Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal


Who says healthy food can’t taste absolutely, amazingly delicious?  This oatmeal is incredible!  I could eat it three meals a day =).  I was so in love with the banana oatmeal that I made last week (I’ve been eating it nearly every morning since) that I decided I wanted to try more variations on oatmeal because I’m suddenly an oatmeal lover.  So, I came up with this recipe.  This oatmeal tastes just like a cinnamon roll!  The incredible things about it are, it’s much healthier, much quicker and it’s even more figure friendly =).  You get all the goodness of a cinnamon roll in 5 minutes, rather than waiting around hours for those freshly baked, labor intensive rolls.  You’ll even get a kitchen filled with the warm, reminiscent scent of cinnamon rolls.  Serve this up for your kids and it’s likely you’ll get them to eat their oatmeal everyday =).  Turn an oatmeal hater into an oatmeal lover with this Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal!


Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving


  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp molasses
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter (optional)


  • 1 Tbsp Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese , softened
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk


  1. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine oats, milk, water, brown sugar, cinnamon, molasses, and salt. Cook oatmeal mixture in the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave, stir in optional butter and allow to cool several minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, using a fork, whisk together cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk until well blended. Drizzle or pipe icing over oatmeal (if you'd like to make the swirl as I did in the photos just make an light indentation in oatmeal with a chopstick, when it has cooled slightly, then pipe icing into indentation). Sprinkle lightly with additional cinnamon if desired. Serve warm.
  2. Additional serving suggestion: if you like chopped pecans or raisins in your cinnamon rolls feel free to sprinkle some in.


  • Amalia: When I saw this post, I literally said, “oh yeeea!” It sounds amazing, I just can’t imagine how insanely good it tastes! I love oatmeal, I could eat it everyday too :) This is one of the best versions I’ve seen, I’ve got to try it! Thanks :) January 10, 2012 at 4:54pm Reply

  • Steve: I just had this the other morning and it was delicious! You are such a great cook! I love your blog and am your biggest fan! Keep up the good work. January 10, 2012 at 6:39pm Reply

  • Erika – The Teenage Taste: Wowza! Now this is something I would get out of bed for in the morning! January 11, 2012 at 6:49pm Reply

  • MyFudo™: Great! Two of my favorite breakfast staples made into 1 easy to make breakfast dish…I adore Old Fashioned oats, so does my little girl. Thanks for the post. January 11, 2012 at 10:31pm Reply

  • Bridget [cooking with the big dogs]: Cinnamon roll flavour w/o the calories? Sign me up! This looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it. January 13, 2012 at 9:32am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks for the comments everyone! This is a great breakfast, or dessert =) January 13, 2012 at 12:11pm Reply

  • Renee: It’s delicious! To make it, even, healthier, I added 2 T. of ground flax seed and Canola Oil, instead of butter. January 19, 2012 at 12:12pm Reply

  • Ginger: I can’t wait to try this out over the weekend! March 15, 2012 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Anonymous: how much are the calories for this? March 29, 2012 at 5:20pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have nutritional information for the recipes I post, it would be nice though =). If I ever want to count the calories though I just add it all up based on the nutrition information on the back of the labels of each ingredient. Id say its about 350 calories with lowfat milk and 1/3 less fat cream cheese and no optional butter. March 29, 2012 at 8:58pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Could this be done of the stove top? I want to make this while camping!! June 18, 2012 at 7:47am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Yes it could. I’ve done it in the microwave before. Just make it as you would normally make oatmeal off the stove top adding in the additional ingredients. June 18, 2012 at 2:34pm Reply

  • Nicki: I made this for me and my 3 year ol boy. I love homemade oatmeal, but he prefers the box. He gobbled this right up! SO good… Thank you Thank you Thank you! January 9, 2013 at 9:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad he enjoyed it Nicki! Thanks for your comment! January 9, 2013 at 10:22pm Reply

  • Rob: Not to be a bit of a nay-sayer here, but while this looks delicious, and I am sure it is, it is not exactly healthy – doing a slightly more accurate calorie count (low fat milk, no butter, fat free cream cheese.) this is over 450 calories. That is over 4 times the calories of plain instant oatmeal with milk, a 3X instant flavored oatmeal.
    It is also about the same (~20-30 calories) of your Banana Oatmeal (using same guidelines of no butter). And has higher fat content. Not healthier, as you suggest.
    More calories than a Egg McMuffin, and that a fair amount of the donuts offered at Dunkin Donuts.

    Please refrain from implying things as healthy by making relative (and inaccurate) statements – e.g. “Healthier..Figure Friendly” when they are not.

    I understand you are not trying to be misleading, but intentions aside, if you want to steer people towards healthy eating, this is not the way.


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    • Jaclyn: Rob – while I appreciate your comment and your intentions, I’m quite certain this oatmeal is MUCH healthier than a cinnamon roll loaded with butter, sugar, fat etc and that is what I was referring to. January 17, 2013 at 11:09am Reply

      • Rob: And that’s my point – its not. Your oatmeal is equivalent to two pillsbury cinnamon rolls.

        Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal (no butter)
        320 calories/32 sugar/10 fat (3 saturated)

        2 Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls:
        290 calories/20 sugars/10 fat (3 saturated)

        That is the problem with food. Appearances can be deceiving. A year ago, I would have bet anything you were correct. But that frosting you made of cream cheese and sugar? Kills it.

        I apologize for my earlier incorrect calculation on the previous post. I had entered 1 cup of oatmeal into the calculator instead of a 1/2. January 17, 2013 at 11:57am Reply

        • Jaclyn: Rob – I guess I will agree to disagree. I believe that oatmeal (even with some icing) is more nutritious than two cinnamon rolls. But thanks for your input. :) January 18, 2013 at 9:09pm Reply

        • Ann: When most of the people I know get a cinnamon roll for breakfast it is usually one of the full size cinnamon rolls that are sold at places like Cinnabun and if you compare the calories of one of those to this recipe there are quite a bit less calories in this recipe. Plus, as a nutritionist, I know that not only calories need to be taken into account. You really need to be looking at the nutritional value of the food, which for those trying to eat healthy and even for those working towards weight loss, is way more important! In addition, you should consume more calories at breakfast than any other meal. A good breakfast is essential for “jump starting” your metabolism each morning. September 2, 2013 at 1:54am Reply

        • kat: Dude you need to chill out :) I think Jaclyn’s saying that oats have much more nutritional value and are just better for your body than some artificial sweeteners they put in to make it look like less calories. It’s not all about the calories. October 9, 2013 at 1:53pm Reply

  • KJS: Delicious on this freezing cold morning. The frosting really made it taste like cinnamon roll. I did add some ground flax seed for the omega3 boost. Thanks for posting January 25, 2013 at 9:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Youre welcome, thanks so much for your comment! January 25, 2013 at 9:47pm Reply

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  • Kelly Zdrowak: This looks awesome!

    My favorite recipe that i’ve tried is this one.

    It’s a really unique flavor combination that works really well together. There are also really good healthy dessert inspired oatmeal recipes like smores and apple pie February 2, 2013 at 5:00am Reply

  • Ashley: This cinnamon roll oatmeal was awesome! I felt like I was eating a cinnamon roll! I happen to have made cream cheese frosting for cupcakes yesterday so I just spread that over the top and it melted over it! Yum! Thanks for the recipe! I may eat this every morning! March 7, 2013 at 6:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed this Oatmeal Ashley! Thanks so much for your comment! March 7, 2013 at 9:33am Reply

  • VZ: What if you use Organic almond milk? May 2, 2013 at 10:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should work great too! I love almond milk! May 4, 2013 at 12:37pm Reply

  • jessica: I see where rob is coming from and i see where jaclyn is coming from..while there is still many calories and sugar the rolled oats I’m sure have more nutritional value than a cinn roll filled with empty carbs. Ne ways looks amazing! Il have to try it! May 4, 2013 at 7:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hope you love it Jessica! May 4, 2013 at 12:35pm Reply

      • reema: hi can u tell me exactly which oats to be used for this? August 23, 2013 at 4:54am Reply

        • Jaclyn: Either the quick or old fashioned should work. September 1, 2013 at 12:37pm Reply

  • Renee Pierson: I just thought I would let you know that this is now my FAVORITE diet breakfast!!! I made a few changes to it like only using 1/4 cup 2% milk and 3/4 cup water and no cream cheese just powdered sugar and a little skim milk and it was EXCELLENT!!!! It all together is only 263 calories and I allow myself 300 calories a meal and this is just amazing! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS! September 28, 2013 at 7:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad to hear you were able to find a way to this fit into your diet Renee! Thanks for sharing! October 7, 2013 at 7:38pm Reply

  • raizy: Thanks jaclyn for another great recipe! Ive been trying to get my kids to eat oatmeal for the longest time and this is the first time they actually ate it! Im also not the biggest oatmeal fan, but this was GOOD! October 29, 2013 at 7:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you got your kids to eat oatmeal :). Thanks for leaving a comment Raizy! October 30, 2013 at 3:43pm Reply

  • Gloria: Nice recipe! Made it this morning and anjoying now. Only problem I would like to mention is that the liquid to oats ratio is too high. Typically, I’ve always made oats at a 1:1 ratio (liquid to oats), on the stovetop. I made it the way you wrote it anyway just because I thought the microwave thing might change it, but it still ended up too liquid-y. Next time I try this I’ll probably go 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup milk, it might work with 1/3 cup each, but a half cup is definitely too much. I tried letting the oats sit and absorb for a little while but still too much liquid. Flavor is FANTASTIC though!!! And it may even just be a different microwave thing! Maybe the 1/2 cup of each liquid works for different people/situations. However I would recommend to those who try this to go with less. October 7, 2016 at 8:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Gloria! October 18, 2016 at 11:34am Reply

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