Holiday Breakfast In A Jiffy: Carrot Cake Oatmeal



As winter sets in and my desire for a hot breakfast grows, I find myself searching for the perfect bowl of hot oatmeal.


I’m pretty picky when it comes to hot oatmeal. If you have been reading the blog for a while now, you may remember that I used to dislike homemade hot oatmeal. There was just something about it that made my stomach feel off after eating.

But I don’t go down without a fight. I have been on a quest to make a hot oatmeal recipe that I would fall in love with and I think I have finally found my match. I attempted a couple carrot cake oatmeal recipes last winter, but they never turned out as good as I was hoping. This recipe finally got it right!

If you enjoy carrot cake, you will go absolutely crazy for this bowl of oatmeal. I could totally see this as a fun, quick, and easy holiday breakfast for families who are looking for something that tastes indulgent, but is packed with nutrients and a full cup of carrots per bowl.

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I believe i t would turn any oatmeal hater into a fanatic with first bite.


Gather up the troops.


I urge you to make this recipe exactly as I wrote it above…it was that good!!!


Finely grate your carrot.


Gnaw on stump.

Who knew you could eat a heaping cup’s worth of carrot in a bowl of oats and it would taste amazing?

Heat over low-medium.


After cooking for about 8 minutes it will be nice and thick:


Pour into a bowl.


I picked up this cute mini casserole from Benix the other day and it makes the perfect oatmeal vessel!


The best part about the mini casserole dish is that you can pop the lid on and refrigerate any leftovers that you have. I had some leftover and I just ate it as a snack later on in the day, straight from the fridge!

Garnish with 1 tbsp of crushed walnuts and 1 tsp of shredded coconut. Sweetened coconut, if you are feeling downright crazy.


Now pour on the 1 tbsp of coconut milk cream + maple syrup mixture and drizzle your heart out!


This mixture tastes incredible. Silky, creamy, and sweet. It is the perfect topping for the carrot cake oats!


Want a bite?


I also tried this recipe making vegan overnight oats and it wasn’t as good as the cooked version. I will have to do some tweaking of the recipe…


I was feeling crazy, so I ventured outdoors for some pictures!



The great thing about oatmeal is that you can take it outside in the cold for a photoshoot, come back indoors, and it is still hot! bahaha.

My mini casserole dish got me thinking how great this recipe would be adapted for several servings and poured into a large casserole dish.

You could easily double, triple, quadruple (etc) the recipe to serve the amount of people that you need to. Then simply, pour the cooked oats into a large casserole dish, add your toppings, and use a large spoon to serve so others can scoop out their desired portion onto their plate.

I think it would be a wonderful holiday breakfast!


If you are looking for a delicious, healthy, and super quick holiday breakfast, you should give this one a shot.

Just be warned….an obsession may set in…


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Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!) December 21, 2010

I must make this! I’ve never used coconut “cream,” but definitely worth trying. Thank you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2010

Hope you like it! It’s just the creamy part at the top of the can…in a full fat coconut milk can there is usually about 1/4-1/3 cup’s worth of this cream. its blissful and basically the vegan equivalent to cow’s cream :)


Jen December 21, 2010

Simply amazing! I love carrot cake, but it’s not so good for my weight loss efforts, this will help with the cravings!!



Lori December 21, 2010

Damn! That looks incredible!


Shanna, like Banana December 21, 2010

Oatmeal makes my heart sore. Honest.

I’m intrigued by the carrot cake verison you showcase..and yes I’d like a bite!


Genevieve December 21, 2010

Thanks for a new twist on oatmeal! I was starting to get a bit bored with my pumpkin oats ;) And I was looking for new ways to eat carrots too. I would totally use the “2 birds and stone” saying, but I don’t like the idea of killing a bird ;)


Tulika December 21, 2010

Not only do I want to try these delicious looking oats immediately, but the pictures REALLY top it off!! Especially the picture of the little bowl in the snow…LOVE it!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 21, 2010

This would be amazing as a Christmas morning breakfast! It’s too bad the rest of my family doesn’t like oatmeal. :P I’ll definitely be trying this for myself though!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2010

My fam aren’t big oatmeal people either, but i may try to offer it anyways!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 21, 2010

Carrot cake is my favorite… finally a version you can feel good about eating for breakfast!

Not that I have issues with dessert for breakfast… I just made overnight oats in a Nutella jar. :)


Laura @ Tidbits December 21, 2010

OH MY!!!!
this looks amazing!!!! going to make it for my xmas eve breakfast for sure! :)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 21, 2010

Mmmmm….anything that riffs off of carrot cake is GOOD WITH ME. :-)


Kath December 21, 2010

I have been debating taking my oats outside to our snow for days! But every time I imagine the oats getting too cold and change my mind. Mine would definitely get cold!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2010

I think my tiny casserole dish kept them warm :)


christyn @ All Ways Nutritious December 21, 2010

fabulous idea!!! i love your outside shots!


Bridget December 21, 2010

I love the idea of coconut milk in oatmeal! And the way you serve it in that little dish is so adorable :)


Colleen December 21, 2010

The oatmeal and delightful casserole dish look divine!!!


Tamara December 21, 2010

Holy yum!!!!


Caroline December 21, 2010

Yum…I love carrot cake…recently I’ve been obsessed with baked oatmeals like on HTP…I’m going to try a carrot cake version of that and report back!


Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good December 21, 2010

I definitely want to try this!!! It sounds delicious, and I have an abundance of carrots at the moment. We’ve just recently tried coconut cream with oats or rice as a breakfast cereal, and it tastes SO GOOD. :)


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} December 21, 2010

I am a huge carrot cake fan…this looks like the ultimate breakfast.


Katy (The Singing Runner) December 21, 2010

I love this recipe! Will have to try it ASAP!


Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! December 21, 2010

So I am on maternity leave and having a glum day so I decided to make this for an early dinner for myself and IT IS DELICIOUS!!! I didn’t have coconut cream so I subbed in regular cream (thereby de-vegan-izing it…d’oh!) and used crushed almonds instead of walnuts and I am in heaven. I just really needed to tell you this. I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about writing a cookbook, but if you do…include this one!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2010

Robyn Im so glad you enjoyed it! Glad you could modify it and it still turn out yummy too! :)


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Healthy Chocoholic December 21, 2010

I personally am not a huge carrot cake fan, but my sister is!! Maybe if I made this for her, she’d eat oatmeal! =D


Lauren at KeepItSweet December 21, 2010

what a great way to have veggies for breakfast:-) oh, and i am so glad you left out raisins! some people love them but i can’t stand them in anything cooked


Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 December 21, 2010

This sounds fantastic Angela! I made a carrot cake oatmeal a few years ago as part of my 30-day oatmeal challenge and I whipped up some cream cheese “frosting” for it as well (mine wasn’t vegan). So yummy. I’ve since switched over from cream cheese + yogurt, to a whipped cottage cheese “frosting”. Anyway, doesn’t it make breakfast so much more exciting to make a dessert out of it?! :-)


Pearl (Crunch and Chew) December 21, 2010

I think I’ll just have to join you and Eric for breakfast from now on!


Tina December 21, 2010

This looks delishh!! You’ve got me thinking now…maybe carrot cake scones for Christmas morning? Hmm.. :)


Ashley @ the fit academic December 21, 2010

Wow – this sounds amazing! Love the pictures of the bowl in the snow. You must be brave, indeed! I would be huddled up next to the fire in a big fluffy robe! : )


Kathryn December 21, 2010

This looks AWESOME! What do you do with the rest of the coconut milk?


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman December 21, 2010

Oh my goodness, this looks SO good!


Camille December 21, 2010

Oh my gosh, that looks incredible! I wish I had the ingredients on hand right now!


Danielle December 21, 2010

What a fun way to start off the day with some vitamin A!


Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 21, 2010

this is so great! i’ve got coconut butter that would go perfectly on top of this too :)


ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska December 21, 2010

I want this– now, for dinner! What a fabulous way to sneak an extra vegetable into your day. Yummy!


Darcy @ She Sings at the Table December 21, 2010

Thank you for another brilliant hidden veggie breakfast inspiration! Those a.m. vegetables always make me feel great throughout the day. And the tiny casserole dish is too cute!


Lee December 21, 2010

yay for breakfast posts! I love when you post your breakfast! Where did you get that spoon from? I am on the hunt for a plastic spoon JUST like that and I can’t find one anywhere!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2010

its from crate & barrel :)


Kelsi December 22, 2010

i’ve been so sick of carrots lately. i think this will pull me out of my rut.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 22, 2010

i was sick of carrots for a while too!


Ruthie December 22, 2010

Oh lordy… Angela you made my heart skip a beat with this recipe! I am so going to beds right this instant so I can wake up and make it :)


Wei-Wei December 22, 2010

Oh my GOD.


Leia December 22, 2010

Oh my gosh this looks delicious! I’ve been trying to figure out interesting ways to eat oats because having the same breakfast every day can get boring. AND I’m trying to get my family members to start having porridge for breakfast… so this looks perfect!! I’ve heard that cooked carrots aren’t as nutritious because they turn to sugar (?) but what the heck, this looks so yummy that I *have* to give it a try!


Andy Levy-Stevenson December 22, 2010

How do you think this would be as a dessert?

It seems like it would be similar to a rice pudding, which makes perfect sense for dessert … but oatmeal might say “breakfast” too loudly for dessert eaters?


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 22, 2010

dessert…hmmm not sure it would cut it?


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