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Vegan Monkey Bread, sweetly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves; and made with vegan compliant ingredients. This monkey bread is a quick and easy fun weekend breakfast the whole family will enjoy!
I always thought monkey bread was the strangest name for a pull-apart cinnamon sugar bread. According to Wikipedia (which knows all!), monkey bread is called such because it can be picked apart like a little monkey would. Makes sense!
I’ll bet your little monkey would like some of this yummy cinnamon sugary bread for a surprise weekend breakfast or brunch!
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To Make This Recipe for Monkey Bread, You Will Need:
- 1-10 count of refrigerated (canned) pull apart biscuits, separated, halved
- white sugar
- cinnamon powder
- liquid sweetener of choice – I use a vegan “honey” (affiliate link) – you could also use agave
- vegan butter of choice
Can Monkey Bread Be Made Vegan?
Yes it can! Just source the right ingredients. You will need to find:
- canned flaky biscuits
- vegan butter
- liquid sweetener of choice – vegan honey, agave, even maple syrup would work
- organic sugar
The canned biscuits were a little tricky as most contain milk ingredients. Pilsbury Grands Sweet Hawaiian happens to be dairy-free (but is processed on shared equipment). I understand that Annie’s also has a dairy-free flaky biscuit. You can also read the ingredients of your store brand. I find that store brands are often more vegan-compliant than national brand.
The vegan butter I prefer is Country Crock plant butter.
The choice of liquid can either be agave, vegan honey (affiliate link), or maple syrup.
Sugar may or may not be vegan as it is often processed with bone char. If that is against your ethics then source organic sugar or one specifically labeled vegan (I believe the brand Sun Crystals is vegan. It is not readily available in all areas though.)
What Pan Should Be Used for Monkey Bread?
I always used to use a tube-type of pan like a bundt pan. I’ve recently begun using a spring-form pan though (affiliate link) because it makes the monkey bread so easy to remove.
Tips and Tricks for Making Monkey Bread:
Please read through the tips and trick sections so that your monkey bread will be super delicious too! (You can skip ahead to the printable recipe card if you already know what you are doing.)
Place the sugar, salt, cinnamon and other spices in a small mixing bowl and mix them well and set aside.
Remove the biscuits from the package and cut into halves. Place them in the bowl with the cinnamon sugar, and toss them until all pieces are evenly coated. Don’t worry if you don’t use all the spicy sugar you made. You can sprinkle the rest on the top of the biscuits, before cooking, or save the excess for your overnight oats or cereal! You can even core and apple and tuck some pecans and vegan butter inside with the spiced sugar and bake in foil. So yummy!
I spritz my 9inch diameter springform pan with coconut oil and place the sugared biscuit halves in the pan. in layers.
You can spoon in any of the leftover spicy sugar that didn’t stick to the biscuits.
Baking the Monkey Bread:
Bake the biscuits at 350° for 25 minutes. When finished cooking, pull up the top layer to make sure the lower layers aren’t still doughy. Put back in for 5 more minutes if necessary.
The Buttery Topping:
While the monkey bread is baking, in a separate small bowl, melt the vegan butter in the microwave and stir in the liquid sweetener and vanilla.
When the monkey break is done, use a teaspoon to drizzle this mixture evenly over the top. Put the monkeybread back into a 350 oven for 7-10 more minutes to set the glaze.
Allow to cool briefly before serving
The Recipe For Vegan Monkey Bread:
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Vegan Monkey Bread
- 1/2 cup sugar white
- 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 10 canned flaky biscuits see blog post for vegan-compliant suggestions
- 1 Tablespoon vegan butter
- 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener of choice agave, vegan honey, or maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350° and grease the pan. Either use vegetable shortening or cooking spray.
- Mix together in a med/large mixing bowl, the sugar, cinnamon, cloves, salt, ginger, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Take the biscuits out of the can, cut in half and place the halves in the bowl with the sugar mixture.
- Lightly toss with biscuits in the sugar mixture to evenly coat.
- Layer the sugared biscuits in the pan. Sprinkle remaining sugar on top.
- Place pan on a larger baking sheet and put in the oven. Cook for 25 minutes.
- While the monkey bread is cooking, melt the vegan butter in the microwave for 60-90 seconds. Add your liquid sweetener of choice and vanilla. Set aside.
- When finished, the monkey bread should be lightly browned on top. Check the bottom layerto make sure it's not still doughy. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes if it is.
- Take out of the oven and drizzle the sweetened melted butter on top.Return to the oven and cook for another 7-10 minutes or until a light glaze has set.
- Pilsbury Hawaiian Biscuits
- Annie's Flaky Biscuits
- Possibly a store brand - read the label.