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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal: Weight Watchers Friendly

I know the feeling.  You are salivating.  You love cinnamon rolls, but you don't eat them.  Carbs, sugar, no protein.  They are not good for you.

But, Chocolate-Covered Katie has a solution for you, ahem!

If you have never visited her blog, you should.  She has many solutions to your my sweet tooth issues.

Since it is a Yippy Skippy Snow Day! here, it is the perfect day to fill my house with a yummy cinnamon smell.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!  I probably went overboard on the cinnamon on the "frosting" but cinnamon is good for you and helps control blood sugar spikes.  It is pretty isn't it!

Here is Katie's recipe:

Cinnamon-Bun Baked Oatmeal
(Serves 1)
  • 1/2 cup oats (50g)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • sweetener, such as 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or 1 to 1 1/2 packs stevia (I omitted, but I’ve cautioned y’all before about my lack of sweet tooth.)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (60g) (You can sub pumpkin or mashed banana)
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice, creamer, juice, or water 
  • heaping 1/16th tsp salt
  • Optional, for a more-buttery flavor: 1 tbsp oil or nut butter (if oil, scale the other liquid back)
  • Optional: handful of raisins, chopped walnuts, brown sugar for the top
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine raw oats, spices, applesauce, and liquid. Pour into a small baking pan, loaf pan, or 1-cup ramekin (or, for mini boats, two 1/2-cup ramekins). Cook for 15-20 minutes, or more until it’s firm. Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 3 more minutes (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust). Don’t forget to spray your ramekins first, if you want your cakes to pop out.
And for the "frosting":
Cheesecake Sauce
(Also known as “Cinnamon Roll Frosting”)
  • 1/4 cup mori-nu silken-firm tofu (50g)
  • 3-4 tbsp cream cheese style spread (such as Tofutti non-hydrogenated)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp milk of choice (depending on desired thickness)
  • sweetener to taste (such as sugar, stevia, agave, etc.)
  • optional: feel free to blend in 1/4 cup berries
Combine all ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. I used the Magic Bullet short cup. (If you have a larger food processor, you might want to double the recipe for better blending.) Makes about 2/3 cup.  This pretty much tastes like cream cheese frosting in liquid form. You might even try doubling the recipe and maybe even adding a 1/2 cup of fruit and extra milk for a fruit-cheesecake milkshake!
I changed it up a bit.  I am not vegan, so I don't use much tofu. I used vanilla greek yogurt instead.  I used Splenda for the sweetener.  

Look at all of the snow we have already.

Seriously, it is scheduled to hit this afternoon.

I can eat cinnamon rolls again!  I can't count the points for you due to copyright issues, but this is very Weight Watchers friendly!



  1. Looks good! New follower from Mom's Monday Mingle; I hope you take the time to visit

  2. That looks delicious! I'd go for one. And I hope you survived the snow day!