Banana Monkey Bread

Banana monkey bread in small white dishes with frosting drizzle.

I think we can all agree that, in life, smells are everything.  And in my experience, smells are either really good or really, really bad.

For example, the smell of stew while I’m making it – good.

The smell of stew that lingers on my jacket (and wafts around the room during my 8am meeting) – bad.

The smell of Bjork, freshly showered and wearing clean clothes – good.

The smell of ripe, sweaty socks and shoes on my fourth graders – very bad.

(…Apologies for that.  Please disassociate that smell from this blog.)

Fork removing a piece of banana monkey bread from a white dish.

Good news, people.  The smell of Banana Monkey Bread is going to revive you.  Just when you thought you wouldn’t last another day in this cold, snowy winter, or you couldn’t handle the thought of waking up so early, or you couldn’t get rid of the stew smell in your house….

This smell comes to the rescue!  And bonus: it’s really a package deal, because you get the amazing smell of cinnamon and freshly baked bread in addition to the delicious taste and texture.

Now, when I say “freshly baked bread”, I am referring to smells only.  Because as much as I want you to think that I have time and energy to make bread from scratch on a weekday (or weekend, for that matter), I will admit that  Pillsbury Grands Biscuits and Croissants frequently find their way into my grocery cart.  So now you know.

And now you know why these are so easy.  Because really, all you have is three ingredients. THREE, people.

It could have more if you wanted to make it more complicated and sophisticated. I won’t judge. I might even join you someday.

But not today. I have too much to do.

  1. Eat Banana Monkey Bread.
  2. Take a nap.
Banana monkey bread on a fork with frosting.
A picture of Banana Monkey Bread

Banana Monkey Bread

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


This recipe for banana monkey bread is SO easy – just 3 ingredients for a fluffy cinnamon-sugar breakfast treat loaded with sweet bananas.


  • Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (4)
  • Bananas (2-3)
  • (Ghirardelli) white chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon and sugar


  1. Cut biscuits into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Slice bananas.
  3. Combine biscuits and bananas and coat with cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Arrange in greased ramekins and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  5. Melt white chocolate; spoon over tops.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy monkey bread, banana monkey bread, monkey bread

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I wish my house could smell like cinnamon and freshly baked bread forever.  I guess I’ll just have to make this for the rest of my life…

What are your favorite smells – food or otherwise? And how do you capture them in your home?  I like Wallflowers, but Coconut-Lime Verbena just doesn’t do it for me in the winter!

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