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Three Grain Monkey Bread (Vegan)

Sharon Palmer

Ever since my children were tiny, they loved this classic baked comfort food, Monkey Bread! Even now as college students, they beg me to make this easy, baked recipe. Little did they know that my Three Grain Monkey Bread was light in sugar, and packed with nutritious ingredients, including whole grains, wheat germ, and nut flours. This made me feel good as a mom—I was packing in something fun to eat, that was also good for them.

Why’s it called monkey bread? Because you roll the balls of dough into melted margarine and cinnamon, then press them together in a baking dish, bake them, and then pull apart the bread while it’s warm in order to pop it in your mouth, just like a little monkey! 

You don’t have to be a kid to love this recipe, though. It’s easy enough you can get it in the oven in 10 minutes, and it’s so delicious for a weekend breakfast, brunch accompaniment, or coffee break. Mix up the flours you use for variety. You can also make this recipe gluten-free by swapping out the wheat flour for gluten-free flour and wheat germ for ground flax seeds.

Mix up batter.
Dip balls of dough in melted dairy-free margarine, then in cinnamon mixture.
Place in a baking dish.

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Three Grain Monkey Bread (Vegan)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x




  • 1 ½ tablespoons dairy-free margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix flours, wheat germ, baking powder, salt (optional), and 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar together until smooth.
  3. Add vegetable oil and milk and stir briefly just to make a sticky dough (do not over stir).
  4. Spray a small baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Place melted margarine in a small dish. Place 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in a small dish and stir until combined.
  6. Pinch off chunks of dough (divide dough into 12 pieces) and shape into a round ball in hands. Dip each ball of dough into the melted margarine, and then roll in the cinnamon sugar.
  7. Place in the baking dish, packing together closely so that they are touching.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  9. Serve warm.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 96 calories
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 36 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

For more whole grain breads, try some of my favorites:

Blueberry Millet Muffins
Coconut Cinnamon Rolls
Whole Corn Muffins with Spices

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