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Chocolate Monkey Bread

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If there is one indulgent breakfast I can’t get enough of, it’s monkey bread. Then I made chocolate monkey bread and all bets were off.

Death by Chocolate Monkey Bread! An easy breakfast or brunch recipe that's full of chocolate!

I realized last week that I’m a horrible, horrible mother. I mean, I have my good points like making Jordan monkey bread on a whim, but overall, her therapy bill is going to be outrageous.

Her allergies have been really bad lately and one night last weekend she woke me up at midnight because her cough was keeping her awake. She needed some cough medicine and Sudafed (two industries that I’m keeping afloat thanks to seasonal allergies). Needless to say, we were both pretty tired the next day. And the only thing she was worried about?

“I felt so so so bad I woke you mommy. I’m sooooo sorry!!!”

She probably said that to me 10 times. I think I have a reputation. Possibly it stems from me saying, “Sure, go ahead and eat another handful of jelly beans. But if you wake up sick during the night, don’t bother me because it’ll be your own doing.”

Or, possibly it was the, “Don’t wake me unless there is a fire or someone is trying to kidnap you. Otherwise, wake your father.”

I’m not a very nice person when I don’t sleep. Hence, horrible, horrible mothering.

But at least she doesn’t wake me up…really ever. #sortofawin #maybe? #momoftheyear

I make it up to her by making her things like this:

Chocolate Monkey Bread

That’s monkey bread. That’s coated in ooey, gooey chocolate. You’re welcome.

In my quest to make some good brunch recipes you could use for Easter or Mother’s Day, I thought about Monkey Bread. After all, monkey bread is a major staple in our house. It happens every Christmas. Usually I just use the regular Pillsbury recipe. Sometimes I add peanut butter. Or sometimes I add butterscotch pudding.

But chocolate is just better. Don’t you think? #everythingisbetterwithchocolate

This recipe couldn’t be easier. You start with Grands! biscuits. Cut them into pieces and coat them in a sugar and cocoa mixture (instead of cinnamon, but you could totally add some if you want). The biscuits are layered in a pan with chocolate chips and a butter/brown sugar/cocoa mixture.

Once it’s baked, you turn it onto a serving plate and top it with chocolate sauce. More chocolate > Less chocolate.

Note: I wrote this in the recipe, but it’s very important. Make sure you turn out your entire monkey bread onto a serving plate within 10 minutes of it coming out of the oven. Don’t serve it in the pan, unless you want to just throw away your pan and start over. Once monkey bread cools it turns into a stone not unlike granite.

This is perfect for a celebratory brunch, like Easter. It’s also kind of a dessert because, hello brown sugar + chocolate. And it’s an easy enough recipe that your kids can make it for you for Mother’s Day. Then you can stay in bed as long as you want.

This Chocolate Monkey Bread is the BEST easy brunch recipe! Make it for breakfast or dessert and get your chocolate fill.

And that doesn’t make you a horrible parent…right?

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Servings: 8 -10 servings

Chocolate Monkey Bread

Prep Time:
10 mins
An easy breakfast, brunch, or dessert recipe that's full of chocolate! This Monkey Bread starts with a premade biscuit and comes together in just minutes. Perfect for any holiday!


  • 2 cans — 8-count each Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder — divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter — melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar — packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt — optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 12-cup fluted bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray (I like using the kind with flour in it).
  2. Open the cans of biscuits and slice each biscuit into 6 pieces. Place the granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder in a large gallon size ziploc bag. Add the biscuit pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat.
  3. Mix melted butter, brown sugar, salt (if using) and remaining 2 tablespoons of cocoa in a small bowl.
  4. Place half the coated biscuit pieces in the prepared pan. Top with half the chocolate chips and half the butter mixture. Repeat a second layer of biscuits, chocolate chips, and butter mixture.
  5. Bake for about 30-40 minutes until the top is very brown and the center isn’t too jiggly. The top will get crusty so you’ll want to take it out when it’s still a little jiggly in the center so the top doesn’t burn.
  6. Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Place a serving plate over the pan and invert the pan, tap the top a few times and pray that the whole thing comes out in one piece. If it doesn’t, just stick the pieces back together, no one will know!
  7. Note: do not let this cool completely in the pan or it becomes like a rock and it will be very hard to clean your pan!
  8. Serve as an indulgent breakfast or dessert. For extra chocolate flavor, top with chocolate sauce.

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  1. My kids know not to wake me, either. I’m a 7-8 hours a night kind of girl! But when they do, I am destroyed the next day. It’s awful.
    This totally makes up for it. Lucky Jordan! 

  2. We must be leading parallel lives – my husband’s allergies have been extremely bad and I made him some monkey bread this weekend to cheer him up! Great minds think alike. 🙂

  3. When I get woken-up and lose my sleep, you will not like me the next morning- I am like a zombie! This bread looks amazing, especially with the gooey chocolate; Jordan is a lucky girl! 

  4. Wow that looks like one decadent breakfast! Monkey bread is terrific already, so I imagine this chocolate variation is incredible 🙂

  5. I love how you added chocolate to give monkey bread a twist! I have only tried the original version, I will definitely have to make this one!

  6. I have been sniffling my way through the latter half of this week and weekend :/ This bread looks like a serious pick me up! I went for peanut butter and oreos for brunch this morning… some fine dining when you’re sick 🙂

  7. Chocolate Money Bread = best idea ever! This looks amazing! I can relate to allergy problems…hope your daughters feeling better!

  8. Great minds think alike with Monkey Bread in the same week…except yours is like…wayyyy more amazing. Chocolate. And more chocolate. Why didn’t I think of that! Love this!

  9. Aww, Jordan is such a sweet daughter to be that worried about waking you!! I woke my mom up ALL the time as a kid. I had nightmares pretty often, and the only way I could fall back asleep was if she agreed to sleep on my floor (until I was out, and then she went back to her own bed of course). But I never remembered to apologize… So you’re definitely an awesome mom to raise a girl with manners like that!

  10. oh yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. This sounds amazing to me. If ever given the choice I will ALWAYS choose chocolate. I will never understand someone who doesn’t like chocolate. Like, we can still be friends but I’ll never REALLY trust you 😉 Pinned!!!!!!

  11. Don’t know how it is I’ve never even had monkey bread!  It looks like so much fun…and as a chocoholic, I am thrilled this is a chocolate version!  

  12. Wah! This looks amazing. My mom always used to tell us to “take a bath” when we weren’t feeling well. Still to this day, I take a bath when I’m sick. Haha. 

  13. Wow, looks amazing!

  14. Monkey bread has been on my list of things to make forever.  I have never had it and I don’t know why, it looks so good!  Definitely need to get on that soon!  This version looks incredible, because yes, everything IS better with chocolate!  🙂

  15. I always say that we are saving for college for Piper, bail for Quinn, and therapy for Gavin. 🙂  You and I can commiserate about therapy bills over wine in 10 years. 🙂  In the mean time, let’s just eat pan after pan after pan of this becauseomgYUMM!!!

  16. I have a feeling I will be saying something similar to my kiddo when he gets older….me + no sleep = crazy lady! This monkey bread looks amazing! I still have never tried monkey bread, but I have to try this one…chocolate + chocolate + chocolate. YES.

  17. oh my gawd, woman!!! this chocolate monkey bread?!!!! WANT! and I think we are all not very nice when we don’t sleep. plus, you made it up to her big time by making this OH. MY. GAWD. SO. GOOD. 

  18. Yummy! I wish I had eaten this for breakfast! Everything is better with chocolate!

  19. And here I thought monkey bread couldn’t get any better! Love all the chocolate!

  20. I’m the same way! I need my sleep or I might find a way to suffocate the party guilty of disturbing me. Yeah, I’d make a terrible mother. One who would wind up on the news. But in all seriousness, this monkey bread is a chocolate lover’s dream! So decadent and delicious looking!

  21. You are one really amazing mom so no therapy bill will ever be needed.  Also if this chocolate monkey bread is considered breakfast, then I want breakfast for lunch and dinner too.  Fantastic!

  22. Dorothy, you’ve cornered the market on monkey bread. This chocolate version? Scrumptiously over the top! Wishing relief comes to your daughter soon. May you and yours have a lovely Easter holiday!

  23. My boyfriend is obsessed with monkey bread.  Obsessed meaning, he’s eaten a whole one by himself over the course of three days! If he sees this chocolate version, he might get even more hooked.  I’ll have to make this and ration it out to him haha.  Sounds delicious!

  24. I just had lunch, and now I’m hungry again. For this chocolate monkey bread. Tempting!

  25. This is the ultimate ultimate monkey bread lover’s dream!  Love all that chocolate, it looks so ooey gooey amazing and would totally make me feel better for any amount of lost sleep!

  26. A monkey bread that truly is death by chocolate. How sinful for a bread to be 🙂 Its just oooozing with delicious chocolate!

  27. Chocolate is totally the best therapy there is! (And in the form of monkey bread? I’m dying over here) Plus, at least you know that she’ll only wake you up for something serious, haha! 

  28. Monkey Bread plus Chocolate?! Match made in heaven! This looks incredible! 

  29. Ack I’m not a very nice person when I don’t sleep either! But oh my lanta, this monkey bread would make even the shortest night SO.MUCH.BETTER!!

  30. Did I comment on this twice? probably because I CAN”T GET OVER IT!

  31. I would say making this awesome monkey bread makes you are her square.  This looks amazing 🙂

  32. Guuurll! YES! Love this Dorothy!

  33. Woah, baby!!!  Chocolate monkey bread come to mama!!!  That is all sorts of awesomeness!!  And no way are you a bad parent…you are amazing!  Don’t forget it.  I know what you mean about the mean without sleep though.  I am kind of a bear if my kids wake me up in the middle of the night.

  34. awww it’s so sweet that she is so apologetic, though! I think you’re a great mom! and I mean…this chocolate monkey bread….does NOT hurt. I pretty much gasped when I saw it. 

  35. Made chocolate monkey bread. Have yet to taste, however it would be a good idea to place a pan underneath bunt pan as chocolate went all over bottom of my oven and made a huge mess! 

    • Oh no!! I’m so sorry! I hate when that happens, and it always happens when you least expect it. Is your pan a 12-cup bundt? Mine reaches right to the top but doesn’t go over. All pans are probably created differently! Great tip too, I’ll be sure to add it to the recipe!

  36. I’m definitely making this for a brunch on Saturday.  I’m debating covering it with “nothing bundt cakes” cream cheese frosting instead of melted chocolate.  But now I’m afraid my bundt cake pan isn’t big enough – honestly I have no idea how many cups it is!  I’ll post back with the results!

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