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Vegan Monkey Bread

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

So first of all, for those who do not know what monkey bread is ..

Monkey bread is a pastry, usually sweet. But you can definitely give it a savoury twist!

Balls of dough covered in cinnamon and sugar heaped together in a pan.

The sugar gets caramelized during baking and if it is not enough after baking you can also add over glaze or salted caramel sauce. Yummy!

Now .. I'm not vegan.

But I sometimes like to cook and bake vegan. There are vegan recipes not less wonderful.

And I love that I have recipes like this when I want to host my vegan friends.

I pretty much improvised this recipe a year ago,

And do not know what I did there but the dough came out really good!

No one believes me that it's a vegan dough without eggs and without butter.

And everyone liked it! Vegan or not..

I also make vegan babka with this recipe.

If you want to make the monkey bread in a non-vegan version, you can use the dough of my babka recipe.

You can find the recipe - here.

And are also invited to follow me on Instagram and see more of my cooking

and baking :)


For the dough -

  • 650 grams of bread flour

  • 7 grams of dry yeast

  • 80 grams of sugar

  • 300 ml of cold water

  • 50 ml of lukewarm water

  • 140 grams of soy yogurt with a natural taste

  • 75 ml oil

  • 50 grams of soft vegan butter

  • Teaspoon of salt

  • teaspoon of vanilla extract

For coating -

  • 120 grams of light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon

  • Pinch of salt

  • 40 grams of vegan butter

To glaze-

  • 100 grams of powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons soy milk / almonds

  • 1 tablespoon squeezed lemon juice

  • Lemon zest from half a lemon [optional]


  • Remove the butter from the fridge in advance, cut into cubes and set aside to give it time to soften. Or in short pulses in the microwave - just make sure that it has not melted.

  • In the mixer bowl, mix 50 ml of lukewarm water with the yeast and sugar. Let the mixture rest for about 10 minutes.

  • Then add all the other ingredients except the oil and butter.

  • Start kneading at a slow speed.

  • As the ingredients begin to combine and a dough begins to form, increase to a medium kneading speed and gradually add the butter and oil until completely incorporated.

  • Continue to knead for another 10-12 minutes.

  • Remove the dough from the bowl, form it into a ball and return to an oiled bowl.

  • Cover the bowl with cling film and place overnight in the refrigerator.

  • You can also let the dough rise at room temperature [in a chilled room though] until the dough doubles in size.

  • Prepare the mixture to coat the dough balls - mix the sugar with the cinnamon and a pinch of salt.

  • Oil a Kugelhoff mold or a 26 cm diameter.

  • Roll out small balls from the dough and dip each ball in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

  • Place in a pan with tiny intervals between balls.

  • Once the first layer is complete arrange more balls layers over.

  • Cover the pan with a towel and let it rise for another 20-30 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 175 degrees [C]

  • Melt 40 grams of vegan butter and sprinkle over the dough balls before preparing for the oven.

  • Bake for 35-40 minutes.

  • Meanwhile prepare the glaze - mix all the ingredients until a smooth. Milk can be added or reduced to make a thicker or less thick glaze.

  • When the monkey bread is ready, carefully remove the from the pan and turn it over on a serving plate.

  • Drizzle over the glaze.

Enjoy! :)


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