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Ready to have carrot cake for breakfast? Carrot Cake Oatmeal that is…
If you love carrot cake, then this Carrot Cake Oatmeal may very well be the best bowl of oatmeal you’ll ever enjoy. It’s all that carrot cake goodness in your breakfast bowl!
While it’s not exactly cake, it definitely delivers that “spice” you expect from carrot cake. It’s tasty, and a really great way to work some veggies into your breakfast!
What Is Carrot Cake Oatmeal?
Carrot cake oatmeal is oatmeal that has the flavor and seasoning of carrot cake! Only it’s healthy on top of being delicious.
Best Types of Oats for Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- Steel-cut Oats – These are the healthiest oats you can use and will give you a chewier oatmeal. Only use these for stovetop cooking.
- Traditional Oats – A.K.A. Old Fashioned or rolled oats. You can use these for stovetop cooking or for overnight oats. You can use these for stovetop cooking or for overnight oats.
Sweeteners To Use With This Carrot Cake Oatmeal
This recipe doesn’t call for sweeteners. This is on purpose because it has a certain amount of natural sweetness. You can sweeten this or not, depending on your tastes. If you choose to use a sweetener, sweeten to taste, but use caution. This recipe doesn’t require a lot of sweetener. A little goes a long way.
- Liquid stevia
- Maple syrup
- Coconut sugar
- Monk fruit
How To Make This Carrot Cake Oatmeal for One Person
This recipe makes enough for 2 people. If you are cooking for one and don’t want leftovers, simply cut this recipe in half.
How To Make Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
To make overnight oats, only use traditional oats. Never use steel-cut oats or quick-oats.
Place traditional oats in a container with a lid (canning jars work great!). Add all the other ingredients to the dry oats, including the milk, and put the lid on. Set in the fridge overnight, and you’ll have carrot cake oatmeal ready to go in the morning! Just give it a good shake to get everything properly mixed. Sweeten to taste.
Gluten-Free – If you are gluten-free, simply use gluten-free oats.
Dairy-Free – Use non-dairy milk. Unsweetened almond milk works great.
Vegan – Use non-dairy milk.
- Chopped walnuts or pecans
- Toasted, sweetened coconut flakes
- Raisins – 2 tbsp. up to a ¼ cup per serving is about right.
- Fresh grated ginger
- Fresh grated carrots
- Coconut flakes
- Flaxseed – Hint: If this ends up too thin, you can thicken it again with a “flax egg”.
- Chia seeds
- Cream cheese
- Fresh fruit
- Greek yogurt
- Coconut milk – Just a little for flavor
- A ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (as garnish)
- An ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger (as garnish)
- Frosting – If you don’t mind the refined sugar
⅔ cup steel-cut oats (dry)
2½ cups milk of choice
½ cup shredded carrots
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
1 pinch salt
extra grated carrots for garnish (optional)
nuts for garnish (optional – pecans and walnuts are really good)
How To Make Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Bring milk, vanilla extract, carrots, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt to a boil, then add oats and simmer. Finish cooking to package directions. Watch carefully because milk boils over quickly and easily. Adjust your temperature as needed.
When oats are fully cooked, remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Top with any toppings you enjoy.
How To Store Leftovers
Keep this in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 3 days.
Freezing Carrot Cake Oatmeal
If you want to freeze this, place it in a freezer-safe container with an airtight lid and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How To Reheat Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- From fridge – Reheat in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes, depending on how much is in the bowl. Or reheat over medium to high heat, in a pot on the stovetop by adding a little extra milk to loosen it up. Stir well as it heats. You could potentially reheat this in the oven in a baking dish, but it’s not the best choice in this case.
- From freezer – Thaw in the fridge overnight. Once thawed, follow the above directions.
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- ⅔ cup steel-cut oats (dry)
- 2½ cups milk of choice
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- extra grated carrots for garnish (optional)
- nuts for garnish (optional – pecans and walnuts are really good)
- Bring milk, vanilla extract, carrots, nutmeg, and cinnamon to a boil, then add oats. Finish cooking to package directions. Watch carefully because milk boils over quickly and easily. Adjust your temperature as needed.
- When oats are fully cooked, remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Top with any toppings you enjoy.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 2/12/11.