Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oats

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I love oatmeal for breakfast, It’s warm, satisfying, and hearty enough to get me to lunchtime.  I have baked it, topped it with fruit, and made it seasonal with pumpkin spice, but this has to be my family’s favorite way to enjoy a hot breakfast. And this isn’t ordinary oatmeal you might have become accustomed to in the U.S.,  this recipe for cinnamon roll oatmeal uses Flahavan’s Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal.  The toothsome texture and excellent flavor of this particular brand of steel cut oatmeal give this breakfast dish a wonderful heartiness and texture.

A bowl of steel cut oats topped with a brown sugar cinnamon glaze and cream cheese swirl topping,

If you are new to steel-cut oats, I should explain that they are a less processed version of the old-fashioned and quick-cooking oats you already know. All oats start out the same, as an oat groat.  Rolled oats, both old-fashioned and quick cook are steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted, ending up as thin flakes. Steel cut oats are made from oat kernels that have been chopped into thick pieces. They all contain the same pieces and parts, but the different processing procedures explain why steel-cut oats take longer to cook.

You can find steel cut oats in any larger grocery store, although they might not be where you expect them to be! I found Flahavans Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal in the international foods aisle of Wegmans, it is definitely worth the effort to seek out Flahavan’s Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal outside of the breakfast aisle.

Steel-cut oats shine in the texture and flavor departments. They are exceptionally creamy and delicious, especially if you toast them beforehand as instructed in the recipe below. Steel cut oats do take a little longer to cook, but you can find tons of different ways to prepare steel cut oats on Pinterest, from slow-cooker preparation to cooking in a  pressure cooker, and even overnight oats there is bound to be a technique that fits into your lifestyle.  I prefer to prepare mine as directed by Alton Brown, the end result is exceptional flavor and creaminess, and only takes about 25 minutes.

A bowl of steel cut oats topped with a brown sugar cinnamon glaze and cream cheese swirl topping, next to a canister of Flahavan's Irish Steel Cut Oats.

Let me tell you, this oatmeal is crazy good! It tastes just like a deconstructed sweet, gooey cinnamon roll. This is an indulgent bowl of oatmeal, but if you would like to keep things on the healthier side, and steel cut oats are very healthy, you are in full control of how much cinnamon topping and cream cheese glaze you drizzle on your bowl of steel cut oatmeal.

Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oats

Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Start your morning with a warm bowl of Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oats, topped cinnamon sugar and a cream cheese glaze.


Steel Cut Oatmeal:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup Flahavan's Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Topping::

  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Glaze::

  • 1 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp confectioners' sugar



  1. In a large saucepot, melt the butter and add the oats. Stir for 2 minutes to toast.
  2. Add the boiling water and salt, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and keep at a low simmer for 25 minutes, without stirring.
  3. Add the milk, brown sugar and vanilla to oatmeal. Stir gently to combine and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the oatmeal reaches the thickness you enjoy.


  1. In a small bowl mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until combined.


  1. Microwave cream cheese in a small bowl for about 10 seconds until just melted.
  2. Stir in confectioners' sugar until combined.
  3. Stir in milk and vanilla until creamy.


Place the desired amount of oatmeal in a serving bowl. Drizzle with some of the cinnamon-sugar topping, and then drizzle on top of that some of the cream cheese glaze. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 277mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

Even though I try to provide accurate nutritional information to the best of my ability, these figures should still be considered estimates. Please see my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.

Try this recipe on a Saturday morning, when you have a little extra time to prepare the oats, and sit back and really enjoy the cinnamon roll topping, it is a great way to start your day!

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  1. Thanks Jennifer! It’s there now. I can’t wait to make this – I think this recipe might even get my boys to try oatmeal!

    1. I am so sorry about the disappearing recipes, I have been making lots of changes around here! My kids love this oatmeal, come back and let me know what your kids think!

  2. This looks delicious! I can’t find the actual recipe though – am I missing it somewhere? Please help!

    1. Hi Rachel, I am sorry about that, we have been working to update the recipe information on my site, it should be there now!