The flavor of a freshly baked cinnamon roll but in a creamy oatmeal breakfast! This oatmeal is so smooth and rich, contains no dairy and is topped with a delicious cinnamon roll icing!
I don't know of too many things that say comfort food quite like a good hot bowl of oatmeal does. Even better, a dairy-free vegan Cinnamon Roll Spice Oatmeal. Who wouldn't want oatmeal that tastes like a cinnamon roll?
I teased y'all with this tempting recipe on Instagram and Facebook yesterday, and as promised, here it is! I wanted to share my favorite way to eat it for breakfast. What could possibly be better than oatmeal in the form of cinnamon roll flavor? This is a lot healthier than a cinnamon roll though, and won't leave you feeling heavy or sluggish. Seriously, gobs of icing and butter may taste great, but they aren't doing your heart or health any favors. That's why I love this oatmeal because it is healthy, but still incredibly delicious and reminds me of the flavors of cinnamon rolls.
I switch up my breakfast sometimes between toast and oatmeal, but now that it is getting cooler, I like to eat oatmeal. I always have a smoothie or an apple first thing and then move on to toast or oatmeal. I like to have a BIG breakfast.
I have been eating this oatmeal recipe for as long as I can remember....years, in other words. Only recently, did I decide to add an "icing" and make it more reminiscent of a cinnamon roll. The oatmeal is insane without the icing (which is optional) and truly doesn't need it for flavor, it is just the "icing" on the cake, hahaha!
However, if you want the full "cinnamon roll" effect, drizzle a bit of the "icing" on top....no guilt with this one either! The empty wasteland of powdered sugar and butter is not needed here! The only time I ever consume that junk is maybe once or twice a year for birthdays...otherwise, I am not interested in consuming that in my body. So, I created a much healthier version of a cinnamon roll icing.
I have changed the way I prepare my oatmeal. I have learned, probably like many of you have by now, that soaking grains is extremely important for proper digestion. Oats/grains have phytic acid that bind to other minerals in the gastrointestinal tract and inhibits them from being absorbed properly into the body. We need our vitamins and minerals, so soaking them breaks down the phytic acid, so we can absorb them better. Now, I have read conflicting articles that say to soak and some say you don't need to soak. I did find this amazing site that explains how to soak grains and the importance, the best one I've read yet, so I follow her recommendation. You can read her article here. I just rinse mine after soaking, then add more water and cook. Even if it's not really necessary, I'd rather be safe than sorry, so I soak them.
I also notice how much incredibly smoother and softer the oats are by soaking them. It's so creamy and delicious, there is no need even for milk. Totally dairy-free and even no plant-based milk is needed. Before, when I would cook them straight out of the bag, I would still get some stiff, crunchy oats in my oatmeal....yuck.
Now, let's add some icing.....
Icing is totally optional, the oatmeal doesn't need it for flavor, but it is just an extra yummy factor! This cinnamon oatmeal only requires 7 ingredients (plus salt & water), but if you are feeling up to it, make the optional icing!