The Best Vegan Monkey Bread (paleo + gluten-free)

March 25, 2020

The Best Vegan Monkey Bread made with all paleo and gluten-free ingredients. A delicious and healthier version of the classic monkey bread!

vegan monkey bread

MONKEY BREAD!! How are you so damn good?!

Growing up, I used to have sleepovers at friend’s houses all the time. A couple of my friends moms would always whip up this amazing monkey bread. And to be honest, it was one of my favorite parts of the sleep over. You know your girl loves all things cinnamon and this monkey bread is like a cinnamon roll in this delicious cake form.

With a drizzle of melted coconut butter, I have been in snacking’ heaven over here.

You only need a few healthy ingredients to bake this vegan monkey bread at home. And it is grain-free and with no refined sugars.

This recipe isn’t as sweet as your classic monkey bread, but that is what I love about it. I’m the type of person who lives to have something dessert every single day. And this is one of those recipes that if you over eat it (which is impossible), you won’t be in a sugar coma. All you need for sweetness are some dates. But if you want to make this sweeter, of course you can! Just add in some extra coconut sugar or maple syrup.

What ingredients you need to make this monkey bread:

  • Pitted dates – I used soft dates but didn’t need to soak them! Just remove the pits from them.
  • Non-dairy milk – any variety works. I like to use one with no added sugar so it doesn’t add extra/unnecessary sugars to the bread
  • Almond flour – I haven’t tested a sub here but almond meal will work too
  • Tapioca flour – Arrowroot starch/flour works but haven’t tested another one
  • Apple cider vinegar – acts as the “yeast”
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut butter for the glaze if you’d like!

If you are craving a more chocolatey monkey bread, try my Vegan Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Monkey Bread (gluten-free)

The Best Vegan Monkey Bread made with all paleo and gluten-free ingredients. A delicious and healthier version of the classic monkey bread!The Best Vegan Monkey Bread made with all paleo and gluten-free ingredients. A delicious and healthier version of the classic monkey bread!

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The Best Vegan Monkey Bread (paleo + gluten-free)

vegan monkey bread

The Best Vegan Monkey Bread made with all paleo and gluten-free ingredients. A delicious and healthier version of the classic monkey bread!

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 5-6 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates (softened but not hot or soaked in water!)
  • 2/3 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups almond flour or almond meal*
  • 1 1/4 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot flour*
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Glaze on top: melted coconut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan with coconut oil
  2. In a food processor, blend together the dates and milk for a couple minutes then add in the remaining monkey bread ingredients
  3. Pulse/blend until well combined
  4. Using a spoon and your hands, roll out about 1-2 tablespoons of dough into a ball and place into loaf pan and layer
  5. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes then drizzle with coconut butter and enjoy!

Notes

*I haven’t tested subs

**Store leftovers in airtight container for 5 days or freezer for 2 months

 

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11 Responses

  1. Yummy! I know you said you haven’t tried replacements but would coconut flour usually work in place of tapioca/arrowroot powder?

  2. How do you soften dates without soaking them in water?

    Love this idea btw, I’ve been following you for a while and have been loving the cinnamon swirl banana bread and flourless brownies!

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