Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal

The taste and texture of a classic cinnamon bun in a healthy oatmeal form- This comforting bowl of goodness if gluten free, vegan, sugar free, chock full of protein and a sinfully nutritious start to the day- Just like dessert for breakfast! 

Healthy Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal- The taste and texture of a classic cinnamon bun in a healthy oatmeal form- This comforting bowl of goodness if gluten free, sugar free, chock full of protein and a sinfully nutritious start to the day- Just like dessert for breakfast! @thebigmansworld

Cinnamon raisin toast.

It’s like the food version of coffee. You know what I’m talking about.

The scent of cinnamon toast is like the scent of coffee- one of the most appealing to that particular sense. The number of times I walk past a cafe in Sydney in the mornings which have my taste buds salivating for cinnamon raisin toast with butter. Let’s never forget the butter.



There is a fine distinction though- Cinnamon raisin toast SMELLS way better than it tastes. Need proof? Have a look in my freezer. I’ve had the same loaf of cinnamon raisin toast in there for over 5 months.

Craving strikes- Toast a slice- realise I was just craving the smell- stays in freezer until it hits again. Lesson never learnt. 

However, there is one cinnamon spiked product which tastes EXACTLY like it’s smell- freshly baked cinnamon buns. Although not as common in Australia, I can definitely attest to being besotted by Cinnabon in America and may or may not have even bought ten a few boxes of the cereal version of it to bring back to Australia. Priorities.



I still remember eating my first cinnamon bun- Soft, sweet bread with the best part- the glistening icing on top. When recreating this treat in a healthy oatmeal form, I could have probably just added my Cinnamon bun protein powder to it and called it just that- but there is so much for it. The texture of this resembles the soft bun and the icing- full fledged reminiscent of it.

While the classic cinnamon bun for breakfast everyday may eventually lead to sugar crashes, this oatmeal twist does the opposite- high in protein and fiber and low in added sugars- it will fuel you for the day ahead- or give you the necessary sweet start. Trust me on this- It fuelled me moving from my shoe box to a (slightly bigger) shoe box.

Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal Pudding



Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal

Start your breakfast with this hearty, delicious, healthy oatmeal which tastes exactly like a Cinnamon bun!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups dairy free milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp Saigon cinnamon the most pronounced cinnamon blend
  • 1 large egg for a vegan option, add 1 tablespoon flax
  • 1 scoop of cinnamon or vanilla protein powder*
  • 1 T coconut flour sifted
  • Frosting
  • 2 T dairy free cream cheese
  • 1 tsp granulated sweetener of choice
  • 1- 2 T dairy free milk of choice
  • extra cinnamon for topping


  • Combine oat bran, salt and 1 cup of almond milk in a saucepan or microwave safe bowl until most of the liquid is absorbed. Whisk in the whole egg OR flaxseed very well and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes, or until the egg is fully cooked and oats are fluffy.
  • Stir in the vanilla/cinnamon protein powder, vanilla essence and coconut flour until fully combined- Oat bran mixture should be extremely thick. Add in the extra 1/4 cup of milk and ensure it is well mixed. Once this is done, refrigerate uncovered.
  • The next morning, make the frosting by combining the dairy free cream cheese, sweetener of choice and milk of choice in a small bowl. Top the oatmeal and douse with extra cinnamon.


If you omit the protein powder, add an extra tablespoon of sweetener to taste. For the frosting, try not to use reduced fat varieties as are too thin and lack flavour- it's all about authenticity here.


The filtered water when paired with the sea salt really exemplifies the natural sweetness of the oats- something you would want when omitting milk. 

So- I need YOUR help– I’m working on developing more unique ‘Oatmeal Pudding Recipes‘-

So far we’ve got-

White Chocolate and Macadamia Oatmeal Pudding


Cake Batter Oatmeal Pudding


Tiramisu Oatmeal Pudding


In the works at the moment-

  • Pralines and Cream Oatmeal Pudding
  • Black Forrest Cake Oatmeal Pudding/Cherry Ripe Oatmeal Pudding (Non Australian friends- google it!)
  • Devil’s Dark Chocolate Mousse Oatmeal Pudding

Do you like the smell of cinnamon raisin bread?

What is a food which always underwhelms you, yet you keep going back?

What oatmeal pudding recipes would you like to see? Suggestions very welcome!


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101 thoughts on “Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal

  1. Oh yes please make this black forest cake oatmeal pudding! If you do, I will that your food it just for me, haha! And I will make it – the real think with oats and all! Promise!
    What about banana bread oatmeal? Or is this too simple? I’m not very creative with sweet flavours. Maybe gingerbread. But it’s not the time for that yet. Or something with a swirl. Vanilla chocolate swirl. Idk you are the oatmeal master mind!

  2. There is no cinnamon raisin toast here, so do you mind to send over that loaf in your freezer please? Or deliver it personally, it might be cheaper.

    As for the flavors…..Apple Pie? Bounty? < do you have those in AU – the coconut chocolate bars?

  3. Ohhhh how about Lemon Meringue Pie oatmeal pudding? Now that I would love to see.. YUMM

    I remember my first cinnabon: I was in Dubai with my mom and freinds of mine happened to be there too. After dinner us three 10 year old girls went and explorede the bazaar of the hotel (resorts there are MASSIVE) and came across a cinnabon store – they were familiar with it, I wasn’t and proceeded to order a chocolate Cinnabon the size of my head 😀

  4. Don’t even get me started about cinnamon anything- I can’t get enough! I love making cinnamon toast at home- just toasted bread (fresher the better) with butter, cinnamon & a sprinkle of sugar. A side of cold milk or coffee is a must! Love this new oatmeal pudding project- I’d love to see a cookies ‘n’ cream version…and would love you for creating it :)!

  5. Aren’t you ashamed? This is FOODPORN my dear 😉 I love everything cinnamon. In England I sometimes bought the toast, too. But I am with you with the taste never living up to the expectations created by the smell.
    Are you up for a challenge? I would die for a Caramel Shortbread Oatmeal Pudding.

      1. YOU HAVE TO TRY IT! Believe me – you haven’t lived until you try it. Imagine a crumbly and buttery shortcake topped with creamy and buttery caramel and a crust of dark chocolate. Sprinkle some salt in and this is the most perfect of all desserts.

  6. Hmm, something tells me you love oatmeal in the morning with all these oatmeal-styled desserts you come up with–does that mean you’re a hearty guy ? 🙂

  7. As soon as I started reading this post, I felt like I could smell cinnamon and my stomach started to rumble. I love cinnamon anything with coffee!!!!
    What about a banana split oatmeal pudding??

  8. I once watched a documentary that the people at Cinnabon use a machine that isn’t covered purposely to get it to drift into the space they are in. So that is why malls and airports always smell so good! I agree that french toast and coffee are two of the greatest morning scents.

  9. Oh man, I don’t usually crave oatmeal, but this looks awesome. I just got back from the gym and pulled this post up before making breakfast, and now i’m craving cinnamon buns. Too bad I have nothing remotely close to it in my house right now…

  10. Saigon Cinnamon is where it’s at, and it has become the only cinnamon that I use. There really is nothing like it. I like the cream cheese idea–a little tang and creaminess to finish. everything off. JSYK, I used to say that I would like to meet death by drowning in Black Forrest Cake.

  11. I’m SO with you on the smell of cinnamon raisin bread — never quite as good as you think it’s going to be. Then again, there -have- been occasions where I’ve had a perfectly toasted slice of cinnamon bread with a big smear of butter that hit the spot just right, so… I guess it depends? This oatmeal, though… omg I bet it wouldn’t disappoint. And if it’s just the smell you’re craving, then you need to invest in one of those cinnamon bun candles — they make me want to eat the air.

  12. THIS IS THE MOTHERSHIP of recipes!

    Cinnamon everything is my faaaaaaveee and you can bet your buckarooooss this is happening for me asap.

    Did you know that the smell of Cinnabon (in shopping malls) is said to be sexually arousing? Fun fact. I mean I believe them. Except it’s probably not so sexual after you and your partner watch each other eat a 400 pound cinnamon roll then try and be intimate with sticky frosting fingers..

    Okay I’m going to stop talking and go plan to make this…

    Wanna go to Cinnabon later?

  13. Ohhh, do Black Forrest Cake! I’m so-so on cinnamon raisin bread, but I am 100% with you on the smell…it’s a tad intoxicating. And I think it’s been almost a decade since I had cinnabon. Was the cereal any good? I was always curious about that.

  14. So Cinnabon (the ultimate cinnamon buns) are in almost every subway stop in Toronto so forever the smell reminds me of the subways…and then the panic attacks I had daily trying to get to work on the t.o. subway. thank god for meditation podcasts.

    Also I’m going to start calling it vanilla essence just so I can sound fancy like you. I also caught myself saying “Do you reckon” yesterday. You’re taking over my life Amonkey.

  15. Oh my gosh, I love the smell of cinnamon raisin bread! It’s a smell that always reminds me of family and the holidays! This oatmeal sounds phenomenal! And, I really need to pick up some oat bran. That’s one of those things I have yet to try and cook with.

  16. Are you kidding me with this amazingness right now?! Im sitting at my desk, unable to get up and go make this and its torture having to look at it and try it. cinnamon raisin bread is the best thing ever- smell, taste, all of it, as far as im concerned.

  17. The smell of cinnamon raison toast reminds me of my mom in the mornings. She used to always have it! You know I’m a huge fan of oatbran so you must know that I am loving this recipe! Plus I am a HUGE cinnamon fan. I can’t manage to keep it in stock at my place. It is always gone before I know. One of the things I don’t mind splurging on… i like my quality cinnamon!

  18. I actually tried your cake batter oatmeal pudding for breakfast this morning, and it was delicious! It really tasted like cake batter and it was so thick and creamy! I added some sprinkles and coconut on top and it was great. I’m already making plans to try your tiramisu oatmeal pudding and this cinnamon bun oatmeal pudding!

    Please come up with a recipe for black forest cake oatmeal pudding! I would LOVE that!! Cherries are my favorite fruit, and they are so good right now since they are in season, and of course you can’t go wrong with chocolate!

    Thanks for the great recipes!

  19. Just came from Lee’s site – so much oatmeal magic in the blogosphere today!

    Um, my mind is officially blown by this cinnamon bun recipe. Think I’m going to make it for lunch. I actually had cinnamon raisin toast this morning and it paled in comparison to the looks of this. #drooling

  20. Wait no one believes me that Saigon cinnamon is actually different than regular cinnamon! It makes SUCH a difference!! Not sure if you’ve seen it but I’ve been using Korintje cinnomon a lot lately too and it’s even better than Saigon for things like oatmeal/sweet potatoes (and I didn’t think that was possible). God you know you love food too much when you start debating the differences between cinnamon types.

  21. RAISINS ARE SOOOO Fing NASTY so I AGREE 10394832748628346328746% with you when you say the toast smelled better than it tastes, LOL!!!! There are a few foods like that too actually…………… Uh, pork?!

  22. Oh heck yes this looks good! Growing up one of my favourite breakfast foods was toast topped with butter and cinnamon sugar. So underrated and so good! I like cinnamon raisin toast too, but it’s definitely not as good.

    Hmm I’m always really underwhelmed by grocery store birthday cakes. They taste so dry and cardboardy compared to homemade cakes!

    1. I’m trying to make a ‘cinnamon butter’ but my proportions are off…like the damn florentine!

      Sunshine, you have a sister who puts cakes to shame. If you eat a grocery store cake, you should be disowned.

  23. This looks scrumptious! You truly are a oatmeal wizard.
    Cinnamon raisin bread smells delicious. Of course, fresh bread is one of the best aromas in the world.
    One of my first regular baby-sitting jobs was for a little girl whose father was the manager at our city’s first Cinnabon. Each night he would bring home several of the leftover un-iced cinnamon rolls. This suited me just fine because I’m not a fan of icing. Talk about a cushy job for an eleven-year-old! A dollar an hour (small fortune) and an entire cinnamon roll. (My mom split them between four of us.)
    Oatmeal ideas: pumpkin bread? snicker doodle? red velvet cake? gingerbread? I have faith in your ability to come up something wonderful.

  24. Moving on up…to a new shoe box… I’m happy you’re finally settled in your new place.

    You need to buy a different Cinnamon Raisin Bread because yours is obviously lacking. The Breadsmith ensures the taste lives up to the smell. 🙂

  25. I realise that this comment is years late, but I’ve just found this on Pinterest. WIth your oatbran – that’s different to Rolled Oats? Where would I look for these? {I’m in Australia too}.

  26. This looks great! I want to make it, but do you eat it cold?! I’m not so sure about that! Hmmm….
    I made some of your cookies before and they were AWESOME!!! In fact, I think I’ll make more today!

  27. Wondering if I can sub regular rolled oats instead of the oat bran for a similar result? Also, is the egg just for added protein or does it affect consistency of finished product? Looking forward to giving this a try – thanks!

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