Just like real homemade carrot cake, this healthy carrot cake oatmeal recipe is sweet, spicy, and completely delicious!
Breakfast carrot cake oatmeal
The filling and nutritious carrot cake overnight oats give you all the flavor of actual carrot cake, with more than half your daily requirement for vitamin A and over nine grams of heart healthy fiber.
But the best part is that it tastes like eating carrot cake for breakfast!
Carrot cake oatmeal is pretty easy to make at home. It can be prepared the night before or up to three days in advance, for an instant healthy breakfast option whenever you’re short on time.
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Above – watch the homemade carrot cake oatmeal recipe video
Healthy carrot cake oatmeal ingredients
Here’s everything you need: rolled oats, cinnamon, yogurt, sweetener and milk of choice, a pinch of salt, and shredded carrot.
For vegan carrot cake oatmeal, use dairy free yogurt and plant based milk. The recipe can also be low fat, low calorie, and gluten free.
I like to stir in about a tablespoon of softened coconut butter for richness or almond butter for extra protein.
Sometimes I will even add a spoonful of Homemade Nutella.
If you only have quick oats on hand, those will do just fine. I have not tried this oatmeal recipe with steel cut oats so have no idea how that substitution might work.
The carrots can be either large carrots or baby carrots. Feel free to go with orange, yellow, or purple carrots.
Use leftover carrots to make Carrot Bread
How to make carrot cake overnight oats
Peel the carrots if they are not already peeled. Shred with a vegetable peeler or in a food processor. I like using the food processor to shred carrots because I find it to be much easier and faster than doing it by hand.
To make the carrot oatmeal, combine all of the ingredients in a jar. Shake the jar very well, then seal tightly with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
The oats soak up all of the liquid as they sit, and this thick carrot cake breakfast will be ready to eat by the next morning.
Enjoy cold, or you can heat up the carrot oats in the microwave or on the stovetop. The recipe makes one serving.
If you prefer a baked version, try these Carrot Cake Baked Oats
Oatmeal add in and topping ideas
Or you can crumble Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes on top of the oatmeal.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 – 3 tbsp shredded carrot
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt of choice
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 1 tbsp almond or coconut butter, optional
- sweetener of choice as desired (amount will depend on your tastebuds and whether or not you are using sweetened milk and yogurt)
- optional add-ins, such as raisins, shredded coconut, chia seeds, or chopped walnuts
To make the carrot cake oatmeal, combine all ingredients in a lidded jar, shake very well, and refrigerate overnight. The next day, you can eat cold or reheat either in the microwave or on the stovetop.View Nutrition Facts
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