Healthier Monkey Bread

One of my favorite memories from childhood is waking up from a slumber party and smelling that sweet cinnamon scent drifting into my nose. I knew when I walked downstairs there would be a mound of gooey goodness also known as monkey bread waiting for my friend(s) and me. As I’ve grown older and more health conscious, my taste buds have changed. What once tasted amazing, now is a bit too strong on the sugar for me. So a few weeks ago as I prepared to have my small group over for a brunch I decided it was time to make one of my favorite dishes healthier. I can’t say it is the absolute best thing for you to eat in the morning, but I can say it is loads better than the original recipe I enjoyed as a child.



  • 2 packages of premade whole wheat pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 small granny smith apple’s peeled, cored, and diced
  • 3 overly ripe bananas
  • 1/2 Stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar in the raw
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon


  • Pre-heat oven 350 degrees Farenheit
  • Pull apart the dough into 1/4 inch chunks
  • If you have a mixer with a Kneading hook you can place them in the bowl otherwise you will need to knead by hand
  • Put in 3 over ripe bananas, sugar, dough, and cinammon and mix thoroughly
  • Once it is mixed hand knead in the apples
  • Once it is mixed in a greased (I used coconut oil spray) 1.5 quart corningware or bundt cake pan pull apart the dough as you place it in
  • Slice butter into slivers and place across the top then sprinkle brown sugar across the top
  • Bake without the lid for approximately 30 minutes then take out stir and bake for 10 more minutes (it may be shorter or longer depending on the dough, make sure to check the middle to make sure it is cooked)

ENJOY! I hope you enjoy this as much as my friends I did.

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5 thoughts on “Healthier Monkey Bread

  1. I definitely need to try this! I might switch out the butter for grass-fed butter and switch the sugar to stevia. I wonder if it would turn out the same!

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