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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!

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 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • 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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484 Responses
  1. Ellen Palmer

    We’ve tried oatmeal with fruits cinnamon & maple syrup, but the carrots sound great. Everyone loves carrot cake!

  2. Brandi Covarrubias

    I eat oatmeal almost every day before work. I work twelve hour days and oatmeal seems to give me the energy I need for a good start to my day. I will definitely try this recipe!

  3. Beth

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. It may be my healthy Easter morning breakfast ( and many more mornings 🙂

  4. Rebecca

    I can’t wait to get to the grocery store to get some! I live steel cut but the time and pot scrubbing makes them a pain! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  5. Jeffrey

    I make carrot cake oatmeal also but use old fashioned oats and add raisins, unsweetened coconut and a bit of crystallized ginger. Matchstick carrots are a time saver but can use a finer chop. Other varieties I enjoy are Pear/Fig, Banana Nut Cranberry and Apple Crisp.

  6. Melissa K

    I have been eating oatmeal almost every morning recently…trying out the Zero Belly Diet. I just recently started using these quick cook steel oats and instead of water I’m using Almond Milk….it is a little creamier and doesn’t add that many calories. Will definite try this carrot cake version, thanks!

  7. DebbieB

    This looks so yummy. I eat oatmeal for breakfast most days and this would certainly be a way to make it more exciting, lol. Will have to try it very soon!

  8. Cathy Moscariello

    This sounds delicious. Look forward to trying this. My Mom eats Oatmeal every morning. This will be a nice treat for her. Thank you for both, the recipe & the opportunity to enter your contest!

  9. DavetteB

    I cook my oats and other hot cereals in the rice cooker; push a button and walk away! This sound like a good variation to try.

  10. Sandra

    I love this! I love carrot cake, and I love oatmeal, perfect combination. I’m going to pick up some steel cut oat today!

  11. lisa hayward

    oatmeal for breakfast is my breakfast of champions this looks really good and I am going to give it a try as soon as possible thanks for the recipe