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Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal

Gooey, delicious cinnamon roll baked oatmeal…

The Best Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal Recipe


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.

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Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal


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.

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And I love how it smells like homemade cinnamon rolls.

This cinnamon roll baked oatmeal is like a wholesome breakfast version of the classic Ikea cinnamon rolls.

Obviously these taste much healthier and are not anywhere near as sugary-sweet.

Who wants to eat a cloying breakfast pastry that weighs you down and leaves you hungry again an hour later anyway?!

Feel free to frost them with coconut butter, almond butter, or my favorite vegan cream cheese frosting recipe from my Pumpkin Cupcakes post.



Wouldn’t it be amazing if IKEA bottled their cinnamon scent and sold it as perfume?

Or maybe I am the only one who wants to smell like a giant cinnamon bun…

Just thinking out loud here…

Easy Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal Recipe


Inspired by my Vegan Cinnamon Rolls and these Easy Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal

This gooey and delicious cinnamon roll baked oatmeal is perfect for a healthy breakfast!
5/5 (15)
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 1 serving


  • 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 (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 coconut butter! Or try the healthy cream cheese frosting linked at the beginning of this post.
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  1. WhittenRVFun says

    What a terrific recipie – thank you. But I have a quick question: in accordance with your photos, did you cut out the cinnamon rolls from the pan with a biscuit cutter and then frosted?

  2. Megan Brown says

    If I didn’t have applesauce on hand, would I be able to sub in butter/oil without messing up the taste and/or texture? I’d love to make this today, haha

  3. P says


    Any idea what if i use microwave?
    For one single serving using that much of time of oven is wasting energy and time i feel like…
    Not to offense of any recipe instruction but want to try out with less of time and energy consumption ?

  4. Paulette says

    Hi Katie! I have never commented before, but have tried a number of your recipes (black bean brownies and many of your healthy smoothies), and loved every single one! Thank you so much for sharing your delicious chocolatey creativity!

    Yesterday I made this and it was amazing! I didn’t have applesauce or bananas or pumpkin though, so I substituted a “flax egg”, thinking the ingredient might be used a binder? Is that the case, though, or is the reason for the fruit for sweetener, more liquid, or something else? The answer to this would help me in making future substitution choices. 🙂

    • Jason Sanford says

      It would actually be all three – binder, sweetener, liquid, and also adding bulk to the recipe 🙂

  5. Kelly says

    This was delish!! Made it with the cream cheese frosting and it was a hit with my (not vegan) husband! We added walnuts to it for that added flavor. Everything I have made from your blog so far has been fantastic. The only thing I’m still searching for is a cheese that doesn’t use the packaged stuff or taste like nutritional yeast. I have liked all the ones I have tried but hubby is not so easy to please on the cheese front. Of course, he still eats cow cheese so he doesn’t have the adjusted vegan taste buds that I do 😉 Thank you for the blog! You have made my transition SOOOOOOO much more enjoyable!

  6. Valentina says

    thank you for this recipe! I made it as two muffins, as I didn’t have a ramekin. I added walnuts, peanut butter and topped it with a coconut cream frosting.
    Easy to make and a delicious breakfast 🙂

  7. Divorced kat says

    I have made a lot of baked oatmeal and this was a keeper. I made 4x the recipe so I baked it in a 8×8 pan — just simpler when baking for the week. I added flaxseed. I used vanilla almond milk (recipe ended up vegan!) and sweetened applesauce so I cut back on the syrup. I sprinkled a little brown sugar on top at the end for broiling. As soon as it came out of the oven I sprinkled some raisens on top

  8. Stephanie says

    I just tried this today and another great recipe. I don’t think I have ever tried a recipe of yours that I didn’t like. I also tell other people about your website. Anyway, I didn’t use the optional frosting recipe. I made it exactly as you had it. I did use the 1/4 cup of mashed bananas version. I haven’t yet tried it with the applesauce. In my opinion it was delicious and tasted like banana bread baked oatmeal vs cinnamon roll flavored. I am also going to try it with the applesauce. I would definitely make this again. It was really simple and really good!!

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