Oatmeal cookies, oatmeal protein energy bites, oatmeal for breakfast, you name it and we love oatmeal. Our lightened up cinnamon roll oatmeal made with real dairy milk even tastes like it has a cream cheese frosting!
Better for you and better for your kids doesn’t have to mean only drinking Green Smoothies and elaborate meal planning. In fact, we’ve recently taught our 12 and 7 year old daughters to make this Lightened Up Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal and even our toddler goes crazy about it. In fact, our neighbor tried it and told us it’s hands down the best oatmeal she’s ever had. Not going to lie, that felt pretty darn good to hear.
Something as basic as oatmeal totally gets a bad rap as being boring, but whether you’re looking to fill up those little bellies for learning all day at school or keeping them from standing in the kitchen begging for a snack all day this Lightened Up Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal has our family in love.
No really, I’m not being cheesy, it’s that good.
As you know from our post about 5 Snacks Kids Can Make that aren’t Junk Food, we’ve been looking for ways to incorporate milk and nutritious choices into our kids’ and our own diets this year, but what about the families that can’t do it for themselves?
Just a few weeks ago our kids were getting out of school and they had a big dance festival. It was so fun to sit there and watch them doing their thing, but just the night before we had a dinner discussion about food and how when school lets out there are many kids who know that means the end of free lunch.
22 Million Children May Miss Out on Milk Nutrients Just This Summer
More than half of kids 9 and up fall short on essential nutrients they need to grow strong – calcium, vitamin D and potassium. And when school lets out for summer, that risk may be even greater for over 22 million kids who are served by free or reduced-price meal programs during the school year.
22 MILLION! I can’t even wrap my head around that number, but we’ve teamed up with The Great American Milk Drive and Feeding America to make a difference.
Food Banks are Critical During Summer Months for Kids
Although some programs like the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) help to deliver meals when
school is not in session, which is amazing, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP),
cannot reach children during the summer months when kids are at home all day. That’s why food banks play an even more critical role in helping children access nutritious foods when class isn’t in session.
Critical being the key word.
How to Help Feeding America
As you know, Cade and I decided that with a platform comes a responsibility to do something good, and 2018 was going to be our year to make a difference. Cade and I are donating today and we knew our readers would want to help the kiddos as well.
You can join America’s dairy farmers, milk companies and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic
hunger relief organization, to help deliver fresh milk and its high-quality protein to children in need. For as little as
$5, you can help feed a childhood with milk in your community to help ensure that all children have the potential to
play, learn and grow- just enter your zip code and your donation will go to a Feeding America food bank right in your own area.
You can donate at select retailers or Milk Life . Online is how we are doing it.
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Filling for Cinnamon Rolls
Just like a regular cinnamon roll you’ll want to create a brown sugar cinnamon filling. Just melt a little butter, add brown sugar and cinnamon and stir quickly until it’s all combined.
Cream Cheese Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls
I mean, you could use an equal amount of cream cheese instead of Greek yogurt, but why would you if you can substitute a more nutritious ingredient?
Stir together plain or vanilla Greek yogurt with powdered sugar and you’re done.
Lightened Up Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal
Once the oatmeal is cooked, brown sugar filling and glaze have been mixed, merely swirl it all over the top of your oatmeal.
I love to throw in raisins, but listen, I know what a hot topic that is for all of you that aren’t into raisins. I mean, I think you’re crazy pants, but to each his own.
Can Oatmeal go Bad?
While it’s not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable tool to tell if your oatmeal has expired and gone bad. Dry oatmeal lasts for many years if stored properly, just watch for a change in color or texture.
Do not eat it if it develops an odor or tastes different than usual. And no one wants their lightened up cinnamon roll oatmeal to taste nasty.
Why is Oatmeal Good for You?
Why Oatmeal is Good for You
- One cup of cooked oatmeal contains only about 150 calories, four grams of fiber (about half soluble and half insoluble), and six grams of protein. To boost your protein further, just add milk!
- It has 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein per serving, and is the top food source of three of the nutrients most likely to be missing from kids’ diets – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
- Oats provide minerals like thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.
- Lightened up cinnamon roll oatmeal is obviously not only tasty, but combined with milk it’s a great way to get nutrients into the whole family and start the day right.
Looking for more oatmeal recipes? We always are too, so make sure you try our Banana Blueberry Overnight Oats, Peaches and Cream Slow Cooker Oats, Blackberry Cobbler Baked Oatmeal or one of our dessert oatmeal recipes like, Chocolate Oat Hot Fudge Cake
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lightened up cinnamon roll oatmeal
- 2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats *see note for quick cooking oats adaptations
- 2 Cups Low Fat Milk
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Cinnamon Roll Filling
- 1 Tablespoon Butter unsalted
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1/8 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Cinnamon Roll Glaze
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla or Plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
- Dash of Vanilla * optional
- Pour the milk, oatmeal and cinnamon in a saucepan and turn the heat to medium high to bring the ingredients to a boil.
- Turn down to medium low and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and place a lid on it.
- Prepare the cinnamon roll filling by melting the butter and stirring in the cinnamon and brown sugar until combined.
- Prepare the glaze by stirring together the Greek yogurt and powdered sugar.
- Drizzle both over the top of the oatmeal in a bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.