you that making homemade vegan cinnamon dough is actually not that complicated!

For this vegan monkey bread, you’ll need:

  • All purpose flour: if you need gluten-free or Paleo, I actually already have a Paleo monkey bread recipe that’s vegan as well! Please see the notes section in the recipe card below 🙂
  • Rapid rise or Activated yeast: you can use either- rapid rise will obviously be a quicker rise time and save you some time, but both work for this recipe.
  • Sugar: You can use coconut sugar, like below, or granulated sugar for the dough and brown sugar for the coating of the dough pieces. Either works!
  • Dairy free milk: I recommend coconut milk or oat milk, as this will give the dough more of that brioche texture. You can also use almond milk.
  • Applesauce or dairy free yogurt: this replaces the eggs in normal homemade monkey bread.
  • Cinnamon: this wouldn’t be monkey bread without it!
  • Vegan butter/coconut oil: I’ve used both; the vegan butter definitely yields a flavor that’s closer to true monkey bread. If you’re nut-free, you can use coconut oil or a nut-free based vegan butter.
  • Vanilla: this is a minimal yet highly necessary ingredient that will make your vegan monkey bread taste just like the classic.
vegan monkey bread ingredients

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, let’s make these cinnamon roll bites!

Overview: How to make monkey bread from scratch

For the full written instructions and ingredient measurements, see the bottom of this post in the recipe card. You can also hit the “jump to recipe” button at the top of this post! Here, we’ll go over a brief overview of the steps, along with providing visuals for a better understanding of the recipe.

Making the dough:

Making cinnamon roll dough bites

Bake the monkey bread!

How do you know when monkey bread is done?

Once you’re ready to bake the vegan monkey bread, you’ll place the monkey bread into the oven to cook for about 30-35 minutes.

The reason for the range in time is that ovens actually vary slightly in temperature, though they say 350F. That’s why it’s important to use an oven thermometer to make sure that your particular oven truly does read 350F, rather than 325F (a very big difference, especially if you’re baking a cake!).

To know when your monkey bread is done, I use a butter knife and stick it through the center of one of the sides of the monkey bread. If it comes out mostly clean, the monkey bread is ready to be removed! If it’s still a bit gooey, leave the monkey bread in for a few more minutes.

Remember to check the monkey bread doneness near the end of the baking time. Checking it in the middle will affect the baking process.

When the monkey bread is done, the cinnamon dough balls will be puffed and crispy on the outside (thanks to the caramelization of the vegan butter and coconut sugar!).

Do you have to use a fluted pan?

If you don’t have a fluted pan or a bundt pan, you can actually use a large rectangular pan instead.

Of course, it won’t look like traditional monkey bread, but it will taste just as amazing, and might actually cook more evenly!

If you’re using a rectangular pan rather than a round bundt pan, the monkey bread will cook faster. Make sure to check the monkey bread after 20 minutes to see how much longer it has to go.

How long does vegan monkey bread last?

The lovely thing about this vegan monkey bread is that it’s entirely egg free and dairy free, so it actually can last a bit longer than traditional homemade monkey bread!

Refrigerator: This cinnamon pull-apart bread will last about 4 days wrapped tightly in the fridge.

Freezer: To freeze this vegan cinnamon bread, simply store the monkey bread in an airtight container or freezer bag and store for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, simply place the desired amount on a piece of tin foil on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes at 350F.

baked piece of monkey bread pulled off

You are just going to absolutely love this vegan monkey bread! It’s just perfect for Christmas breakfast, or any holiday brunch. Even just to make with the kids on a snow day!

If you try this recipe, let me know down below in the comments section, as well as giving it a rating so that others may find it.

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Happy homemade monkey bread making!

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BEST Ever Easy Vegan Monkey Bread Recipe

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  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Hungary
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The most gooey and delicious vegan monkey bread made from scratch that tastes just like the classic! Super soft cinnamon roll bites baked in a gooey and sticky sweet caramel sauce for a dairy free vegan holiday breakfast!


Ingredients

Scale

Vegan Monkey Bread Dough:

  • 4 1/4 cups (540 g) + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, divided (plus more for flouring surface)
  • 1 packet (8 g) activated yeast
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) granulated sugar or coconut sugar, divided
  • 1 1/4 cup (270 mL) dairy-free milk, unsweetened, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (57 g) salted vegan butter, melted and room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (87 g) unsweetened applesauce or dairy free yogurt, room temperature

Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  • 11 1/2 cups (200300 g) light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) vegan butter or coconut oil, melted

Simple glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp dairy free milk
  • Alternative: 1/2 batch vegan caramel sauce
  • Optional: chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, or almonds

Instructions

  1. Please read through all instructions before beginning.
  2. Prep: Grease a large clean bowl with olive oil for the dough proofing. Gather all ingredients and measure them out. Grease a large bundt pan as well.
  3. Bloom the yeast: Add the heated dairy free milk and sugar to a large bowl. Stir and add in the yeast. Stir again and cover the bowl. Place the bowl in a warm area to activate for 10 minutes. The yeast should start to bubble, foam, and smell of yeast. If it hasn’t, then you’ll need to start over.
  4. Make the dough: Once the yeast is activated, pour the mixture into a large bowl or a stand mixer bowl with dough attachment. Add the applesauce, melted vegan butter or coconut oil, and vanilla extract, and mix on medium (either with the stand mixer or using a large spoon) until it’s combined. Next, add in the flour, and mix until the dough is sticky but the flour is completely mixed in. Once all of the flour is added in, lightly flour a clean surface, and turn the stand mixer onto high speed (keeping an eye on any traveling stand mixers!) to knead for 10-12 minutes (alternatively, if you’re making the dough by hand, you can knead the dough for 10-12 minutes on a lightly floured surface until it’s no longer sticky to touch. Be careful to not add too much flour). 
  5. Proof the dough. Place the dough ball in the oiled bowl. Cover with a clean dish towel and place the dough in a warm area (at least 85F) to double in size (usually an hour). 
  6. Make the cinnamon roll bites: Once the dough has risen, punch down the dough, and create your assembly line for the cinnamon sugar coating. Place the melted vegan butter or coconut oil in one bowl and whisk together the ground cinnamon and light brown sugar in another bowl. As you’re making the cinnamon roll bites, you might need more coconut sugar towards the end, depending on how many cinnamon roll bites you make. Use a bench scraper or large knife to divide the dough in half then into quarters. Then divide the quarters even more: you’ll want to make about 40-50 dough balls from the dough. Divide the quarters into at least 10 dough balls each (about 1″-1.5″ in diameter), but you don’t need them to be even. Take one dough ball and dip it into the melted vegan butter, then coat it into the cinnamon sugar. Place the coated cinnamon sugar dough ball into the bundt pan and repeat for the remaining dough balls.
  7. Assembling the monkey bread: As you’re arranging the dough balls, just place them around the bottom of the pan and build up. Do not discard the vegan butter and brown sugar yet. You may have some leftovers, so combine the leftover cinnamon sugar with the vegan butter. Stir until it’s completely mixed and set aside. Pour the cinnamon sugar butter mixture over the the dough.
  8. Allow the monkey bread dough to rest again: Preheat the oven to 350F. Once you’ve poured the vegan butter mixture over the dough, cover the bundt pan with a clean dish towel again and place near the oven to rest while the oven preheats, about 20 minutes.
  9. Bake the monkey bread: once the monkey bread has rested and the oven is fully preheated, bake the monkey bread for 30-35 minutes, or until the tops of the monkey bread dough balls are crispy and puffy. You can also stick a knife into the middle of the monkey bread (carefully): if it comes out nearly clean, the monkey bread is read; if it comes out slightly dough and gooey, then it needs more time.
  10. Make the glaze: remove the monkey bread from the oven and allow the pan to cool for 10 minutes while you make the glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar with the dairy free milk until there are no more clumps, then set aside. To remove the monkey bread from the pan, use oven mitts to place a plate on the top of the pan (face down), and hold the plate with the oven mitts to the pan. Carefully flip the pan upside down, and the monkey bread should come out. Drizzle the glaze over the monkey bread and serve!

Notes

Gluten free option: Please use this gluten free vegan monkey bread recipe for a gluten free monkey bread!

*Using rapid rise yeast will make the rise time a lot faster. Both rapid rise and activated yeast work for this recipe, just note that using rapid rise will make the dough process a bit quicker.

*For gluten free/Paleo, please see this Paleo vegan monkey bread recipe.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 247
  • Sugar: 19.6 g
  • Sodium: 106.7 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 5.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg