Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Published January 10, 2012. Updated January 24, 2019

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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!

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Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

It's like having dessert for breakfast! The same delicious flavors of a cinnamon roll in warm and comforting oatmeal form.
Servings: 1
Prep5 minutes
Cook4 minutes
Ready in: 9 minutes




  • 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.
  • Additional serving suggestion: if you like chopped pecans or raisins in your cinnamon rolls feel free to sprinkle some in.


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  • 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.

  • 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!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so happy to hear you got your kids to eat oatmeal :). Thanks for leaving a comment Raizy!

    • Erika

      Such a great recipe!! I’m pregnant and it’s an amazing way to satisfy my sweet tooth while still getting some great nutrition from the oatmeal. I make it stovetop and it turns out great :)

  • 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!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad to hear you were able to find a way to this fit into your diet Renee! Thanks for sharing!

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this Oatmeal Ashley! Thanks so much for your comment!