If you love easy recipes, and you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, then you will LOVE this Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread! It’s made with just 2 ingredients, canned cinnamon rolls and apple pie filling, so it’s the perfect quick and inexpensive breakfast or brunch item to feed a crowd!
My family and monkey bread go way back.
When we used to live in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming, my Mom would make a big bundt pan of monkey bread every Thanksgiving morning. Then, while it was cooling, we would go on a family hike up a mountain on the back side of our property. After enjoying the fresh air and working up an appetite, we would come back to the house and make ourselves big plates of Mama’s monkey bread.
But here’s a question for you… do you consider monkey bread to be a breakfast item or a dessert?
We used to always have it for breakfast, especially during the holidays when the diets were a distant thought and instead everyone congregated around the kitchen, picking food off of any flat surface like pigeons in a park.
And maybe the classic monkey bread is more of a breakfast or brunch food… But with the addition of apple pie filling and cinnamon rolls instead of biscuits, this 2 ingredient apple pie monkey bread could go either way.
Serve it with coffee and fresh fruit and call it breakfast, or top it with a big ‘ol scoop of ice cream and some caramel sauce and call it dessert.
Here’s how to make this simple monkey bread recipe:
The ingredient list for this yummy monkey bread couldn’t be any shorter… You just need:
- 2 12-ounce cans of store-bought cinnamon rolls – the kind in the tube that you find in the refrigerator section – you will be using the included icing cups as well
- 1 21-ounce can of apple pie filling – I like to get the kind that says 20% more fruit
You will also need a bundt pan and nonstick cooking spray.
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread with Cinnamon Rolls
Step 1: Preheat the oven and grease your pan.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and grease a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2: Cut the cinnamon rolls and apple slices into pieces.
While your oven is heating, start by cutting each raw cinnamon roll into six small pieces, like this:
Depending on which apple pie filling you use, you may need to slice the larger slices of apples in the filling into smaller, bit-sized pieces also.
Step 3: Layer the apple pie filling and cinnamon rolls in a bundt pan.
First, spread half of the apple pie filling evenly in the bottom of your greased bundt pan. Then, top that with half of the cinnamon roll pieces.
Add the remaining apple pie filling, and top with the remaining cinnamon roll pieces. It should look something like this:
Step 4: Bake until golden brown.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 to 22 minutes, until the cinnamon rolls are golden brown. Then, allow your apple cinnamon monkey bread to cool and transfer it to a serving plate.
Doesn’t it look awesome?!
Step 5: Drizzle with icing and serve.
Once your monkey bread has cooled for about 10 minutes, it’s time to drizzle on the icing!
Heat the icing cups that were included with the cinnamon roll dough, according to package instructions. Then, drizzle on top of your apple cinnamon monkey bread and serve!
And that’s it!
This awesome monkey bread recipe is SO easy that even I could make it! And that’s saying a lot… if you’ve been here for a while, you know that my husband is the chef in our family!
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Monkey Bread
If you have leftovers of your yummy cinnamon roll monkey bread, then you can store it covered in the fridge for up to 5 days or on the counter for 3 days. However, this apple pie monkey bread is really best fresh right out of the oven, and if you’ve got a big family like we do, then you probably won’t have any leftovers.
But just in case you do, you can spoon any leftover monkey bread into a plastic Tupperware-like container. Then, when you’re ready to eat it you can either serve it cold straight from the fridge or heat it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds to one minute, depending on how much you are heating.
Other Yummy Monkey Bread Ideas
The great thing about monkey bread (besides the fact that it’s really a dessert masquerading as an acceptable breakfast!) is that you can easily add in your favorite ingredients.
Here are some other fun monkey bread variations:
- Switch out the apple pie filling for cherry or peach pie filling.
- Add some chopped pecans to your apple cinnamon monkey bread.
- Try a pineapple upside down monkey bread!
- Top your monkey bread with a drizzle of caramel sauce.
- Make a chocolate cherry monkey bread with cinnamon rolls, cherry pie filling, chocolate chips, and a drizzle of Nutella.
Want another super easy breakfast recipe (that could also be a dessert!)? Learn how to make Mini Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Muffin Mix… These are a family favorite, and I always make a double batch to freeze for easy weekday breakfasts.
And be sure to leave me a comment with your favorite unique monkey bread recipes! What is the best monkey bread you’ve ever had? And let’s take a poll… Is monkey bread a breakfast or a dessert?
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- 2 12-ounce cans of cinnamon rolls
- 1 21-ounce can apple pie filling
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Grease a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut each raw cinnamon roll in to 6 small pieces, and cut the apple slices in the pie filling in to bite-sized pieces.
- Spread half of the apple pie filling evenly in the bottom of the greased bundt pan. Top with half of the cinnamon roll pieces.
- Layer on the remaining apple pie filling, and top with the remaining cinnamon roll pieces.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes, until the cinnamon rolls are golden brown.
- Carefully remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Then transfer to a serving plate.
- Heat the icing cups from the cinnamon roll packages according to package instructions, and drizzle on top of the apple cinnamon monkey bread.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 558mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Different online calculators may calculate nutritional information differently. Also, the addition of optional ingredients and varying brands and products may change the information. For the most accurate data, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients that you use.