Gluten Free Monkey Bread


A soft pull-apart Keto Monkey Bread with a sugar free brown butter syrup

4.4 Stars (5 Reviews) 12 Comments

This gluten-free monkey bread is a sugar-free recipe that uses keto sweeteners instead of sugar to get a tasty sweet and sticky dessert. This pull-apart bread is made with a combination of almond flour and protein powder instead of traditional all-purpose flour for a keto, gluten-free bread. Each bread bubble is coated in a sweet cinnamon mixture and drizzled with a brown butter caramel sauce for the ultimate holiday dessert.

Gluten free monkey bread is a classic dessert that will fill your kitchen with warmth and cinnamon. This sweet and sticky treat is even a great recipe for brunch on holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving! This pull-apart bread recipe differs from others out there because most gluten-free monkey bread recipes still use sugar and alternative flours that are still high in carbohydrates. This monkey bread recipe is low carb, so we use almond flour and sugar free sweeteners. You still get that pillow soft dough with each pull-apart morsel and a delicious sticky buttery caramel coating.

How to make gluten free monkey bread

To make this keto monkey bread, we make a low-carb pastry with almond flour and protein powder instead of wheat flour or fathead dough (commonly used in many keto pastry recipes). Once the dough is made, each morsel is rolled into a ball and the dough balls are coated with sugar-free sweetener and a mixture of spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg, to create that sweet and sticky cinnamon sugar outer layer. Once the bread is finished baking, it is drizzled with browned melted butter, sugar-free caramel syrup, and topped with crushed pecans for a bit of crunch.

all the ingredients for gluten free monkey bread with text

Key ingredients

  • Zero Carb Protein Powder – The dough for the keto monkey bread is made with a low-carb protein powder to keep the recipe keto-friendly. Protein powder adds volume and airiness to the pastry, making it light and fluffy.
  • Sugar-Free Sweeteners – This recipe uses a granulated sweetener that can be swapped cup for cup with regular sugar. The granulated sweetener has zero carbs and zero calories, but it bakes and tastes just like real sugar. You can’t even tell the difference! The brown sweetener is very similar to brown sugar, and it also measures cup for cup. There is also a hint of molasses in the brown sweetener to give it that rich caramel flavor and dark color. If you don’t mind a little bit of sugar in your monkey bread, you could try coconut sugar, but adding coconut sugar will increase the carbohydrate count.
  • Xanthan Gum – Xanthan gum gives the dough structure and support so that the dough holds together. It is tasteless, so you won’t even know it’s there!

Tools you will need

To make this homemade monkey bread recipe gluten-free, you will need the following supplies:

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Keto Monkey Bread Ingredients

  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup unflavored low carb protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs

Sweet Cinnamon Coating Ingredients

Brown Butter Caramel Syrup Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar free brown sweetener
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup crushed pecans, optional

Gluten Free Monkey Bread Directions

  • Gluten Free Monkey Bread
  • a plate with monkey bread on it coated with sauce and pecans

    What is monkey bread?

    Monkey bread is a pastry made with small pieces of soft, sticky bread sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. It is called monkey bread since each piece can be pulled apart and eaten individually as a monkey would. Monkey bread is also known as plucking cake, bubble bread, and pull-apart bread. It is a popular bread to serve around the holidays similar to a sheet of warm cinnamon rolls.

    Many recipes use biscuit dough for their monkey bread recipe; however, most biscuit doughs (especially store bought) are not gluten free or low carb.

    Keto monkey bread without fathead dough

    Most keto monkey bread recipes use fathead dough, which is a keto dough made with mozzarella cheese, making it an odd choice in the dough for keto monkey bread. Fathead dough also makes keto monkey bread that is much denser than the dough from this recipe. Although fathead dough’s elasticity allows it to form a bubble shape easily. It bakes up to be a semi-fluffy bread, but it has an underlying cheese flavor that doesn’t really fit a sweet pastry recipe.

    a bite out of a piece of monkey bread that was pulled out

    Brown butter syrup

    It wouldn’t be monkey bread with a sticky exterior and this brown butter caramel drizzle gives this pastry the perfect finish. This recipe for brown butter caramel syrup uses unsalted butter, a sugar-free brown sugar sweetener, heavy cream, and crushed pecans. The syrup has a sweet and rich flavor that makes it perfect for monkey bread. The brown butter adds depth to the sauce, giving it a nutty, rich flavor.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Gluten Free Monkey Bread

    Servings: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 357
    Fat 32g
    Protein 13.3g
    Total Carbs 7.2g
    Net Carbs 3.7g

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      1. The protein I use is zero carbs. They are okay to use an any diet unless you have kidney problems. Unfortunately there isn’t really a substitute for protein powder in this recipe. Sometimes coconut flour can be used it its place but the bread may turn out denser. Another option would be egg white powder, but I haven’t tried that.

    1. Was there supposed to be sweetener in the actual bread? I just made a half batch to test because we WILL be enjoying this for Christmas but the bread itself is salty. I’ll add some sweetener to my next batch but just wanted to ask if it was a typo and if so, how much sweetener you’d recommend. Thanks! The rest of the recipe is fabulous!

      1. The bread doesn’t need sweetener as the cinnamon “sugar” coating and syrup are sweet enough. If you thought it was salty, you can decrease the salt. One teaspoon would be fine. Glad you liked the recipe!

    2. Love this recipe in every way except too much salt ? read other comments so I already cut salt in half to only 1 teaspoon…next time only be using 1/2 tsp…this is still a great recipe dough is sweet and fluffy…I could see this fixing my craving for a donut and cinnamon roll all in one…I might even try cream cheese frosting on it sometime and a gooey cinnamon sauce…thanks so much!

    3. I made this today for brunch with my girlfriends and we all LOVED it! My carmel sauce did not turn out as dark as yours, but since I used my golden monkfruit sweetener, that may have made the difference. I did cook it for the full 10 minutes thinking it would darken up, but no dice. Anyway, it tasted just amazing. Thank you!

    4. Do you have an alternative topping for this? Like maybe a cream cheese glaze using Swerve confectioner’s sugar substitute? I’m not willing to consume any molasses at all on keto, since it’s a sugar. It might be just a tiny bit, but it’s still a real sugar and it’ll make me want more real sugar. Also, can the bread be sweetened with a little sweetener? Or would that make it less fluffy?

      1. You could try a cream cheese frosting like I use on my cinnamon rolls. There isn’t any molasses in this recipe so I’m not sure where you are getting that. I agree that you shouldn’t have molasses on the keto diet. You can add sweetener to the bread but it might be overly sweet because each ball is coated in sweetener and then the glaze as sweetener.

    5. First time making monkey bread but will certainly not be the last. This was delicious!!! Had to move it away so I would not continue eating it.

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