This was the companion to my breakfast parfaits. Who doesn't like a cinnamon roll, after all, and if they're healthier, then we should just go for it!
CINNAMON OAT ROLLS
3/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp yeast
2 cups flour
1/2 cup oats (regular or quick, whatever you have)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 to 2 tbsp melted butter
Pour the water in your mixing bowl or bread machine bucket; sprinkle the yeast on it, then add the flour, oats, sugar, salt and oil. Mix according to my bread tutorial directions (about 10 minutes). Let rise for 10 minutes, then divide the dough in half and roll out half to about 1/4" thick, perhaps 8"x12" dimensions. Brush the melted butter on the dough, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon atop, then roll along the 12" dimension. Cut into 3/4" to 1" thick slices, rotate 90 degrees and stand on a baking sheet covered with waxed paper which is greased, and let rise for 10 minutes. Repeat for the other half of the dough, if desired. Bake at 375F for 12 to 15 minutes, until they're browned and perfect. Make a glaze with confectioner's sugar, a bit of vanilla and a bit of milk to drizzle over the cinnamon rolls, if desired. Makes a total of 24 cinnamon rolls.
The boys devoured these. They didn't even realize there was oatmeal in their cinnamon rolls, and therefore, they were a healthy treat. So, I suppose these will quality for "Cool Foods For Kids" in Louise's contest. I did start with a cinnamon roll recipe in my bread machine cookbook, but it's not even recognizable. Sometimes inspiration strikes as you're standing elbow-deep in ingredients, after all!