Oct 09

6 Ingredient Cinnamon Rolls

You know those cinnamon rolls that come in the tube that supposedly pops open when you pull off the paper wrapper?  I can count on one hand the number of times that the can has actually popped without me having to bang it on the edge of the counter.

They’re the same cinnamon rolls that have a little container at one end of the tube that is filled with icing? Operative word here being ‘little.’  Why is there never enough icing?  It always took some serious willpower to resist grabbing a spoon and eating that entire baby container of icing before those cinnamon rolls were even half through baking.

I think one of my biggest stresses as a child was waiting to eat the icing until after the cinnamon rolls were done baking.

Or maybe it was when I ate the icing and then tried to convince my dad that, “there wasn’t any icing.”

But then again, biggest stress number one will always be how I was terrified that I would never want to stop playing Barbies.

Anyways, I made these 6 ingredient cinnamon rolls and they are umm…nothing like those cinnamon rolls I was referring to.

But these have cinnamon, and are slightly doughy, and are rolled up, and are covered in icing.  So they’re kind of like those cinnamon rolls…if you squint your eyes really tiny and turn your head to the side.

But these can definitely fill a craving.

And then create new cravings as you are going to want these for breakfast every single day.

I’ve made these for breakfast 3 times in the last week.  It’s a slippery slope of healthy things.  The only kind of slippery slope I like.  Those ones that are covered in snow are too tricky.  Have I told y’all that several years ago I broke my arm on the bunny slope snowboarding trying to snowboard?  Not one of my proudest moments.  I put that episode right up there with the time I put dish washing liquid soap (not detergent) into the dishwasher.

So. Many. Bubbles.

Anyways, you can eat these cinnamon rolls any day of the week because they are basically just oatmeal in a different form.  And the icing has a grand total of 3 ingredients: greek yogurt, banana, almond milk.

So if you eat the entire bowl full of icing before the rolls are done baking, no problem, just mix up a little (or a lot) more.

6 Ingredient Cinnamon Rolls

serves 1


3/4 cup oats (or 2/3 cup oat flour)

3 Tbsp almond milk (add 1 Tbsp at a time)

scant 1/8 tsp salt


3/4 banana

1/2 tsp cinnamon


3 Tbsp Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp Almond milk

1/4 banana

Preheat your broiler. Slice you banana in half and then cut each half lengthwise into 4 strips. Place the banana pieces underneath the broiler until they are caramelized, brown and bubbling. Remove from oven.

Preheat oven to 350F.

In the bowl of a food processor, process your oats into a flour.  Add in salt and combine.  Then add in your almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time.  You may not need all 3 Tbsp. so just add until dough is not overly sticky but not dry and crumbly either.  The dough should hold its shape and not be crumbly when rolled into a ball.

Using your hands, form the dough into a ball.

 Using a rolling pin, roll dough out into a long rectangle (mine was 15 inches long).

Place 3/4ths of your caramelized banana onto the dough.

…and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Beginning at one of the skinnier sides of your rectangle, roll the dough up.

Slice the roll in half (or in thirds) and place cut side up on a greased/nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.


While the rolls are baking, prepare your icing by combining greek yogurt, almond milk and remaining banana pieces in a small bowl. Top your cinnamon rolls with the icing and enjoy!

24 comments on “6 Ingredient Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Oh I love this! Such simple, healthy ingredients. I’m surprised that it really only took “6.” Normally bloggers call something their two-ingredient recipe but then include a gazillion other things… or even worse, it ends up being a box of CAKE MIX and DIET SODA! Ugh. The horror.

    Anyways, these look really good. Are they part of your limited budget plan that you are following for class?

    • It drives me nuts when bloggers do that! And you guessed it, these were part of my $20 budget week…I was getting desperate and needed to baking something!

  2. What a seriously awesome idea! Can’t wait to try!

  3. What an interesting breakfast idea! I made the full on bad ass cinnamon rolls the other day and blogged about them, what a coincidence. These look like a fun breakfast for a lazy day. I would probably just grill the bananas and eat em on oats, mmm. Cinnamon is the best.

    • Grilled bananas make everything better…pancakes, oatmeal, waffles, greek yogurt, the list goes on and on:) And holy moly I just looked at your cinnamon rolls. They look like heaven! My pictures have got nothing on yours!!

  4. I love the idea of a Greek yogurt + banana frosting! I have to admit, I always wanted my cinnamon rolls without frosting. Yeah, I was SUCH an odd kid. I also really liked liver. But I did get stressed about giving up stuffed animals–especially when I heard that my cousin “grew up” and packed hers away in trash bags. TRASH BAGS? How were they supposed to breathe? I still sleep with a stuffed skunk whenever I’m sick/feeling blah. NEVER TOO OLD. Oh wait, I got off track. Can I mention how much I love that this is a single-serving recipe? Because if there are cinnamon rolls around, I can and will eat them all.

    • WHAAT! Without frosting!? And liver? I’ve never tried it before! I remember when I was little I used to love Brussels sprouts. So I guess that kind of makes me an odd kid too…but I would always forget what they were called so for the longest time I referred to them as “those little green ball things.”

  5. Now this is one heck of a creative idea. Very impressive.

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  10. What an amazing idea – special yet simple to prepare! I’ve been experimenting with oat flour a little lately and bananas and cinnamon? Sign me up! Especially since I’ve never had cinnamon rolls before – yes, I’m not from the US and they aren’t popular around here.

  11. I love cinnamon rolls! but always feel guilty after eating one. And this looks amazing and healthy as well! Definitely gonna try it out!

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  15. I think I’m going to make this and add some peanut butter to the frosting.. because peanut butter + banana anything is delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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