Made with cinnamon rolls and loaded with apples and pecans baked into a gooey monkey bread with a crunchy topping and sweet icing.
This shortcut recipe is crazy delicious! But be careful, you’ll want to make it over and over again.
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This recipe is a variation on my Pillsbury Bake-Off 42 finalist recipe. No, I didn’t win any money but I did get a free trip to Orlando. Hubby went with me and we had a blast!
It was originally a brunch recipe but we sometimes have it for dessert. Or both. Don’t judge.
I updated the original Bake-Off recipe with a homemade apple pie spice blend and the addition of pecans in the batter. The general consensus in the family is that it is definitely better. I must say that I have to agree.
Before you start this recipe, mix up the apple spice blend. Or you can use store bought apple pie spice. But I’m guessing you might already have what you need to make it. Keep the leftover spice blend tightly sealed and it will last for a couple of years.
Next, mix up the topping. Crush the granola bars right in the wrapper with a rolling pin.
Stir the crushed granola bars, 1/4 cup of the pecans, and 1/2 teaspoon of the apple pie spice together…
…and sprinkle them evenly in a bundt pan that you’ve sprayed with cooking spray.
Set it aside and mix up the monkey bread batter. Start by whisking together the cream, brown sugar, and the other 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice in a large bowl.
Roughly chop the apple.
And add it to the cream mixture along with the rest of the pecans.
Next, separate the biscuits and cut each one into 4 pieces. Set the icing aside for later.
Can we just take a minute to appreciate how excited I got when I saw there was even more icing!
Stir the cut up cinnamon rolls into the cream mixture. It’s ok if they fall apart some. Spoon them into the bundt pan. Pour any extra cream mixture over the top.
Bake for 50-60 minutes until deep golden brown. I warn you, the smell from this stuff will drive you crazy waiting for it to bake!
Invert a plate over the top and flip it all over. Don’t remove the pan just yet. Leave it on for 5 minutes, then remove it.
Just look at that topping!
Finally, spoon the icing on top and let it run down the sides.
Isn’t it glorious?!
This monkey bread is best enjoyed warm. Cover leftovers. Reheat for 10-20 seconds in the microwave.
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