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!

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Quaker Oats. All opinions expressed are completely my own, as per usual.**

Ever since I took my spin class last Thursday, I’ve had this song in my head. I’m still not sick of it…5 days later… which is kind of surprising and concerning because after one repeat play, my 6 year old was like “Change the song MOM” grumble grumble grumble.

Whatever kid. I love this song. {Hey MKTO….call me 😉 }

I even texted the link to my husband and said he should learn the words and lip sync it to me when he gets home in May. There’s a -17% chance of that happening, but a girl can dream.

Ooh, you know what’s even better than lip syncing? Gord participating in a flash mob!! I would pay good money to see that because he HATES dancing. And I LOVE it.

It’s a good thing that boy is one ripped, charming gentleman because without that our relationship would have been sunk.

You don’t dance? See ya.

I was *thisclose* to convincing him to come to a zumba class last summer in exchange for him getting another firearm. I’m not sure what made him back out of it in the end, but I think it may have had something to do with me wanting to record it and post it on Instagram.

ANYWAYS. That had nothing to do with today’s post. But that’s the usual ’round these parts, so sorry for the awful segue.


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

Here’s how to make it:

Steel Cut Oats

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.

Adding water to oats

To your oats, add in some water.

Shredded Carrots

Also, carrot! I’d recommend shredding your carrots instead of just chopping them like I did. Especially if you’re trying to trick your kids into eating orange vegetables. For breakfast. Make them as small as possible 😉

Adding Cinnamon to water, oat and carrot mixture

You’ll also want to add in a little nutmeg and a little more cinnamon.

pouring in vanilla extract

And for a little sweetness, add in a drizzle of maple syrup.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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.

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!

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5 from 2 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 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. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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 🙂

  10. Beth

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

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