Cinnamon-Toasted Oats


This quick toasted oats recipe is a lower-sugar alternative to granola. Serve it on top of yogurt with sliced fresh or frozen berries. You can double the recipe easily; just be sure to use a large skillet.

Cinnamon-toasted oats.
Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 /2 cup

What Type of Oats Can Be Used for Cinnamon-Toasted Oats?

We used rolled oats for this recipe. There are three types of oats—steel-cut, rolled and instant oats. Rolled oats, also known as old-fashioned oats, go through a flattening process after removing the oat hull. This process gives them a softer texture and reduces their cooking time.

How to Serve Cinnamon-Toasted Oats

One of our favorite ways to enjoy these quick toasted oats is on top of yogurt with sliced fresh or frozen berries. Top a Strawberry & Yogurt Parfait with cinnamon-toasted oats instead of granola, sprinkle them on Mixed-Berry Frozen Yogurt Bark or try them on an Acai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl. Enjoy it in your cereal, on top of a salad or as a quick snack.

How to Store Cinnamon-Toasted Oats

Refrigerate in a covered, airtight container for up to 4 days.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil or olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter

  • ½ cup rolled oats

  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

  • teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  1. Heat oil and butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oats and stir to coat. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg; continue cooking and stirring until the oats are light golden brown, about 4 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat; sprinkle with brown sugar and stir evenly to coat. Spread out on a plate to cool completely before serving or refrigerating in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


Nonstick skillet

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

140 Calories
8g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Calories 140
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 2g 3%
Protein 3g 5%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 60IU 1%
Folate 10mcg 2%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 21mg 5%
Potassium 79mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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