Single-Serve Monkey Bread

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Monkey Bread has been around forever, and I imagine that most people have fond childhood memories of the house filling up with the sweet smell of cinnamon followed by eating this gooey treat with their fingers making this ‘bread’ a certifiable comfort food. Not only was I surprised at how delicious this bread turned out, but I was even more shocked that my husband LOVED this dish, and that was even after I told him there was no sugar in the recipe!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 30 Minutes.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray, (I suggest using non-stick muffin tin to prevent sticking!).


Open up both cans of crescent dough, and cut each triangle into 3 equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece of dough into 3 equal-sized small balls, totaling 24 balls per pack of crescent rolls. (Note: balls should be smaller than golf balls, but big enough that about 4 balls will fit into each muffin tin).


Combine the stevia/splenda (or whatever sugar substitute you choose) with 2 tbs of cinnamon in a small bowl. Toss the dough balls in the cinnamon-‘sugar’ mix until the balls are well coated.


Next, melt the butter in microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds, (or until melted).  Add the syrup and 1 tbs cinnamon to the melted butter, stir, and set aside.


Place  four balls into each individual muffin tin, and pour the butter-syrup mixture over each muffin tin, until the dough balls are almost covered in the syrup mixture, (if there isn’t enough to cover each muffin tin, I just added a bit more syrup to each tin).


Bake for 15- 20 minutes, or until a caramelized crust forms on the top of each little monkey bread.


Remove from the oven, and let cool for about 15 minutes. Use a knife to remove the edges and serve on a pretty plate… Preferably while still warm!


2 Cans reduced fat Pillsbury™ crescent rolls (off-brand works well too!)
1/2 cup Sugar Free Maple Syrup1
1 tbsLight Butter
3 tbs Cinnamon
2 tbsBaking stevia OR 1/4 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 2

1 There are many natural brands at many Whole Foods stores if you would prefer, or you could use light syrup.

2 I used NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend. If using packets of stevia, I recommend using about 3-4, or adjust according to taste.

Katie's Tip!

Balls should be smaller than golf balls, but big enough that about 4 balls will fit into each muffin tin.

Nutrition Breakdown

12 Servings (1 monkey bread)
130 Calories Per Serving
6 g Fat
17 g Carbohydrate
1 g Fiber
3 g Sugar
3 g Protein
4 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Kerryne said:

Holy Hannah… that looks and sounds amazing. I also don’t have any memories of Monkey bread growing up. I think the first time I tried it was a year ago and it was OH SO GOOD, but your version is one I can make and not feel guilty about it! THANKS!

January 3rd, 2011 — 1:26pm  |  Reply

Sean Farrell said:

I love that you took pics of the steps! It works very well for people like me sweety :) Now I can make this on my own!

These are delicious :)

January 3rd, 2011 — 1:35pm  |  Reply

Leah Case said:

o…m…g…I need to try this

January 3rd, 2011 — 1:41pm  |  Reply

Liz @ IHeartVegetables said:

wow this looks so good!!! I can’t believe how few calories there are in this! This would have been so much better than our cinnamon rolls we made for Christmas!

January 3rd, 2011 — 2:49pm  |  Reply

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said:

looks delicious! monkey bread was my favorite thing to make in home ec in middle school! can’t wait to try :)

January 3rd, 2011 — 2:49pm  |  Reply

Dayna Hanson said:

making this right now… literally :) you rock sister!!

January 3rd, 2011 — 4:31pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

yayyyyyy!!! LOVE the step by step!! this will totally get people to do it!!! :) so excited.. love this and looooove the monkey bread!! thanks for making it again for me!

January 3rd, 2011 — 5:48pm  |  Reply

Maggie said:

This reminds me of Christmas morning. My family only makes monkey bread once a year and it wouldn’t be Christmas morning without it!

January 3rd, 2011 — 7:34pm  |  Reply

Sami said:

you, my dear, are a genius :D


January 4th, 2011 — 10:09am  |  Reply

Toni said:

This sounds (and looks) sooo amazing! I cannot wait to try it! I know my family will just love it. :) Thanks for the recipe! Blessings to you!

January 4th, 2011 — 10:11am  |  Reply

Alycia [Fit n Fresh] said:

This. is. AWESOME. I loveeee monkey bread and I love even more that you made it healthy! Must try this soon :)

January 4th, 2011 — 8:59pm  |  Reply

lisa said:

imm pretty sure im about to go put on my coat and get my car keys to drive up to the store to get ingredients to make these…. haha looks tasty!

January 5th, 2011 — 12:45pm  |  Reply


I tried this recipe and it is AWESOME ! ! ! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

March 4th, 2011 — 6:19pm  |  Reply

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said:

this is one of my fav DD recipes!

March 17th, 2011 — 7:19am  |  Reply

Karla said:

These are AMAZING! I love the portion control.

March 17th, 2011 — 8:13am  |  Reply

Kirsten said:

This is my FAVORITE DD recipe :D

March 17th, 2011 — 8:31am  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

like many of your recipes i made this for my fiance one day, and i managed to get one before i ran out the door and when i came home the plate was empty!

March 17th, 2011 — 12:48pm  |  Reply

Catherine C. said:

I made this a few months ago while visiting my parents and my dad totally thought it was full sugar! He had no idea these were “healthy” but was so happy when he found out! They were great! :)

March 17th, 2011 — 5:24pm  |  Reply

Kara said:

These look so tasty! I can’t wait to make them.

March 17th, 2011 — 6:53pm  |  Reply

Christa said:

Printed this: in my to do pile!

Im not sure how Im going to convince my boyfriend this is low cal tho…

March 17th, 2011 — 9:24pm  |  Reply

aruna b. said:

I loved this recipe! it was gooey and delicious!

March 22nd, 2011 — 10:03am  |  Reply

Amy said:

Love this recipe! I remember Monkey bread as being a special treat as a kid so it’s nice to have a healthy, grown up version now!

March 24th, 2011 — 10:18am  |  Reply

Becca B said:

It is so great to see that you can still eat “decadent” things and not have to feel guilty about it, unless you eat all of them of course :)

March 25th, 2011 — 10:19am  |  Reply

Elizabeth said:

I am SO excited that you posted this, I can’t wait to try them! Your baking recipes are so good!

March 31st, 2011 — 6:15pm  |  Reply

Sam said:

Just made these…they were SOO good! Monkey bread is one of my favorite treats, and this recipe is so simple and easy. thanks for posting a great recipe!

June 26th, 2011 — 8:21am  |  Reply

Nirth said:

Hi there! I just tried this recipe out this morning and I loved it! I only had one can of crescent dough (and used Pillsbury Multigrain instead of Reduced Fat) so I simply halved the recipe, but it still turned out delicious :) Thank you for creating such an awesome low calorie dessert.

December 5th, 2011 — 7:04am  |  Reply

Susan Thompson said:

I love that these are individual! So I made some variations! I divided the sugar/cinnamon mixture into three smaller bowls. I kept one regular, added two true orange packets to the next, and a 1/4 teaspoon cocoa to the last! Very good stuff!

December 22nd, 2011 — 6:56am  |  Reply

Suzanne said:

Made these for the first time this morning for Christmas Morning. Delicious!! My husband had no idea they were a ‘light’ version. Will be making these again.

December 25th, 2011 — 9:13am  |  Reply

Caroline Musacchia said:

These look delicious! Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely going to try these! I love monkey bread and this is a great healthy version perfect for Weight Watchers!

February 7th, 2012 — 1:01pm  |  Reply

Kelly said:

My 3 year old son and myself made this together tonight for our family snack. It was super simple to make and it was absolutely delicious. He had a great time rolling the dough balls in the cinnamon and stevia. Thank you so much for all of your recipes. I have honestly planned our meals for the next 2 weeks 100% from your site.

February 29th, 2012 — 7:50pm  |  Reply

Gen said:

Hello just quick question, I dont see pics on how the pieces were cut out of the triangle, how’d you get them even? Looking forward to trying this recipe I’m hooked on mickey d’s cinna melts would be nice to find something lower in calories LOL

March 7th, 2012 — 12:56pm  |  Reply

Trish said:

This looks like a great website! I am trying soooo hard to find very low or no sugar options for recipes. I know how bad sugar can be for you! However, as much as I want to jump on the stevia bandwagon, I have heard that it can affect reproductive health! Not sure if that is true, but it seems that everything touted as good for us today, becomes bad for us tomorrow!

March 16th, 2012 — 8:13am  |  Reply

Rachel said:

Trish – I understand your concern for using stevia or artificial sweeteners. However as a Registered Dietitian, I can assure you they are perfectly safe. Stevia is a natural sweetener made from a plant that is native to northeast Paraguay and was first discovered & used in 1887. It is actually 30 times sweeter than sugar and therefore less is needed when sweetening foods. Many, many studies have been conducted to make sure stevia is safe for public consumption. Overall a person would need to consume twenty, 12oz cans of diet pop or 97 packets of sweetener EVERYDAY before they would even get close to the recommended limit – and this limit is set with a 100x fold safety factor! I would highly encourage you to check out to review the information for yourself but I have found cooking with stevia to prepare these WONDERFUL recipes to be a great idea. I’m so thankful I came across The Dashing Dish! The recipes and devotions are great for my heart, soul & body. :)

April 4th, 2012 — 1:53pm  |  Reply

Cami said:

We make our own maple syrup from our maple trees, I wonder how this well affect the calories?

April 19th, 2012 — 9:08am  |  Reply

Kristen said:

Just made these for hubby and I…sooo yummy! Katie, thanks for all these wonderful recipes! You are such an inspiration!

April 27th, 2012 — 10:46pm  |  Reply

Johnna Engquist said:

Would you have more of a nutritional breakdown for this recipe available? I am concerned about suger, which shouldn’t be much considering I am using the Splenda substitute sugar.

My family has fallen in love with this recipe! I have not disclosed the fact that I am using Splenda instead of sugar!

June 4th, 2012 — 1:28pm  |  Reply

Johnna Engquist said:

Would you happen to have more nutritional values available for this receipe?

Love it! Thanks.

June 4th, 2012 — 1:29pm  |  Reply

tina millwood said:

Love this! I have to bring a snack for work and this was a lifesaver. Altered it to fit what I had in the house. Used 2 cans of generic biscuits rolled into three balls per biscuit and used light syrup. My kids and I tried one and my 8 yr. old said, “Scrumptious!” I’ll be making more of these! Thanks for the recipe

December 18th, 2012 — 6:54pm  |  Reply

Michaela Quinn said:

just made this – it is my first dashing dish recipe! so delicious! thanks katie!

July 8th, 2013 — 5:08pm  |  Reply

Lexy said:

I want to bring this to a meeting but can’t guarantee it will still be served hot/warm. Would it still be good to eat?

August 28th, 2013 — 7:46am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :)

August 29th, 2013 — 1:38pm  | 

Esther said:

Baking tin question from a non-baker: do you use spray on a non-stick pan or just one or the other? I would like to try this out!

January 8th, 2014 — 9:32pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes add it on everything to prevent sticking

January 9th, 2014 — 10:01am  | 

Sharyn said:

Hi there, For those of us not in the USA, what could we substitute for Pillsbury as we can’t get that in New Zealand!
I used to live in the midwest and I miss it so bad but can’t get it anymore so any suggestions would be gratefully accepted!

January 14th, 2014 — 4:45am  |  Reply

Jodi Pierce said:

These were FANTASTIC!

October 6th, 2014 — 6:40pm  |  Reply

Lora Greenman said:

Made this for breakfast this morning, they are so yummy. I used biscuits instead of crescents, they turned out wonderful!

July 11th, 2015 — 10:02am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

haha…love it…thanks leah!

January 3rd, 2011 — 2:24pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks sami! :)

January 4th, 2011 — 11:02am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

your welcome marlene, thanks so much for the awesome feedback! :)

March 5th, 2011 — 1:18am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks sam!

June 26th, 2011 — 2:37pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

great ideas susan! :)

December 22nd, 2011 — 5:54pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Great switch Gen! :) Just cut each square into 3 pieces and roll it into balls! :)

March 7th, 2012 — 3:58pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

it really just depends on how many calories are in the maple syrup!

April 19th, 2012 — 10:24am  |  Reply

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