Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread
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Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread (Oat Flour + Easy!)

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This Healthy Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread recipe is just what the name says… EASY! No yeast or eggs are needed for this recipe. Plus these sticky cinnamon spheres are gluten-free, vegan, and made with all simple, wholesome ingredients.

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Easy Nut-Free Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread Recipe

If you were raised calling it Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread, there is no judgement here. No matter what you call it, this bread is still delicious. And this apple pie healthier version will steal your heart! I’ve already made this bread twice in one week if that gives you any indication for how good it tastes. It’s also a breeze to make! No dough rolling required (which I love)!

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Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread From Scratch

Making apple cinnamon monkey bread from scratch is not as difficult as you would think! Being completely honest right now… when I made my original gluten-free monkey bread, I nailed it first try, so I know you can nail it too! This recipe was a hit as soon as I pulled it out of the oven too. I had to ward my husband off so I could get pictures before he devoured it (and he’s skeptical about healthy baked goods so that’s saying a lot). 

This apple cinnamon monkey bread would be perfect for any Holiday breakfast or brunch too! Think of it… you wake up Christmas morning to the warm smell of cinnamon and sugar, baking in your oven. You hop out of bed, pour yourself a tall mug of Superfood Hot Chocolate, and cozy up by the fire with your family as you all snack on sticky, gooey, monkey bread. I don’t think there’s a better way to start Christmas morning!

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Homemade Monkey Bread About To Head Into The Oven!

Gluten-Free Monkey Bread Dough Ingredients

We use a simple list of pantry staples to make this monkey bread dough. The only flour you need is oat flour! If you have oats, then you can make oat flour at home in 3 simple steps!

Dough Ingredients:

  • Unsweetened Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (white vinegar or fresh lemon juice also work)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pure Maple Syrup (or honey)
  • Oat Flour
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Baking Powder
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How to Make Monkey Bread Vegan

This gluten-free monkey bread recipe is vegan because there are no eggs or even flax eggs needed. We also make a vegan buttermilk with plant based milk (read how below)! The only swap you’ll do to make this monkey bread vegan, is use coconut oil or vegan butter for dunking the monkey bread spheres in before rolling them in cinnamon sugar.

How to Make Vegan Buttermilk

Traditional monkey bread recipes call for buttermilk, which is high in fat and obviously not dairy-free or vegan. The reason this monkey bread recipe can be made with no yeast is by incorporating a vegan buttermilk. It’s the EASIEST thing you’ll ever make! (okay that’s a big claim. But, it’s really easy!)

  1. In a small bowl or pourable measuring cup, mix together plant based milk and organic apple cider vinegar and let sit for 5-15 minutes until it thickens a bit and curdles.

THAT’S IT! Only, 1 step, and now you are a kitchen scientist! The acidic properties found in apple cider vinegar allow your baked goods to rise and soften with ease. And because we use plant based milk, it’s a vegan buttermilk! Simple. Easy. Fluffy monkey bread here we come.

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I cannot wait for you to give this Easy Gluten-Free Monkey Bread a try! Please snap a picture and share it with me! Seeing your kitchen creations makes my day and encourages me to keep creating new recipes for you!

Happy Monkey Bread Bakin’!


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Yield: 10 servings

Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread (Oat Flour+ Easy)

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread

This Healthy Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread recipe is just what the name says… EASY! No yeast or eggs are needed for this recipe. Plus these sticky cinnamon spheres are gluten-free, vegan, and made with all simple, wholesome ingredients.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


For the Dough:

  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or Milk of Choice)
  • 2 tsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Fresh Lemon Juice or White Vinegar Also Work)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbs Pure Maple Syrup (or Honey)
  • 2½ Cups Oat Flour (I haven’t test another flour)
  • ¼ tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Medium Apple Diced (About 1¼ Cup Diced)
  • 1 Tbs Tapioca Flour (Can Sub Cornstarch Or Arrowroot Powder)

Cinnamon Coating:

  • 1 Heaping Tbs Cinnamon
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Grass Fed Butter (Can Sub Coconut Oil or Vegan Butter, See Note 1)

Optional Healthier Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 2 Tbs Softened Low Fat Cream Cheese (Can Sub Vegan Cream Cheese or Regular Cream Cheese)
  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp Unsweetened Almond Milk (or Milk of Choice) (may not need if using vegan cream cheese or if it’s already runny enough)
  • Optional: ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract


1. Make Vegan Buttermilk: In a small bowl or pourable measuring cup, mix together milk and apple cider vinegar. Let set for 5-10 minutes until congealed and slightly thickened. Then mix in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.

2. While the milk is sitting, line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 F.

3. Make Cinnamon Coating: In a small/medium bowl, mix the cinnamon and coconut sugar until combined.

4. Place 1 Tbs of the cinnamon coconut sugar mixture with apples along with 1 Tbs tapioca flour (or cornstarch) and set aside.

5. In another small bowl, melt the grass fed butter.

6. Make The Dough: In a medium bowl, mix together oat flour, salt and baking powder.

7. Pour the milk mixture and gently fold together until combined. Let sit for around 3 minutes to allow oat flour to absorb liquid. (dough should be slightly sticky, but able to be formed into spheres. If it’s too sticky just add ½ Tbs more oat flour or more as needed).

8. Flour your hands with oat flour and scoop out about 1-2 Tbs of dough and roll it between the palms of your hands until a sphere forms (continue to use oat flour when needed if dough is too sticky). Continue until you’ve formed around 20-25 spheres. If you like your monkey bread more doughy then make the spheres larger, if you like it more cooked, make spheres smaller.

9. Take one sphere at a time, roll in melted butter (shaking off any excess), then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture until well coated. Place dough sphere in bottom of loaf pan.

10. Once you have a layer of monkey bread on the bottom, pour over ¾ of apple cinnamon mixture. Then, repeat step 8 until all dough is gone. This should make 20-25 monkey bread dough balls. (I did 5 rows of 2 spheres on the bottom and 5 spheres on top). 

11. Cover with remaining apples. If desired, pour any leftover butter or cinnamon coating over the top of monkey bread. Bake at 350 F. for 15-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean (or if you like it doughy, pull it from the oven around the 15-20 minute mark). You can also leave this dough uncooked in the fridge overnight to bake in the morning. Just set it out on the counter to allow it to reach room temperature before baking.

12. Make Cream Cheese Icing: While monkey bread bakes, make the icing. Mix together softened cream cheese, maple syrup, and nut milk until smooth.

13. Enjoy monkey bread warm with a drizzle of cream cheese icing.


  1. Butter Sub: If you want to cut the calories even more you can sub the butter for plant based milk. I haven’t tried this, but it should still turn out delicious. All that matters is that your cinnamon and sugar mixture will stick to the dough spheres.
  2. Storage & Reheating Tips: Store monkey bread in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months (I have not tried reheating them after frozen so let me know if you do. I’d love to hear how they reheat.) Similar to other baked goods, this monkey bread does dry out a bit while stored in the refrigerator after baking. Drizzle with a little water before microwaving or reheating in the oven. 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Monkey Bread Without Cream Cheese Icing

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 2.5gCarbohydrates: 38.9gNet Carbohydrates: 37.9gFiber: 1gSugar: 11.6gProtein: 0.2g

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  • Stephanie oleston

    Tried making the monkey bread recipe and the dough is so runny with the given measurements.. wondering if I did something wrong?

    • Claire

      Hi Stephanie! So sorry your monkey bread dough was too runny. As the recipe says, when you are rolling the dough into balls you may need to add more oat flour as needed. Depending on what kind of oats you are using will affect the amount of moisture they absorb. Also, allowing the dough to sit for a few minutes will help the liquid absord. I hope you give this recipe another try because it’s super delish! Just add more oat flour as needed to get the dough to roll into spheres. Hope that’s helpful 🙂

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