Hey ya’ll! Before I even get into this post let me say this as clear as day: THIS IS NOT A HEALTHY OR KETO RECIPE! Lol. I mean, the title should’ve let you know, but there’s something I love in this world and it’s dessert. I don’t really believe in healthy dessert. Why? Because healthy is a treat…a reward if you will. It’s something special. It’s not to be enjoyed everyday, or, for me, even regularly. So when I have it, it’s something to indulge in. Now I’m not saying I’m going all in with the douber decker brownie fudge chocolate chip cookie sundae. No! But maybe it’s 2 Lindt chocolates with the blue wrapper (my favorite)! Or it’s 2 cookies with non-dairy ice cream sandwiched between. Idk, the point is, it won’t be a low calorie “nice cream”. I’m not a nice cream kinda girl…give me naughty cream any day. Wait…
Anyway! This recipe comes to you from my love of pecan buns, cinnamon rolls and monkey bread. Idk what it is about monkey bread specifically…maybe it’s the pockets of goodness you get from the sauce that runs down after it’s done baking…I really don’t know, but I just love it! I’ve always had a thing for cinnamon rolls and have posted various versions of my homemade ones on Instagram…pecan buns are just like cinnamon buns that came to party, so they’re all good too. Combine those 3 things to get this recipe. The best part of this is that the base is made with pre-made cinnamon rolls in the pop can! I’ve made it with a few brands, so I have to specify here that I prefer Pilsbury. They stay moist and have more cinnamon flavor throughout the dough, so when you slice it, that flavor remains throughout, which is important in a monkey bread. You can also use Annie’s as I think they stay pretty moist as well. For my version, the cinnamon buns are cut into quarter pieces to be stacked around your pan. I think this makes a perfect size of bites that aren’t too small or too big to be enjoyed. But the best part of this dessert/breakfast/brunch item is the caramel! Oh my goodness! This is like a toffee meets caramel candy type of sauce and tastes so delicious. I could literally jar this stuff!!
The key to this is to combine all of the ingredients in the pot together and whisk over heat to combine. Once its a homogeneous mixture, you pour it in the pan over the toasted pecans. You then sprinkle in your cinnamon bun pieces and try to distribute them evenly and over the caramel/pecan layer and pop them in the oven. In about 22 minutes, they are ready to go! Once it’s done, invert the bread onto a plate to let the sticky goodness that is that caramel drip all in the crevices, down to the bottom. Serve immediately, although I’m sure you won’t have a problem here!
This recipe only takes about 35-mins start to finish because you have so much happening at the same time. It’s a perfect brunch dish and a beautiful centerpiece to your breakfast table. I love it because everyone from kids to adults can enjoy it. And with the pull apart nature, you can have as much or as little as you want. Without having to eat an entire sticky bun. See…balance! Ok, I don’t have much else to say about this one besides, go make this. In fact, go to the grocery store tonight and make it tomorrow. Whoever eats it will thank you!
What are your favorite cheats you refuse to have healthy versions of?
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