Healthy Monkey Bread!!!
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!
Can’t you see the softness and cakey-ness?
Monkey Bread Recipe
- 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
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup raw sugar (or other granulated sweetener)
- 2 Tbsp cinnamon
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.
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!