This Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal is cozy, quick and a great alternative to the classic cinnamon roll you enjoyed as a child. Make it in under 10 minutes! This recipe is dairy free, vegan delicious and perfect for National Oatmeal Day. This time of year I crave sweet decadent breakfasts, the kind you have over the holidays with the family.
FAQ & Expert Tips
Oats are such a versatile grain. They can be baked or cooked and they are a wonderful addition to both sweet and savory dishes.
Oats come in many forms; you can pick and choose which texture suits your pallet the most and create the perfect addition to other dishes by choosing your style of oat.
Here are the different of oats to choose from
- Old fashioned: Whole grains that are steamed and then flattened by a rolling machine and flaked. These oats have the most texture.
- Instant oats: Whole grains that are cooked, dried and cut thin. These are great for overnight oats or when you are in a rush and need your oats to cook quick. They offer a texture.
- Quick oats: Similar to instant, these smaller flakes are rolled and cut to cook in 1 minute on the stovetop or 1 -2 minutes in the microwave
- Steel cut oats: These are often called Irish oats and they are cut, but not rolled, to provide a heartier texture. They cook in 25-30 minutes on the stovetop, absorb less liquid.
I most often reach for the old-fashioned style oats but I love all textures and types. You can use any type you’d like in this recipe!
Oats: Any choice will do.
Nut Milk: I prefer unsweetened almond milk. Water will also work.
Cinnamon: This adds a little sweetness and flavor to the oats.
Stevia/Monk Fruit: To sweeten up the oats and give them a nice flavor without added sugar.
Powdered Sugar: Just a little bit to make a fun "icing" for the top of the oats and give them a cinnamon roll flavor.
FAQs and EXPERT TIPS
Oats/Liquid: The key to perfecting your oatmeal is to get the liquid/oatmeal ratio perfect for the stovetop. You want to cook the oatmeal on low and slow so the grain has some time to cook down and soften.
Adding almond milk or nut milk of any kind This offers a creamier texture and a little more flavor to the bowl. Of course water is a great alternative to nut milks, but for this recipe the nut milk helps give the oatmeal a bolder flavor and texture to meet the cinnamon roll vibe.
Always add cinnamon. Cinnamon is a great way to sweeten things without adding in more sugar. The spice gives off a sweet flavor and really adds more depth to any sweet item. It is perfect for this Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal.
Sugar Options: I like to keep my sugar down as much as possible first thing in the morning so I use stevia in my oats and in this recipe. You may use any sweetener of choice for your personal bowl of oats. There are a lot of options out there to choose from. I suggest you experiment a little if you’d like to a some sweetness to your bowl. Other alternatives for this recipe would be, maple syrup, coconut sugar, brown sugar, date syrup.
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Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal
- ½ cup Quaker old fashioned oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp almond butter optional
- 1 Tbsp crushed walnuts optional
For the icing
- 2 Tbs confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp unsweetened almond milk
- Bring almond milk to a light simmer, add in oats. once oats start to cook down and thicken(about 3 minutes) add in cinnamon and sweetner. Stir well and remove from heat and place oats in a bowl.
- Make icing in a small bowl and drizzle over oatmeal. Top with almond butter and walnuts or any other toppings you choose.
- Use any topping you prefer.
- Use any sweetener you prefer. Stevia, monk fruit, brown sugar, coconut sugar and maple syrup.