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Instant Pot Monkey Bread with Cinnamon Rolls

This sticky caramel apple Instant Pot monkey bread is so addicting and easy to make with ready made cinnamon rolls or defrosted frozen bread dough! If it’s hot and you’re not about to turn on your oven this is the new way to bake!


This Instant Pot caramel apple monkey bread is so addicting. You’ll want to make it for breakfast or brunch!! It is easy to throw together, pour in your bundt pan, and it comes out perfect. One of our favorite Instant Pot recipes. (affiliate links present)

Pressure Cooker Monkey Bread

I know y’all have made a version of our easy monkey bread before but have you made it in your pressure cooker??? It is so easy. I’ll top it with the frosting packet that comes with the cinnamon rolls. That way I don’t have to buy a tub. It’s to die for I tell you.

You don’t have to have the popular IP brand though either. I have tried this in a Crockpot Express as well as the Ninja Foodi and those work great too. With the latter you have another option as well, air fryer monkey bread can be made too in that one.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Instant Pot Monkey Bread with Cinnamon Rolls

You really do need a pan to make this, I like using a mini bundt because it comes out pretty and cooks evenly with it. I use it all the time making other cakes and things too so it won’t be used just once friends.

  1. Instant Pot – this is the one I have you can see it above, a 6 quart
  2. 6-cup bundt pan
  3. Caramel bits
    1. optional
  4. Cinnamon rolls or biscuits – not Grands, regular size

You can use defrosted Rhodes cinnamon rolls, or Pillsbury refrigerated. Biscuits can be used but these are better.

Instant Pot Pull Apart Bread

Nuts are optional but yummy. Chop them and put them on the bottom of your pan so they come out on top when flipped over. I have done this when baking my pumpkin monkey bread during the Fall months. I just basically include a handful of nuts and a few tbsp of puree into the hot butter mix. 😉

  1. Butter
  2. White sugar and cinnamon – cinnamon is optional if you’re using cinnamon rolls
  3. Brown sugar
  4. Small bowl
  5. Aluminum foil – to make a sling

Use Non stick cooking spray so it comes out easily when done.

monkey bread with frozen cinnamon rolls
instant pot caramel apple monkey bread

Instant Monkey Bread

You’ll need the small trivet that comes with your Instant Pot too. That will keep the pan out of the water so you can get the full effect of it essentially being steamed under high pressure so it can “bake” well.

  • Once your Instant Pot monkey bread is done, flip it right over and enjoy on a plate. It may just fall apart though and that’s okay.

The cinnamon rolls come with icing packets so I just use those. Warming them in the microwave for about 5 seconds so it pours over the top well. YES!! It comes out this sticky when you flip it over!!

Loaded with cinnamon, sticky caramel pieces, and the walnuts are a great addition for taste and texture. But of course those are optional.

instant pot monkey bread

Instant Pot caramel apple monkey bread 

Even if you don’t add a bit of caramel bits into the mix the brown sugar and butter mixed together will give it that flavor in the sauce no matter what. Here are the steps you’ll take to make this:

  1. Cut each cinnamon roll or biscuit into 4 equal sized pcs
  2. Put sugar mixture (can add cinnamon) into large baggie
  3. Add pcs. and shake so they get nice and coated
  4. Melt butter and brown sugar
  5. Add 1/2 biscuits to 6 cup bundt pan, pour 1/2 butter mixture on top
  6. Lay remaining biscuits on top, then remaining butter mixture

Add water and trivet into your pot on the bottom. I like the one with handles so it comes out easily when timer is done.

ninja foodi trivet

Monkey Bread in Instant Pot with Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Loosely cover pan with foil
  2. Lower pan on top
  3. Set to high pressure cooking
  4. I like to do a slow natural pressure release for 10 minutes vs quick release so it can solidify a bit longer
  5. Carefully remove the bundt pan

Once monkey bread is cooled and flipped over pour this and icing packets on top Note: I added diced apples to this one below. 1/4 c works well but will leave bundt a bit stickier.

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Whether you make it for dessert, breakfast, or for brunch when other people come over it is just delicious! You’ll never buy a store bought monkey bread after tasting this one I promise. 🙂 Looking for more easy Instant Pot dessert recipes, here are a few:

  1. Instant Pot pumpkin apple cake is to die for
  2. The best lemon poppy seed cake is here to try
  3. We love this Instant Pot coffee cake  too

With a quick cook time compared to our apple pie monkey bread baked in the oven, it’s a great option if you’re short on time or space. In about 20 minutes it’s done and ready to enjoy.

air fryer monkey bread

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Instant Pot Monkey Bread

This sticky Instant Pot monkey bread is so addicting and easy to make with ready made cinnamon rolls! 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel, dessert, instant pot, monkey bread, pineapple, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 217kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Cut your cinnamon rolls or biscuits into 4 pcs. per roll or so. Put into a bowl.
  • Add your white sugar and cinnamon into a large baggie, mix together, add your cut rolls and gently toss so they are coated.
  • Spray the inside of your 6 c. bundt pan with non stick spray. Put 1/2 of coated cinnamon roll / biscuits pieces into pan. Pour 1/2 brown sugar/butter over that. Then layer remaining rolls with butter mixture on very top. Sprinkle in nuts here and there if you want to add those.
  • Pour 1.5 c. water into the inside of your pressure cooker and lower down a trivet. Then lower filled bundt pan loosely covered with a piece of foil on to your trivet.
  • Close the lid and steam valve and set to manual, pressure, high, for 20 minutes.
  • Do a natural release for 10 minutes. Then release rest of steam.
  • Carefully lift out, and allow to cool almost completely on a cooling rack before flipping over if you want it to stay in tact. If you want it warm flip over immediately, it just may not stay in tact as a pretty looking bundt (but really who cares).
  • Can pour icing that came in cinnamon roll tube on top of that too and enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Monkey Bread
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 56mg2%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 177IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 from 2 votes (2 ratings without comment)
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Sunday 14th of February 2021

The bundt pan in your picture is Nordic Ware, but your link to the best bundt pan for the instant pot is Miragee? Which one is best?

The Typical Mom

Monday 15th of February 2021

I like Nordic ware but they aren't always in stock


Sunday 1st of September 2019

Where’s the “Apple” part of this recipe? Also, when & where do you add the caramels?


Sunday 14th of July 2019

Your recipe says to add the melted butter and brown sugar on top after you have flipped it over. But the video shows it added to the bundt pan before it is even baked. Can you do it either way or do you add it before you cook it? Thanks in advance!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 14th of July 2019

Yes you add it to the bottom of the pan. Then when you flip it over you'll have to swipe the remaining brown sugar butter sauce that's still inside the pan on top of the finished product. Hope that clarifies it.


Tuesday 9th of January 2018

I haven't an instant pot. How long to bake in the oven and at what temp, please. I can be reached at carol dot vanrooy at

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