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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This Carrot Cake Oatmeal recipe takes all the flavors of a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and then made into a nutritious and delicious breakfast!. Made with carrots, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla and then topped with creamy sweetened greek yogurt is like having dessert for breakfast (stove top and microwave instructions included).

white and blue bowls with carrot cake  oats topped with yogurt and garnished with chopped walnuts & raisins

Oatmeals are certainly one of our family favorite go-to breakfast on a weekday. Though overnight oats are delicious in summer, hot oatmeals are cozy, comforting and warms you on a cold, winter day and my new favorite method is to make oatmeal in the air fryer.

A plain oatmeal just sweetened with some brown sugar or honey is delicious, but the food blogger in me tends to gravitate towards creative variations and this carrot oatmeal is one such idea.

We took all the elements of a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and made into an oatmeal. How awesome is that?

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Recipe is:

Main ingredients:

Oats : Old fashioned oats or rolled oats

Dairy : We used full fat milk, but we recommend staying from fat free

Carrot : Freshly grated carrot grated in a fine grater

Sweetener: Brown sugar

Nuts and Raisins : Chopped walnuts and golden raisins

Flavorings : Cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt

Yogurt topping – Greek yogurt and regular sugar

Carrots are one of our favorite vegetables for its sweet taste and power house of nutrition like vitamin A, K, beta carotene, potassium and eye health. Some of our favorite carrot recipes include: Carrot Walnut Cake, Thai Carrot Soup, Carrot Oatmeal Cookies, Hunan Chicken or Chicken Burger Patties with carrot grated in.

a red enameled cast iron pot with creamy carrot cake oatmeal with a spoon

How to make carrot cake oatmeal?

Add grated carrot, milk, water and salt into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until oats has absorbed most of the liquid.

Take off heat, stir in brown sugar, chopped walnuts, raisins, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract. Cover and let sit for about 5 minutes.

Ladle hot oatmeal into a serving bowl and top with sweetened greek yogurt. Enjoy!

Expert tips:

We recommend serving the carrot cake oatmeal as soon as it is done cooking. Any addition of more liquid tends to move away from the exact carrot cake taste, still delicious though!

Grate carrots in the finer side of your box grater. This helps to cook it faster.

Use greek yogurt – Only greek yogurt along with plain sugar gives the traditional cream cheese frosting taste.

To make it gluten free, use gluten free oats

If you are using Quaker oats, old fashioned oats is same as rolled oats.

Old fashioned oats offer the best consistency. Steel cuts are much harder and will benefit from a different cooking procedure whereas quick cooking will yield a mushy texture.

Do not use store-bought vanilla yogurt instead.

We recommend using golden raisins instead of black raisins for the traditional carrot cake taste.

More creative breakfast mashups: Healthy Pina Colada Smoothie, Black Forest Smoothie, Pumpkin Belgian Waffles, Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie, Hawaiian Roll Cinnamon Rolls and Baked Mangoes.

To make carrot cake oats in microwave:

Place grated carrot, milk, water, salt and oats into a large microwavable bowl and stir together. Heat in the microwave (uncovered) on high for 3 minutes and 30 seconds and then add 15-second increments, until oatmeal is puffed and softened. Remove from microwave, stir in all remaining ingredients and let stand for few minutes, until thickened, before serving.

Frequently asked questions:

How many calories in one serving?

There are 520 calories (yogurt topping included) in one serving of carrot oats.

Can I make it nut-free?

Absolutely! Just skip the walnuts.

Storage instructions:

Refrigerate cooled oatmeal and sweetened yogurt in two seperate containers, for up to 4 days.

When ready to eat, warm oatmeal in microwave and top with yogurt.

More carrot recipes: Carrot Walnut Cake, Thai Carrot Soup, Healthy Carrot Oatmeal Cookies, Spicy Thai Noodles or Healthy Chicken Burger Patties.

Toppings:

Additional toppings that add a wonderful crunch, color and texture are chopped walnuts, more golden raisins or shredded coconut.

More walnut recipes: Candied Walnuts, Persimmon Crostini, Eggless Banana Muffins, Air fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies, Baked Oatmeal Cups, Eggless Banana Bread, Banana Sheet Cake, Healthy Baked Oatmeal,Chocolate Chip Banana Mug Cake or Honey Walnut Shrimp Ramen Noodles.

a red enameled cast iron pot with creamy carrot oatmeal with a spoon

More OATS recipes:

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal <—- made in instant pot

Healthy Waffles

Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups

Chocolate Almond Butter Overnight Oats

Breakfast Cookies <—– Healthiest Cookie Recipe

Baked Oatmeal

Gluten Free Oat Waffles <— Very popular recipe

Yield: 2 Servings

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This Carrot Cake Oatmeal recipe tastes like a slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Nutritious and delicious oatmeal made with carrot, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla and then topped with cool creamy sweetened greek yogurt is like having dessert for breakfast. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Wet ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup grated carrot (about 1), grated in the fine side of box grater
  • 2 pinches salt

Additional ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup golden brown sugar or more if needed
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Yogurt topping

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or more if needed

Instructions

Stovetop

1. Add milk, water, grated carrot and salt in a medium saucepan, give a good stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for about 5 minutes or until oats has softened and absorbed most of the liquid. (Measure all remaining ingredients in the mean time)

2. Remove from heat, stir in brown sugar, chopped walnuts, raisins, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract. Cover and let stand for about 3 minutes.

3. Ladle hot oatmeal into serving bowls and top with sweetened greek yogurt. Enjoy!

To make sweetened greek yogurt: Stir plain greek yogurt and sugar. Keep refrigerated until serving time.

Microwave:

1. Place grated carrot, milk, water, salt and oats into a large microwavable bowl and stir together.

2. Heat in the microwave (uncovered) on high for 3 minutes and 30 seconds and then add 15-second increments, until oatmeal is puffed and softened.

3. Remove from microwave, stir in all remaining ingredients and let stand for a few minutes, until thickened, before serving with yogurt.

Notes

We recommend serving the carrot cake oatmeal as soon as it is done cooking. Any addition of more liquid tends to move away from the exact carrot cake taste, still delicious though!

Grate carrots in the finer side of your box grater. This helps to cook it faster.

Use greek yogurt – Only greek yogurt along with plain sugar gives the traditional cream cheese frosting taste.

To make it gluten free, use gluten free oats

If you are using Quaker oats, old fashioned oats is same as rolled oats.

Old fashioned oats offer the best consistency. Steel cuts are much harder and will benefit from a different cooking procedure whereas quick cooking will yield a mushy texture.

Do not use store-bought vanilla yogurt instead.

We recommend using golden raisins instead of black raisins for the traditional carrot cake taste.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 520Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 8gSugar: 40gProtein: 19g

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The recipe for basic oatmeal is from Feelgoodfoodie.

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