Cinnamon banana monkey bread is a sweet way to kick off any morning! Flaky biscuit dough seasoned with cinnamon and sugar, then baked with ripe bananas until it’s caramelized, warm, golden, and gooey. This pull apart bread is irresistibly delicious!
I’m grateful that Brian and I are having a non-traditional Christmas this year.
There will be not be a tinsel-topped tree casting its pine scented needles onto our carpet. No halls will be decked with boughs of holly, and there will be no gift swapping with relatives that we rarely see. And there will be no pushing and shoving our way through over crowded shopping malls, dodging shoppers with cart rage.
Instead of the madness, we’ll celebrate the Christmas holiday quietly, cuddled up on the couch with our fur babies. We’ll listen to our favorite holiday music, enjoying homemade beef bourguignon for dinner. Then, a celebration of Jesus’ birthday, with a slice of double chocolate cake.
We will bring out the gifts that we bought while shopping together on Black Friday. We’ll laugh about how pathetic we are, lacking the self control and patience to wait until Christmas to exchange gifts.
We’ll exchange kisses and prayers, thanking God for the incredible blessings that he’s given to us this year.
Days become sweeter when miniature loaves of cinnamon banana monkey bread are shared.
Warm, golden, gooey, cinnamon and banana goodness. There’s comfort in every bite of this sweet treat! Paired with fresh coffee, the perfect cup of hot chocolate, or a glass of milk, the bread is perfect to begin your Christmas day.
How to Make Cinnamon Banana Monkey Bread
Cinnamon Banana Monkey Bread
- 1 pkg refrigerated biscuit dough (8 biscuits per tube)
- 3 Tablespoons white sugar
- 3 2/3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon divided (3 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons)
- 4 oz unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 medium extra ripe bananas mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lightly grease the wells of a Pampered Chef stoneware mini loaf pan, a standard sized bread pan, or a 6-cup bundt pan. Set aside.
- In a large zip top plastic bag, add 3 Tablespoons cinnamon and 3 Tablespoons white sugar. Cut 8 uncooked refrigerated biscuits into quarters, then place all 32 pieces into the plastic bag. Close zipper and shake to coat pieces of dough. Place 8 pieces of dough evenly into each of the 4 wells of the mini loaf pan, or space evenly across the bottom of the bread or bundt pan.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and brown sugar for 45 seconds on high power. Stir until melted and combined Stir in 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract to combine. Pour evenly over the biscuit pieces.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until biscuits are lightly browned and sauce is bubbling.
- Carefully remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing and serving.
- If desired, drizzle with melted white chocolate or cream cheese frosting.
Please use the comments to let me know what you think of the cinnamon banana monkey bread recipe!
2012 was, in no way, shape, or form a stellar year for Brian and I. Serious illnesses, unemployment battles, and the deaths of close friends are always struggles. Major challenges, disagreements, and resentment threatened our 5-year relationship. National and worldwide unrest are factors too, causing many sleepless, fearful nights in this house.
However, the trembling and fears were only temporary. We know now that negativity in our lives exist only for as long as we give it the power to be there.
We made a decision to end the negativity and remove the hurt in our hearts. The toxic life around us united us somehow, and we began to pray with more passion than ever before. We were given knowledge and peace that there is a way of escape from our pain. That way of escape was born long ago, in a lowly stable. The sweet baby Jesus!
That tiny baby later became our Savior and King. He is our Wonderful Counselor, our ever present help in times of trouble.
All we need to do is ask for God’s help, believing in our hearts that He can and will help. Then, turn our lives…the good, bad, and ugly, over to God’s care. In return, He promises us that in His timing, everything will work according to His plan. The focus is to live in the moment, and trust Him. (John 3:16)
It’s not easy to believe in something that can’t physically be seen, but that’s what faith is. And I know that our faith in God helps Brian and I through some of the most challenging and painful times in our lives.
Honestly, Christmas trees and fancy gifts are wonderful ways to bring loved ones closer together. Brian and I are giving that up this year, just to be closer to our King.
Merry Christmas season, friends!