Cinnamon roll overnight oats with yogurt taste like a glazed cinnamon roll and make a delicious high-protein oatmeal breakfast for one that takes no time at all! The breakfast jar is high in protein and fiber from yogurt and oats.
These cinnamon roll overnight oats with yogurt are spicy and delicious with a sweet white glaze like a cinnamon roll for one. You can eat them chilled or heat them in the microwave like a true hot cinnamon bun. Don't worry about the added sugar because the healthy dose of cinnamon will help balance your blood sugar levels.
If you want a more complex oatmeal breakfast, check out my chocolate oatmeal bars or my chocolate baked oats. Otherwise, cinnamon overnight oats will give you a burst of energy and they are ready in a few minutes.
Why You'll Love These
A grab and go breakfast. Cinnamon overnight oats with yogurt are easy to mix up and grab and rush to your home office for that zoom meeting you have waiting. Just mix up my basic overnight oats recipe stir in some cinnamon and eat straight away. Make three in advance - that's three mornings covered.
Energizing & nutritious. Overnight oats with cinnamon are full of all the nutrition from rolled oats including fiber and nutrients. And cinnamon is known for its nutritional support of the brain, healthy blood sugar levels, and anti-viral properties.
Every diet welcome. This easy cinnamon oats recipe is vegan, dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free provided you use dairy free milk and yogurt.
2. Dairy free milk: I chose almond milk but any milk works to help make your oats creamy.
3. Chia seeds: You don't need chia seeds, but they will increase the protein levels.
4. Yogurt: Yogurt is a delicious creamy addition and adds a creamy flavor and more protein. I use unsweetened almond so the cinnamon flavor comes through. Feel free to use your favorite including Greek yogurt if you aren't dairy free.
5. Lemon juice: Just a little lemon juice is helpful to deactivate phytates in oats that sometimes interfere with digestion.
6. Maple syrup: Choose your favorite liquid sweetener. If not maple syrup, use agave, date paste or date syrup.
7. Cinnamon. I use ground cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is healthiest for long term use, but for strongest cinnamon flavor, use Cassia cinnamon, or the type found in main-stream grocery stories.
Best Cinnamon Type to Use?
Mainstream cinnamon that you find at the grocery store spice shelves is usually Cassia cinnamon which is not the healthiest to consume on a daily basis because it contains a harmful substance called coumarin. However Cassia cinnamon does have the strongest cinnamon flavor. If you intend on eating cinnamon overnight oats daily however you might want to use Ceylon cinnamon. It's healthier to eat on a daily basis because it only contains trace amounts of coumarin. [source]
Without chia seeds and yogurt. Overnight oats can be made without chia seeds and yogurt. However, both ingredients add creaminess to the texture of overnight oats. If you like fruity overnight oats, try my overnight oats with frozen fruit.
Add a cinnamon roll glaze. Mix up 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of milk to create a glaze, then drizzle on top for a cinnabon-like breakfast.
Other additions. Cinnamon overnight oats stand well on their own, but you could add some mini chocolate chips for a dash of chocolate. And as with all overnight oats, you can always increase the protein with added ground flax seeds and hemp seeds.
Step by Step Instructions
Here are general steps to make this cinnamon overnight oats recipe. For specific measurements and instructions, scroll down to the bottom of this post for the printable recipe card.
Prep: Rinse your rolled oats briefly to remove the dusty coating that can provide a bitter flavor.
Step 1: Add all basic overnight oats ingredients to a jar, stir with a spoon to break up clumps. (Image 1)
Step 2: Set the oats covered in the refrigerator to soak overnight. (Image 2)
Step 3: The next day, or when you intend to eat the oats, stir in the cinnamon. (Image 3)
Step 4: Add toppings including a glaze and eat right away, or cover and store in overnight oats jars. (Image 4)
- Seal the container well so the oats don't dry out while chilling.
- Taste-test the oats. After mixing the basic overnight oats recipe, taste the oats to be sure they are sweet enough for you and if not, add a bit more sweetener.
- Once the oats have chilled, the liquid and solid layers may have separated so you might need to stir it up again with a spoon.
- Overnight oats with cinnamon need to be chilled at least 2 hours, although they will be creamier chilled overnight.
How to Store
Refrigerated. Cinnamon overnight oats with yogurt last about three days covered and in the refrigerator.
Make Ahead. Since oats last three days, it's easy to make ahead three days of breakfasts to be ready to grab and go.
Overnight oats are typically served cold so they are a terrific hot-weather breakfast, but they can easily by warmed. Microwave the oats for one minute, uncovered, stir and if not hot enough, microwave another 30 seconds and enjoy.
Prepared overnight oats are wet so they should be chilled to prevent the growth of bacteria. However, they can remain at room temperature for up to 2 hours before they are considered not healthy to eat.
Ceylon cinnamon, considered the healthiest cinnamon because it only contains trace amounts of the harmful coumarin, still should not exceed 1 tablespoon a day. Cassia cinnamon, on the other hand, should be limited to 1 teaspoon a day on a daily basis.
I used almond yogurt to keep my cinnamon roll overnight oats dairy free, but you can use your favorite from low fat to high fat - it's your choice.
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Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats with Yogurt
- Add rolled oats to a strainer and pour water over them briefly. You want a quick rinse to remove the dust from the flakes.
- Add all basic overnight oats ingredients to a jar, including the rinsed oats, and stir with a spoon to break up clumps.½ cup rolled oats (40g), ½ cup dairy free milk (118ml), 2 tablespoon yogurt, ½ tablespoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- You can add in the cinnamon now or wait until after the oats have chilled or add them when you are ready to eat.
- The next day, or when you intend to eat the oats, stir in the cinnamon and eat right away, or cover and store.1 tablespoon cinnamon*
- *Cinnamon choices. Cassia cinnamon tastes better and is found at most grocery stores, but Ceylon is healthier.
- Seal the container to keep the oats from drying out.
- Taste-test the oats. Before you add the cinnamon, taste the oats to be sure they are sweet enough for you and if not, add a bit more sweetener.
- Once the oats have chilled, you may have to stir if layers have separated.
- Overnight oats need to be chilled at least 2 hours.
- Add a cinnamon bun glaze. Mix up 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of milk to create a glaze, then drizzle on top for a cinnabon-like breakfast.