This Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal is sweet, chewy, and full of warm cinnamon flavor. And it’s full of nourishing ingredients that will keep you satisfied all morning long- unlike the breakfast treat that inspired it!
Why We Love This Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
There are so many reasons why we love this recipe. For starters, it’s made with nourishing, whole ingredients that will keep you and your family satisfied all morning long. And they are ingredients that I always have on hand, so it’s a great recipe to turn to when you are short on groceries. Secondly, it is incredibly easy to make. There aren’t many things I like better than being able to feed my kids healthy, delicious, and filling meals with very little prep time. It’s as simple as stirring the ingredients together and baking! You can even prepare it the night before and bake it in the morning.
Lastly- it’s downright delicious. Fast and healthy is great, but if it doesn’t taste great does it really matter?? No. (Well, yes. But still no.) Ok, so you probably won’t fool anyone into thinking they are sinking their teeth into a gloriously butter and sugar filled pastry. In fact, trying to sell it that way is a guaranteed way to lose some major trust points. However, it has the perfect balance of sweetness and it’s full of warm cinnamony flavor. And topped with a sweet vanilla drizzle, you will still be rewarded with a table-full of smiles. It’s deliciously chewy, and the edges get a slight crunch from the brown sugar. It’s just plain GOOD.
Ingredients for Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
- Rolled Oats– Regular rolled oats is what we used and works best in this recipe.
- Milk– We used 2% milk, but almond, oat, or other dairy-free alternative works great too.
- Eggs– If you are dealing with an egg allergy, you can add 1 tablespoon flax meal. It will help bind the oatmeal in place of the eggs. Or, you can simply leave the eggs out. But you will have a more spoon-able oatmeal.
- Applesauce– We used regular unsweetened applesauce.
- Butter– We used salted butter. Coconut oil makes a really yummy substitute!
- Vanilla Extract– For a fun and delicious twist, you can add 1/4 tsp almond extract as well.
- Brown Sugar– You can easily substitute your favorite sweetener here without affecting the final product.
- Cinnamon– This recipe calls for 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon. It is cinnamon roll baked oatmeal after all! If you aren’t a huge fan you could cut it back by a teaspoon or so.
- Baking Powder – The baking powder adds lightness and improves the texture of your baked oatmeal.
- Salt– We used kosher salt. This balances the sweetness and improves the overall flavor.
How To Make Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
- Whisk together the milk, applesauce, eggs, melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl.
- Stir together the oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients to the oats and stir until combined.
- Pour the mixture into a greased 8×8-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned and set.
- Thin the vanilla Greek yogurt with a bit of milk until you get a good consistency for drizzling. Drizzle on tp of the baked oatmeal.
- Enjoy as is or serve with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Tips & Suggestions
Can I prepare Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal the night before and bake it in the morning?
Yes! Follow the recipe as directed. In the morning, remove the oatmeal from the fridge and let it rest on the counter while the oven is preheating.
How long does baked oatmeal last in the fridge?
You can store leftover baked oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also freeze the leftovers in individual serving containers for up to three months.
How should I serve baked oatmeal?
You can cut it into squares and serve it just as it is. But it is also really yummy served in a bowl and topped with milk. If you want some extra sweetness, you can also serve it with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Try adding a 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the mixture before baking. It adds a delicious crunch! You can also add fruit like chopped apples, blueberries, or sliced bananas. For a fun serving idea, bake the oatmeal in greased muffin cups and top with a swirl of yogurt drizzle. It looks just like a cinnamon roll!
More Delicious Baked Oatmeal Recipes:
- Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Cups
- Zucchini Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal
- Berry Baked Oatmeal
- Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt for drizzling on top
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, applesauce, milk, brown sugar, melted butter, and vanilla.
- In a large mixing bowl, add oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until combined.
- Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until the oats have set and the top is a deep golden brown. Remove from oven.
- Thin the vanilla Greek yogurt with a small amount of milk and drizzle over the top before serving. Enjoy!
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