Swirls of cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla cream cheese top soft, warm oatmeal in this inviting, protein filled breakfast dish. One bite of Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal and you’ll be in love.
The last couple of weeks has been crazy at my house. I’ve had little to no time to get a post out during the week. Saturday is finally here so it’s time to get back to what I love, cooking and sharing recipes.
It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I tend to skip it all together. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because I don’t feel hungry when I wake up, or I’m in a hurry to get to work. Whatever the reason, it is not a priority. Most days, breakfast turns into brunch or even lunch.
A couple weeks ago, I decided to make it a point to eat something every day before I leave the house. I don’t have a lot of time to cook, so I tried to think of something quick, easy and filling. Oatmeal met all of the criteria, but it’s kind of blah by itself. Luckily, it is versatile. Oatmeal can handle just about any flavor combination you want to throw at it. I decided to try a cinnamon roll oatmeal with a little protein powder for an added punch.
Make the Oatmeal:
I like to use rolled oats for this recipe, but you can use quick oats if you prefer. Either will work. Follow the directions on the package for cooking the oats. I tend to use a little less water for cooking mine so they won’t be soupy. After oats finish cooking, add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and stir to combine.
Make the Cinnamon Swirl:
While the oats are cooking, make the cinnamon swirl. In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of protein powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. I use NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate. The unflavored variety mixes well and isn’t too grainy or gritty. Add warm water, about a teaspoon at a time, to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough to hold together but thin enough to swirl easily.
Make the Cream Cheese Swirl:
Place 3 tablespoons of cream cheese in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 15 – 20 seconds. The cream cheese should be easy to stir. Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla to the cream cheese and mix well.
This is the fun part!! Plain, boring oatmeal turns into a tasty, cinnamon filled delight. 🙂 Place the oatmeal in a serving bowl. Using a squirt bottle or plastic bag with the tip of one corner cut off, swirl cinnamon sugar mixture in a spiral design on top of the oatmeal. I like to use my Wilton Dessert Decorator Kit to apply the cinnamon swirl. Next, add the vanilla flavored cream cheese in the same swirl design as the cinnamon sugar.
There you have it! A warm, filling bowl of Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal. Happy Cooking!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (According to package directions)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons unflavored protein powder
- 4 Tablespoons brown sugar (Amount can be adjusted for sweetness.)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (Amount can be adjusted to taste.)
- 3 Tablespoons cream cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Prepare oats according to instructions on package. This recipe was made using 1 serving.
After oats are cooked, remove from heat and add vanilla.
Mix protein powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Add warm water 1 teaspoon at a time to form a paste. The paste should be thick enough to hold together but thin enough to swirl.
Heat the cream cheese in the microwave for 15 - 20 seconds.
Add the vanilla and stir to combine.
Place oatmeal in a serving bowl.
Place cinnamon sugar mixture in a squirt bottle, dessert decorator, or plastic bag with the corner tip cut off. Swirl the mixture on top of the oatmeal.
Repeat the same process with the cream cheese mixture.
Serve immediately and enjoy!