Filling and Delicious Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Recipe

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Cool, crisp mornings are the best time for cozy blankets, hot drinks, and tummy warming cinnamon roll oatmeal.

For this recipe, we used steel cut oats. However, it can also be made with quick-cooking oats, which will shave off some prep timing.

This breakfast isn’t overly sweet, but more brown sugar or icing can be added to your taste.

Irresistible Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

If you decide to use quick oats, cook according to the package instructions. Then, add the remaining ingredients as directed in this recipe.

It’s important to note that, if you want the icing swirl to last, the oatmeal needs to be cooled in the fridge for approximately ten minutes.

Bowl of cinnamon roll oatmeal.

If the oatmeal is too hot, the icing dissolves. It’s just as yummy, but doesn’t present as cinnamon-rolly.

The cinnamony aroma that fills the house is enough to draw hungry noses from their beds.

Be sure to make enough for the whole family, who will all eagerly gather around the table to enjoy this high-fiber meal.

Recipes for Cinnamon Roll Lovers

If you can’t get enough of that cinnamon roll swirl, here are so more recipes we’ve created in honor of the delicious pastry.

Did you know oats are one of the healthiest grains on earth?

Oats are high in soluble fiber, antioxidants, and important vitamins. The most noteworthy antioxidant, avenanthramide, is credited for oatmeal’s ability to lower blood pressure.

The type of fiber in oats, beta glucan, is what makes us feel so full after eating a bowl of the classic breakfast meal.

It’s also responsible for helping lower cholesterol, reducing blood sugar and insulin response, and encourages healthy gut flora.

Bowl of oatmeal with a cinnamon roll swirl next to cinnamon sticks.

Thanks to this heart-healthy grain, you may just lose weight from feeling so full–resisting the urge to reach for an empty-calorie snack. The oat’s roots in breakfast history are firmly planted in Scotland where they grew in popularity because of the cold climate.

For those of us needing to fuel a day full of activity, oats are a top choice.

Cold cereals are an easy option for the morning rush, but because they’re so highly processed, they lose a lot of their nutrients along the way.

Some of the vitamins and minerals are added back after processing–referred to as ‘fortified’ nutrients–but our body likes nature’s packaging best.

Stirring oats and other ingredients in a collage of images to make oatmeal.
Yield: 2 people

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Quick and easy cinnamon roll oatmeal recipe

Super yummy and easy steel cut oatmeal, cinnamon roll style!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Swirl Icing Topping

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp half and half


  1. Cook steel cut oats according to package instructions: Boil water and add oats.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer, and stirring occasionally, cook for 25-30 minutes.   
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Spoon into a bowl.
  5. In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and half and half together until combined. 
  6. Drizzle icing onto oatmeal in a swirl pattern. Serve.


To create the swirl pictured, the oatmeal must be cooled in the refrigerator for a few minutes, or the icing melts fairly quickly. 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 person

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 5gSugar: 39gProtein: 6g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Bowls of cinnamon roll oatmeal sitting on a table.

To keep the cinnamon roll oatmeal theme going strong, this cinnamon roll protein pancake recipe is my personal fave. If you’re craving a quick dessert for one, try this cinnamon roll mug cake.

Or, if you’d prefer to save time in the morning, overnight oats are the answer.

What is your favorite way to eat oatmeal? Tell us in a comment below!

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  1. I love this recipe. My grandchildren love oatmeal and this would be such a treat for them. It’s so pretty and I’m sure it would sweet enough for them too.

  2. At first, I was wondering why is this called a cinnamon roll oatmeal and did I suddenly realized that it does indeed ‘look’ like a cinnamon roll, lol. I love the idea and can’t wait to surprise the kids with this one.

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