Cinnamon Roll Hot Cereal

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This amazing cinnamon roll hot cereal is perfect for brunching, snow days or Valentine’s Day!

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You know what I love? Cinnamon rolls. Rich, gooey, decadent rolls oozing with icing and luscious cinnamon filling. Just writing that had me drooling all over my keyboard. As much as I want to eat cinnamon rolls everyday, I legitimately can’t handle another embarrassing skinny jean episode that I had two days ago.

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I realize I’m going to have to talk about such incident, and I’m not quite ready yet. So why don’t we hop into this healthy, fiber packed, wheat-free cinnamon roll hot cereal. But if calling someone hot cereal is weird, just call it oatmeal. It talks like oatmeal and walks like oatmeal, so might as well call it oatmeal! Only it tastes better because it’s made with Bob’s Red Mill whole grains, and that makes all of the difference.

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I’m not lying when I say that this tastes EXACTLY like a cinnamon roll. The only difference is this won’t cause you to split your jeans while you try to pull them up. While your husband was walking by. Oh yeah, that happened. And the thing is, I haven’t gained any weight. I’ve actually lost a few pounds. So why, dear universe, must you cause my favorite pants to split in front of the man I’m always trying to impress?

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That’s why I’m replacing all of my favorite foods with low-calorie replacements, like wheat-free oats in place of cinnamon rolls and one mini chocolate chip instead of a big, fluffy batch of cookies. I’m still waiting for someone to invent a way I can lose weight while eating high fat foods. It can happen, right? I mean, we totally sent someone in space, figure this out!

Cinnamon Roll Hot Cereal

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Serves 4.
Prep time: >5 minutes
Cook time: About 8 – 10 minutes


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill 8-grain hot cereal
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish


  1. Mix the milk and water in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil (watching carefully, otherwise it’ll pour over). Add the 8-grain cereal and whisk to combine. Reduce the mixture to low and cover. Cook for about 6 – 8 minutes, stirring every minute or so, or until all of the liquid is evaporated and mixture is thick.
  2. Pour the cereal into four bowls. Drizzle each cereal with glaze, 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts and sprinkled cinnamon. Garnish with fresh strawberries and enjoy!

Nutritional information per bowl (about 1/3 cup cooked oatmeal):

Calories: 306
Fat:  9 grams
Carbohydrates: 51 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Protein: 8.25 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 8

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  1. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
  2. Posted by Sandy on
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    Where does the cinnamon stick, brown sugar, cream, and powdered sugar come in?
    • Friday, February 14th, 2014
      Looks like those ingredients might be the glaze that is called for? I'm sure Claire will clear it up; I'm going to try and wing it!
  3. Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    Looks so warm and comforting! I crave hot cereal like this every morning. Yum!
  4. Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    Oh, holy yum. I could devour a big bowl of this for breakfast, lunch AND dinner! What a fabulous, rich and creamy twist on hot cereal!
  5. Friday, February 14th, 2014
    Yum; sounds SO good. So good in fact I'm going to turn it into my next granola batch; now why have I never thought of that...and thank you because you did!
  6. Posted by Lauren on
    Sunday, February 16th, 2014
    Could you sub all water for making the cereal and skim milk in the glaze? Trying to trim some fat (pun intended) anywhere I can :)
  7. Posted by Alexis Anderson on
    Monday, July 7th, 2014
    For those of you who couldn't figure out what to do with the brown sugar and cinnamon stick as well as how to make the glaze, I have made this recipe twice now and not only is it one of my top 5 favorite breakfasts but it looks exactly like the picture!
    I mixed the cereal into the boiling water & milk and at that point I added the brown sugar and cinnamon stick. While it cooked I mixed the powdered sugar and heavy cream in a small bowl until whipped. This glaze is EXTREMELY thick so I did add a tiny bit more cream to loosen it up a bit. Once you spoon the glaze on top of the finished cereal it begins to melt and the presentation just looks amazing. Also, I chopped up glazed walnuts instead ;) Amazing recipe!!
  8. Posted by Katie on
    Friday, October 24th, 2014
    Hi, could one substitute oatmeal for the 8-grain blend thing?