Individual Monkey Bread From Scratch Recipe


After school time looks a little different these days. Mostly because home is school and school is home. But, we still have school time and home time. We try to keep the home time screen-free because there is a lot of time spent on screens for school. One way is baking. So, the girls made some individual monkey bread from scratch. Or, if you like alliteration, Mini-Monkey Bread.

individual monkey bread from scratch

Thank you to Juicy Juice for sponsoring this individual monkey bread from scratch recipe.

Not only is the result a delicious, sweet and tasty treat and snack, but they also spend time in the kitchen measuring out ingredients, making sure they have everything, and working together. 

Individual monkey bread from scratch teamwork makes it taste that much better. 

Making the Individual Monkey Bread Dough

After gathering the ingredients, the first thing to do is activate the yeast. You’ll find the full recipe below. Save it, pin it, print it! Then, you make the dough and allow it to rise. Yes, there’s some sitting while making these, but it also leaves time to clean everything and also play a game or two.

Making the Individual Monkey Bread Balls

Once the dough has risen and been kneaded, it’s time to make the dough into balls. Since these are individual-sized and we wanted a couple sections in each muffin, we made the dough balls about 1/2 Tablespoons in size. The girls had fun ripping the dough into smaller pieces.

girls dipping into sugar

Dipping the Individual Monkey Bread Balls

Now that the dough is in smaller balls, you’ll dip each into melted butter and then roll in a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon (or shake if you prefer to use a zippered-bag).

Many hands make light work, so grab all of your siblings to help make the dipping and rolling go faster. 

Making the Individual Monkey Breads

Place 5 of each of the dipped and rolled balls into each muffin tin section. You’ll end up with approximately 15 mini or individual monkey breads. 

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Once your work is done, you are almost ready to cook them and enjoy them. First, you have to cover the individual monkey breads and let them rise for about 45 minutes. More waiting time. It’s the hardest part. 

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But once they have done their rising, into the oven they go. 

You are so close now. After cooking them for about 20 minutes (until golden brown), take them out and let them cool!

Then, it’s snack time!

The girls enjoyed their individual monkey breads from scratch with 100% Apple Juicy Juice! I think next time, we’ll bake some apples with Juicy Juice and add it in between the balls for a little extra flavor and fun. 

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Give them a try! I don’t think you will be disappointed!

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When you are finished with your snack and juice, save your juice box, and you can create a fun school bus juice box craft to keep the after school fun going.

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Yield: 15

Individual Monkey Bread From Scratch

individual monkey bread

A delicious individual serving of monkey bread that is perfect for serving, parties, snacks, brunch and more.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup warm water or apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (one envelope package)
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk, warmed
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Combine warm water, yeast and teaspoon of white sugar into a large bowl. (You can also use 1/4 cup of warm apple juice like Juicy Juice 100% juice, apple flavor and 1/2 teaspoon sugar). Let this mixture stand until bubbly and foamy. This should take approximately 5 minutes. *Note, make sure you water is warm, but not hot or cold.
  3. Into the foamy mixture, stir in 1 cup of flour, warm milk, egg, butter, salt, and vanilla extract, and 3 Tablespoons white sugar.
  4. Mix well before adding the remaining 2 1/2 cups of flour.
  5. Mix and knead the dough until it comes together in a ball. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rise in warm place for about 30 minutes. (try the "proof" setting on your oven if it's cold inside.)
  6. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and punch it down gently to deflate.
  7. Separate the dough into approximately 1/2 Tablespoons sized balls.
  8. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a separate small bowl, or a zippered bag.
  9. Dip each dough ball into melted butter and then roll in sugar mixture until well coated, or drop into zippered bag and shake until well coated. putting monkey bread into muffin tin copy
  10. Place approximately 5 of the coated balls into each muffin section.
  11. Cover the muffin pan with a damp towel or plastic wrap and allow each individual "muffin" to rise until nearly doubled (approximately 45 minutes). individual monkey bread in pan copy
  12. While the dough is rising, if it's not in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  13. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on top, approximately 20 minutes.
  14. Invert onto a plate, or scoop out. Allow to cool before eating and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 4g

Please check your individual ingredients for actual nutrition information.

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  1. We so love monkey bread never thought I could make it myself. I am so going to try this thanks for sharing this one sounds like one I can handle.

  2. Nancy E Loring says:

    These would be a huge hit at my house. I like that you put them in individual muffin cups. Each of my grandkids could have there own.

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