Paleo Monkey Bread for GFE’s Home for the Holidays

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This recipe and post are for Shirley of Gluten Free Easily‘s Home for the Holidays, Gluten-Free Style blogging event. The cast of characters for this event are nothing less than phenomenal.  Use this opportunity to scope out some new sites that might not be strict Paleo, but are wonderful resources for living the lifestyle. I feel like Spider-man teaming up with the Avengers and the X-Men! But instead of defeating Galactus, we’re giving away a TON of stuff! Refer to the below for the list of bloggers and giveaways, including the THREE items we’re giving away too.

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is busy for everyone, but even more so for us than other people. Not only do we have the best holiday on Earth to kick it off, Thanksgiving, and other holidays with meals to host, gifts to give, parties to attend and all that jazz, but we also have at least 6 birthdays as well! In fact, today is Stacy’s dad’s and sister’s birthday. How crazy is that?! It helps, in such circumstances to have go-to traditions that will work every year. And, of course, my favorite traditions can be performed in the kitchen!

When Stacy and I started sharing our lives, one of my favorite traditions she brought was having monkey bread before we opened gifts on Christmas morning (followed after by a huge brunch). Ever had it? Despite the dubious name, monkey bread is normally balls of biscuit rolled in cinnamon sugar and baked in gads of gooey syrup. The recipe we inherited from Stacy’s mom (and her mother before her as well) involved using canned Pillsbury biscuits (it says the brand name, yes) quartered and then rolled into balls.

Last year, after 2 failed attempts at our own gluten-free version, we just made it the traditional way for visiting family and didn’t partake ourselves. This year, we knew we could figure it out if we tried enough. On Thanksgiving we told family we were working on the recipe and the room got quietly serious. They threatened to not come over if we didn’t make it! Then Stacy’s sister said, “No, it’s fine, I’ll just sneak in my own.”

Monkey bread is serious business in this family. I think if there were one recipe that says Home for the Holidays for us, this is undoubtedly it. It took a LOT of testing to get us satisfied, but the end result is even better than the original monkey bread, according to Matt’s brother – a gluten loving basement dwelling 20-something. We’re thrilled to have figured out a version that won’t make all of our tummies sick when we want to be feeling jolly on Christmas morning.

Warning: this recipe is about 95% sugar. It’s not a health food – but, it gives us a feeling of nostalgia and once a year in a small portion will be a WONDERFUL treat. I wouldn’t bake it if you don’t have a full house… it’s troublesomely addictive. Make it at your own risk!

Monkey Bread

Ingredients

2/3 C fresh medjool dates, pureed
1/2 C coconut oil
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp vanilla

2 1/2 C (divided) almond flour
1 C tapioca flour
3 Tbsp arrowroot powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt

3 egg whites*

1/3 C chopped walnuts
6 Tbsp (divided) palm shortening or butter
3 Tbsp (divided) unrefined granulated sugar

1/2 C unrefined granulated sugar
1 T cinnamon

Instructions

  1. ♥ Puree together dates, oil, honey and vanilla until combined
  2. ♥ In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together, reserving 1 C almond flour, and stir to evenly distribute
  3. ♥ Add dry ingredients to wet and whisk until thick batter is formed (this will be very dry, that’s OK), set aside
  4. ♥ Whip egg whites to soft peaks
  5. Gently fold egg whites into batter until incorporated
  6. ♥ Gently mix in remaining almond flour, 1/4 C at a time, until a very sticky dough forms
  7. ♥ In bottom of greased bundt pan, sprinkle in walnuts, 1 1/2 Tbsp palm shortening and 3 Tbsp sugar
  8. ♥ With a fork in a shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon
  9. ♥ Drop tablespoons of batter into sugar and shake bowl to coat; add “dropped sugared biscuit” into bundt pan
  10. ♥ When dough is all in pan, sprinkle top with remaining shortening and sugar
  11. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes
  12. When done, allow to cool for at least 20 minutes, turn out onto serving platter, enjoy warm

*The fluffy egg white foam add lightness to the dough, making it less dense and helping with the biscuit-like texture. An “egg replacer” would not work, if you have egg allergies. Our suggestion would be to replace the egg whites with 1/4 cup coconut (or other) milk and add an extra teaspoon baking soda to help them fluff. This is what we’ll be attempting on Christmas morning for our vegan brothers.

It’s a lot of work. But worth it… It’s great to make with your little ones on Christmas Eve, and talk about how exciting the day ahead is. Store in the fridge overnight and pop into the oven as soon as you’re awakened by little ones on Christmas morning. Serves about 8. As usual, steps marked with a ♥ are steps for you to do with your own hatchlings!

We serve this on a big tray and just let people pick with their hands as we drink coffee and gab about gifts, but you could get fancy and put it on a plate and use forks, too. Good luck not licking your fingers! We hope you enjoy this as much as we do and that it becomes a yearly tradition for you as well.

If you want more holiday recipes, try Sunny from “And Love it Too!” and her Chocolate Pecan Toll House Pie that she posted yesterday. Chocolate Pecan pie?! If I replace the shortening with palm shortening, I can make that Paleo friendly too! And tomorrow, you can check out Maggie Savage from “She Let Them Eat Cake”. Check back at Shirley’s blog for daily updates! Here’s the full list:

Here’s a complete listing of all the excellent bloggers participating!

Monday, 11/28– your host, Shirley Braden at gfe–gluten free easily
Tuesday, 11/29– Diane Eblin at The WHOLE Gang
Wednesday, 11/30–Heidi Kelly at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom
Thursday, 12/1–Ali Segersten at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
Friday, 12/2–Sunny Busby at And Love it, Too!
Saturday, 12/3– US! Matt & Stacy at Paleo Parents
Sunday, 12/4–Maggie Savage at She Let Them Eat Cake
Monday, 12/5–Melissa McLean Jory at Gluten Free For Good
Tuesday, 12/6–Kim Maes at Cook IT Allergy Free
Wednesday, 12/7–Alexa Croft at Lexie’s Kitchen
Thursday, 12/8–Brittany Angell at Real Sustenance
Friday, 12/9–Elana Amsterdam at Elana’s Pantry
Saturday, 12/10–Kelly Brozyna at The Spunky Coconut
Sunday, 12/11–Ricki Heller at Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Monday, 12/12–Iris Higgins at The Daily Dietribe
Tuesday, 12/13–Stephanie Fourie at Gluten Free by Nature
Wednesday, 12/14–Jules Shepard at Jules Speaks Gluten Free
Thursday, 12/15–Silvana Nardone at Silvana’s Kitchen (and Easy Eats)
Friday, 12/16–Heather at Gluten-Free Cat
Saturday, 12/17–Carol Kicinski at Simply…Gluten Free
Sunday, 12/18–Alisa Fleming at Alisa Cooks
Monday, 12/19–Linda Etherton at The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Tuesday, 12/20–Gigi Stewart at Gluten Free Gigi
Wednesday, 12/21–Zoe at Z’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, 12/22–Lillian Medville at Lillian’s Test Kitchen
Friday, 12/23—Shirley Braden at gfe—gluten free easily

Here’s a complete listing of all the excellent prizes being given away!

More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and Totally Together Journal combos by Stephanie O’Dea, three combos (3)
Simply … Gluten-Free Desserts by Carol Kicinski, 2 signed copies (2) each with a package of Carol’s Gluten-Free Flour mix
Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking by Pete and Kelli Bronski, one signed copy (1)
Gluten-Free Baking for Dummies by Jean Layton and Linda Larsen, one copy (1) (release date Dec. 6)
Gluten-Free on a Shoestring by Nicole Hunn — 2 copies (2)
Gluten-Free in 5 Minutes by Robin Ryberg — 2 copies (2)
Gluten-Free Makeovers by Beth Hillson – 2 copies (2)
The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam, six signed copies (6)
The Gluten-Free Cupcakes Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam, six signed copies (6)
The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen by Laura B. Russell, two copies (2)
The Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Kitchen by Denise Jardine, ONE EXCLUSIVE ADVANCE COPY (1)
The Pure Kitchen by Hallie Klecker, two copies (2)
Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone, three copies (3)
Free for All Cooking by Jules Shepard, one signed copy (1)
The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Jules Shepard, one signed copy
Healthier Without Wheat by Dr. Stephen Wangen, three signed copies (3)
Sugar Nation by Jeffrey O’Connell, four copies (4)
Wheat Belly by William Davis, three copies (3)
Dangerous Grains by Ron Hoggan and Dr. James Braly, two copies (2)
The Food Allergy Kitchen by Amra Ibrismovic and Carmel Nelson, one copy (1)
The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen* by Lévana Kirschenbaum and Lisa R.Young
The Spunky Coconut Cookbook 2nd edition, by Kelly Brozyna, one signed copy (1)
Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts by Kelly Brozyna, one signed copy (1) –Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield, three copies (3)
Go Dairy Free* by Alisa Fleming, two signed copies (2)
Modern Spice, by Monica Bhide, one copy (1) (in combo package with Monica’s app, iSPICE)
Perfect One-Dish Dinners*, by Pam Anderson, one signed copy (1)
The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook*, by Ali Segersten and Tom Malterre, two signed copies (2)
The Steamy Kitchen*, by Jaden Hair, one copy (1)

Gluten-Free Goddess E-Book: Best Loved Recipes by Karina Allrich (1)
The Gluten-Free Diner Cookbook by Diane Eblin, one copy with tote bag (1)
7 Quick Start Tips for Living a Healthy Gluten-Free Fit Life, by Erin Elberson, five copies (5)
Sweet Freedom*, by Ricki Heller, one copy (1)
Combo Set of following: Good Morning Breakfasts, Desserts Without Compromise, and Anti-Candida Feast Book by Ricki Heller, one copy (1) of set

Easy Eats Magazine, three subscriptions–electronic (3)
Delight Magazine, two subscriptions–print (2)
Living Without Magazine, two subscriptions–print (2)

Cook IT Allergy Free App by Kim Wilson-Maes, three apps (3)
iSPICE App by Monica Bhide, one app (in combo package with her cookbook, Modern Spice; already mentioned above) (1)

GlutenTox Testing Kit, two packages (two tests in each kits) (2)
*Indicates prize is not exclusively gluten free, but offers much that is gluten free or easily adapted

And each entry (comment on each Home for the Holidays blog post) enters you for the THREE GRAND PRIZES:
3rd Prize: Caveman Cookies Gift Package ($89 value)
2nd Prize: Free From Gluten Shopping Spree ($150 value)
Grand Prize: Vitamix Super Healthy Lifestyle Package ($550 value)

OK… so what are we giving away? Here is what we have to give away:


Modern Spice, by Monica Bhide with her app, iSPICE

I am very jealous of what you’re getting here. As you may know, I love spices. I will boldly spice things far beyond what most people would expect. Often, I’ll spice things far beyond what people can tolerate! Most people, though, worry about ruining dinner if they go off on their own. Well, if you wanted to go experimenting in Indian spices, Modern Spice is your book! Not only that, but you’ll also win the iSpice iOS app! Unless I rig the contest to win it myself because I REALLY dig it! It looks gorgeous and shares all kinds of information on a variety of spices, how to use them, where to get them, and recipes!

Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield

Now you probably don’t need me to sell you on Paleo Comfort Foods, do you? It’s the best selling Paleo cookbook on the market today! Not to mention a top selling book on Amazon for ALL cookbooks! Jules and Charles won their way into Robb’s heart with their food, and they will win their way into yours with this book. Check out our review here.

Dangerous Grains by Ron Hoggan Ed.D. and Dr. James Braly

Although we’ve never read or heard of this book before, it’s TOTALLY up our alley. We’re thankful Shirley “matched” us up and gave such a good personal recommendation to us. Back in 2002, it was an fairly early bellwether of the arriving gluten-free movement. It’s an extensively referenced, highly informative book you’ll want on your bookshelves.

How do you WIN?

It’s simple: (1) reply to this post with a comment telling us what you look forward to making, eating and sharing during the holiday. (2) Bonus entries are offered if you comment again linking us to where you have shared this post. That means, if you comment and share to Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Google+ and your personal blog you’ll be able to comment and be entered 6 times!

The contest will be super quick! It ends at 12 midnight EST of December the 5th!

We hope that even if you’re not a winner on this post, perhaps you’ll find other blogs you enjoy and recipes to try so that you’ll feel like a winner! We know that after we ate this Monkey Bread we sure felt like we were on top of the world.  Fair warning: do not make this recipe if you will not have an army in your home to eat it afterword, it’s dangerous!

About Matthew

Matthew McCarry has written 229 post in this blog.

Matt is the husband of Stacy and somehow manages to contribute to this blog in between taking care of three children, producing the Paleo View Podcast and cooking most of the food featured here.

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  • Kristine

    Christmas morning is always a ton of food.  Really more food than your typical holiday dinner.  My hubby makes a mean gf french toast casserole.  Also, not a health food, like the monkey bread, but certainly enjoyed once a year!
    Kristine
    kristinevicker @ yahoo(dot)com

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  • DallasGypsy

    Just reading the list of ingredients starts my mouth watering.  Definitely going to try this one.

  • http://www.bubsandscrubs.com Brenda

    This is a fantastic recipe and I’m so happy to have found your blog.  I’ve gone Paleo and gluten-free and struggle around a replacement for the occasional baked good.  I’m planning on making this with my daughters for Christmas Eve too; will become a new tradition vs. building the stale gingerbread house. :)  Thank you so much. 

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      I LOVE this comment, thank you!

  • Shirley Braden

    I seriously can’t wait to make this monkey bread!!! Thank you so much for this one, and for being part of our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event! I’m loving it. :-) I don’t think I’ve ever been mentioned before in the same sentence (or planet even LOL) as SpiderMan, XMen, or Avengers … is that coming from Matt or is Stacy a sci-fi/action hero movie geek as well? ;-) Anyway, great job and thanks again! Your giveaway is fabulous, too. Hope you get lots of entries as every single entry also goes into the final drawing for the Caveman Cookies gift package ($89 value), Free from Gluten shopping spree ($150 value), and the Vitamix 5200 Super Healthy Living package ($550 value)—woohooooo!

    Happy Saturday! Off to the Bizarre Bazaar to do some holiday shopping! ;-)

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Matt authored this one, I figured the reference gave it away… you are our leader, we are the Gluten Avengers!

  • Natalie Wahl

    I need a good cinnamon role recipe, although this might be an awesome substitute.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Natalie, we’ve got that coming in a week or two – we’re SOCLOSE in our testing :)

  • http://twitter.com/bubsandscrubs Brenda

    I shared via Twitter, FB, and my blog.  Thanks for the offer. :)

    http://mynaturalbathandbody.com/2011/12/03/a-gluten-free-monkey-bread-recipe-to-try/

  • Tracy Scott

    I am looking forward to making my first batch of paleo and egg free Christmas cookies and decorating them with my three year old!  This recipe looks amazing.  If anyone knows if any subs for the egg whites would work, please comment!  Thanks for sharing, I would love to win any of these great books.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Tracy, your biscuts would just be a little more flat without the egg whites.  Try substituting 1/4 Cup coconut milk and an extra tsp of baking soda and let us know how it turns out. Our vegan brothers would love us finding a way to make a batch without eggs, too! We were going to give it a try but we need a few weeks off of testing before trying again :)

  • Tracy Scott

    Shared on Facebook

  • Jennyb1227

    OMG – I cannot wait to make this!  It looks so delicious:)  Not only did I share this on Facebook, I also sent the link to several friends and my cousin whose daughter just found out she has celiac (she is 5).  This is the perfect site for their family – thank you!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Jenny, we’re so glad you found us and our hearts are touched that the daughter might have a site to feel excited to visit – thank you!

  • Wendyjshaw

    Monkey Bread!!

  • Tina B

    Wow, what a great round-up of bloggers, and a great set of giveaways!  I have some Grain Free German Apple pancakes in my oven right now, and I am hoping it’ll be the perfect recipe to make on Christmas morning! 

  • Wendyjshaw

    Shared on Facebook

  • Sharon

    Our children would open their stockings first and we would have cinnamon rolls with bacon and eggs.  Then we would open presents under the tree.

  • Mfeezell

    These look pretty great

  • Jacqui

    Because of allergies in our house, we can’t make this.. but OMG it looks so good!!  

  • Sharon

    We make cinnamon rolls Christmas morning! This monkey bread looks great!

  • Sharon

    Tweeted this post

  • Deedeeking98

    I look forward to making THIS monkey bread for our oprn house tradition! I grew up eating monkey bread & have been without it for over 6 yrs now. What a Christmas gift! :)

  • Deedeeking98

    I also shared this recipe & contest on my personal FB page, om my FB blog page & on my FB business page! :) Thank you sponsors!

  • Branmap

    Wow, that looks absolutely scrumptious, but unfortunately I need to watch my sugars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paulalctbrown Paula Brown

    I’ve always made cinnamon rolls and link sausage for breakfast Christmas morning.  This looks like a delicious substitute!  I may try subbing some yacon syrup and some maple sugar or coconut sugar for part of the sugar. 

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Paula, we tried to make this with syrups as the sweetener and it didn’t work because the biscuit dough doesn’t crisp/cook-up the way it’s supposed to. We think it really needs the granulated sugar – and we don’t suggest using palm sugar because it’s not earth friendly (see here: http://paleoparents.com/2011/sugar-addiction-awareness-day/). Good luck!

  • Laurel

    Hmm… I’m looking forward to baking, sharing and eating anything that doesn’t make me sick which pretty much means watching other people eat all the lovely egg-full goodies. However, this year I’m making a Leg of Lamb. Oh yeah!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Laurel, I updated the post for our suggestions on how to make it egg-free/vegan – hope that provides something for you to look forward to!

  • Angelica

    I can’t wait to make Monkey bread with my daughter, she loves pale baked goods :)

  • Heather

    This looks AMAZING!  I am looking forward to making this as well as paleo friendly cookies. Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan W.

    I have really missed Monkey Bread since I’ve gone gluten free.  This is a recipe I’m looking forward to makeing.  Today is a perfect day to bake, it’s rainy and cold!

  • Christine

    Thanks for the post!! This being my first gluten-free holiday, I’m looking forward to making monkey bread for myself and the fam!

  • Suzanne H

    This recipe looks delicious. I love that you used dates as part of the sweetener. I’m looking forward to making this!

  • Suzanne H

    I +1’d it on Google.

  • Annarudeco

    I’m looking forward to making some awesome recipes from my two new paleo cookbooks! 

  • Suzanne H

    I shared on FB.

  • Suzanne H
  • Annaru

    Shared on Pinterest!

  • http://www.cleaningupmykitchen.com Janell

    I always made Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast on Christmas Morning. I’ve been looking for a good gluten-free recipe for this year, but after seeing this I will be making it Christmas Morning! Thanks!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Janell, we’ll have cinnamon rolls up in a week or two, too!

  • Andrea M

    I look forward to making my husband’s favorite cookies for him Christmas day…and he doesn’t know it yet! :)

  • Linda

    This monkey bread really looks good.   I have just newly gone GF, and my daughter makes a homemade gluten version of this that everyone loves.   I look forward to maybe trying this, although I have to watch how much sugar I eat.   Thanks for sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/Veggie_V Veggie V!

    I haven’t had monkey bread in forever! I wonder if this could be veganized with maple syrup, egg replacer powder and Earth Balance. Hum….

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      I just updated the post with our suggestions on how to make this vegan/egg-free – thanks!

  • Aimee

    I was actually JUST telling my husband I wanted to find a paleo(ish) monkey bread to make Christmas morning. His mom makes it with breakfast every year. I can’t wait to make this! Thanks!!!

  • Terri O

    YUP!  Monkey bread is a tradition at our house too…I did wonder what I was going to do this year…now I KNOW! Thanks!

  • Elisabeth

    Wow, this monkey bread looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!! 

  • jbardzinski

    i love all of your ideas.  thank you for sharing. :)  im excited to try any and all recipes i come across. 

  • http://twitter.com/tristazollars Trista Zollars

    Can’t wait to make anything with Garlic – yummy!

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    GFree giveaways! Yes!
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  • Katie Kruger

    Wow what a recipe!  I am trying to learn to cook all things gluten free for my son who was diagnosed gluten intolerant this summer, and myself (wheat sensitive) am just beginning to explore paleo diet and am intrigued.  I’m especially wanting recipes for holiday treats as we’ll have to forego so many of our traditional favorites, this monkey bread will definitely be on our new menu! I have the Paleo cookbook on my wish list, so winning would be delightful.  :)  Thank you for all the great recipes, blog lists and links!

  • Shelly R

    I am looking forward to monkey bread! We had monkey bread as kids, you know the kind that’s really bad for you? Made from biscuits that pop out of a can? Well, I lost my dad a month ago, and have been remembering all the fun times. Monkey bread is one of them. I starting searching for a recipe we could eat, and here you are! Your timing is impeccable! My mom even bought me a bundt pan a few weeks ago!

  • http://www.allergictoair.com Jessica

    I’m really looking forward to making my first gluten and dairy free apple pie this Christmas!  It’s great to find things to make that are special for holidays when you have multiple food allergies across the board!

  • Katie Kruger

    Okay, I shared this post on my twitter and facebook for extra entries.  ;)
    http://twitter.com/#!/KatieInZona
    https://www.facebook.com/katiebk

  • http://www.allergictoair.com Jessica

    I shared this on my Facebook page!

    http://www.facebook.com/allergictoair

  • Shelly R

    I tweeted this… @hoopyscoopsmom

  • http://www.allergictoair.com Jessica

    I shared this on Twitter!

    @allergic_to_air:twitter

  • joaniesinthegarden

    LOVE this recipe and can’t wait to make it for Christmas morning!  Traditionally, we’ve had cinnamon rolls ~ but now that I’m yeast-free I’ve been searching for something wonderful to make instead.  Here it is!  This weekend we’re busy making gf goodies to share with our neighbors ~ red velvet cupcakes, chocolate snowballs and peanut butter cups.  We’re the only gf people in our neighborhood, but they LOVE our treats!  Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Joanie, make sure to check back in because we’ll have a cinnamon roll recipe soon too!

  • http://www.allergictoair.com Jessica

    Whoops…make that I shared it on Twitter at @allergic_2_air:twitter!  Duh!

  • Shelly R
  • Rebecca carlson

    You guys are fantastic!  I’m looking forward to making some of our old favorites in a new way- we’ve been experimenting in the kitchen too and have Paleotized some of our favorite recipes, like Ina Garten’s Beatty’s cake, our traditional Christmas dessert.   I’ll certainly be sharing this link for all my Monkey Bread loving friends!

  • Joanie H

    I posted this on facebook.

  • http://joaniesinthegarden.blogspot.com Joanie H

    I posted this to my blog too!

  • Shelly R
  • http://joaniesinthegarden.blogspot.com Joanie H

    I posted this to my blog too.  Not sure my site link worked.  Sorry if this is a repeat.  http://joaniesinthegarden.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca carlson

    Alright- you’re everywhere!  Just shared on Pinterest and Facebook. And I would have shared even if it wasn’t a contest because you guys are that awesome!

  • Rachel Williams

    I’ve never made monkey bread, but it looks like I have been missing out!  I might have to make a batch for the next family gathering!

  • Paula Mihalcik

    Monkey Bread – Yummy!   I am looking forward to making gluten free gingerbread cookies.

  • Anonymous

    OMG wow. I haven’t had this in forEVER.

  • Amy

    Monkey bread is a tradition in our family, too!  But this year my son is gluten-free, so we were thinking we’d have to skip the monkey bread on Christmas morning.  Thanks for posting. =)

    BTW…I tried to share on fb and the button was busted.  :(  I’ll try again later.

  • Rachel Blom

    I always look forward to baking during the holiday. 

  • Nicole

    Yummy! I might try this tonight with my boys; they love to help in the kitchen (well, the one does, and the other really just likes to eat;)).

  • Splendidtempleyoga

    I look forward to making and sharing spiced cider.

  • Nicole

    Shared it on FB also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1506613581 Yvonne Mitchell

    Ok, the monkey bread looks amazing and I may indeed make this to bake on Christmas morning!!!  Also the tollhouse pie (from Sunny’s site) looked crazy good!!

  • Julia B

    In our family we like to make and share pressed butter cookies. Will give monkey bread a try this year too.

  • Lharmasch

    This looks yummy!!!  For the holidays we always do a bacon and cheese quiche.  When I went gluten free we simply stopped using the crust.  It works wonderfully and tastes even better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1506613581 Yvonne Mitchell

    I shared on Facebook!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1506613581 Yvonne Mitchell

    I  also tweeted the contest!

  • Jenny

    Thanks for sharing this with us! I’m making & sharing homemade apple butter with friends and family this christmas.

  • Kathy

    This looks amazing! I would have to substitute another nut for the walnuts as I am allergic to them (maybe hazelnuts?) Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to enter!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Pecans would be good too!

  • Arlee

    That looks so yummy! I am looking forward to making a raw/vegan fudge this holiday season.

  • Arlee

    I shared this giveaway and recipe on my FB page – https://www.facebook.com/PaleoParents?sk=wall#!/profile.php?id=100003057568101

  • Stephanie

    Can’t wait to make this Monkey Bread!

  • Christine B

    Yay! I’ve been wanting to find a grain free money bread. Our fellowship group has brunches over the holidays and someone always brings monkey bread. There are 3 of us in the group with gluten issues and I was determined that one of these times I’d bring a monkey bread everyone could eat. And now thanks to your efforts, I have a recipe. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/summerld1 Summer Len Davis

    We always do a big breakfast for Christmas morning too.  I generally make a breakfast casserole and banana bread with fruit salad so luckily, I can do the EXACT same thing for breakfast this year except I’ll be making my own sausage from ground pork rather than buying Jimmy Dean’s.  And I’ll be making almond flour banana bread.  I <3 Christmas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/summerld1 Summer Len Davis

    I posted it to http://pinterest.com/pin/670287732/

  • http://www.facebook.com/summerld1 Summer Len Davis

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    Facebooked it.

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  • Brandae Filla

    Wow, this looks tasty and like a blast from my past.  I used to enjoy something similar at a friend’s house when she had slumber parties.  I bet my boys would devour it.  I plan on making a healthy pumpkin cheesecake sometime over the holidays – I really really really miss cheesecake.  Thanks for the giveaway – all three books look awesome.  I checked the paleo one out from the library and was so sad to return it (they only let it out for two weeks and then no renewing because it’s waitlisted)!

  • Stephanie

    We ate this every year at Christmas (thought it wasn’t called monkey bread) until my gluten allergy was diagnosed. So excited to try this recipe!! THIS is what I’ll be excited to make and share this year!

  • Stephanie

    I posted on Twitter under @stephiepb:twitter   :)

  • Stephanie

    Oh and I also shared a link FB!

  • Saraguts84

    I look forward to roasting all kinds of different potatoes with olive oil and rosemary. It’s the perfect side dish for any holiday meal.

  • Pam Erickson

    This looks great! We are having a brunch. Not sure what everyone is brings but I will be making 
    gluten-free Red Velvet Pancakes.  Check out Pamela’s contest winners-2011.

  • Pennydredful

    I’m not a fan of dates…can you taste them much in this recipe? Could I sub prunes instead? I’m really missing monkey bread!!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Penny, I don’t think you can taste the dates at all but dried prunes would probably work as well. The dates serve to provide sweetness and a sticky texture to the biscuit dough.  You also might be able to use creamed honey. Hope it works out, let us know!

  • Deanna

    Yum! I’m looking forward to making THIS! We always had monkey bread, too. Ours involved frozen rhodes bread dough (yes, with the brand) and butterscotch pudding mix (dry). :)

  • Sarah M

    I can’t wait to make this recipe for my Mom!! She made the pilsbury version for us, but couldn’t eat it.  So I look forward to surprising her with this version. :))

  • Sarah M

    Shared to facebook :)

  • Kathryn

    Thanks so much for sharing!  While still far from a health food, it’s great to see some paleo holiday treats being shared! 

  • Joanne D

    I am looking forward to making sweet potato fries during the holidays.

  • Rose

    Yum!  I too am wondering if I could replace the egg whites…looks so good. :)

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Rose, I updated the post to include instructions on our suggestion on how to make it vegan/egg-free – good luck!

  • Sueohn

    WOW!  I think I’m in love…. This monkey bread recipe looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try it!

  • Susan S

    I actually would love to try out the monkey bread for the holidays! Now if only I could get a gluten free baklava recipe.

  • Susan S

    I tweeted it. @ses1978

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1641813726 Heidi Allgair

    The Monkey Bread looks delish!! We are having a holiday party next weekend, and I am going to attempt to make the Carrot Cake from Make It Paleo! I think I remember you saying you made the cake for Stacey’s birthday this year. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Dawn

    I shared this on facebook.  :)

  • Dawn

    I gotta say I have never heard of monkey bread!  I wonder if this could be a good replacement for Santa cookies?

    For Christmas I’m working on trying to find some good replacement foods for the goodies that will be at events.  If I can make a few then I’ll be a contributing member of the family (we all bring SOMETHING but I haven’t figured out what in past years), be able to tell my health conscious family members that, yes, they can enjoy it, and have something that my DD and I can eat since neither of us do well with certain common ingredients.  I wonder if there is a primal version of mince meat pie…..

  • Dawn

    It is definately on my pintrest board now.  :) 

  • Stephanie Cold

    Thanks for the recipe and give-away. I’m looking forward to make some sort of homemade Christmas egg-nog with yummy raw milk and eggs!

  • Megan

    I’ve never heard of monkey bread before but sounds absolutely delicious!  This might be the start of a new tradition :)

  • Stephanie Cold

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  • Megan

    I am looking forward to baking this monkey bread!!! Yum! :) Thank you for the recipe! :) 

  • Megan

    I shared it on my facebook! :) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542471422 Kimberly Matteson Hagler

    We have a similar tradition with a similar dish call Overnight Caramel Pull-aparts…I will definitely see if I can adapt this to that! Thanks!

  • julie

    I am looking forward to the potato latkes!
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  • Ronnda Stapleton

    What I look forward to making, eating and sharing during the
    holiday is cookies my mom and I baked while I was growing up.  I have continued the tradition with my own children who are in college.  Last year was the first year we hosted a bake and decorate your own ginger bread cookies.  Our house was full of friends of my children, home for Christmas vacation.  I have already been asked by two of them if this event will be happening again this year.  My response, “Of course it will!”  Let the baking and memory making begin!  :)

  • Melissa C.

    This looks great, have not had monkey bread since being GF now over 15 years ago and it’s Paleo too, what a bonus!  I will definitely have to  make this.

  • Barb79

    Looks like a great recipe to try.

  • Heather

    GF Monkey Bread……I may have to give this a try – would it be possible to make it without the egg?  Monkey bread has been a tradition at my family gatherings for years.  Now that I and my children are GF we can give this version a try!  Thanks for sharing ;)

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Heather, I updated the post to include instructions on our suggestion on how to make it vegan/egg-free – good luck!

  • Heather

    I shared with my friends on FB!

  • Kathymccormack56

    I look forward to trying anything gluten free. I was diagnosed gluten intolerant Thanksgiving week 2010. I cheated like crazy and really paid for it. This year I feel braver and I plan to try every recipe I’ve read about so far Home For the Holidays. (Maybe not all of them by Christmas LOL)

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  • Sofia B

    Yummy! I really look forward to making my family a giant 6 course dinner for New Years eve, and especially some hoppin’ john on new years day for good luck! 

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  • Catherine

    I look forward to eating caramel cake for Christmas!!!

  • Jeanne

    As I sit here drooling over your monkey bread recipe (One of my favorites as well – thanks for the GF version. My newly GF son will love you for it!), I have two little boys upstairs napping to get their energy up for an evening of Christmas tree decorating. So today I am excited to have found a GF version of Gingerbread men on one of the other Home for the Holidays blogs that looks delicious! It is our tradition to make, decorate and eat them while decorating the tree and I can’t wait to share them with my sweet little GF 4 year old!

  • dawn

    Looking forward to making some different, healthier treats this year that we can also share with friends.  Last time i had monkey bread was in college where i was first introduced to it (before being wheat and dairy free).

  • Amy Whitehurst

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I can’t even decide which recipe I’m most looking forward to this year! I’m excited to try some new things – but I’m sure my waist line will not like it! lol

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  • Arleen

    I will be trying a new gluten free incarnation of my Grammy’s  cranberry bread, and also that Chocolate Pecan Pie! 

  • http://twosistersglutenfree.wordpress.com Alena M

    That recipe sounds amazing! I might have to try that when my family comes to visit! It was definitely a family favorite growing up! What I love is sharing my home, my love and my time with my family. It is so nice to be able to spend that time, guilt free, and have fun… playing games, relaxing, eating great food and surrounded by love!

  • Kim C

    I will definitely be trying this. Thanks

  • Michelle

    This monkey bread looks amazing! I haven’t had anything this decadent in ages! I’m looking forward to making lots of cookies and desserts to share over the holidays, so I have lots of things to taste but not a lot sitting around to stuff in my face. Elana Amsterdam’s ginger cookies are always a favorite, and I’ve adapted them to taste just like the ginger cookies my mom used to make. 

  • Yvette Trincado

    I love monkey bread and thought it’d be just a happy memory. NOW it can be a new tradition for my own family we can ALL enjoy! Thank you!

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  • Sara

    I look forward to mkaing all sorts of christmas cookies!

  • Sharon

    I am looking forward to making choclates.  I make treat boxes for family and friends every year and have also added peanut brittle to them last year!  I am certaily going to try this monkey bread.  My family used to make it with refrigerator biscuits, so I had to stop and am looking forward to bringing back an old favorite!

  • cmb0096

    I look forward to making and eating artichokes…we have them every year and I love them!

     

  • Sarah M

    Woah. I was looking forward to making a paleo cinnamon bun recipe I saw earlier… but this monkey bread might take priority. I would much rather just plop an almond flour dough into a cake pan than flatten it out and roll it up, haha.

  • Sarah M

    I also shared this on pinterest

  • Janis Sabel

    I shared this on facebook

  • Janis Sabel

    I’d like to try this recipe, but I’m not suppose to eat dates/dried fruit.  Any suggestions for a substitute?  And thanks for the great giveaway.

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Janis, Matt and I pondered this for a while.  The dates provide both a sweetness and a stickiness that’s needed for the biscuit dough.  To replace it we think 3/4 cup creamed honey (or this raw honey from Tropical Traditions: http://tinyurl.com/4yg335v) and a banana or 1/2 cup applesauce might work. If you can think of something else that’s sticky and sweet that you use in your diet, try that.  Let us know how it works out, and good luck!

  • http://www.theglutenfreedish.blogspot.com/ Debbie

    Thanks for bringing back the memories!  Monkey bread used to be awesome so I can just tell that your new grain-free version would be even better! 

  • AJ

    Sounds yummy!

  • Kate

    and to think, when I first heard of “paleo” I shuddered, thinking how can anyone live like that?  guess what?!  life is much better this way :)

  • Jessica

    This will be my first GF holiday and I’m looking forward to trying this and many other recipes from this blog series. Thanks for sharing it! :)

  • Fi

    This holiday, I’m going to make gluten free plum pudding!!!

  • Rebecca

    We usually have DF GF eggnog french toast Christmas morning, but I love the idea of having something prepared ahead that only requires a quick heating.  This sounds delicious!

  • Sarah C

    I look forward to anything spiced this season! I think that I will have to give a go to this recipe, I haven’t had monkey bread in years and this sounds super yummy! I think that my hubby might also like it.

  • Christie

    I look forward to making some Christmas cookies (we’re going to try your not-sugar cookies!), and my family’s traditional Persimmon Pudding (which I have seriously altered to be lower carb and grain-free and dairy-free, but which still tastes much like the original).  

  • Christie

    I shared this recipe on Facebook.  I don’t know if you can see it if you use this link, but here it is:  http://www.facebook.com/christie.blankfield

  • Tamara

    Interesting holiday treat! Never heard of it before but looks delish!! I’m looking forward to finding some great GF treats to share with my family this year… a first for me and them! Thanks for the ideas!

  • beththegolfer

    I’ve never had monkey bread. This definitely looks addicting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1194583150 Rebecca Avery

    Thank you so much for monkey bread! Monkey bread was my first flop as a new gluten free baker and I was looking for something to fill that gap. I am working on taking my favorite recipes and making the gluten and dairy free including fudge puddles.

  • Bglriver

    This monkey bread looks like a delicious Christmas morning to me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brenda-Lewis/1428447918 Brenda Lewis

    Shared this monkey bread on facebook!

  • Robin

    i am looking forward to adding this monkey bread to my christmas brunch!  i’ve missed monkey bread and can’t remember when i last had it.  thanks!

  • Robin

    i’ve pinned this :)

  • Anna Vinal

    Sounds very good!

  • Natalie Kimble

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing recipe!  This looks amazingly delicious!  I have been wanting to make pumpkin bread pudding so I might try that for the holidays.

  • Natalie Kimble

    I shared this deliciousness on Pinterest!

  • Adeis

    I am looking forward to making gingerbread houses and cookies with my four-year-old son, who is allergic to wheat like I am.  This monkey bread looks divine, though . . .  I think I might make some to nosh on while we open our gifts on Christmas morning.  THANK YOU!

  • SunnyB @ andloveittoo

    This looks positively delicous! I look forward to trying this soon.

    Happy Holidays!

    xoxo,

    SunnyB
    http://www.andloveittoo.com

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Your pie’s not too shabby either, girlie! <3

  • Dionne R

    GF monkey bread?! Yay! This may just be what I most look forward to making for the Holidays!  Either that or this date based pudding/cake- soooo delicious! http://vickys.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/toffee-pudding-with-ginger-and-chocolate/  I also shared this on my FB!  Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to making honinkager, a honey cake cookie that tastes like gingerbread with no ginger in it and is rolled and cut while the dough is warm.

  • Mary

    Monkey bread brings back childhood memories.  I am looking forward to gf holiday cookies.

  • Katrina

    This is our first holiday eating Paleo/Gluten-free, so we are looking forward to trying many new treats that we have been able to find recipes for.  Hope to find a Paleo/Primal/Gluten-free Eggnog Custard Pie recipe to make! :)

  • Hgaitten

    I’ve never made monkey bread before, I usually make cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast. I wasn’t sure what to do this year since I need to eat gf- but now I know! I can’t wait to make this for Christmas morning!!! Pinning on pinterest now…

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      We also have a cinnamon roll recipe we’ve been working on and testing that we’ll have ready before Christmas, so make sure to check back!

  • Jeff Gallup

    I’m looking forward to trying this!  Thanks!

  • starbright

    This is exciting – my mind is already going on how to tweek this for our family with a lower sugar content.  Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.unrefinedkitchen.com Jennifer

    Wow! This is so exciting–I definitely want to try making this recipe for the holidays…but probably a lot sooner! I use raw honey in cooking so I may try to use that and see how it turns out! Yours is absolutely beautiful and I am craving some!!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Jennifer, fair warning we tried to make this recipe a few times with a syrup instead of the granulated sugar and the biscuits don’t turn out properly that way – they really need a coating in order to help them crisp up. I wish we could have made it work with just maple syrup, honey and dates… if you end up figuring something out please let us know!

  • Miriam Halbrooks

    This is definitely what I’ve been looking forward to. I’ll have to pick up a few things, but I can’t wait to try this out!

  • http://twitter.com/bbellcrna Brian Bell

    I’ll be taking the monkey bread to christmas breakfast.

  • http://profiles.google.com/beautifulxedge Meghan Way

    This is my first holiday back eating meat after being a 9-10 year long vegetarian up to June this year and was going to do duck, but our duck farmer ran out totally before we had our recent addition of a needed chest freezer. But she’s now carrying rabbit from another farmer at the market and have decided to try rabbit for the first time ever. So I’m really looking forward to that. And if I don’t do a raw dessert it will be me trying gluten-free as I’m trying to give up the wheat for good finally.

  • Yohope25

    Looks and sounds so delicious!  I just found your site through “Home for the Holidays” and love it. Bookmarking for sure :)

  • Aly

    Yum the monkey bread sounds DELICIOUS! Our family’s favorite recipe that we bring are our paleo banana cinnamon muffins!

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  • Carisa

    Looks great!

  • Carol

     My daughter has never known the joy of monkey bread and if I can make egg replace work she just might.  Thanks!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Carol, I just updated the post with our suggestions on how to make this vegan/egg-free – thanks! Hope your daughter and you have fun making it!

  • Twin2sister141

    This recipe looks like the perfect treat for Christmas morning—yum!!! I can’t wait to try it.

    This year, I am looking forward to trying NEW recipes for Christmas dinner that the rest of my family will love and hopefully request for years to come. I am not sure exactly what I’ll make yet, but these 26 recipes from Shirley’s event are giving me GREAT ideas!!

    One thing I am looking forward to eating this year is my mom’s sweet potato pie,but I will need to convert it to being gluten and dairy-free.My goal is to make it taste identical to hers so it might be somewhat of a challenge, but I am up for it.

    Thank you again for sharing this great recipe!!!

  • Megan

    I have shared this on Facebook and tagged Paleo Parents.

  • Pauladecaria

    This looks so good, I did monkey bread…now I can have it again.

  • Amanda Peña

    I’m looking forward to making chocolate chip cookies with my mom!

  • Robkoehn1

    my brothers pumpkin cheesecake – wish he was here to make it for us.

  • Cwdanz

    starlightmint surprise cookies.

  • Lauren

    Awesome, this looks great!

  • Cwdanz

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    shared this on twitter.

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  • Kalinda

    Well, I wouldn’t mind sharing your monkey bread. I believe my mom also makes it with Pillsbury biscuits. I’ve made it a few times with a recipe from Hey, That Tastes Good!

    Last year I made Boozy Peaches in Bourbon to give to everyone, and this year I was planning on Cranberry Liqueur, but I just came across a recipe for Homemade Bailey’s. I think it might win out as my gift to share.

  • Sarah Louise Sheen

    Thanks for the fabulous recipe!  I look forward to making, eating and sharing my mom’s sour orange merengue pie this holiday season. Sour oranges grow wild in the Sonoran desert where we live!

  • Liliane

    I can’t wait to have an all gluten and dairy free dinner. And show everyone how absolutely delicious it is. I am not going tobtell until afterwards! This is going to be fun!

  • Marissa GF

    I look forward to making roast leg of lamb and parsnips for the holidays! We already had an amazing Paleo Thanksgiving and I can’t wait until Paleo Christmas! The other sides and dessert we will be looking to all you great bloggers for delicious new recipes to try! Thanks for the monkey bread recipe! We used to make this everytime we went back to Grandma’s house. Good memories!

  • Denise B

    Caramel. And something else I haven’t decided yet.

  • Diamond Design

    I may have to add this as what I am looking forward to making!  I’ve never had monkey bread but have been reading a lot of blogs who have this.  They always look so yummy and fun, and I would sigh and feel a little sad.  I will try.  Of my regular recipes I am looking forward to my soft ginger cookies, with a hint of orange.

  • Tracycdavis

    yum! sounds great!

  • JessieNjo

    I was wondering how I was going to be able to make my monkey bread that I always make on xmas eve for a delicious christmas morning breakfast. Since I’ve been gluten free do to stomach issues since summer, this sounds like a wonderful alternative. Thanks for the recipe and all the books up for grabs look awesome too!

  • Kimledford65

    this is my first GF holiday so I am desperate for some nostalgic recipes!!!

  • Lila

    Monkey Bread looks like a decadent winner!

  • http://www.yourpathpersonaltraining.com Lisa B

    Wow!  That monkey bread looks great.  I have already tried a bunch of the recipes in Paleo Comfort Foods.  That is a great cookbook!  I had a small issue with the mashed cauliflower / mashed potatoes substitute.  I could not mash them enough.  I ended up with a lot of the grainy-small-chunk bits.  I haven’t made cauliflower rice, but I think I unintentionally created the rice.  The texture was a lot to overcome.  Have you made mashed cauliflower?  Do you know how I can make it more “mashey”?  

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Lisa, it sounds like it wasn’t cooked/softened enough first. Try cooking it a little longer next time and then pureeing it in the food processor for a little while longer.  We actually prefer pureed turnips for a mashed potato replacement and use cauliflower as a rice replacement because we have a similar texture issue. Good luck!

  • Suzanne

    I’ve heard of monkey bread but have never had it.  This recipe sounds so outrageously delicious that I think I’ll have to make it!

  • Desiree

    This looks awesome, I’ve never even heard of regular monkey bread. Will try! I look forward to making sugar cookies and having my friends over for a cookie decorating party. I guess that includes making, eating, and sharing :) Thanks for the recipe idea!

  • Cheryl

    This is my first holiday being Gluten Free as I was just diagnosed. Last Christmas we had ham and made spicy fried cabbage, which is total winner in my house. I feel like it will do just fine this year as well!! :)

  • Kate

    Take a look at your recent posts.  They focus on sugar, sugar, honey and dates.  Is sugar part of the paleo diet? I thought the main principle of a paleo/primal diet was that it did not include refined sugar? Can you help?

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Kate, that’s correct. We use unrefined granulated cane sugar and maple syrup most often because they have more of a balance of fructose/glucose than other “low glycemic index” sweeteners, such as agave (high in fructose, which is hard on the liver). We use fruit as often as we can as well (dates, bananas, applesauce). We don’t use palm sugar because it’s not environmentally friendly.  We’ve got a lot of info on sweeteners in this post: http://paleoparents.com/2011/sugar-addiction-awareness-day/

      You are correct that we do post quite a few sweet recipes. We find that savory paleo dishes are pretty straight forward, meat and veggies are easy – just leave off the pasta and rice. We do post our best and favorite ones though!

      Most of our readers are interested in baked goods and recipes to replace foods they miss in their lives, such as Monkey Bread or cookies. These are special treats not to be eaten regularly – but, they go a long way to helping people (families with kids especially) feel less like social deviants :)

      • Kate

        Fundamentally disagree (oops)  You write “Most of our readers are interested in basked goods”
        Which is just a teensy bit sad?  Eating baked goods is mostly why there is such an enormous obesity problem in the US and the UK and you re simply encouraging that?  To step up and make a difference you have to aim a little higher and you are selling paleo short?  There are a lot of people out there who need to know they can thrive without sugar/processed food in their diet you re not even allowing for the possibility?  Perhaps the promise of increased revenue and traffic to your site has clouded your view?  Whatever I would argue that when you do your bun thing it ain’t paleo?  Don’t compromise! Every time you sell someone and their kids sugar in a recipe under the guise of paleo you compromise their health.  Turn the mirror on yourselves for a little while?  Look at your recent health problems and re assess the use of sugar in your own “paleo” diet…..Then stand up and be proud that you are making a difference ;)

  • Amanda M

    I am so looking forward to making your no sugar cookies and elana’s peppermint hot chocolate for Christmas for my kiddo (and the other one will enjoy it through his mama milk, haha)!!

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  • elizabeth

    I’ve never heard of monkey bread before!  Sounds tasty!

  • Sharon

    Oh my Goodness!!! I haven’t had “Monkey Bread” in years!!!! That’s looks divine, and if I weren’t sick with a cold/flu I’d be heading to the kitchen right now to make some!!! (but will once better!!)

  • Cindym

    Thank you for the giveaway and recipe!

  • Dori

    My mom used to make this with homemade bread but called it crown…nothing says Christmas to me like fudge…but I think it’s 100% sugar ! :o(

  • Pibble

    This recipe looks wonderful! I’ll have to try it out. I’m looking forward to bringing a wheatless orange-date bread/cake sweet treat to my Xmas dinner for me and the other wheatless members of my crowd.

  • Amanda

    This looks great! What a fun holiday tradition! Thank you sharing. :)

  • Gretchen @gfedge

    This IS a sugar-filled sweet treat. My family likes a recipe that I started making about 45 years ago. Pumpkin Pudding is now one of our traditions. Some have been known to rationalize the first serving as a vegetable and the second as dessert..

  • Slcolman

    I most look forward to making Peanut Butter Brittle for Christmas!  Dairy & Gluten Free of course.

  • Deborah

    Monkey bread was a favorite for Christmas morning, now it can be again, thanks.

  • Audrey Jensen

    We love Indian food. And because I have to make my own cumin substitute(my husband is allergic), being able to make my own Indian spices would be a wonderful addition to our life!

    Audrey J

  • Will

    What about using Truvia or equivalent in place of the sugar?  

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Will, if you eat it that might work. We don’t eat any chemical or processed sweeteners so it’s out for us. Good luck!

  • Michelle Oliveri

    I love making desserts and the cookie everyone always looks for from me is my gluten free flourless peanut butter cookies…with chocolate chips, without chocolate chips, with nuts, with a hershey kiss…they’re all sought after!!!

  • Lily

    I look forward to making Christmas cookies!

  • Heather @CeliacFamily

    This really sounds yummy, well worth the extra effort. You make the Paleo diet look more and more inviting. :)

  • Rachel Blom

    I shared this on my FB pg.

  • Kc_nowicki

    I look forward to making Anise Pizzelles with my mom every year. My grandma taught us both, many years ago.

  • Janet VW

    I’m so excited for this recipe! My boys just “reminisced” about monkey bread a few days ago. Thanks for sharing your recipe! We look forward to baking cinnamon rolls and cutout cookies.

  • Chrystal in Canada

    Well, I already made the shortbread nutmeg cookies that I think was the first recipe of this hosted event.  I look forward to trying more of these recipes as well.  My husband has requested we try eat as healthy as possible this month — and we’re doing our best!

  • Katyenew

    This monkey bread looks awesome! I am definitely going to make it this Christmas! I will also be making my Cranberry and Apple Casserole that I turned gluten and refined sugar free with coconut sugar and almond flour! I also switch out coconut sugar in my sweet potato casserole…mmmm
    Katy N.

  • Kklemann

    I love peanut butter bon bons.  My grandma always made these and now, with GF Rice Krispies, I can have them again!!!!

  • Grete

    I’m excited to make paleo dinners and treats for my gluten-and-sugar-loving relatives. They think we’re “crazy” not eating something like bread, but we want to show them how delicious eating REAL food can be!

  • http://littlehouseonthecanyon.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    I am looking forward to just having time to relax and enjoy cooking. My husband and I both work full time and we have 3 young kids and a dog so we busy! The holidays are one time of the year where we get that extra time to just be and take our time with things. I am looking forward to being able to take the time to cook some yummy thick bacon on Christmas morning to go with a gourmet fritatta and maybe some Paleo muffins or bread too.

  • http://littlehouseonthecanyon.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    I just blogged about this: http://littlehouseonthecanyon.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-holiday-recipes-i-want-to-try.html
    and I also put it on my facebook and my twitter.

  • Cara Goedecke

    I am looking forward to having a Christmas cookie baking day with one of my friends! :)

  • Amy Roberts

    I have a new recipe Paleo pumpkin cheesecake I am excited to make, as this is my first foray into paleo holiday cooking :)

  • Amy Roberts

    I shared this info on my FB page : http://www.facebook.com/acroberts3

  • Monifah

    I will be making the not sugar cookies. chunky monkey muffins and as of now monkey bread too :o) Now we will have something to snack on too, also making some homemade ‘chocolates’ with raw cacao, melted coconut oil and some vanilla stevia or maple sirup (to taste), put a small amount into small silicon molds, in the freezer, after 10 min put some almond butter on top and cover with the rest of the chocolate, pop into the freezer again and tadaaaa, almond butter cups ;o)

  • Mannatreats

    this looks amazing!!!

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  • Jessica

    Going to try this monkey bread. It looks delicious. And I also want to try the peppermint hot chocolate recipe. This year we’ve just slowing been introducing paleo here and there incorporating it more and more each month. And the family and I have noticed a big deference in how we feel! I would never go back. Excited for all the diffrent recipes and resources through you guys! You rock! I shared on FB :)

  • Joellen Welch

    We are looking forward to trying out this monkey bread! I also look forward to making a slow cooker breakfast casserole dish that we adapted to Paleo style, and if I can find someone who can spare some pumpkin puree we will make our Paleo pumpkin pie again.

  • Debra Z

    I look forward to making pie – I still haven’t narrowed it down but I’ve been meaning to make something with rhubarb. :)

  • Glutenfreehealing

    Looking forward to making my cashew cheesecake for the holidays! :D

  • Megan

    I can’t wait to try this – thanks for sharing.

  • Vanessa Parks

    Cant wait to make this monkey bread!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1257250956 Lyzette Terman

    I would definately make this monkey bread!  I haven’t had in years!

  • Kmercer

    I’m gluten free, mom is diabetic, brother-in-law is lactose intolerant. I actually make a lot of recipes that all of us can eat, and so when I’m visiting during the holidays I make a lot of the meals and I really love making great food and sharing it with the people I love. This bread looks fabulous!

  • Kmercer

    I shared this post on facebook and liked your facebook page :)

  • Linda S.

    I am looking forward to making a gluten free version of the cranberry bliss bars from Starbucks.  My husband loved them and wants a gfree version so I am working on that. :)

  • Shannon

    Our family’s Christmas morning tradition has been cinnamon rolls.  It started as Cinnabons when I was a child.  Oh man do I love that ooey gooey center!  About 2 years ago I discovered that I am gluten & dairy intolerant.  Then I discovered that my youngest daughter & son are also gluten intolerant.  I have also recently found that I have a hard time tolerating grains so I am REALLY trying to have a more Paleo diet.  We have had the hardest time finding a cinnamon roll recipe that we all like (my husband & oldest daughter still eat gluten).  I am super excited to try your Monkey Bread recipe!!!  Maybe it will become our new tradition! :)

  • Shannon

    I shared on Facebook & Twitter! :)

  • Shannon

    I shared on my blog too! http://www.tumblr.com/blog/shannonscrazylife

  • Joey Briggs

    Looking forward to my GF offerings at the family Christmas meal……dressing is already in the freezer and have a great new recipe for “Parker house” style rolls I’ll be making…..gave them a trial run at Thanksgiving, and they passed the test!  It’s so much easier to be GF now than even 3 years ago when I begain this journey.  Thanks for all you do.

  • Kate

    Hi Stacey (& Matt)
     
    I note you took down my original question?
     
    However, thank you for taking the time to reply to my personal e-mail address.  For the record I simply questioned how “baked goods” = paleo?  Again for the record here is a copy of your reply:-
     
    Kate,

    The great thing about Paleo is that it’s based on the idea that you eat the foods that make you feel best. For some that’s eliminating nightshades, others eggs, and for some it’s all sweeteners and nuts. If that’s your path it’s great you found it and it makes you feel well.  We feel absolutely comfortable with our path and the changes in our family since going on it. Every week we’re evolving as a family to find optimal health – and we’re simply documenting that on our free public personal blog. People choose to eat what they want, we’re not forcing anything upon anyone – including yourself.

    If you’re not happy with the recipes we post, please feel free to not follow us. If you’d researched our blog you’d see we’ve been posting dessert adaptation recipes (as well as a ton of savory dishes) for long before our blog had even 5 readers, it’s what we enjoy doing. As you can see there’s an overwhelming positive response to people feeling happy about baking with their families. We won’t be changing what we’re doing anytime in the near future, because it’s what gives us a sense of warmth and the feeling that we’re helping people in some way. That way might not be approved by you and I can understand that; I know I’ve had to un-follow some peers because I wasn’t comfortable with their message. I’m still thrilled that other people who would otherwise not be able to adapt to a Paleo lifestyle find those peers helpful for changes in their own lives.

    It appears as though you might have deleted your original comment and response, so I’ve deleted the latest one.  Happy to discuss on e-mail or a more appropriate post, perhaps our Sugar Addiction post, Stacy’s Detox Post, Stacy’s Taking Care of Me post where we address this type of struggle with adapting from a “standard” diet to how it works best for our family.
    http://paleoparents.com/2011/sugar-addiction-awareness-day/http://paleoparents.com/2011/stacys-11-pound-11-day-low-carb-paleo-detox-plan/http://paleoparents.com/2011/deep-thoughts-taking-care-of-me/Best of luck,Stacy

  • Andi

    I’m pretty sure I will have to try this yummy looking Monkey bread! I haven’t had a delicious treat in forever!

  • gstaylor

    The christmas season is a time for baking those special treats that only come once a year for family and friends.  Look forward to trying some new recipes and with a chance to win a new cookbook that would make it all the sweeter.
    Merry Christmas from your friends to the North.
     
    Gail
     

  • Kristin Weigel

    I just love showing family that gluten and diary free food is really good!

  • Tara

    I made Elana’s chocolate cake with almond flour yesterday, and whipped up some maple whipped cream frosting.  It was delish, and I’ll be making it and sharing with my non paleo family on Christmas Eve!

  • Pvf1974

    I love this recipe!!!  And your boys are absolutely adorable!!!  Thank you for working so hard on getting this just right. I am definatly trying this recipe.  I also shared this on facebook.

    Thank you again

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Aww, thank you! I think our boys are cute too ;)

  • Kimberly

    This looks amazing. I grew up on the traditional monkey bread made with “those” biscuits. I’d love to get to eat it again. Thanks for posting and trying new ways of making things.

  • Kimberly

    I liked you on Facebook, too.  Kimberly

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karolyn-Gaughan/504908922 Karolyn Gaughan

    I can not wait to make this Monkey Bread, it looks awesome!

  • Robin Rich

    I’m looking forward to sharing some recipes with family including this Monkey Bread and Chocolate Covered Pecan Pie Balls that were posted yesterday.  They both look awesome 

  • Kvvmrt

    Looking forward to making the Monkey Bread for my kids over Winter Break.

  • Nilesjess

    I’m a traditional and savory girl.  Turkey and gravy all the way.  ;)
    Thanks for the chance at a give-away!

  • Valerie

    I’m looking forward to making a gluten-free chocolate pie with a coconut crust to share at my office potluck lunch.

  • Sarahzam

    We are having a roast turkey, some roasted pork stuffed with apple and nuts, and I’m making a couple of salads.  My family are bringing desserts (trifle and plum pudding) not paleo but then again I’m the only one in my family that is.  I would really love the Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook!

  • nowelle

    I am looking forward to eating Christmas Toffee, like my mom always makes every Christmas (though this will be my first attempt at making it allergy-friendly); I’m looking forward to making everything, I LOVE to bake and cook; I’m looking forward to sharing everything that I make this year with family and friends and getting their opinions…this is an experimental year no doubt.

  • Shel P.

    I am looking forward to trying Spunky Coconut’s dairy-free, refined-sugar-free egg nog!  Egg nog is something I haven’t been able to indulge in in years, and I miss it!  I also just saw Elana post a GF gingersnap recipe, and those would be perfect for the holidays! Yum! (thank you for this opportunity!)

  • Cheryl

    I’m looking forward to being more adventurous with my paleo baking this holiday season and your monkey bread sounds like a great place to start!

  • Cheryl

    Shared on FB!

  • Catherine

    Liked you on Facebook!

  • Laura

    Well cinnamon rolls are a big holiday favorite here, but this monkey bread looks amazing so I might have to give it a go this year!

  • Laura

    Shared on fb: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=915528

  • Laura

    Blogged about it: http://pureandsimpleliving.blogspot.com/

  • Discoveryland

    This is my first Christmas of baking gluten free for my grand daughters. I am very excited because everything I have baked for them so far has turned out to be delicious. This is going to be a very Merry Christmas.

  • Karen

    I am looking forward to my pseudo pecan pie made with Elana’s lemon bar base with tassie filling on top subbing coconut oil and coconut sugar and cutting the sugar by 1/3.  It has been a hit since the first time I tried it.   But…. This Monkey Bread Recipe is looking mighty good….and I may have to try it as well.  Love that I can make it ahead and heat it up the morning of!

  • http://lifeatrightangles.blogspot.com Chelle

    Wow, I thought Monkey Bread was a past pleasure for me.  I will have to try this!
    Chelle

  • Denise Fedor

    Thanks for the recipe.  Dee

  • emily c

    I love making gluten free pies, Tue holiday season gives me a good excuse and good people to share with:)

  • Anonymous

    I’m looking forward to making some paleo gingerbread this holiday. I sure could use the Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook though, as I plan to eat grain free/sugar free through the holiday season!

  • Sarah L.

    Monkey Bread…I remember my mom making this and it was so yummy!  This year I want to share a gluten-free recipe with my family.  I have recently gone gluten-free and it sounds like my sister-in-law wants me to bring any ‘special foods’ I need to eat.  This would be a great recipe to share with everyone!

  • Jackie Gorski

    OMG.  Thank you!!!  DH and I went GF two years ago when he was diagnosed w/celiac disease…..and we had a cinnamon roll tradition for XMAS day up to that point.  NOW I can surprise him this year, thanks to you!!!

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  • Nikandjim

    im such a sucker for dates!! :P I hope i win your giveaway!

  • kell

    I think I now need to make monkey bread this holiday, looks AMAZING!!!

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  • Kay

    I just landed here from Home for Holidays! .. .Love your website!!  I try to eat paleo, lasted a month and fell off my wagon.. so, I’m going to make myself at home here and learn more interesting ways to eat paleo.

    What am I looking forward to make for this holiday? I just created some gingerbread muffins and cookies – paleo and I look forward to keep making and eating them this winter!! Also looking forward to make some variations of it too!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Awesome, so glad you found us! It’s really NOT that hard, especially once you feel better from eating this way :)

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  • Jean

    My kids have been GF for a little while now I have to be.  Many things I just thought I couldn’t make, but I feel like I’m chipping away and finding so many options this past month or so.  I didn’t realize there were so many GF sites out here.  this bread looks yummy. 

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      There are so many gluten-free sites! It’s a really big community at this point. I’m glad to have helped you chip away at your forbidden list!

  • Micki Mcmann

    Ahhhhhh! I am so excited for this recipe. Monkey Bread was always a tradition for Christmas morning, and now I have a replacement!  I know the give-away is closed; I just wanted to say thank you!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      You’re welcome! Happy to have helped you!

  • Shaina Alexander

    I’m looking forward to making lots of paleo style cookies to share with everyone! I might just have to add this to my list as well. Your site has become one of my main go to sites for recipes. Thank you for all you do!

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      Oh Shaina, thanks so much – that give me warm fuzzies! Glad they work for you :)

  • Jill

    Shortbread cookies are the thing for me during the holidays: making, eating and sharing!

  • Gaye

    We enjoy making a lot of special cookies that we only have at Christmas!

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  • Sumstine

    Hi I just followed a link over from Paleo Parents. I was so surprised they included Monkey Bread in their holiday breakfast menu I just had to see the recipe. Pretty amazing!
    We however are allergic to eggs. So how did the ‘vegan brothers’ version turn out? 

    • Sumstine

      Wait a sec… I’m still at Paleo Parents. lol! 

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       The vegan version worked! <3

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  • Laura

    I am now really looking forward to making monkey bread.. Yay!! My sister always makes some for everyone to eat and share at my parents. Me and my daughter are gluten free, so now we can eat some along with everyone else. Thank you!!

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  • Cat

    I can’t have almonds. What would you recommend to replace the almond flour in this?

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      You can use homemade sunflower flour as a great substitute! Read this post for more info: http://paleoparents.com/featured/nut-free-almond-flour-replacement/

      • Cat

        I’ve tried grinding sunflower seeds before and have not had much luck with my recipes. After reading your link, I bet I just didn’t grind them enough. This monkey bread recipe is good motivation to try again this morning and see how it goes. Thanks so much!

  • sarah

    This brought back so many great memories! We used to have monkey bread every Christmas, but I haven’t had it for ages. Thanks for bringing it back!

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