This Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats recipe uses old-fashioned oats, milk, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, brown sugar, and cinnamon to create a warm and comforting breakfast that will fill you up until lunchtime.
If you’re looking for a way to make your breakfast more exciting, these cinnamon roll overnight oats are a great choice. This recipe will make you feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast without the guilt of eating an entire cinnamon roll.
It’s not just an easy way to get your breakfast on the go: these oats are packed with protein and healthy fats that will keep you full until lunchtime. We love making these the night before and waking up to an already prepared breakfast.
- Old fashioned oats – Just to avoid any potential confusion, these oats are also known as rolled oats and are a type of oat that has been steamed and flattened.
- Milk – Use regular milk or any milk substitute of your choice. I like to use almond milk.
- Greek yogurt – This is an optional ingredient, but it adds a nice touch of protein and creaminess to the oats
- Vanilla extract – To add a mild vanilla flavor.
- Brown sugar – I use a light brown sugar that has a mild sweet caramel flavor.
- Cinnamon – Use a high-quality ground cinnamon for this, or grate your own from a cinnamon stick.
For frosting, you’ll need the following:
- Cream cheese – I always recommend buying full fat dairy products, especially cream cheese. The low-fat version is not very good. This needs to be softened ahead of time, so be sure to remove it from the refrigerator beforehand.
- Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar.
- Vanilla extract
- Toasted walnuts or raisins – This is just for garnish, so if you don’t have any, don’t worry about it!
How to Make Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats
The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make. You probably think there’s a long drawn out process for preparing the oats, but you’re going to be surprised to find out just how easy it is.
In a small bowl, mix the oats, milk, yogurt, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon until well combined. Spoon the mixture into 2 small glass jars. Cover and refrigerator overnight or for at least 3 hours, so it can work its magic and thoroughly soften the oats.
In the morning uncover the overnight oats and stir it all up. If the mixture is too thick, you can add some milk.
If you want to add the frosting (and why wouldn’t you), in a small bowl mix together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Drizzle it over the top of the oats and top it with toasted walnuts or raisins, if desired.
You can serve these oats either cold or warm. If you want them warmed, just pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Here are a few other tips that can help you make the best cinnamon roll overnight oats:
- Choose your favorite kind of milk: Almond milk, soy milk, or regular milk are all great options. If you’re vegan or lactose-intolerant, coconut milk is a delicious and versatile alternative to dairy, or use lactose-free milk.
- Try stirring in a tablespoon or two of peanut or almond butter for some added protein that will keep you full all morning long.
- If you’re feeling extra indulgent (or if you’re just craving something sweet), top off your bowl with some fresh raspberries or strawberries before serving it up.
- To make thicker oats, use more Greek yogurt and less milk, or use half and half or whole cream.
- I like to refrigerate these oats in a pint glass canning jar with a reusable lid. This gives you the room to stir it up and add more milk in the morning if you like. They are served in a 1/2 pint jar.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices! You can use ground ginger or nutmeg instead of cinnamon if you’d like—or try adding both at once. I love freshly grated nutmeg on mine.
Instead of walnuts or raisins, you can add some chopped dates, dried apricots, or dried cranberries for a sweet, fruity flavor. I also like fresh pomegranate seeds.
Yes absolutely! Just switch out your regular milk for soy or almond milk and don’t add the Greek yogurt. You can skip the cream cheese in the frosting or switch them out with vegan-friendly alternatives. This way, you’ll have a delicious, dairy-free option that everyone can enjoy!
We don’t see why not! The oats are packed with fiber and protein, so you’ll feel full and energized all day.
The cinnamon gives a nice dose of nutrients, including copper and manganese. It also contains chromium, which is great for improving blood sugar levels and preventing insulin resistance.
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Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats
For the oats:
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup milk or milk substitute of your choice
- 4 tablespoons greek yogurt optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the frosting:
- 2 ounce cream cheese softened
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk
- toasted walnuts or raisins optional garnish
- In a small bowl, mix the oats, milk, yogurt, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon until well combined. Spoon the mixture into 2 small glass jars. Cover and refrigerator overnight or at least 3 hours.
- In the morning uncover the overnight oats and stir. If the mixture is too thick add some milk.
- In a small bowl mix together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Drizzle over the top of the oats and top with cinnamon, toasted walnuts, or raisins if desired.
- Enjoy cold or warm.
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