Steel-Cut Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Cake for breakfast! This hearty oatmeal is creamy, decadent, and healthy all at the same time. Steel-cut oats and and finely shredded carrots simmer together with milk, a touch of maple syrup, and comforting spices until you've got ultra-creamy heaven-in-a-bowl.

Total Time: 35 minutes


I don’t know what’s up with me and carrot cake lately, but I want to make carrot cake everything. Pancakes, waffles, cookies, oatmeal. It’s almost pumpkin-level, and for that, I apologize to my dear significant other, who still can’t fathom the idea of pumpkin in anything after my pumpkin-everything frenzy last fall.

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I guess it’s because I keep buying carrots and then I see them in the fridge and I get obsessive about using them up before they go bad. Plus, now that I’ve started a compost bin, I love adding another little pile of carrot peels to the scrap bin. Who knew how satisfying it would be to collect kitchen scraps and throw them onto a big pile of more scraps and yard debris? Now if I can actually get some compost out of the deal, I’ll be golden.

But I digress.

Oatmeal has always been a breakfast staple for us, but never more so than now. It’s on the breakfast menu at least every other day because it’s a sure-fire toddler pleaser in our house, especially since I started giving her her own bowl (which she promptly dumps on her high chair tray and then shovels to her face with her hands).

So naturally, one morning not so long ago I looked in the fridge and saw the carrots as I was getting ready to cook up some oatmeal, and I thought: “Carrot cake oatmeal! Yes!”

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And then as I praised myself for my original, creative idea, I made the mistake of Googling it, and naturally, some other amazing bloggers had already beat me to it. Don’t these people know they shouldn’t go stealing my ideas before I have them?! Oh, wait.

As luck would have it, fabulous blogger Angela of Oh She Glows created and shared a vegan version of carrot cake oatmeal a couple of winters ago. Bless her for saving me the trial-and-error mayhem that can go along with developing recipes. I used Angela’s recipe as a rough guide, using steel-cut oats instead of rolled and de-veganizing it along the way (I hope she doesn’t mind – and it is easy to re-veganize, just sub coconut milk for the cow’s milk).

This hearty oatmeal is so delicious, so creamy, so decadent and yet healthy all at the same time. While it cooks, it sends the most wonderful comforting scent throughout the house. I love that. The oatmeal and carrots simmer together with milk, a touch of maple syrup, and spices until you’ve got ultra-creamy heaven-in-a-bowl.

We find that with the carrots and syrup, it’s already plenty sweet, so just spoon into bowls and pass with raisins, shredded coconut, and walnuts to sprinkle over the top.

Spoon and swoon.

Print Recipe

Steel-Cut Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Cake for breakfast! This hearty oatmeal is creamy, decadent, and healthy all at the same time. Steel-cut oats and and finely shredded carrots simmer together with milk, a touch of maple syrup, and comforting spices until you've got ultra-creamy heaven-in-a-bowl.

Yield: 2 large servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Shredded coconut, raisins, and chopped walnuts for topping


  1. To a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the oats, carrot, coconut, milk, water, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer for about 20 - 25 minutes until the oatmeal is tender and creamy. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  2. Serve with a splash of half-and-half or coconut cream along with shredded coconut, raisins, and walnuts sprinkled over the top if desired.

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

27 Responses to “Steel-Cut Carrot Cake Oatmeal”

  1. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on March 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I, too, love everything carrot cake! Being able to eat it for breakfast is perfect!

    • Kare posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:33 am

      Right?! Cake for breakfast – the perfect excuse. :) Thanks!

  2. Holly Waterfall posted on March 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    i hate that when you have a perfect seemingly-original idea only to have it show up on pinterest or google. I usually just find a way to tweak it and mention the originator the way you did.
    Anywho, this.looks.amazing! i need it for breakfast soon!

    • Kare posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

      For a lot of stuff I really think the best idea is to resist Googling it … unfortunately I have a hard time resisting!

  3. a farmer in the dell posted on March 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Carrot cake is my favorite thing EVER! it was our wedding cake. This is my kind of oatmeal recipe! yum

    • Kare posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:33 am

      That would be the perfect flavor for a wedding cake – especially for awesome farmers. :) Love.

  4. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on March 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    You know, I still think about your carrot muffins all the time. I need to get my husband to make those for me again. And then he can make this for me too. It looks amazing!

    • Kare posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:30 am

      He can be your personal carrot cake chef! There are worse things in life. :)

  5. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on March 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    This sounds amazing!! Definitely making this soon. Carrot cake anything is heavenly. Pinned!

    • Kare posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:08 am

      All that’s missing is the cream cheese frosting!
      Except that would be gross on oatmeal, wouldn’t it?!

      I was just drooling over your soft peanut butter M&M cookies. YUMMM.

  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

    oh my GOSH! This looks amazing. I love carrot cake – and carrot cake flavored anything. Pinning this because I’d love to make it for breakfast one chilly morning. :)

  7. Laura Dembowski posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:35 am

    This sounds like such a great way to start the day – healthy and yummy! I’ll have to give it a try.

  8. Maria Tadic posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I love oatmeal for breakfast – especially when it tastes like a dessert! This looks like such a good idea – I love it! Can’t wait to try this!

  9. Courtney @ The Fig Tree posted on March 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Oh my goodness! Carrot cake oatmeal!? Awesome idea! I have to make this over the weekend. Looks awesome!

    • Kare posted on March 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thanks! It is definitely weekend-worthy. :)

  10. Megan @ megbakes posted on March 26, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I haven’t gotten to make anything with carrots recently, but I’m looking forward to it and this recipe will have to be one I try.

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  12. Kat posted on May 16, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I’m currently shoveling this into my mouth, SO GOOD!!! A little scoop of walnuts on top. Using almond milk, it’s only 221 calories for 1/4 recipe (plus 1T walnuts). Amazing breakfast!!

    • Karen Troughton posted on May 24, 2013 at 7:08 am

      I would have never guessed it could have so few calories. Perfect! Thanks. :)

      • Kat posted on June 6, 2013 at 8:22 am

        So sorry, I totally miscalculated! It’s actually about 269 calories without any toppings. However, with 7g fiber and 6g protein, it’s still light enough to be a great, healthy breakfast!

        • Karen Troughton posted on June 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

          Thank you for calculating this! That’s still less calories than I would have thought. Love it.

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  14. Erika posted on September 17, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Made it this morning. It is ABSOLUTELY delicious!

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