Oatmeal Breakfast Bars {Gluten Free, Cinnamon}

Oatmeal breakfast bars are the perfect healthier treat when your craving cinnamon rolls. (Gluten Free, Low Sugar, Dairy Free and Vegan friendly.)

Oatmeal breakfast bars are the perfect healthier treat when your craving cinnamon rolls. (Gluten Free, Low Sugar, Dairy Free and Vegan friendly.)Hold onto your hats lovelies, we have finger licking, dolloping frosting worthy Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars coming your way today.

Reasons these Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Rock!

  • gluten-free
  • low-sugar
  • option to being dairy-free and vegan by using vegan butter products!

I’ve been craving myself a cinnamon roll for some time now. I dream of those puffy cinnamon sugar-swirled pastries with frosting oozing down onto my fingers. Paired with a cup of warm tea, that is the epitome of a perfect Saturday morning.

The unwanted sugar rush and guilt of eating the entire pan are something I’m all too familiar with–no self-control.

These past few weeks, between the thin mint cookies, double chocolate chip cookies, and tagalong cookies,it is pretty evident that I have no self-control.

My name is Lindsay, and I have no self-control with sweet treats.

Oatmeal breakfast bars are the perfect healthier treat when your craving cinnamon rolls. (Gluten Free, Low Sugar, Dairy Free and Vegan friendly.)Especially when they involve perfect Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with a sweet vanilla buttercream frosting oozing down onto my fingers. That is the definition of frosting heaven.

Let me tell you a secret though: This frosting is your normal confectionery frosting. However, I’ve found a way to use less powdered sugar, which qualifies these as low-sugar breakfast bars.

What is my secret weapon you ask?

Potato Starch.

I know, it sounds very odd and by all means I understand your skepticism. Hear me out.

As I’ve mentioned in my latest book, potato starch is an amazing thickener for soups and dips. It is also my favorite ingredient for my favorite pre-workout snack, adding some carbs to my routine.

It’s the easiest way to get a thick, creamy frosting without using a pound of powdered sugar. Yes, potato starch is my secret weapon.

Oatmeal breakfast bars are the perfect healthier treat when your craving cinnamon rolls. (Gluten Free, Low Sugar, Dairy Free and Vegan friendly.)My mother would make this frosting growing up, and it’s easily seen as a family recipe you must master. There was no need to twist our arms when teaching my sister and me how to make it. What 10 year old doesn’t want to learn how to make frosting?

Having the option to make frosting at any time? Uhhh yeah, count me in on that.

This family frosting recipe has been around for many, many years. I felt a little guilty at first attempting to skinny-fy the recipe, but as soon as I ate a big spoonful of it the guilt quickly went away.

Spreading this heavenly frosting on top of the soft, puffy cinnamon heaven oatmeal bars reminded me of Saturday mornings when I was growing up.

Cinnamon rolls every Saturday was a tradition growing up, which subsequently became a weekend tradition after leaving the house. Without a doubt, it remains the absolutely perfect way to kick off the weekend.

Since going gluten-free, I’ve been lacking this tradition for a couple of years, but no worries now with this healthier homemade version of cinnamon rolls. These Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are a healthier, gluten-free substitute to fit perfectly into my future Saturday morning tradition.

If you are lacking a Saturday morning tradition, have no fear, Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are here! What do you have planned for your Saturday morning? Making these babies, of course. We’ll be breakfast buddies, because I will be making them, too!

Oatmeal breakfast bars are the perfect healthier treat when your craving cinnamon rolls. (Gluten Free, Low Sugar, Dairy Free and Vegan friendly.)

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars {Cinnamon, Gluten-Free}
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Cinnamon Gluten-Free oatmeal breakfast bars are healthier, low-sugar, dairy-free and vegan friendly.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 10 squares
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon all spice
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 Tablespoon grass-fed butter, melted (use Earth Balance if vegan)
  • 4 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  • 5 Tablespoons honey (maple syrup if desired)
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Prepare bread pan by greasing the bottom and sides with olive oil or butter.
  3. In a medium bowl stir together, oat flour, cinnamon, all spice and baking powder until well combined.
  4. Add melted butter, applesauce, and honey. Stir until combined.
  5. Add mixture to bread pan.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Prepare frosting, add softened butter in medium bowl.
  8. Beat with mixer until creamy (30-45 seconds), add vanilla extract, milk, continue beating with mixer, slowly add powder sugar ½ cup at a time incorporating into butter mixture. Beat for another 2-3 minutes.
  9. Frosting will still be a little runny, begin adding potato starch 2 Tablespoons as a time, combine into frosting, add remaining potato starch.
  10. *If frosting is still a little runny then what you would desire add additional Tablespoon. Frosting will continue to thicken over a course of an hour.
  11. Slice into 10 squares, frost each square with 1-2 Tablespoons.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 261 Fat: 9 g Saturated fat: 5 g Unsaturated fat: 2 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 42 g Sugar: 10 g Sodium: 1.5 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 5 g Cholesterol: 18 mg


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    1. Lindsay Post author

      These are a huge favorite of ours in my household. I’ve personally never made them in a cake pan but I can definitely see it working as a cake. If you are going for a cinnamon flavored with vanilla frosting kind of cake (YUM) It should be delicious. They are definitely denser bars so just keep that in mind if you are going for a fluffy and airy kind of cake.

      If you are just looking for a flourless cake to begin with – coming up next week I’ll be sharing a chocolate flourless cake of mine if you have a couple weeks before the birthday. 🙂

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