Yes, this is oatmeal! It looks and tastes like a cinnamon roll but is healthy, nutrient-dense and the best way to start your morning. It's also vegan and gluten free!
I posted this recipe first on my Instagram (as a reel) about a month ago, then Pinterest. And I really am speechless about the response I got: over 80k saves & many kind words! SO many of you shared your photos and told me how much you loved it. My mind is blown and I am more grateful than I can express in words.
And then Linda Sun reviewed it in her youtube video (around the 13:50 min mark) with the absolute sweetest comments, saying it was the best recipe she had ever made in her life. Yes I cried. Thank you Linda.💓
So with all this, and many people messaging me asking where to find the recipe, I finally decided it's time this recipe got a well-deserved spot on the blog. Thank you so so so much, from the bottom of my heart, for all your reviews, kind comments, and love. I love you guys so much.
I'm still feeling very emotional and want to rant on and on about how much you all mean to me and how grateful I am, but I know you came here for the recipe and not a speech. So let's get into it!
This cinnamon roll baked oatmeal is literally the best breakfast ever, because it's a combination of oatmeal and cinnamon rolls! If you know me, you know cinnamon rolls are my absolute favorite dessert, and having a healthy, nutrient-dense cinnamon roll for breakfast is a dream come true.
It's really soft, but also chewy at the same time (like an oatmeal cookie!) and with the perfect amount of sweetness--all natural! It's vegan and gluten free as well, so you're free to enjoy if that's something you're looking for 🙂
I will be including an FAQ section too, because I have gotten hundreds of comments and messages about them. Yes, I will be covering them ALL! If you haven't already, I'm really excited for you to try this recipe😁
Oh yeah, and one more thing: if you don't have time to read or make this now, you can click here to save the recipe on Pinterest!📌 That way, you can always come back to it🥰
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Ingredients in Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
The ingredients are relatively simple, and you probably have most or all of them right now (and if you don't there are substitutions)! Some you would find in a regular oatmeal recipe, and some not so much. But they all play a role in making this oatmeal as good as it is!
First is the banana. Make sure it's super ripe! This banana is what gives moisture, sweetness, and structure to the roll. If you use a green banana, it will throw off the taste of the whole thing. Brown, soft, spotty bananas are the best in this case, but as long as it's yellow with a bit of brown it should be fine.
Next we got the avocado oil. This is what brings in most of the moisture and really makes it feel like dessert! It also brings in some healthy unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids which is great for raising good cholesterol and lowering triglycerides. You can get some here--this is my favorite brand and the best price I've found for the value! And no, it's not a one-time use thing, I literally use it in e v e r y t h i n g, from cakes to pasta to tofu.
Although the banana brings sweetness, we'll need to bump it up a bit more, and that's what maple syrup is here for. It's a natural sweetener that's vegan and tastes amazing! Make sure you use real maple syrup, not maple-flavored syrup or pancake syrup.
So that's it for the wet ingredients, and now for the star: oat flour! Is it really flour? Well, it's literally ground up oats so you can answer that question however you like. It acts like flour, but has the same nutritional benefits as oats (because it is essentially just really tiny oats lol), and no gluten! It'll also keep you way more full and satisfied than regular flour. All you need is rolled oats and a blender to make it, but make sure it's ground very fine. If you don't have a good blender or want to save time, you can always just buy oat flour itself!
There is also flaxseed meal, just there to add some extra health benefits like protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This is also an ingredient I use often! It's a very small amount so you can definitely leave it out, although you may need a bit more oat flour. You can even try to use protein powder instead, but I can't guarantee it'll work since I haven't tried.
Finally, the sugar. You can really use any kind you like, but I used cane sugar in this recipe. Other options include coconut sugar, brown sugar, or regular white sugar 🙂
How to Make Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
Part of the reason why I wanted to write this post is because the video goes very fast and it may be hard to understand, so I'm going to explain each step by step!
First, you're going to mash your banana in a small bowl, then mix in the avocado oil and maple syrup. Then, add in the dry ingredients: oat flour, baking powder, salt, and flaxseed meal.
In a separate bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. This is the filling! Roll out the dough into a rectangle and brush with more avocado oil. Cut the dough into four equal strips and start rolling!
You can choose to make four mini rolls, or one large roll (how I did it!) Either way, this recipe serves 1 🙂
Bake the roll (or rolls) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes and enjoy! You can also make an icing, which I will explain in just a second.
Frequently Asked Questions
As I mentioned before, I received a lot of questions about this recipe! Here are the most commonly asked ones:
What can I use instead of a banana?
I have tried this recipe using ⅓ cup of plain, 1% greek yogurt. A few notes on this: you can taste it a little, and you will need to add a 1-2 more tablespoons of maple syrup. I also noticed it was more sticky and needed to add 3 tablespoons extra oat flour, but I think a better option would be to use ¼ cup instead of ⅓.
You could also do this with unsweetened applesauce just as well! Applesauce would need less sugar (since it's already naturally sweet), and it's vegan, but has less protein. Greek yogurt is high in protein, but it's not vegan and less sweet, although you could definitely try a vegan yogurt.
Overall, both of these substitutions do work so choose which one you like! But I would stick to a banana if you can 🙂
What is a good substitute for avocado oil?
I know avocado oil is not the most common, so you do have options! Literally any neutral-tasting oil will work: refined coconut, sunflower, light-tasting olive (just stay away from regular olive oil!), canola, etc. Avocado oil is my favorite, but I know not everyone has access/can afford it, so feel free to use any of these 🙂
Some people have also asked for an oil free version. While applesauce, greek yogurt, or banana *could* work as a substitution (it'll still roll up and end up like a cinnamon roll), the texture and taste just won't be the same. Try it if you want, but oil will always be the best choice😌
What can I use instead of flaxseed meal?
I mentioned this above, but if you missed it: you can skip it and add a bit more oat flour, or try replacing with protein powder (although I have not tried this and can't guarantee it will work). The main purpose of this ingredient is for extra health benefits, so it won't hurt the recipe to skip 🙂
It turned out sticky, why is that?
The unfortunate reality of working with bananas is that they are all different sizes. So, if you use a big banana then it will be a bit more sticky. This is also true if you don't use flaxseed meal. Some people have said it's sticky and some have had no problem, but a simple solution would be to add more oat flour. If you don't want to dry it out, you can roll it on an oiled surface and oiled rolling pin. I have tried this and it's so easy to roll!
How did you make the icing?
The icing isn't really part of this recipe; I really just put it on because it looked nice😂but if you do want more of a cinnamon roll feel, or a bit of extra sweetness, all you have to do is mix powdered sugar with oat milk. Any nondairy milk will work instead of oat milk if you don't have any! Others have also reported back with success using yogurt as a topping.
How can I get the roll to stick together more?
I haven't heard many issues about this, but if you're having trouble keeping the layers together, there is a simple solution. In this recipe, I've written to brush the oil first, then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top. This is the easiest way, but the roll may slip apart a bit since the sugar on top is dry. To prevent this, you can mix the sugar and oil together to make a paste before spreading. This way, it'll be more sticky when you roll! Again, I haven't had any problems with the original method but the second is always there if you need to use it 🙂
How many calories?
If you're interested in the calories for this recipe, you can just send me a dm on instagram @nutritiousdelights. I want to keep this blog as a safe space for people with or with a history of eating disorders/disordered eating and therefore I do not post calories publicly 🙂
I hope this answers your questions! If you still have any that are not mentioned in this post, feel free to leave a comment and ask. I'd be happy to help you!
I really hope you like this recipe! If you decide to make it, be sure to post a picture/story and tag me @nutritiousdelights on Instagram–I’d love to see!🥰 Also leave a comment below so everyone can see how it goes 🙂
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Healthy Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free)
- ½ very ripe banana mashed
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil plus more to brush
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¾ cup oat flour or blended oats
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed meal or more oat flour
- 1 tablespoon cane sugar or any granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Roll out the dough and brush with more avocado oil, and then sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar. Cut the dough into four equal strips and start rolling. You can either make 4 separate rolls, or combine them all together (which is what I did) to make a large roll.
- Bake the roll (I baked it in a mug) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. If you want to add icing, just mix powdered sugar and oat milk!
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