Tieghan Gerard

Peanut Butter Banana and Pumpkin Monkey Bread

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The inspiration for this recipe came from my love of pumpkin, monkey bread and holiday entertaining. Every year for Christmas breakfast my mom makes her famous monkey bread. Guys, it is so good and also pretty special since we only have it on Christmas morning. Yes, only once a year!

Enter this monkey bread. It is completely different, but in an amazing way! The monkey bread dough is pumpkin spice. Meaning it is stuffed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Then the dough balls are generously drizzled with creamy peanut butter. Oh my gosh, I know! So awesome! Oh, and there are some caramelized bananas hidden on top too, but if you have any banana haters they can easily be left out.

Prep time: 15 minutes (plus 3 hours for rising)
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 8-10 servings

Bundt Cake



1/3 cup warm milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup pure pumpkin (canned or homemade)
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoons active dry yeast
2 cups flour
2-4 bananas, chopped
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter, plus more for drizzling

For Cinnamon Sugar Coating

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 stick butter, melted


1. Place the butter and milk into a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds until warmed through and butter starts to melt. You want the milk hot, but not steaming. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk. Now sprinkle the sugar over the yeast and stir to combine. Let sit until foamy and the mixture smells like bread.

Milk mixture

2. Meanwhile, add the pumpkin, salt, sugar, and egg into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix ingredients well and then add the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with the bread hook attachment. Slowly add the flour and knead the dough for about three minutes with the mixer on medium speed. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the edges as needed.

3. Once a dough ball has formed in the center of the bowl or the bread hook, continue to knead on the hook for 5 more minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place for about an hour and half.

Bread Dough

4. Grease a Bundt pan and sprinkle the bottom of the pan with two chopped bananas. Sprinkle the bananas with 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Add the peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the warmed peanut butter over the bananas. Set aside.

Bundt Pan

5. To a medium bowl add the 1ยฝ cups brown sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon and mix well. To another bowl add the melted butter.

6. When the dough has doubled in size, remove from bowl. And begin to break off golf ball-sized pieces of dough.

Cut Dough

7. Set up an assembly line of dough balls, melted butter, cinnamon sugar coating and lastly your Bundt pan. Working with one ball at a time dip each ball in the butter and then drench the buttered ball in the cinnamon sugar coating. Place coated dough balls into the greased Bundt pan, right on top of the bananas until you have your first layer of dough balls.

8. Now if desired add the remaining chopped bananas on top of the first layer of dough ball. Drizzle the first layer with a few tablespoons of the warmed peanut butter.

9. Continue adding the remaining dough balls to the pan until you have used all the dough. You should have about 2 layers of balls now. Drizzle the final layer with the remaining peanut butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours. About 20 minutes before the bread is done rising preheat the oven to 350°F.

Peanut Butter Banana and Pumpkin Monkey Bread

10. Bake the bread for 35 to 45 minutes. If the top of the bread is getting too brown cover the Bundt pan with foil. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes in the pan.

11. Invert the Monkey Bread onto a large plate and if desired drizzle with more peanut butter. EAT!

*Bread dough adapted from here.

Finished cake


Tieghan adds banana layers to this monkey bread recipe. What other fruits or add-ins do you think would taste good with the peanut butter and pumpkin?

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Peanut Butter Banana and Pumpkin Monkey Bread, 5.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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32 Responses to Peanut Butter Banana and Pumpkin Monkey Bread

  1. Amy Honious says:

    I think that apples or pears would be good with the peanut butter and pumpkin! Thanks for the yummy giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kelly Cabral says:


  3. TaraP says:

    Pralines or pecans, or dark chocolate shavings, or a mocha crunch

  4. Melissa Lundblad says:


  5. Nicole C says:

    Pecans and chocolate would be a great addition!

  6. Victoria Crissman says:

    Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, marshmallows, pecans, or toffee chips all sound good to me!

  7. Chrissy Rene Cancel says:

    Apples and pecans are all I can dream about adding! Yum!

  8. Becky says:

    Looks fantastic! Would it be able to be made vegan and gluten free? (I’m “one of those”) Haha.

  9. Cathy Bradford says:

    Cranberries or blueberries

  10. Susan C says:

    I would definitely add some nuts or butter toffee bits for some crunch.

  11. Carol Stewart says:

    This is the only peanut butter I buy. I will definately have to try this, it looks so good. Thanks!!!

  12. Jessica says:

    Cranberries would be natural for the season ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Belinda says:

    Apples and marshmallows. Or chocolate chips or cinnamon chips. Yum! Looks delicious!

  14. C says:

    I’d add pistachio!

  15. Ryan C says:


  16. Nancy Reid says:

    Caramel sauce

  17. megan says:

    dates and cinnamon

  18. Katie Blankenship says:


  19. Carrie Conley says:

    Maybe blueberries or peaches…

  20. slee says:

    Chocolate chips!

  21. Jennifer G says:

    I would add in some dried cranberries for the holiday season!!

  22. Joann W says:

    Graham crackers turned into a nice streusel topping!

  23. susan smoaks says:

    I think raisins and pecans would be really good in this. it looks delicious just the way it is. i can’t wait to try it.

  24. Meg Tucker says:

    Walnuts and call me crazy but raisins too!

  25. Gregory Rocco says:

    Definitely would say some fruit or even more peanut butter!!

  26. Kathy M. says:

    Strawberries or Mango fruit, Crunchy Cocoa Nibs or Chocolate Chips!!! A sprinkle of coffee mocha too, oh yum!

  27. Francisco says:

    Sweetened cranberries or cherries and pecans! Or chocolate, you can never go wrong with chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. julie says:

    chocolate and any kind of nut

  29. Natalie says:

    I think craisins and apples would taste good! Or blueberries.

  30. Georgiana says:

    Raisins and Cranberries!

  31. Alexi says:

    Apples would be yummy!

  32. Ben says:

    I would add some all-natural granola made with oats and honey! Yum!

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Peanut Butter Banana and Pumpkin Monkey Bread