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Paleo Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins

February 15, 2016
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If you guys have been following this blog long enough, you are well aware of our obsession of making dessert into breakfast.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat dessert for breakfast?  It’s like a dream come true.

You won't believe how easy and tasty these Paleo Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins are! They are also Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free with a dairy-free option!

Monkey bread is already like dessert for breakfast, in terms of calories and sugar.  If you don’t know monkey bread is, it is super fluffayyyyy rolls with caramel sauce-like goodness that makes me want to eat the whole thing in one sitting!

You won't believe how easy and tasty these Paleo Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins are! They are also Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free with a dairy-free option!

 For this reason I (A) made them healthier with all-natural ingredients and limited sugar and (B) made them into muffins for portion control.

You won't believe how easy and tasty these Paleo Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins are! They are also Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free with a dairy-free option!

And knowing me, I can’t just make plain old monkey bread.  I always have to think outside the box because I like to be difficult.  I was always that kid that would be eating homemade BLTs while everyone was eating pizza at the lunch table.

You won't believe how easy and tasty these Paleo Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins are! They are also Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free with a dairy-free option!

But these Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins aren’t difficult,  They are actually extremely easy because I don’t have the patience for anything that requires more then 10 minutes. You’re welcome for my gold-fish-like attention span.

You won't believe how easy and tasty these Paleo Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins are! They are also Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free with a dairy-free option!

And they taste like carrot cake and monkey bread in one.

You won't believe how easy and tasty these Paleo Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins are! They are also Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free with a dairy-free option!

And the thick cream cheese icing oozes all over the warm muffins and makes you cry with happiness (well at least I did).


Paleo Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins


  • 1 1/4 cup cassava flour*
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. gloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • ICING:
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, coconut cream, or greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1.8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tbsp. orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine first seven ingredients in a large bowl. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well until a dough forms.
  3. Line 9 muffin slots with cupcake liners.
  4. Roll dough into about 27 little dough balls. Stick 3 dough balls together and place in each muffin slot. Repeat with remaining dough balls (should make about 9 total).
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, or until done.
  6. Combine all ingredients for cream cheese glaze, and spoon over muffins.
  7. Enjoy!
  8. *Feel free to sub in regular flour!
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You won't believe how easy and tasty these Paleo Carrot Cake Monkey Bread Muffins are! They take less than 10 minutes to assemble. They are also Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free with a dairy-free option!


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  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot February 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    WOW these look amazing! Cant wait to try these! i love monkey bread and i love carrot cake…what more do i need?!
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  • Reply Kaila @healthyhelperblog! February 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve never made or even HAD monkey bread! More reason to make this….and get some cassava flour! I see every one using it and it sounds amazing!!
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    • Reply Bethany And Rachel February 16, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      OMG you NEED to try it! Cassava flour is awesome, thanks so much!

  • Reply Chrissa - Physcial Kitchness February 16, 2016 at 12:46 am

    SHUT YOUR FACE. Ok monkey bread in carrot cake form, for BREAKFAST?! Amazeballs. Seriously I can’t believe you pulled this off in a healthy, gluten-free, and dairy-free option! Sweets for breakfast = LIFE
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  • Reply lindsay February 16, 2016 at 7:20 am

    you know i love cassava flour! totally trying. <3

  • Reply Susie @ SuzLyfe February 16, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Monkey bread + carrot cake = heaven. I wish someone would bring these to me after my procedure tomorrow!
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    • Reply Bethany And Rachel February 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      agreed 🙂 Good luck on your procedure! Hope everything goes well!

  • Reply Margaret @ youngandrungry February 16, 2016 at 7:39 am

    OH MY! I pinned these in a heart beat, but when I read the ingredients I loved them even more! I thought I’d never be able to have monkey bread, but these just went straight to the top of my “to make list.” Can you get cassava flour at the grocery store or is it something I need to order? I’ve been lots of people post about it, but still haven’t really looked for it.
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    • Reply Bethany And Rachel February 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you for pinning and for your kind words <3 I hope you make them! I got it off-line and haven't seen it in any stores yet but maybe whole foods has it? I would try ordering it offline because it's probably cheaper 🙂

  • Reply Liz @ I Heart Vegetables February 16, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Wow those look great! I’ve never baked with cassava flour. I’ll have to pick some up at the store!
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    • Reply Bethany And Rachel February 16, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you! you gotta get cassava flour, it’s awesome 🙂

  • Reply February 16, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I’ve never heard of monkey bread before. But that’s why I so love being part of the blogging community so that I search out and find things like this that I’d like to try!

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    • Reply Bethany And Rachel February 16, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      You need to try monkey bread, it’s amazing! Glad you know what it is now 🙂

  • Reply Hannah @CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 16, 2016 at 8:25 am

    These are SO cute, and I love that you used cassava flour!!
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  • Reply EA-The Spicy RD February 16, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Yum-I need to try this! My kids would absolutely love these monkey bread muffins, and I am digging l those fabulous spices!

  • Reply Dianna | Chard in Charge February 16, 2016 at 10:33 am

    YUM! A good monkey bread recipe is a must-have in every kitchen. Love the muffin take on them!

  • Reply Anna @ THE POSH BODY February 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    These are adorable! I’m a huge carrot cake fan.
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  • Reply Natalie | Feasting on Fruit February 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Monkey bread is one of life’s best treats! And carrot cake monkey bread!?! Omg you have created something very very beautiful here <3
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  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I don’t even know what to say!? You are the angel of my foodie dreams! My FAVORITE cake and breakfast and monkey bread..and cassava! OMG!! <3
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  • Reply GiGi Eats February 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I need to try using cassava flour again. I tried it twice but I don’t know that I used it properly… Will try again in the near future. For now though, I will just drool over this recipe!
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    • Reply Bethany And Rachel February 16, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Oh that’s unfortunate! I love cassava flour! I hope you try it again 🙂

  • Reply Steph @ The Grateful Grazer February 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Carrot cake is my absolute fave – DELISH! 🙂
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  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt February 16, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Oh wow! You’ve outdone yourself! This is genius! Pinning.
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  • Reply Lauren @ i had a big lunch February 16, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    BLTs are way more creative than pizza anyways 🙂 the schools should have labeled you a gifted child right then and there. Anything that has “carrot cake” in the name has to be incredible. I only just tried monkey bread a few years ago but MAN is is addicting.
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  • Reply Farrah February 17, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Carrot cake! I love and adore carrot cake! :] These muffins look amazing! I love that glaze on top!

  • Reply Cora February 17, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I saw these on instagram and ran into the corner of the wall (also a note to not instagram hunt while walking). Genius!!
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  • Reply Kate February 17, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love the idea of mini monkey breads! So cute!
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  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors February 17, 2016 at 10:46 am

    So I completely wrote off monkey bread because it seems like a lot of work, I usually think I can just make muffins lol! But this sounds pretty simple and I need this frosting!!
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    • Reply Bethany And Rachel February 17, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      That’s what I thought at first! They are so easy to make!

  • Reply Crystal Escobar February 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, these sound fantastic!

  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns February 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Such a clever idea! I’ll have to try this out.
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  • Reply Cailee February 17, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Oh my gosh!! These are the cutest!! I love them! Such a fun take on traditional muffins… so cool! Thanks for the recipe!
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  • Reply Sarah Grace February 17, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    oh my goodness, can you SEND ME SOME?! these look delicious girl, just like all your other recipes! always s creative 🙂

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  • Reply Sonali- The Foodie Physician February 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I love monkey bread! And carrot cake too, wow! These are adorable. I must make them for my daughter- she would love them 🙂
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  • Reply Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness February 17, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Yum! This looks amazing! Do you deliver 😉
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  • Reply Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen February 18, 2016 at 8:34 am

    We were carrot cake for breakfast twins this week! 🙂 Carrot cake monkey bread is such a great idea, and I love that you made this so much healthier than the usual monkey bread!
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  • Reply Annie February 18, 2016 at 10:06 am

    What an amazing dish!! I just adore carrot cake so this is right up my alley!

  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance February 18, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Yum!! These look amazing! I love the addition of carrots!
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  • Reply Faith (An Edible Mosaic) February 18, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    These are adorable and I love that they’re so healthy. They sound incredibly delicious too…carrot cake deliciousness!

  • Reply Sheeva February 18, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I have actually never heard of monkey bread before.. but this looks awesome!

  • Reply Megan - The Emotional Baker February 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Wow! These look so yummy & in my favorite flavor 😉 What a great treat!
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  • Reply Nadia February 19, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I must confess, I’ve never actually tried monkey bread before, but think it looks amazing and I can imagine it tastes amazing too! Love the ideas of making individual portions in the form of muffins though. They sound delicious 😀
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    • Reply Bethany And Rachel February 19, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      You need to try monkey bread, its amazing!!! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen February 19, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Well these are just adorable and creative! (per the usual) That icing sounds FANTASTIC.
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  • Reply Ashley February 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Monkey bread is always just so fun and this flavor sounds awesome! I love that you made it into muffins!
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  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Haha – I went savory breakfast and you went sweet. Love it. I need to get my hands on the cassava flour! These look fantastic.
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  • Reply Marla February 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    HI Bethany & Rachel,
    These Carrot Muffins sounds extraordinary. i love the healthy ingredients and they sound so tasty – what a great breakfast or anytime snack these would make. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  • Reply Diana February 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Carrot cake is my boyfriend’s favorite dessert. He’d LOVE this version 🙂
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  • Reply Sandra Laflamme February 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    My kids would love these as they love carrot cake. I also love the idea of Monkey Bread!

  • Reply Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me February 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve never had monkey bread but after drooling over recipes of it on Pinterest for years now, I need to try out a recipe. Also, I love love love carrot cake so this is the best of both worlds!
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  • Reply Michele @ Two Raspberries February 19, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    oh my gosh! these look insane! I love carrot cake and monkey bread 😉 I totally gotta try this! YUM

  • Reply Liz February 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Gahhh these are beautiful!! Two of my favorite things combined into one healthier treat— I’m sold!
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  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore February 20, 2016 at 1:46 am

    These sound super good!! I love monkey bread 🙂 Your pictures also look fantastic 🙂
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  • Reply JenniferRose | @NeuroticMommy February 21, 2016 at 10:05 am

    These are going to be such a hit when I make them for my son! We are carrot cake lovers. 😊
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    This little carrot cake money bread muffins are so adorable! And I so badly want to eat them!
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  • Reply FD March 7, 2016 at 11:37 am

    They look amazing! I´ll definitely make these later this week

  • Reply Lauren March 8, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Yum!! These look like a great snack!

  • Reply Lee MacArthur March 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I have carrots in the fridge. I am going to have to make some over the weekend. They look great.
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