Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Oat Cinnamon Rolls - #FoodieExtravaganza

January is Oatmeal Month and the theme for this month's Foodie Extravaganza. This is a special month with the chance to win a cookbook. Read on for more. 

Hi, my name is Kelly and I am a cinnamon roll junkie. I am also a "throw a handful of oats into bread dough" junkie. This oat cinnamon roll is a meeting of the two. I had no intention of adding oats to cinnamon rolls. My tendency to grab a bag of 5 grain cereal or oatmeal and throw some into dough was always limited to non-sweet doughs.In fact, I had a completely different plan for this month's Foodie Extravganaza - still dessert though because, truthfully, I don't like making savoury dishes. Two weeks ago, I promised some friends a batch of cinnamon rolls and as I walked into the kitchen to start working on it, I thought to myself, "Why not add some oats to the dough?" So I did. Great decision. 

You don't taste the oats. You can tell there's a little something different about the dough but it is in the texture rather than the flavour. And no, it's not the heaviness that you might get from whole wheat. It's a subtle difference that could be attributed to added hydration rather than addition of a whole grain. I almost added the oats/an oat streusel to the filling of the rolls. That would make them even more "oaty". However, as I said, I was making these for friends and I wasn't sure how they'd feel about biting into an oat filling when they were expecting just cinnamon. Plus, and this may be the main reason - rolling doughs with uneven fillings is always hit and miss for me. So I wanted to try first with just the oats in the dough.  I'll try an oatmeal filling the next time a cinnamon roll craving hits me. The cravings happen a lot.

Oat Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe by: Kelster    
Yield: ~ 20 servings
2/3 cups oatmeal
1 cup hot water
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all purpose flour (plus more as needed)


1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons butter, softened
Pour hot water over the oatmeal, cover and let sit for at least two hours or until the oats are softened. You can let this sit overnight also.
Add yeast, sugar, buttermilk, beaten egg, oil, salt and 3 cups of flour to the soaked oatmeal. Combine thoroughly then slowly knead in the remaining cup of flour. Knead for 6 minutes. Dough should be soft and tacky. If dough is extremely sticky, add additional flour by the tablespoon. If dough is dry, add water or buttermilk by the teaspoon.

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover and allow to rest at room temperature until doubled. This could take 1- 2 hours depending on the room temperature.

Combine all the filling ingredients except the butter. Grease two 9" - 10" round baking pans.

After dough has risen,divide into two pieces and roll one  piece out to an approximately 13" x 13" square. Spread 2 tablespoons of softened butter over the dough. Evenly sprinkle on half the sugar mixture then tightly roll up the dough. Trim the ends, if needed but be sure to bake those trimmings too! Slice into ~1 inch slices and place in a greased baking pan. Repeat with the remaining dough.

  • Here's a great visual for tacky vs sticky dough
  • Pan sizes are a little tricky here. With 1 inch slices, I actually had about 3 more rolls than could fit in my two pans. If you slice a little bigger than 1 inch, you won't have that problem. I just baked them on a small sheet and those became my testers. 
  • I find it a lot easier to chill dough just before rolling up and again just before slicing. I get tighter rolls and neater slices.
  • I prefer to use floss to slice my rolls. 
  • I didn't use a glaze. Well, I started to and changed my mind. I love glazes but find that  recently, I prefer to keep rolls unglazed. If you can't live without a glaze, use your favourite or mix together  1/4 cup softened margarine, 1 t vanilla, 1 cup of powdered sugar and enough milk for your preferred consistency. Pour about half over the hot rolls then add the rest when the rolls are cool.  


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  1. Love cinnamon rolls love oats, this is a match made in baking heaven.

  2. If they taste as good as they look then you are golden!!!

  3. What a great idea to add oats to the sweet dough, Kelly! I admire your restraint at not adding oats to the filling too. I probably would have done it. :) Your cinnamon rolls are gorgeous and I completely agree that they don't need glaze.

    1. I had to tell myself that I'd make them just for me really soon with the oat filling.

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    1. Haha. Healthy might be pushing it. However, I looked at the amount of sugar per roll and it really wasn't that bad.

  5. It's been so long since I've made cinnamon rolls. What a great idea to add oats to the dough for some added texture!

  6. Hi, I am Ala and I am also a cinnamon roll junkie! Hehe. Sounds like something I'd wake up every morning admitting, though. I love love love this recipe; who knew rolls could get oat-ified, too? Lovely share, and it's a pleasure to "meet" you here!

    1. I hope they serve cinnamon rolls at our meetings!

  7. Those look DIVINE! I've never tried oats in a cinnamon roll recipe - what a fantastic idea!!

  8. I love the idea of adding oats to cinnamon rolls, I'm sure the texture was amazing!

  9. Love this! You can also feel a little better about eating cinnamon rolls if there are heart-healthy oats hidden inside. :)

  10. Hi, I'm Kimberly and I'm a cinnamon roll junkie too! I could eat cinnamon rolls every morning ... but I guess I'll be good and just make a batch this weekend as your recipe sounds perfect!