Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread – Gluten Free

Published on Oct 16, 2022

  by   Kristina Stosek

6 reviews

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Serves: 8 - 10
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Introducing our Very Best Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread, a tasty apple-infused treat suitable for any season. This irresistible monkey bread boasts a soft, moist crumb, generously studded with fresh apple chunks and swirled with a warm buttery cinnamon sauce. Enjoy it for breakfast, brunch, as a snack, or as a dessert, especially when paired with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.

slice of apple cinnamon monkey bread on a plate

Why is apple cinnamon monkey bread so popular?

There are many reasons to love monkey bread, but here are just a few:

1. It’s delicious! Sweet, sticky, and full of flavor, monkey bread is hard to resist.

2. It’s easy to make. This gluten-free monkey bread is super simple to make. Your hands never touch the batter.

3. It’s perfect for a crowd. This sweet apple bread is ideal for potlucks, brunch, and other gatherings where you need to feed a large group of people.

4. It’s versatile. Monkey bread can be served as a dessert or breakfast dish, with endless variations on the basic recipe.

5. It’s fun to eat! Monkey bread is meant to be pulled apart with your hands, so it’s a great food to share with others.

you can never have enough apple recipes

There are countless ways to enjoy apples, but one of our favorites is in this Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread! It’s a fun and easy twist on the classic monkey bread recipe, and it’s gluten-free to boot.

Here are our two most popular apple recipes. The Very Best Gluten-Free Apple Fritter Bread and the Dutch Apple Quick Bread recipe.

close up of a slice of apple cinnamon monkey bread on a dessert plate

Gluten free apple cinnamon monkey bread recipe overview

When it comes to Monkey Bread, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, make sure that your bundt pan is greased well. This will help the bread not to stick and make it easier to remove from the dish when it’s done baking. 

Second, be sure to use a suitable gluten-free flour blend. There are many brands out there, but some work better than others. The two no-fail gluten-free flour blends that I have used are the King Arthur, Measure for Measure, and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Measure.

Third, if you want to add some extra flavor to your Monkey Bread, try adding other spices like cardamom or nutmeg. 

How to serve gluten-free sweet monkey bread?

When it comes time to serve this apple cinnamon monkey bread, it is best served warm or at room temperature.

Once it’s ready, cut the bread into generous slices or let everyone pull apart the gooey pieces themselves. 

Serve as is. Or, to make it luxuriously delicious, add a dollop of vanilla ice cream, warm cream cheese or whipped cream.

To reheat the bread, loosely wrap it in foil paper and re-heat in the oven 

Things you will need to make monkey bread:

  • bundt pan
  • cookie scoop or ice cream scoop
  • medium saucepan
  • cling wrap and foil paper
  • apples
  • cinnamon
  • coconut sugar
  • butter
  • monkey bread batter

How is gluten free monkey bread made?

This gluten-free monkey bread recipe is a sticky quick bread batter using quick-rise instant dry yeast.

dollops of batter in a bundt pan

Using a cookie scoop, the dough is formed into small balls, then layered with cinnamon apples, a drizzle of butter and cinnamon sugar.

batter with cinnamon apples in a bundt pan

The monkey bread is baked in a bundt pan, then inverted onto a platter exposing tender cinnamon apple topping.

proofed batter in a bundt pan

The result is a soft, slightly sweet bread with cinnamon apples and plenty of goey cinnamon butter.

baked apple cinnamon monkey bread inverted on a plate

best apples for baking

There are a few different schools of thought on what type of apple is best when it comes to monkey bread. Granny Smith apples are a good option for those who like their monkey bread on the tart side. However, Golden Delicious or Braeburn apples are a better bet for sweeter monkey bread.

When using fresh apples, ensure they’re peeled and cored and uniformly sliced into small cubes so they’ll cook evenly in the monkey bread. 

sides to apple cinnamon monkey bread

There are many delicious sides to apple cinnamon monkey bread. One of our favorites is a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, add a side of smoky, crispy bacon. This combination is perfect for breakfast or brunch. 

There is something about apples and bacon together. YUM! Have you tried the Garlic Cheese Monkey Bread Recipe?


This simple gluten-free monkey bread recipe is an ideal choice for a delicious breakfast or brunch option! Made with gluten-free flour, it’s an excellent option for individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. Enhanced with the sweetness of juicy apples, this bread is wonderfully moist and gooey, with a warming cinnamon butter infusion throughout.

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My family loved this apple cake. I make it often for Sunday brunch.

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