Perfect for those mornings when you want a rich and gooey cinnamon roll but you haven’t got time to run out to Cinnamon and you don’t want to eat your week’s worth of calories in one meal. This healthy cinnamon roll overnight oats recipe is easy to make, quick to prepare and tastes delicious. Seriously, if you close your eyes and eat a spoonful of soft, gooey oats sprinkled with sweet cinnamon, you’ll think you really are having breakfast at Cinnabon!
We all need an army of quick and easy breakfast recipes we can call on for busy mornings, right? Well get ready to add this recipe to the top of your list! I love overnight oats because they’re so simple, versatile, fast and portable. Mix everything together the night before, scoop it all into a jar or container then take it with you to work or grab it from the fridge at home for breakfast. There’s absolutely no cooking, plating up or hassle involved.
When you prepare your breakfast in advance when you’re not hungry, in a rush or stressed, you’re so much likely to make healthy choices. And when you’ve got a fridge full of jars of overnight oats, why would you want anything else for breakfast?
When I began creating a cinnamon roll oat recipe, I was planning on making a bowl of ordinary oatmeal that tastes like a cinnamon roll theme. To see what other people were offering, I made up a bowl of cinnamon roll oatmeal from Mother Thyme. And you know what? It was way too sweet for me.
Me – the girl who can happily eat a bowl of double chocolate cheesecake overnight oats for breakfast and then go hunting for a snack seconds after. It would have made a great dessert, but for breakfast? Not for me. I guess cutting down on sugar and lessened my sweet tooth! So instead I went in a slightly different direction and made healthy cinnamon roll overnight oats instead.
To get the recipe absolutely perfect, I ate these healthy cinnamon roll overnight oats for breakfast five days in a row! Even though each version tasted amazing, the final one was the one. The perfect amount of ground cinnamon swirled through the oatmeal. The perfect amount of Greek yogurt and milk for the perfect texture. And the perfect amount of cream cheese frosting on the top for a sweet Cinnabon twist. Perfect, perfect, perfect!
If you love healthy overnight oats that taste like dessert, you’ve got to try these recipes, too!
- Lemon, raspberry & coconut overnight oats
- Cookie dough overnight oats
- Lemon raspberry overnight oats
- 1/2 cup quick or rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (you can substitute artificial sweetener)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup natural or Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup skimmed milk (you can substitute any milk)
- 1 tablespoon low-fat or fat-free cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, sugar, cinnamon, yogurt and milk. Scoop into a jar or container and set to one side.
In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese, vanilla extract and powdered sugar until smooth.
Spread the cream cheese icing on top of the oats or pipe it in a spiral Cinnabon-style if you're feeling fancy. Place a lid on the jar or container and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours to thicken before eating cold.