Cinnamon roll baked oatmeal.
Frosted with my favorite Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting.
I blame Ikea.
It is impossible to walk out of that store not craving cinnamon rolls. The aroma of their freshly-baked rolls permeates the entire warehouse. I swear, it’s like they’ve sprayed cinnamon-scented perfume throughout the store.
When I was little, I thought Ikea was so boring! I even fell asleep once, in their rug section. (In my defense, we’d just moved and I was still on jet lag.) But I feel differently about the store now that I’m an adult, shopping for my own furniture, as opposed to tagging along with mom. I spent over an hour, yesterday afternoon, happily browsing. I love how their decorating style is so clean and simple.
And I love how it smells like cinnamon rolls.
I’m working on a yeast-free cinnamon-roll recipe, but it’s not perfected yet. So for today, you get boatmeal (boatmeal = baked oatmeal).
Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (50g)
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- sweetener, such as 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or pinch stevia
- 1/4 cup applesauce (60g) (or pumpkin or mashed banana)
- 1/4 cup milk of choice, creamer, juice, or water
- heaping 1/16th tsp salt
- Optional, for a buttery flavor: 1 tbsp oil or nut butter (if oil, scale the other liquid back)
- Optional: handful of raisins, chopped walnuts, brown sugar for the top
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine raw oats, spices, applesauce, and liquid. Pour into a small baking pan, loaf pan, or 1-cup ramekin (or, for mini boats, two 1/2-cup ramekins). Cook for 15-20 minutes, or more until it’s firm. Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 3 more minutes (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust). Don’t forget to spray your ramekins first, if you want your cakes to pop out. Ideas: top with your favorite nut butter, pumpkin butter, banana butter, or even coconut banana butter! Or try the healthy cream cheese frosting linked at the beginning of this post.
Do you like furniture shopping? And have you ever been to Ikea? Wouldn’t it be cool if they bottled their cinnamon-bun scent and sold it as perfume?! Or maybe I am the only one who wants to smell like a giant cinnamon bun…
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