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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  • 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

  • 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

      Jaclyn Bell

      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.

      • 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.

        • Jaclyn

          Jaclyn Bell

          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. :)

        • 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.

        • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Anonymous

    Could this be done of the stove top? I want to make this while camping!!

  • 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.