Mini Monkey Breads

Mini Monkey Breads

Ever had monkey bread? Let me refresh your memory, ooey gooey balls of dough coated in a cinnamon sugar syrup. This recipe yields mini monkey breads so you get one, two..or three, all to yourself!

Don’t get me wrong, your typical monkey bread in a bundt cake pan is great, but if you are in a pinch and need to make something, these are great. I brought the mini monkey breads to Thanksgiving this year for dessert and everyone seemed to love them.

mini monkey breads

Ingredients:

Monkey Breads

Drizzle:

I kind of eyeballed this-

  • 2-3 tbsp Swerve Confectioners Sugar 
  • 1 tbsp Dairy Free Milk or Water

This recipe is a little hack. Because it uses cinnamon rolls, they are super easy to make, and super delicious. All you have to do is cut up the cinnamon rolls into little squares! I used reduced fat cinnamon rolls, they’re only 10 calories fewer than the original ones so if you can’t find these it is not a big deal.

mini monkey breads

I am going to be 100 percent honest with you, I totally did not mean to grab these cinnamon rolls at the grocery store. I was mindlessly shopping, I thought I grabbed crescent rolls. When I got home, I went to put these in the fridge and realized they were cinnamon rolls. I could have just made cinnamon rolls but I wanted to make something a little more fun but still easy! So I opted to make these mini monkey breads.

In terms of ingredients; I used Swerve sugar for this recipe. This is a 0 calorie sweetener, but I promise it tastes great! If you want to swap this for normal brown sugar you can, but the nutrition for each monkey bread is going to change. I also prefer dairy free milk to dairy milk, but this is all preference, you do not need much for this recipe so either will be fine! 

mini monkey breads

Here is how to make the mini monkey breads:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Grease 8 cupcake tins
  3. Open up the tube of cinnamon rolls, (peel off the paper and bang on the tube lightly so it opens) separate the cinnamon rolls 
  4. Chop each cinnamon roll into 6 cubes, placing each cut up cinnamon roll into the cupcake tin (each monkey bread is one cinnamon roll chopped)
  5. Melt your butter in a bowl, add in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and splash of milk. Stir together
  6. Pour the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over each monkey bread
  7. Bake for 10 minutes
  8. Combine the confectioners sugar, and milk to make the drizzle
  9. Remove from cupcake tins, drizzle, and enjoy (these are best served right out of the oven)
  10.  

In my opinion these are best right out of the oven, but I did bring them over to my boyfriends for Thanksgiving. I wrapped them in foil and placed them in the oven for about 10 minutes just to warm them up right before we ate them. If you are reheating them, make sure you wrap them up like I did so they do not dry out.

mini monkey breads

This recipe serves 8, search HNFit Mini Monkey Breads for easy tracking. 141 calories, 4.8 fat / 24 carbs / 2 protein

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is it called monkey bread?

The name originates from this dessert being a finger food, you pick apart the monkey bread as a monkey would!!

How do you know when your monkey bread is done?

The monkey bread will be crispy on the top and the brown sugar syrup will be bubbling! 

What pans can you use for monkey bread?

Normal monkey bread is made with a bundt cake pan, for this recipe I used cupcake tins because they are individual, mini, monkey breads!

Is monkey bread low sugar?

Not typically no, it is usually loaded with sugar. Since I used Swerve in this recipe, each monkey bread only has 9 grams of sugar, I would say that is pretty low sugar for monkey bread!

How do you eat monkey bread?

With your hands of course! It is not the cleanest dessert, but the flavor is worth the mess.

Is mini monkey bread macro friendly?

I would say these mini monkey breads are pretty macro friendly! Each serving is 141 calories, 24 carbs, 4.8 fat, 2 grams of protein!

If you like this recipe, you will also want to check out our easy pretzel bites that are made with Pillsbury biscuits!

Yield: 8

Mini Monkey Breads

Mini Monkey Breads

Ever had monkey bread? Ooey gooey balls of dough coated in a cinnamon sugar syrup. This recipe yields 8 delicious mini monkey breads

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Monkey Breads

  • 1 can Pillsbury Reduced Fat Cinnamon Rolls
  • 2 tbsp Swerve Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Dairy Free Milk
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon

Drizzle:

  • 2-3 tbsp Swerve Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Dairy Free Milk or Water

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
    2. Grease 8 cupcake tins
    3. Open up the tube of cinnamon rolls, (peel off the paper and bang on the tube lightly so it opens) separate the cinnamon rolls 
    4. Chop each cinnamon roll into 6 cubes, placing each cut up cinnamon roll into the cupcake tin (each monkey bread is one cinnamon roll chopped)
    5. Melt your butter in a bowl, add in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and splash of milk. Stir together
    6. Pour the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over each monkey bread
    7. Bake for 10 minutes
    8. Combine the confectioners sugar, and milk to make the drizzle
    9. Remove from cupcake tins, drizzle, and enjoy (these are best served right out of the oven)

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 mini

Amount Per Serving Calories 141Total Fat 4.8gSaturated Fat 2.3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0.9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 362mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 2g

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