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Monkey Bread Muffins Recipe

Monkey bread muffins are single serving versions of monkey bread (sometimes called pull-apart bread). They can be flavored however you like – think cinnamon and sugar, Nutella and banana, or pumpkin spice. They are fun to make and delicious to eat – a perfect brunch item or afternoon snack. This post is all about the basic monkey bread muffin recipe technique; while I give a recipe for a Nutella and banana version, the flavoring is up to you to decide.

A group of 3 monkey bread muffins

Like a child who can’t resist the temptation to pull open and thumb through barely open drawers, your eyes begin exploring at the first sight of the monkey bread muffins. Your fingers quickly follow suit, prying the plush bread open and releasing steam studded with smells of fresh bread and filling.

What Tools Do You Need to Make Monkey Bread Muffins?

You don’t need any fancy baking tools to make monkey bread muffins.

You’ll just need a rolling pin and a muffin tin.

How to Make Monkey Bread Muffins

Prepping the Dough

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together yeast, water, and brown sugar and let stand for five minutes. It should get foamy, but don’t worry too much if it doesn’t. You aren’t looking for giant foam, just a few bubbles.

Note: I use an active dry yeast for this recipe. If you use an instant or quick yeast, you don’t need to worry about waiting for the yeast to activate.

Mix in flour, salt, buttermilk, and butter. Stir until the dough starts to come together.

Lightly flour a clean surface (so the dough won’t stick to it) and dump the dough ball onto that surface. Knead it until the dough is smooth and elastic – about six minutes. The dough is really easy to work with – you shouldn’t have too many problems with it sticking.

Kneading Dough
Coat a mixing bowl with oil, put your dough ball into it, cover, and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size (about two hours).

Once the dough has risen, punch the dough down and split it in half.

At this point, you have a choice. You can make monkey bread in strips or in little balls. I like the look of both!

Monkey Bread Muffins Using Strips

Roll half of the dough (one whole chunk that you already divided,  above) into a 1/16″ thick rectangle and cut into six strips.

Rolled-out dough divided into strips

Spread topping on the first strip. Top with the next strip and repeat until you’ve used all of the strips.

Nutella being spread on strips of dough

Cut the layered dough into 6 sections of equal length.

Turn each section onto its side and place into a well in a greased muffin tin. It will not come to the top of the tin. Don’t worry; there’s still lots of rising to be done.

Roll, cut, and layer the second half of the dough as you did the first and fill the rest of the muffin tin.

Monkey Bread Muffins Using Balls

Instead of rolling the dough into strips, in this method you make small balls of dough. Dip those balls in butter and then dip them in spices.

Dough ball being dipped in Butter and Cinnamon

Then, pile them into a muffin tin.

You can also put ingredients inside of dough circles before you roll them up into balls. Below you’ll see where I use this technique to make savory pizza muffins.

Filling muffin tins with pizza dough and sauce

In the image below, I fill circles of dough with jam, pecans, and brie cheese before rolling them up.

Filling Monkey Bread Balls

Baking the Dough

Set the muffin tin in a warm place and let the dough rise for another hour.

Bake at 375 F until the muffins just begin to brown, and serve warm.

Flavor Ideas for Monkey Bread Muffins

My favorite flavor for monkey bread muffins is Nutella and banana (because I love all things Nutella – see my Nutella Rice Krispie treats)! But, there are so many fantastic options:

  • Melted butter with cinnamon and sugar
  • Chocolate chips or cinnamon chips
  • Caramel and pecans
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pumpkin butter
  • Apple pie filling

How to Turn This Recipe Into Full-Sized Monkey Bread or Pull-Apart Bread

You can easily convert this recipe from muffins to a full monkey bread!

If you are using the method that makes many balls of dough, I suggest using a Bundt pan and piling all the dough balls inside of it.

balls in pan

If you are using the strips of dough method, place the strips vertically in a bread pan.

RumChata Pull-Apart Bread

Either way, if you make a larger size, you’ll need to increase the baking time. Check for doneness around 40 minutes and add more time as needed.

Other Must-Try Breads

  • If you’ve never made a star bread, you won’t believe how easy it is – and how impressive it can be.
  • My baked Gorgonzola cheese dip is served in a bread wreath that is made very similarly to monkey bread. It’s a no-rise recipe, so it’s super quick and easy!
  • Challah is a rich, eggy bread that is braided. It has always been one of my favorites. You can also try it with apple spice filling!
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Monkey Bread Muffins

Monkey bread muffins are single serving versions of monkey bread (sometimes called pull-apart bread). Flavor them with Nutella and banana as detailed in this recipe or try any flavoring you like!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword monkey bread muffins
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 272kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup water warmed to 105-115 F
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus a little extra for dusting the work surface
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 over-ripe banana cut into tiny pieces

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together yeast, water, and brown sugar and let stand for five minutes. It should get foamy, but don't worry too much if it doesn't. You aren't looking for giant foam, just a few bubbles on the surface.
  • Mix in flour, salt, buttermilk, and butter. Stir until the dough starts to come together.
  • Lightly flour a clean surface (so the dough won't stick to it) and dump the dough ball onto that surface. Knead it until the dough is smooth and elastic, about six minutes. The dough is really easy to work with - you shouldn't have too many problems with it sticking.
  • Coat a mixing bowl with oil, put your dough ball into it, cover, and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size (about two hours).
  • Once the dough has risen, punch the dough down and split it in half.
  • Roll one portion of the dough into a 1/16" thick rectangle and cut into six even strips. (You'll see from my photos of this recipe that I don't get caught up with perfection.)
  • Spread Nutella on top of the first strip. Then, top with banana pieces.
  • Top with second strip and repeat step 7.
  • Continue layering strips and banana slices until you reach the top strip. Do not coat the top of the last strip in Nutella or bananas.
  • Cut the layered dough into 6 sections of equal length.
  • Turn each section onto its side and place into a well in a greased muffin tin. It will not come to the top of the tin. Don't worry; there's still lots of rising to be done.
  • Repeat steps 6-11 with the second half of the dough.
  • Set the muffin tin in a warm place and let the dough rise for another hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the bread just begins to brown.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

Another way to make these muffins is to use balls of dough instead of strips. Fill circles of dough with Nutella and banana and roll them into balls. Optionally, dip the balls in melted butter and cinnamon before piling them into muffin tins.
Other filling/flavoring ideas include:
  • Melted butter with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Chocolate chips
  • Caramel and pecans
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pumpkin butter
  • Apple pie filling

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Monkey Bread Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 218mg9%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 206IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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15 comments on “Monkey Bread Muffins Recipe”

  1. Lesliesays:

    OH.MY….this must be the perfect pull apart bread…like ever!

  2. You had me at Nutella…I’ll be pinning this one!

  3. Oh boy this looks delicious!!! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  4. Malobasays:

    Is it possible to freeze the uncooked dough?

  5. Nutella and banana…mmmm..what could be a better combination ;)

  6. Rimasays:

    5 stars
    is this real life? SOOOO Gonna make this over the weekend!!!

  7. 5 stars
    What a tasty recipe. Especially I love the combination of bread, banana & chocolate spread. Thanks for sharing.

  8. 5 stars
    Great descriptions in the first paragraph, stef! I want these so bad!! :)

  9. My mouth literally started watering just from your description – imagine what will happen when I make these! Yum!!

  10. Emilysays:

    i made these today! they don’t look quite like the picture (!) but are VERY tasty!!!

  11. I am going to make this over the weekend coming, my daughter loves Nutella and just started to get interested in cooking so it will be a great fist attempt.

  12. Sarahsays:

    Awesome, thanks for the inspiration! I was looking for something to bake today, and this is it! I had featured U in the post of Top 7 Delectable Bread for Breakfast on AllFreshRecipes.Except ur more newly recipes!

  13. This looks just totally yummy, going to make these today with my daughter.

  14. Saw this on your Facebook post…and boy does this look delicious! Cupcake sized? Even better! :D Perhaps I shall whip these up for my next brunch…

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