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Gooey, delicious cinnamon roll baked oatmeal…

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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…

Secretly Healthy Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal Recipe

The recipe was inspired by my Vegan 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 (18)
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 1 serving


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 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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If you’d prefer a traditional cinnamon roll recipe, be sure to try these Easy Cinnamon Rolls.

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  1. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says

    I do like IKEA! I agree, the smell of those cinnamon rolls always leave me craving one too. I swear they spray cinnamon roll scented fragrance all throughout the place to make you buy one. This recipe looks amazingly delicious! (Just like everything else you post, of course! 😉 ) Thanks for sharing…I definitely plan on trying it out!

  2. Andrea says

    I haven’t tried baked oatmeal before, which is odd considering I eat oats almost daily! I will definately have to try it soon! 🙂 I have been to Ikea a few times before, and it’s almost mind-boggling! There’s SO MUCH to look at! I admit, I’ve even got lost in there a few times since it’s so big! Ha 🙂

  3. katie @KatieDid says

    I love stores like pottery barn and homegoods now haha! It’s funny to watch your preferences for shopping evolve over the years. Your furniture shopping.. does this mean your moving out on your own?! That would be cool!

  4. Fernanda says

    Amazing! Ever since I found you I never feel deprived while on a diet! And I’m eating way healthier 🙂 I ever considered becoming a vegan but that I’d have to do by baby steps…

  5. Sarah says

    Yes, i have been to Ikea. But only about a gazilion times. I’m still 15 so i tag along with my mom. And i ALWAYS fall asleep somewhere, usually the bed display. I have no shame. I HATE Ikea. It bores me. Immensely. I cannot see what is so intriguing about terry cloth towels. What do i appreciate about Ikea? NO CHEAP VANILLA SOFT SERVE DUDE. Oh yeah, did i mention? They have a new Justin Bieber bedroom display. What was i talking about again? Oh yeah, how much i LOVE Ikea…

  6. Giulia says

    I absolutely love furniture shopping, I just cannot wait for when I’ll have to furnish my own home!!
    When I was little I loved going to Ikea! the one near our house had a kid’s area were kids could be left (attended, obviously) to play until the parents were done shopping, so my sister and i would always be super excited of going there!

  7. Sweet and Savvy says

    Oh My! That Really looks like a cinnamon roll! Cinnamon and oats are Some Of My favorite things, I know what I’m having for breakfast! 🙂

    I’m not the biggest fan of furniture shopping, but I’ve never done it For my own place. IKEA is a cool store though. I found the cutest silverware there once!

  8. Qi Ting @ Misadventures of Fat free Baking says

    Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum! I’m making this tomorrow!! They look totally like cinnamon rolls!
    I love shopping at Ikea! Its one of my favourite places to shop at, hypermarts being the most favourite. The kitchen section’s really cool; bakeware and kitchen tools come at much lower price compared to baking supply shops even! 😀

  9. saskia says

    IKEA is the best! I love it, i can spend hours in there!:) this thingie looks incredible yummy..oh, and i’d love cinnamon-perfume! 😀
    Happy eating,

  10. Jenny says

    When it’s for yourself, I don’t see how furniture shopping could be boring! Well, most guys seem to find it boring, even when it’s for their own apartment/house/residence… Weird. Although I like doing it, I’m not really a fan of IKEA – at least not the one where I am. I LOVED the IKEA in Singapore, though! They never sold cinnamon buns, but it was big and awesome. And actually… when my family first moved to Singapore, I fell asleep on one of these fluffy throw pillow stacks at IKEA, too, haha! We are kindred spirits? 😛 Jetlag is definitely tough… whether you’re still a child or an adult.

    I love cinnamon buns… so I’ll have to give this a go one of these days. I imagine it being a perfect, warm breakfast on a cool autumn morning. Thanks! And happy Friday. 🙂

  11. Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes says

    Oh man, that look good!!

    and I LOVE furniture shopping. I’m way into interior design. I like IKEA but as long as the whole room doesn’t look like it came from their catalog. 🙂 I love looking at places like Ross and Tjmaxx for stuff. Or outlets. So fun!

  12. Liz @ Southern Charm says

    KATIE! This recipe looks amazing!!!!! I want to start all over today so I can have this for breakfast!

    In re your furniture question … I love furniture shopping, when I’m not buying my own. Sounds funny, but when it came to purchasing my own I was so stressed out because it’s permanent .. it just has to be perfect!

    Love Ikea! And I love going first thing in the morning and having their breakfast (and a few cups of coffee) as fuel before I start!

  13. Megan says

    I love going to IKEA! I like seeing how they have arranged furniture for 900 sq ft apartments and how efficiently they use their space. The aroma of cinnamon rolls there IS very alluring and I can imagine that your boatmeal smells the same! It look so delicious! As a kid I always liked the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, although I doubt they have any health benefits whatsoever. Once again, you have saved the day with a nutritious vegan cinnamon bun!

  14. Frida says

    Can I just say: YES!! I looove cinnamon rolls, and now i can have a healthy version, yay! For the question: I love Ikea (almost, if not as much, as cinnamon rolls!) I grew up with it, living here in Denmark. Ikea is really something else, and I love the awesome play-room for kids, the cheap and good food, fun and affordable furniture, and just the whole atmosphere of the place 🙂

  15. Jennifer JCD says

    I have been craving a cinamon bun for weeks! This looks delicious and beautiful too. I’m dreaming of cinnamon buns now, the smell and all… oh… I’ll have to make these tonight!! Thank you for the recipe!

    Oh, IKEA! They have a child minding area at the one near us (and they had one at their old locations too), and I remember being dropped off, wearing a little pinny with a number on it, and playing in the ball pit and indoor play space. Good times. Now I go and browse whenever I am in that part of the city (it’s an hour away, so I only get to go once or twice a year.) Most of the furniture in our house is from IKEA. 🙂

  16. Ashley says

    haha i thought this was a cinnamon bun!! Awesome picture!! Ive been meaning to try your baked oatmeal for a while now, ill be sure to use a topping 🙂

  17. Sarah says

    I’m back again! After i read this post i realized i didnt have any bfast yet! So guess wat i made? Yup, boatmeal. I used pumpkin and also added maple syrup and raisins. It was between savory and sweet- perfect! I had it alongside the pumpkin latte. And then i had a random strawberry. A winner of a breakfast!

  18. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says

    Oh my god- I could literally eat my computer screen!! Not fair- I have to wait hours until I get home to make this! This looks AMAZING!!!

    I love Ikea, too- but haven’t been in forever. Maybe this is a sign that I need to make a trip there this weekend (I am needing a new kitchen table….)!

  19. Stefanie says

    I got my plates/bowls from ikea for cheap. They were $20 or $25 for 8 place settings. It includes the bowls, dinner plates, and dessert plates. The matching coffee cups were .59 cents each. I also got a great desk for cheap. The biggest Ikea I have been to was in chicago but I believe that is were it got started. I really do need to go back and get me a nice dresser.

    It is hard to walk out of there not craving a cinnamon bun. They smell so good and fresh. You can almost taste it walkin out the door.

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