Monkey Bread Lightens UpMonkey around with the likes of canned biscuit dough, a stick of butter, and gobs of cinnamon-sugar, and you've got a mountain of fatty calories. I knew that the nutrition analysis of the traditional monkey bread recipe would show that—but 960mg of sodium per serving surprised me.
To build a better base, we give the premade biscuits a pass—they're high in sodium and contain trans fats. Instead (and here's where convenience takes a backseat to quality), we start with fresh, homemade dough, made with nutty whole-wheat flour and delicately sweetened with orange juice and honey. In place of the stick of butter, each bite is dipped in a combo of milk and butter, then rolled in cinnamon and sugar. A finishing drizzle of cream cheese icing sends this treat over the top in taste—with about 80% less sodium and saturated fat than the original.
556 calories per serving
960 milligrams sodium
13 grams saturated fat
234 calories per serving
184 milligrams sodium
2 grams saturated fat
Ingredient ShowdownCanned Biscuits
A nifty kitchen convenience, but you pay a price in fat, and they can contain a surprising amount of sodium.
Homemade Whole-Wheat Dough
You'll save 3g saturated fat and 677mg sodium per serving by making your own light, fluffy whole-wheat dough.
Step 1Use kitchen shears or scissors to cut each rope into 8 equal portions, shaping each cut portion into a 1-inch ball.
Step 2A quick skinny dip in a milk-and-butter bath evenly coats the dough, so there's no need for a heavy butter basting.
Step 3The milk bath allows maximum cinnamon-sugar coverage on the dough for full flavor in every bite.
Step 4Layer the bites in the pan for the final rise. The sugar coating caramelizes in the oven.
Monkey Bread: Recipe Makeover
This pull-apart brunch favorite undergoes a slimming transformation yet miraculously keeps all of its irresistible sticky-buttery essence.