Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Turn your whole grain steel-cut oats into Carrot Cake Oatmeal, which actually tastes pretty similar to carrot cake! It’s like a healthy dessert, for breakfast!

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Oatmeal | Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats!

Today I’m sharing a healthy breakfast recipe that is ready in a snap using the new Quaker Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats.

If you’ve ever made steel cut oats before, you know how much of a pain they can be to make. They’re super healthy, but my morning routine does not include waiting over the stove for at least 30 minutes for breakfast to be served. So, I’m so glad Quaker came up with a 3 minute version that is the same nutty taste and texture as the original that can be made in a microwave.

Instead of making just plain 100% whole grain steel cut oats, I decided to add in a few extras to make carrot cake oatmeal that actually tastes pretty similar to carrot cake! It’s always a good day when I can eat dessert for breakfast. #winning

Main Ingredients Needed

Here is everything you need to make Carrot Cake Oatmeal:

  • Steel Cut Oats – I used the quick-cooking ones by Quaker Oats! So yummy!
  • Water – this is used to cook the oats. I’ve heard some people use milk for this. Both work fine.
  • Cinnamon + Nutmeg – to flavor the whole dish.
  • Carrots – I’d recommend shredding your carrots instead of just chopping them as I did. Especially if you’re trying to trick your kids into eating orange vegetables. For breakfast. Make them as small as possible 😉
  • Maple Syrup + Walnuts – I topped ours with real maple syrup and chopped walnuts. Perfection!

Love Carrot Cake? Check out these other recipes: Carrot Cake Protein Bites, Carrot Cake Cookies, Carrot Cake Cobbler, Carrot Cake Cupcakes, and Carrot Cake Donuts.


  • Add-Ins: Consider adding shredded apples instead of carrots. Switch out the nuts for pecans or almonds. Add pineapple if you love carrot cake with pineapple! The possibilities are endless!
  • Overnight Oats: Make a version of this but as overnight oats instead of cooked oats! For full details on how to make overnight oats <— see here!
  • Other Flavors: If you don’t want to take the extra 45 seconds to grate a few tablespoons of carrot, Quaker also has Brown Sugar & Cinnamon and Blueberries & Cranberries flavors available in pouches that are even faster and more convenient breakfast options if you’re on the go.
Carrot Cake Oatmeal

How to Make Carrot Cake Oatmeal

For full details on how to make carrot cake oatmeal, see the recipe card down below!

Mix Together Ingredients

Start by pouring some of these Quaker Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats into a bowl. You should be able to find them pretty easily at your grocery store.

To your oats, add in some water. Also, carrot! You’ll also want to add in a little nutmeg and a little more cinnamon. And for a little sweetness, add in a drizzle of maple syrup.


After 3 minutes in the microwave, your breakfast is done!


I added a few chopped walnuts, another drizzle of maple syrup and more cinnamon to finish mine off, but you can add in whatever else you’d like to make it how your family likes it.

I’m not sure if oatmeal sounds as appetizing to you as it does to me, but holy smokes, I could go for a bowl of this right about now.

More Oatmeal Recipes to Try!

Anyhow, I’d highly recommend giving these a try to see if your family likes them as much as mine does! i love having another option in my breakfast rotation.

Printable recipe below! Have a great day, friends!

A bowl of Carrot Cake Oatmeal with nuts.
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5 from 24 votes

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Add in a few extras and it turns your whole grain steel-cut oats into Carrot Cake Oatmeal, which actually tastes pretty similar to carrot cake!
servings 1 serving
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/3 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg optional
  • 3 tablespoons carrot finely grated or chopped
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts chopped


  • Place steel cut oats, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, carrot and maple syrup into a large bowl and stir.
  • Microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Stir and top with walnuts and more maple syrup and cinnamon, if desired.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 7518IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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  1. Tami o

    Mmmmm! This sounds delicious! Makes me think about what else I could add to oatmeal that isn’t your traditional ingredient.

  2. Christine

    Looing forward to trying this recipe and I would have never thought about making a carrot cake oatmeal on my own. Thanks!

  3. Danielle L

    this seriously looks amazing. I’m a carrot cake addict. And this is a healthy and satisfying way to get my fix. I WILL be making this, this week for sure. Thanks for posting.

  4. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    I’m lucky that I found a boy who loves a dance or two when we are at a wedding or a function 🙂 Lucky lady. Beer also helps the situation 😉
    These oats sound like a fantastic way to start the day to me! I have found Bob’s Red Mill GF oats here in Australia finally and I love eating them for breakfast. Especially now that the cooler weather is finally on its way!

  5. Brenna D.

    Yum! I will definitely be trying this. I have oatmeal every morning for breakfast, so this will be a good change up!

  6. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    Yup. I love to dance and my husband doesn’t dance. I did however get him to go to a step aerobics class on Thanxgiving ONCE. I think we were still engaged so we were still in that “oh, I’ll do whatever you want to do” mode.

    I’m surprised he gave up a chance to get another gun just so he didn’t have to dance. He must really hate dancing.

    The oatmeal looks delightful. I love carrot cake.

  7. Lauren G.

    I’m a big fan of Quaker Oats. Their oatmeal cookie recipe under the lid of their oatmeal containers is my go to. People always tell me it’s the best oatmeal cookie they’ve ever had and always ask for the recipe. …It’s under the lid, baby!

  8. Kerri Blackwelder

    It looks interesting enough to try…love carrot cake and cinnamon & sugar oatmeal…could be best of both world here.

  9. Paula Walsh

    I always make apple pie steel cut oatmeal overnight in my crockpot 🙂 This will be so much quicker and easier! Can’t wait to try it.

    1. Mary Ann

      I have been experimenting with oats for a healthy breakfast. Love steel cut and Old Fashion oats. My husband also is getting on board.

  10. Maria

    Oh, this sounds perfect for my son! Why didn’t I think of that?! I think I will puree the carrots, though. I don’t think my little guy would be too happy to see orange “things” in his oatmeal. 😉