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Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel cut oatmeal flavored with raisins, carrots, and walnuts, then cooked up so it tastes like a slice of creamy carrot cake. Sign me up for some of that goodness!

This is the start of a tasty week filled with brunch recipes. 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 - Breakfast oatmeal that tastes like carrot cake?! Oh YES, please! Healthy and so good! |



This week, 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, and salads to desserts. There will be delicious recipes for everyone’s taste buds this week. 

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Bob’s Red Mill OXOCalifornia WalnutsGrimmway FarmsBaloian FarmsWoot FrootDixie CrystalsWhole Foods Orlando, and Bonne Maman

I made this steel cut oatmeal using free product samples from Bob’s Red Mill, California Walnuts, and Grimmway Farms.  All completely delicious components in this brunch treat!

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I adapted this recipe from one that my blogging friend Karen created. Normally, I include links to recipes I adapt from, but sadly, Karen’s site no longer exists.

She used 1/4 cup of shredded coconut in her version, but since I’m allergic to all forms of coconut, I left it out. 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 it well 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.

Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal - Breakfast oatmeal that tastes like carrot cake?! Oh YES, please! Healthy and so good! |


I hope you love this steel cut oatmeal as much as I did!

Steel cut oatmeal flavored like carrot cake

Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal

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!
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 284 kcal


  • 2 cups steel-cut oats NOT quick-cooking
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 3 cups milk I use unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • raisins and chopped walnuts for topping optional


  • 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.
  • Garnish with raisins and walnuts, and a little extra almond milk or half and half, if desired.


Slightly adapted from Kitchen Treaty


Serving: 0.75cupSodium: 206mgIron: 2.4mgCalcium: 216mgVitamin C: 2.6mgVitamin A: 7130IUSugar: 10gFiber: 7gPotassium: 166mgCalories: 284kcalFat: 5gProtein: 9gCarbohydrates: 49g
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Steel cut oatmeal is only the beginning of the delicious Brunch Week recipes. Try these, too!

Brunch Eggs:

Easy and delicious Caramelized Onion TartPolenta Cakes with Crab & EggsSausage, Spinach and Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole, or Mexican Omelete with Plantain, Avocado and Mango Hash.

I’d love a Veggie and Scalloped Potato FrittataApple and Sweet Potato Egg Muffin Cups, or a Loaded Veggie Frittata with Sweet Potato and Hatch Chile.

Brunch Starches and Sides:

Dutch Baby with Roasted StrawberriesStrawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French ToastStrawberry Lemon Crepes, Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oatmeal, or Banana Bacon Pancakes.

Raspberry Oatmeal PancakesMexican Chocolate French Toast with Spiced Blackberry Syrup, and Brown Butter Peanut Butter Doughnuts with Mixed Berry Jelly Icing.

Baked Chocolate Hazelnut DonutsBanana Coconut Milk Pancakes, or Pumpernickel Bagels.

Main Brunch Dishes:

Are Muscat-Glazed Lamb Lollipops with Roasted GrapesSpinach and Mushroom Quiche, or Paleo Chicken Waffles up your alley?

Brunch Fruit and Vegetables:

Honeycrisp and & Carrot Waldorf or Hazelnut Crepes with Rum Peaches sound delicious!

Brunch Desserts:

Maybe you’d enjoy Raspberry Lemon Explosion Cake , Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake , or Simple Oatmeal Cookie Jam Bars.


How about a Frozen Peach BelliniRaspberry Tequila SunrisePineapple Peach Mimosa, and a Rosemary-Orange Mocktail.

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