Cherry-Walnut Stuffed Monkey Bread

Cherry-Walnut Stuffed Monkey Bread

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Monkey bread is a sweet bread made up of many small pieces of dough that are baked together into a single, large pastry. Each piece of monkey bread in this recipe contains a cherry and toasted walnut center, and a maple-brown sugar syrup coating.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 12 rolls frozen cracked-wheat dinner roll dough ( ½ of a 48-ounce package)
  • ½ cup light maple-flavored syrup
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons light butter
  • ⅓ cup dried tart cherries, chopped
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


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  1. Grease a large baking sheet. Place frozen rolls about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight to let dough thaw and begin to rise.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a 10-inch fluted tube pan. In a small saucepan combine syrup, brown sugar and butter. Heat and stir over medium-low heat just until boiling. Remove from the heat and pour into the prepared pan.
  3. In a small bowl combine cherries, walnuts orange peel and cinnamon. Cut each roll into quarters. Using your hands, flatten each piece to about 2 inches in diameter and spoon about ½ teaspoon of the cherry mixture into the center of each piece. Pull edges of dough up around cherry mixture and pinch together to seal cherry mixture inside the dough. Layer filled dough pieces over syrup mixture in the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Cool rolls in pan on a wire rack for 1 minute. Loosen rolls from edges and the center post. Invert rolls onto a large serving platter. Scrape any remaining syrup mixture from the pan onto rolls. Cool slightly. Serve while warm.
  • Tip: If using a sugar substitute, we recommend Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to ¼ cup brown sugar. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: Same as below, except 160 cal., 26 g carb. (10 g sugars), 192 mg sodium.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 pieces
  • Per serving: 165 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 2 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 94 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 23 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 193 mg sodium; 46 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, ½ fat, ½ other carbohydrate

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