Healthy Monkey Bread

Healthy Monkey Bread!!!

Healhty monkeybread

Seriously… healthy monkey bread!!!!

(Clearly I am excited about this because I’ve already used nine exclamation points, including the ones in the photo)

Typical monkey bread is usually a very unhealthy treat, with its plethora of butter, refined flour, and bone-bleached sugar. The recipe I based my version off of even included the bread being drenched and served with a caramel sauce. (Unnecessary much?) Run-of-the-mill monkey bread definitely isn’t the option for someone trying to stay fit… but this healthified version is!

monkey bread bite

Chomp.

Can’t you see the softness and cakey-ness?

Monkey Bread Recipe

Dough:

  • 1 (1/4 oz) package highly-active yeast (I used Fleischmann’s RapidRise)
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 110-115° F
  • 1 1/4 cup warm almond milk, 110-115° F
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar (or other granulated sweetener)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp liquid stevia, or 3 more tablespoons sugar
  • 5 cups white whole wheat flour, divided

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar (or other granulated sweetener)
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast into water. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine almond milk, coconut oil, sugar, eggs, salt, and stevia. Add in yeast mixture. Stir in 3 cups flour until just combined. Add enough flour until a firm dough is formed (about 5 cups total). Knead dough 1-2 minutes on a floured surface. Place in greased bowl and spray with cooking oil (I used olive). Cover and place in fridge for about 8 hours to rise.

When done rising, grease a 9″ angel food cake (or bundt) pan and set aside. In a small bowl, combing sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough into 45 balls, and, one by one, dip each ball into melted coconut oil then cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place in prepared pan, cover, and let rise at room temperature for ~45 minutes. Preheat an oven to 350° and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool and enjoy! Leftovers can be stored in fridge.

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction


 

Now it’s time for a nutritional showdown! (Please excuse the messy nutrition labels… I haven’t quite figured the program I’m using out!) Serving size is for one ball.

bad nutritiongood nutrition

The bad-for-you recipe (not including caramel) is on the left, mine is on the right. I think we can see that my recipe is better! Not only are the macros better-looking, the ingredients are much higher quality. So make this recipe, kick your feet back, and enjoy! You’ll never know that you’re indulging in something that’s actually GOOD for you!

-Emily

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