I can’t believe the holiday season is nearly upon us. Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday I was celebrating last Christmas. I demand time to slow down!
Other than my issues with time vanishing before my eyes, I’m having another problem. I don’t have anything on my Christmas list.
I’m trying to think of things. Big things, small things. Fun things, practical things. It’s just not happening though.
This is totally not like me. Typically the list of things I want is about a mile long. From the time I was a little girl asking for a multitude of Barbies and accessories to now when I ask for clothes and shoes Barbie might be happy to wear, I’ve never been light on wants.
Perhaps 24 years of accumulating stuff has left little for me to want. Plus a lot of the things I want aren’t tangible. Unless one of you know an agent looking to represent a new screenwriter or a way to magically teleport me to California. Or maybe I’m just – shudder – becoming an adult.
I’m sure my list will come along eventually. If not, the pressure’s on Mom and Dad to come up with gift ideas all on their own. Surprises are the best.
One thing I do want this holiday season is to keep extra pounds from creeping up. While I fully intend to eat my favorite foods in moderation, as always, I’ll be sticking to mostly healthy foods just like any other time.
Cinnamon Roll Granola Bars are a great compromise. While they aren’t going to replace traditional cinnamon rolls, these healthy, gluten free treats are a flavorful, filling breakfast or snack sure to keep you on track.
Ooey, gooey from almond butter, they also have crunch from walnuts and chia seeds, along with warmly spiced cinnamon. A simple, optional glaze adds a little extra sweetness and that great cinnamon roll twist. They are a gift all their own this holiday season!Print
Cinnamon Roll Granola Bars #SundaySupper
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 9 bars 1x
- 2 cups old fashioned roll oats, gluten free if necessary
- ¼ cup oat flour, gluten free if necessary
- 1 cup walnuts
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¾ cup creamy almond butter
- ½ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon water, or more if necessary
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together oats, oat flour, walnuts, chia seeds, salt, and cinnamon until fully incorporated.
- Add oil, almond butter, honey, and vanilla and stir until distributed and a thick dough is formed. Pour into prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and partially set on top. Cool completely in pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, vanilla, and water. Add more water or sugar as needed until a thick, yet spreadable glaze is formed. Drizzle over bars. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about 1 hour or in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Additional cooling time is necessary
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
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I really think these would be just as yummy as cinnamon rolls. Plus all the extra nutrition is a bonus!
I adore granola anything, I think it is my love of crunch and nuts. These bars look wonderful!!
Mmmmm… cinnamon rolls are my fave! I like the lighted version here and will try them soon.
Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) says
These look SO GOOD! This is just the kind of snack or breakfast I like…
Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen says
I have been looking for a granola recipe to make and I think I just found it!!
Chris Baccus says
I love almond butter. These sound so good.
I can’t get enough almond butter. I think you would love these, Chris!
The Ninja Baker says
Hats off to you Laura for keeping so many of your desserts on the healthy side AND delicious! P.s. You might want to ask Santa to help you create an actor’s reel which you can post at LA Casting (online.) I’m told the reels (one for comedy, one for drama) should not be more than a minute =)
But I’m a writer, not an actor. Would it still be something I should do? Thanks for the tip, Kim. I appreciate it more than you know <3
The Ninja Baker says
Oh, apologies, I misunderstood, Laura. Thought you were both an actor and a writer.
Never mind the reel, then. I’m curious though why California? NYC is the mecca of publishers.
And the great news about writing is you can do it from anywhere in the world
The Ninja Baker says
P.s. You do know about Writer’s Market, right? Great online and in book-form resource =)
I’m solely a writer. I write both novels and screenplays, though I am focusing more on my screenplays at the moment, as I have received some positive feedback from industry pros. California seems like a good fit for screenplays, and I want to move somewhere warmer. I feel like a Californian at heart 🙂 I will for sure check out Writer’s Market. And please let me know if you have any more tips 🙂 Thanks, Kim!
The Ninja Baker says
Got it. Laura! Screenwriting and SoCal go hand in hand. In the meantime, you can learn a ton through Screenwriting U (an online and telecast series.)
Thanks for the tip, Kim! I will check it out 🙂
Love the idea to take a hugely decadent breakfast and brunch item and turn it into a healthier option. Yum!
Shannon R says
Aw yeah, all the flavour and none of the waiting around. Thanks so much, I can’t wait to make these.
Yes! Cinnamon rolls take forever. Last night my mom asked if we could make cinnamon rolls in the morning for breakfast. I was like if you want to get up at 4. Not gonna happen!
Julie @ Texan New Yorker says
Pinning!! I love this recipe. I love eating granola and granola bars for breakfast, but only homemade. These sound delicious!
Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says
Love this idea! I have to make these for my boys and I!
The things I want for Christmas: someone to organize my house, someone to clean my house, and one of these granola bars 🙂
I think I need to add those things to my list!!!
That’s a wonderful lighten-up approach to cinnamon rolls! And ohh, sunny California. You could totally make that happen! Are you writing screenplays these days? 🙂
Screenplays and novels, but I’m focusing on one screenplay that’s gotten good feedback. Keep your fingers crossed for me please 🙂
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
Cinnamon rolls turned into granola bars. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Time flies away too fast! These bars look so delicious and yet healthy!
Cindys Recipes and Writings says
Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors! yum!
John@Kitchen Riffs says
What a great dish! And healthy — always a plus at this time of the year. I can never think of anything I want for Christmas, either — probably because whenever I need/want something, I just buy it! Good post — thanks.
Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says
Homemade granola bars – oh my yum! Love that they are gluten free friendly!
Cinnamon rolls are my kryptonite in ANY form! This looks fabulous
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
1-I doubt youre in any danger of gaining too much weight!
2-I always have a million things I want and need (currently? money for wedding and loans. new tires (probably a new car, really). a new computer. new clothes. etc) but I’m not getting very many/any gifts things year for Christmas. Guess I’ll just have to wait for bridal showers!
3-These bars look phenomenal! Healthy or not they look positive perfect! So taaaaasty!
The theme of the Sunday Supper was lighter holiday dishes. I was just following the theme! I hope you get some surprises for Christmas and your bridal showers will be here in no time. Thanks for sharing these, Kayle 🙂