Carrot Cake Oatmeal

by Erin

Go ahead and eat cake for breakfast with this easy, dairy-free carrot cake oatmeal. Complete with shredded carrots, dried cranberries, walnuts, and shredded coconut.

Easy Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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It felt so wonderful to get out of town for a couple days and visit family this weekend, even though I didn’t stay the full 3-day weekend (cell cultures won’t start themselves!). Of course many delicious things were eaten, but today I want to talk about this oatmeal that I made this morning.

Because it’s a holiday, so guess who had time to cook herself a warm delicious breakfast? Me!

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Without using a lot of sweetener, this oatmeal is a sweet oatmeal delight thanks to the carrots and little bit of maple syrup. And it really does taste like carrot cake, but in creamy oatmeal form.  You will even feel like you are indulging but it is packed with carrots and other goodies that are sneakily nutritious.

This would also be great in the spring such as Easter morning or just whenever you crave carrot cake. Honestly I could eat carrot cake any time of year.

Post updated 1/18/22, photos above and below are the originals.

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  • Easy Carrot Cake Oatmeal


    Yield: 2 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
    Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


    • 1 cup unsweetened almond or oat milk
    • 2 Tbsp coconut cream (or use more milk)
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, to taste
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
    • 1/8th tsp ground nutmeg
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 heaping cup finely grated carrot (about 1 large)
    • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolls oats
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
    • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts, divided
    • 2 Tbsp chopped dried cranberries, divided
    • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
    • 1 Tbsp sweetened shredded coconut, for garnish


    1. In a medium sized pot over medium heat, whisk together the milk, coconut cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and a pinch of salt.
    2. Stir in the grated carrots and oats. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 8-9 minutes, stirring frequently. When the mixture has thickened up, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, half of the walnuts, half of the dried cranberries, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Remove from heat and portion into bowls.
    3. Top the oatmeal with the remaining walnuts, dried cranberries, and shredded coconut.
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    Source: Adapted slightly from Oh She Glows, discovered on Steph’s Bite By Bite.

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    Kathleen Pope January 19, 2022 - 11:02 pm

    Delicious! Cannot wait to try this recipe!

    Jolene January 19, 2022 - 8:39 pm

    Looks awesome! Putting this on my to do list, I have all the ingredients!

    Radha January 19, 2022 - 1:31 pm

    Oats and carrot cake together….sounds incredible and delicious! Both my favorites in one and this is iresistible! YUM!

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    kaceyt January 23, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Looks delicious! I’m a big carrotcake fan and I have oatmeal for breakfast more often than not…this may have to happen tomorrow!

    Tracey January 17, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    Fun idea!! Confession – I love the packets of oatmeal from the store that I’m sure are packed with sugar. It just never tastes as good when I make it at home, but I’m going to give this a shot anyway :)

    spiffycookie January 17, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    Blasphemy! I dislike the packets from the store because they taste fake to me. But I grew up on my dad’s apple harvest oatmeal (also posted on here).

    Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious January 17, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Oh wow, this looks incredible! Clever :)

    Maureen January 17, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    I can hear fat forming on my backside just looking at this bowl. I want some. now. :)

    spiffycookie January 17, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    Actually it’s backside-friendly!

    Erica @ Little Shortcake January 17, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    Carrot Cake Oatmeal!? This is my ideal breakfast. I crave cake the second I wake up–must be a match made it heaven!! <3

    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 17, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Mmm, I’ve perfected my oatmeal cooking skills and now am looking for ways to branch out–this looks awesome. It’s always a plus if I can trick myself into thinking I’m having a decadent breakfast. ;)

    Alicia January 16, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    Carrot Cake is my favorite….I’m sooooo trying this ASAP! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Choc Chip Uru January 16, 2012 - 5:16 pm

    I am a carrot cake devotee – I bet this would taste amazing with a cream cheese icing drizzle (taking the whole breakfast, healthy oatmeal thing away in the process of course :D)

    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 16, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    Love carrot cake, not a fan of oatmeal; but this might actually get me to eat oatmeal :) I wish I liked it, it is so good for you, need to try this!

    spiffycookie January 16, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    If it converts you, you’ll have to let me know.

    Noel Chapman January 16, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Yum! What a scrumptious idea for breakfast! We make oatmeal a lot for breakfast because it’s nice and hearty and a great way to jumpstart the day.

    Diane {Created by Diane} January 16, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    looks great, I love carrot cake so this is right up my alley. (Apparently I have an Alley too :)

    Carolyn January 16, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    Okay, this is the BEST idea. What a great flavour of oatmeal!!!

    Steph@stephsbitebybite January 16, 2012 - 10:49 am

    This is one of my favorite breakfasts!! So yummy!!!

    Jennifer | Mother Thyme January 16, 2012 - 10:37 am

    This recipe just made my day, seriously! After to much holiday indulging I am back on track eating healthy and I eat oatmeal every morning. I have been doing the same oatmeal with coconut, agave and cinnamon everyday (gets to be the same old, same old). This sounds so yummy delicious! THIS is what I am eating tomorrow!

    spiffycookie January 16, 2012 - 10:53 am

    Glad to give you more oatmeal options!

    natalie (the sweets life) January 16, 2012 - 10:12 am

    I wish I’d had this for breakfast today!

    Nicole, RD January 16, 2012 - 9:19 am

    Anything carrot cake, especially for breakfast…I’m all over it! I just made Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies this weekend!

    spiffycookie January 16, 2012 - 9:47 am

    I bet those were good!

    Kathryn January 16, 2012 - 8:55 am

    This looks like such an such a great way to start the day!

    amylase January 16, 2012 - 8:48 am

    I see hardly any oatmeal in that bowl! Looks spectacular, though :)


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