Nostalgic and Fun To Eat…Sweet and Skinny Monkey Bread


This sticky, gooey, pastry is very popular to serve as a breakfast treat for company. Monkey Bread is usually made with bread dough covered in cinnamon, sugar, melted butter, nuts and baked in a Bundt pan.  It’s traditionally served hot so the baked segments can be easily torn away with your fingers and eaten by hand. No wonder this dreamy pastry is sooooo good!  Not very healthy for breakfast but hey you’ve got company!  Good news though, I’ve recreated this normally high fat treat skinnier and easier to make by using reduced-fat butter, less sugar, nuts and starting with refrigerated biscuits.  One skinny serving now has 190 calories, 6 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. A full fat serving of Monkey Bread has 608 calories and 40 grams of fat! This delicious treat lends itself to lazy weekend mornings. Make it for family and friends or just because!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 25 minutes


¼ cup chopped walnuts

3 (7.5 oz each) cans Pillsbury refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

⅓ cup sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

¾ cup brown sugar

2 teaspoon water


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray (I like the cooking spray with flour in it.)

2. Sprinkle the walnuts evenly onto the bottom of the pan.

3. In a bowl, mix together the ⅓ cup sugar and cinnamon.

4. Quarter each biscuit and roll each in sugar mixture. Place all pieces layered evenly in the pan.

5. In a small pan melt the butter, brown sugar and water. Bring to a boil, turn heat to low and cook for 2 minutes. Stir often.

6. Pour evenly over the biscuit pieces. Bake for 25 minutes.

7. Remove from oven and while still hot carefully invert onto a serving plate.

8. Serve warm and let everybody pull off a piece.

Makes 10 servings (the skinny facts are based on 10 servings, which is really, really, generous. To cut calories and ww points, make it to serve 12-14!)

Food Fact
Monkey Bread, also known as Bubble Loaf, Pinch Me Cake, or Hungarian Coffee Cake, began appearing in woman’s magazines and community cookbooks back in the 1950s.  The origin of the name is unknown, though it has been suggested the bread resembles the monkey puzzle tree whose prickly branches make it difficult to climb.  Some feel the name derives from the act of pulling the pastry apart with their fingers.  Much like monkeys would do if they were presented with such a treat.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
190 cal, 6g fat, 2g protein, 34g carbs, 1g fiber, 248mg sodium, 23g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving
608 cal, 40g fat, 5g protein, 61g carbs,1g fiber, 673mg sodium, 46g sugar

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9 Responses to “Nostalgic and Fun To Eat…Sweet and Skinny Monkey Bread”

  1. Bri Says:

    This is soo good! I didn’t have enough biscuits, so I quartered them, then rolled each piece into balls. Then I coated them with the sugar/cinnamon mix, and then dipped each one into the glaze and put them on a baking sheet in the oven at 400F. Yum! 😀

  2. admin Says:

    Thank for your yummy feedback Bri. Sounds like you did a terrific job!

  3. Claire Says:

    This was delicious and no one knew it was a skinny version, either! Thanks for the tasty recipe 🙂

  4. admin Says:

    Yippee…Thanks so much for the feedback Claire!
    With my best wishes,

  5. Ana H. Says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! It was very delicious and did not taste “skinny”.

  6. admin Says:

    I’m so happy this recipe worked for you Ana!
    With my best wishes,

  7. Jackie Says:

    Can you use something other than a bunt pan

  8. Jackie Says:

    Made this today it was AMAZING

  9. Doris Says:

    Good morning –seeing this brings back memories from years ago when my Mother made this …How would the NI change if nuts were omitted ??? We have a family member with tree nut allergies ..thanks so much !!

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