Cinnamon Raisin Yeast-Free Funky Monkey Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Yeast-Free Funky Monkey Bread {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free}

4.5 from 6 reviews

Sweet vegan cinnamon infused sticky buns which make the perfect gluten-free pull-apart snack.



  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 large ripe plantain {or large bananas for a bananay version}
  • 8 soft medjool dates
  • ¼ cup maple syrup {or agave, brown rice syrup, etc.}
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • ¾ cup brown or white rice flour {plus possibly more -- see directions}
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup sweet sticky rice {also known as glutinous rice flour/mochi/mochiko flour}
  • 1 tsp guar gum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • ½ - 1 cup raisins {depending on how raisiny you want them -- or use chocolate chips}



  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 6-muffin non-stick muffin pan and set aside {or use a small oven-safe dish of any kind}.
  2. Mix warm water and flax in a small bowl/glass and let sit for a few minutes while gathering remaining wet ingredients.
  3. Place all wet ingredients into a food processor, with the flax mixture going in last. Process until completely smooth. Add in dry ingredients, except raisins, and process until the mixture begins gathering up into a ball {it will still be a little sticky, but should pinch together nicely}. If it's too sticky {i.e. can't be rolled up into a little ball}, add a bit more rice flour, 2 tbsp at a time, and process, until the mixture begins to stick together. Add in raisins and mix through briefly to incorporate them into the dough.
  4. Prepare the glaze by stirring all the ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
  5. Scoop out some of the mixture and roll into a 1 - 2 tbsp sized ball with your hands. Budget to have enough mixture for 3-4 balls per muffin. Dunk each ball into the glaze mixture, roll around to coat lightly and then place them in the prepared baking dish as you roll them. They should be touching each other and fill the whole container {don't worry about pressing them down -- they will expand and fill the tin shape as they bake}. Drizzle or brush with remaining glaze.
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 35 minutes {or until a skewer inserted down the center comes out dry and they golden up nicely. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.


Enjoy these warm or chilled as you like -- they taste amazing with added non-dairy butter or extra cinnamon if you like. They make a great breakfast treat and are great for taking with for a lunchbox or a snack on the go. Store leftovers in the fridge and re-warm as needed.