Sorry, Cinnabon…

I’m in a healthier relationship. I’ve met someone who does not have 880 calories, or 36 grams of fat (17 of which are saturated). And even though they cannot compare to your 59 grams of sugar, I still find them incredibly sweet.

Cinnabon. My husband and I spent so much money there during my first pregnancy, that we probably should have bought stock in the company! I craved those soft, gooey rolls, and my husband was a huge enabler. We indulged so often that he claimed his “baby weight” was Cinnabon induced. Quite conveniently, there was a Cinnabon at our local mall. I would be embarrassed to admit how frequently we stopped by. And we didn’t share.

Over twenty years have passed since my first pregnancy. We still laughingly recall how one of the workers exuberantly rolled out the dough, rocking her whole body back and forth with the motion of the rolling pin. After forming a perfect rectangle, she would slather the dough with a buttery concoction. Then, she would pile on the sweet, “cinnamony” goodness, before carefully rolling the dough up into a log. What a production! Very theatrical. It’s a wonder she never threw her back out!

I miss those rolls. But I certainly don’t miss how I felt after eating one. Talk about a sugar and fat induced coma! Blah!

Cinnabon is definitely not whole foods, nor is it vegan, so it has been a long time since I have indulged. Fortunately, I found something even better!  Not only is it to die for good, but it’s comparatively quite healthy! It fills me up, and gives me energy! Definitely a win-win!

Last Saturday, I woke up craving something sweet, warm and comforting.  But, I also knew that I wanted to go for a run once it warmed up outside. (There’s nothing more beautiful or energizing than a run on a sunny, October morning in Wisconsin!) After browsing through some of my favorite blogs, I decided to go with what I knew. I have had this delicious baked oatmeal numerous times in the past. I knew it would take care of my craving, but not interfere with my mid-morning run. I quickly threw  the ingredients together and slid it into the oven. Within a half of an hour I was savoring this delectable bowl of oats.  I went for a run a couple of hours after breakfast and I felt on top of the world!

Oatmeal, cinnamon and sea salt...

Oatmeal, cinnamon and sea salt…

almond milk, vanilla, and maple syrup...

apple sauce, almond milk, vanilla, and maple syrup…

Dry...meet wet, wet...meet dry...

Dry…meet wet, wet…meet dry…

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And then...a little "cream cheese" frosting...

And then…a little “Cheesecake Sauce”…

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Bon appétit!

Bon appétit!

Typically, I putz around with recipes, personalizing them to my own tastes. This, however, was perfection from the start. Chocolate Covered Katie knows her stuff! Especially when it comes to Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal! And the Cinnamon Bun Frosting? I wouldn’t even need the cinnamon roll to put it on. It’s that good!

 

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