Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bars (Gluten-free, Oil-free)

Pure. Cinnamon. Bliss.

These bars are one of my favorite creations so far….I am an absolute cinnamon-obsessed individual. I love these bars in particular because they are very filling and crunchy and all that cinnamon.

I LOVE cinnamon rolls, Cinnabon buns….well, really anything cinnamon. Cinnamon rolls are delicious, but not so healthy. I decided to create breakfast bars with the flavors of a cinnamon roll drizzled with a little sweet coconut glaze that tastes like caramel! Total heaven.

Recipe:  makes 9 bars  Prep time: 10 mins  Cook time: 25 mins 

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Gluten Free (Make sure all nuts/ingredients are labeled in a gluten free facility if you are gluten sensitive, in case of cross contamination)


  • 2 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract (use regular gluten free vanilla if preferred)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8X8 square pan with parchment paper going in both directions, for easy removal.

Make the oat flour by processing 3/4 cup of the oats (reserve the remaining 2 cups) into a powder in a food processor. Let it run for a couple of minutes to get it fine. Make sure to measure out 1/2 cup after processing. If there is any extra, use it in a smoothie or another recipe. Grind the pecans as well into tiny pieces. Combine all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir well. In a small pot, combine the wet ingredients (except the vanilla) and turn to medium-low. Once simmering, whisk continually for about a minute, that’s it. Now whisk in the vanilla.

Now pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and quickly stir until well mixed. It will be sticky. Spread evenly into the pan, place a piece of parchment paper over the mixture and press down really hard with your hands and along the edges. Bake for 30 minutes until firm and golden brown around the edges. They will still be a little soft upon removing them from the oven, but will harden while cooling. Let them cool for 45 minutes before cutting, or they will fall apart. Trust me. Cut into 9 bars with a very sharp knife while they are still in the pan. Cool for another 15 minutes and then you can pull them all out with the parchment paper. Drizzle with coconut glaze.

Coconut Glaze:

  • 2 teaspoons almond milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons organic coconut palm sugar (taste like caramel!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Add the milk to a small cup and slightly warm in the microwave for 15 seconds. Whisk in the sugar and cinnamon with a fork for about 30 seconds. Drizzle over bars once they have cooled.

I dare you to eat just one!!


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Categories: Gluten Free, Snacks, Sweet Treats, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN


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14 Comments on “Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bars (Gluten-free, Oil-free)”

  1. August 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

    These bars look outragely delicious & just wonderful too! Normally, I don’t love icing but this icing looks so appetizing too! A must make!

  2. August 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM #

    Aww thanks so much Sophie!! The icing is what makes me feel like I’m eating a cinnamon roll haha! You could leave off if you want or just use a light drizzle 🙂

  3. August 20, 2012 at 2:38 PM #

    I have made these beauties today but added fresh sliced figs fromp my garden to the batter! They were super! :)Yum!

  4. August 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM #

    Oh I’m so glad to hear you loved them!! The figs sound like a wonderful addition!! I’m going to get more cashews today so I can finally make your strawberry spread!!

  5. August 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM #

    These look delicious!

  6. August 25, 2012 at 8:20 PM #

    Thank you Myfoodreligion!! They are heavenly 🙂

  7. Lesli
    September 6, 2012 at 8:23 PM #

    I can’t wait to try these! Monica said they were amazing!

    • September 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM #

      Thanks girl!! They are super yummy! And HEALTHY! Best part! Real easy too. They have nuts though so beware for your kiddos 🙂

  8. September 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM #

    Oh my gosh YUM! These sound fabulous!

    • September 10, 2012 at 1:52 AM #

      Thank you! They were…just made another batch for my mother-n-law yesterday! She loves them!

  9. Healthy Glow Nutrition
    September 20, 2012 at 6:28 PM #

    These bars look incredible!!!! I love anything with cinnamon!

  10. February 6, 2013 at 3:10 PM #

    Awesome! I also love cinnamon rolls, buns, cake….cookies. These look great!


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