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Gluten-Free & Vegan Chai Monkey Bread

One of my all-time favorite holiday recipes is a fresh batch of monkey bread. The first time I had monkey bread as a kid it was covered in caramel, and it wasn’t my favorite, but I soon realized that was not how all monkey bread was made! My favorite type of monkey bread is melty and gooey baked cinnamon and sugar-covered dough bites, I mean, what is there not to like?!

Gluten-Free & Vegan Chai Monkey Bread

What is monkey bread? Monkey bread is a soft and sweet cinnamon sugar bread that is served as a breakfast treat almost like a cinnamon roll. Similar to a cinnamon roll, Monkey bread has very similar flavors and textures but a cinnamon tends to be more bread like in flavor where monkey breads composition of round dough bites covered in cinnamon sugar give each bite the texture of the middle of a cinnamon roll. that is a long way of saying, the best part of the cinnamon roll is the center, which is every bite in monkey bread! Have I convinced you to make it yet?

What ingredients make Monkey Bread?

  • Chai powder
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Gluten-Free Flour
  • Yeast
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Vegan Butter

Let’s bake Gluten-Free & Vegan Chai Monkey Bread

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Chai Monkey Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: Monkey Bread
  • Category: bread
  • Method: baking


Gluten-Free & Vegan Chai Monkey Bread is the ultimate holiday treat. Sweet sugar combined with warm cinnamon and chai spices.


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  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of chai powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour

Chai / Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of chai powder
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon

Melted Butter:

  • 4 tablespoons of melted vegan butter


  1. In a bowl mix together the sugar, chai powder, and ground cinnamon and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, pour in the warm water, add the yeast and using a spoon agitate  the water and the yeast until slight bubbles form
  3. Next add the baking powder, chai powder, cinnamon and gluten-free flour until a dough forms
  4. Grease a baking pan, I like to use a loaf pan, if you are using a bundt pan you will need to 1 1/2 the recipe
  5. Using your hands, form 1″ dough balls and roll each dough ball through the chai cinnamon sugar mixture you prepared, and place the dough balls in the pan.
  6. Repeat the dough ball sugar coating process until the dough is fully used up,
  7. You will have a lot of sugar and chai, cinnamon left over – using a new bowl, melt the vegan butter and pour the butter into the sugar mixture to create a loose sugar butter paste
  8. Pour the cinnamon sugar, butter mixture over the top of the dough balls
  9. Place the pan in a warm spot in your house for about 1 hour for the dough to double in size
  10. Once the dough has doubled in size, place in a 425°F oven for 30 minutes until the butter is bubbly and the top looks crunchy
  11. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from the pan


  • If you use a bundt pan, 1 1/2 or 2x the recipe

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Gluten-Free Monkey Bread

A few years ago I tested and tested and tested the inspiration for this recipe and made a traditional monkey bread; Gluten-Free & Vegan Monkey Bread. To me, adding chai spice to a cinnamon recipe adds such a great depth of flavor while adding a holiday twist to a classic monkey bread.

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