Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls: Steel-cut oatmeal slow-simmered with cinnamon and vanilla and topped with two perfect cinnamon roll toppings. Instead of just brown sugar though, I like to use dates! | macheesmo.com
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Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls

Some people think that when you’re married to a food blogger you must eat delicious things for every meal. This is sometimes true, depending on the editorial calendar.

When it is almost certainly not true is breakfast. Especially, during the week!

Waking up and getting out the door with a dog who needs walked and a baby who needs literally everything is not exactly the time to make an eggs benedict.

Most days we have oatmeal. By most days, I mean everyday. Specifically, we do an overnight oatmeal situation where it sits overnight and then we just have to heat it up in the morning.

So, when I DO have the time to make something special, it’s never oatmeal.  Except this one time. This one time when I wanted to make an oatmeal that tasted like a damn cinnamon roll. It’s special, but it’s also way easier than making actual cinnamon rolls!

Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls: Steel-cut oatmeal slow-simmered with cinnamon and vanilla and topped with two perfect cinnamon roll toppings. Instead of just brown sugar though, I like to use dates! | macheesmo.com

Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls

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Steel-cut oats simmered with vanilla and cinnamon and served with a just-sweet-enough date puree and, of course, icing!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
5 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
Chopped pecans, garnish

Date Puree:

8 dates, chopped
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup water

Cream Cheese Icing:

2 ounces cream cheese, soft
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk

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Food Processor Hand Mixer

Directions

For oats:
1) Add water, vanilla, and cinnamon to a medium pot with oats. Cover and heat until simmering. Turn heat down to low heat and simmer oats until they are soft and cooked through, 30-40 minutes. If the oats get too thick, add more water.

For date puree:
1) Chop dates and combine with other ingredients in a food processor. Process until mostly smooth.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can mince the dates very fine and mash them together with the other ingredients for a more coarse spread.

For icing:
Soften cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. Add milk and continue to mix. Then start adding powdered sugar one cup at a time until icing is thickened. It should be thinner than a cake frosting.

Serve cooked oats swirled with date puree and drizzled with icing!

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

The base of this bowl is obviously the oatmeal. While you could use rolled oats, I think steel-cut oats are always the best.

Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Steel Cut.

Again, you don’t have to cook them from scratch. You can bring the water to a simmer and add the oats with a cinnamon stick and some vanilla. Kill the heat, cover it, and let it sit overnight. Then all you have to do is reheat it the next morning. It’ll be perfectly cooked.

If you do cook it from scratch it’ll take 30-40 minutes to slow simmer steel-cut oats. That’s just the way it goes!

Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls simmering

Simmer simmer.

The Cinnamon Roll Part

A few years ago I tried to cut back on the sugar in a normal cinnamon roll by replacing almost all of it with dates. My date cinnamon roll kind of changed my cinnamon roll game and now I do that all the time.

This puree just has a little brown sugar and lots of dates. They are naturally very sweet but also just more complex than brown sugar. It’s a better situation.

Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls date mix

Dates and stuff.

Add the dates to a mini food processor with some lemon, brown sugar, and water. Puree it until it’s mostly smooth. If you don’t have a food processor, you can mince everything and mash it together but it won’t be quite as smooth.

Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls sauce.

Mixed up!

You can absolutely make this puree a few days in advance if you want. It keeps great in the fridge.

Optional Icing!

To be honest, the oatmeal and the date puree is really delicious just like that. You don’t need this part, but it definitely completes the cinnamon roll feel.

Whip some cream cheese until it’s soft and then add the milk and powdered sugar.

This mixture shouldn’t be as thick as cake frosting. It should be easy to drizzle.

Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls frosting

An optional frosting.

So, if you didn’t catch it, everything in this recipe can be made in advance.

It’s definitely fancy for oatmeal, but man is it good. And again, easier than actual cinnamon rolls! It seriously tastes the same. Not too sweet flavors with hints of cinnamon and vanilla.

It’s a good bowl of breakfast and can definitely make oatmeal feel special!

Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls: Steel-cut oatmeal slow-simmered with cinnamon and vanilla and topped with two perfect cinnamon roll toppings. Instead of just brown sugar though, I like to use dates! | macheesmo.com

Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls: Steel-cut oatmeal slow-simmered with cinnamon and vanilla and topped with two perfect cinnamon roll toppings. Instead of just brown sugar though, I like to use dates! | macheesmo.com

5 comments on “Date Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Bowls

  1. What a nice idea! I think this would be about the only way that I could get the wife and son to eat oats for breakfast. You know what might be cool with this for a texture? A strudel topping… Now you got me thinking…

  2. I have fig purée. Can I use that instead of date? And if yes, how much fig purée would be equivalent.
    Thanks!

    1. Heya! I think definitely. You might want thin it out a bit with some water and lemon juice, but it would totally work. Good luck!

  3. I love steel-cut oats. I also overnight-soak my oats, but I just use room temperature water. The next day’s oat are a bit chewy and not very characteristically oatmealish, but I like it that way. However, I’d rather eat a cinnamon roll any day! This seems like the perfect compromise. (And I love that you replace much of the sugar with dates. Great idea.)

  4. This sounds delicious!!! My cinnamon rolls always include walnuts or pecans so I’d throw some of those on top :-)

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