Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal

This is the start of a tasty week filled with brunch recipes. Welcome to #Brunchweek 2014! I’m kicking things off with a recipe for Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal. It’s hearty and creamy, with just a touch of sweetness. Be the cool parent and serve this up for your kids. It’s so sweet and delicious, they may think they’re eating cake instead of good-for-them oatmeal!

 Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal #recipe from #Brunchweek 2014

This is the second annual brunch week, and this year, it’s hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Starting today, and running through May 11th, we’ll celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and prepare for Mother’s Day and the summer brunch season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch recipes, from beverages to main dishes, to salads and desserts. There’ll be delicious recipes for everyone’s taste buds this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, too, and I think you’re gonna love the details of this one, my friend!

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The Rafflecopter form you’ll use to enter the giveaway and the giveaway rules are listed below my recipe, along with links to the other delicious recipes prepared by the other Brunchweek participants.  I hope you enjoy this incredibly fun, delicious week!  Now who’d like a bowl full of my creamy, hearty, carrot cake in a bowl? :)

I made this oatmeal with help from a couple of our #Brunchweek 2014 sponsors. I used Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats and Grimmway Farms carrots.  Two of the completely delicious components in this brunch treat!

Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal #recipe from #Brunchweek 2014


I adapted this recipe from one that my friend Karen made.  She used coconut in her version, but since I’m allergic to all forms of coconut, I left it out of my version. I’m sure it adds another great layer of flavor, so feel free to add 1/4 cup of shredded coconut to the mixture when you’re cooking it on the stove, and/or sprinkle some on the top of your finished oatmeal.  I went for raisins and walnuts, and an extra dash of almond milk to top mine off.

This will keep well for a few days if you cover and keep it in the refrigerator. I had it on day 3 with some maple syrup drizzled over the top.  It made my stomach quite happy, and all I wanted to do was shout out the open window, “It’s yummi!”  :)

Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal #recipe from #Brunchweek 2014

Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal


4.8 from 5 reviews
Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal
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Recipe Category: Breakfast / Brunch
Cuisine: Cereals / Grains
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This hearty oatmeal is creamy, decadent, and healthy all at the same time. With just a touch of sweetness from maple syrup, it's almost like eating cake for breakfast!
  • 2 cups steel-cut oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 3 cups almond milk or regular milk
  • 3 cups tap water
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • raisins and chopped walnuts for topping
  1. To a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the oats, carrot, 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. Garnish with raisins and walnuts, and a little extra almond milk or half & half, if desired.
Slightly adapted from Kitchen Treaty

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    • says

      Thank you! Yes, you can definitely make it overnight, but I would suggest using water instead of almond milk if you’re going to do that, and then just add some almond milk to it when you serve it.

  1. says

    I eat oatmeal quite often in the mornings…but I’ve never thought about adding these fun flavors, Becca! Carrot cake is pretty high up there on my list of deliciousness, so I definitely need to try this recipe out soon. Thanks for sharing!!

    • says

      Thanks, Dave! I don’t fix fancy breakfast at my house, so this is as close as it gets. It fits the sweet & savory combo craving really well :)

  2. says

    There are so many brunch choices! As much as I love oatmeal, granola and pancakes, my favorite brunch option is a French Toast Sandwich! I love making a peanut butter sandwich, letting it soak in french toast mixture, and then cooking it in a skillet.
    The oatmeal looks amazing, by the way!

  3. says

    I usually don’t take the time to make oatmeal, usually just quick oats with cinnamon and sugar, but now I want to make this for breakfast this weekend.

  4. says

    I have been thinking of ways to use up all of those Grimmway Farms carrots… this is a must! :) It looks lovely, Becca. Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    That’s a tough question. Hmmm, I think my favorite brunch item is dutch babies or pancakes with fruit on top with a nice fruit/protein smoothie.

  6. says

    What fabulous prizes, Becca! I wouldn’t mind winning any one of those! My favorite brunch dish would have to be anything with smoked salmon. I could eat that stuff every which way!

  7. Hannah says

    I love steel cut oatmeal, this looks awesome. I really like sweet brunch food. My favorite is probably oatmeal, apple pancakes.

  8. Karen @BakingInATornado says

    You had me at “carrot cake”. I would love this. I don’t eat breakfast but there are a few days a week when I’m on my own for dinner and I can see this as a great option for one of those nights!

  9. says

    Awesome giveaway! Pinning :) I love French toast with hot sausage! But will eat just about anything. I can’t wait to try this carrot oatmeal recipe! Sounds like it will be great for a pack to work breakfast!

    • says

      It’s right to have breakfast at any time of day, Bernadette!
      I want to know how to get in on some of those big blogger events that you’ve been a part of…maybe we should write a book! 😉

  10. Rebecca Walker says

    I actually will be trying this for my men–they all love oatmeal, especially when it tastes like dessert! Nice one!

  11. Deb Harrington says

    Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe sounds so “Yummi!” Pinned and will try soon. I love waffles smothered with blueberries and strawberries, topped with a little fresh maple syrup…..scrumptious! Thanks so much for this opportunity. Have a great evening :-)

  12. Tammy Seigle says

    As always Becca your recipe looks awesome!! I will defiantly have to print it so I can try it later. :)

  13. Jannine Fisk says

    My favorite brunch dish is my Mom’s “Egg Bake” which is eggs, cheese and cooked, crumbled bacon, all baked together in a casserole dish. We have it at every holiday and it not only brings wonderful memories but it is delicious! Thanks for an amazing giveaway!!!

    • says

      My mom made an amazing brunch dish that sounds very much like the one you described. Thanks for stopping by…and good luck in the giveaway!

    • says

      Hi Brad! This recipe can easily be adapted for a slow cooker, but you’ll want to substitute water for the almond milk when you cook it. Just stir some of the milk in right before you eat it instead. Although almond milk is non-dairy, I’ve had horrible failure trying to use any sort of refrigerated products in a slow cooker overnight. They end up curdling, and/or tasting sour due to lack of refrigeration. I would hate to see that happen with this recipe!

  14. Tess D says

    I love a good omelet or egg casserole-type dish. The Mexican Omelet recipe that’s posted just might be our Cinco de Mayo dinner tonight!

  15. says

    My fave brunch dish is usually Overnight French Toast. But this might be second. My kids would LOVE carrot cake for breakfast!

  16. says

    Oh, yeah, who wouldn’t love this???? It’s my favorite dessert rolled into a healthy breakfast! Totally delish!!!


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