Not gonna lie… I was a little skeptical of this. I haven’t had carrot cake in years and I didn’t like it when I was little. And carrots… in oatmeal? Is it really that good? The answer is YES. I have been transformed, this carrot cake oatmeal is absolutely AMAZING. And even better, it’s packed full of nutrients and adding carrots to oatmeal is such an easy way to sneak in some extra veggies!!
I’m pretty sure carrot cake is a spring recipe, but this oatmeal bowl is giving me major fall vibes and I am living for it. I am a fall recipe kind of girl and I will add fall spices year round till the day I die. I used to never eat oatmeal because I thought it was bland and boring… but then I figured out how to make it flavorful, sweet, and creamy, I just can’t get enough of it. If you are an oatmeal lover like me, this is a combo you need… and if you aren’t an oatmeal lover, try this out… it may give you a new opinion on oatmeal!
*this recipe makes two servings so if you want a single serving just half the recipe*
Lets talk about these ingredients real quick… oats are such a healthy carb full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! Adding protein powder to oatmeal makes it SO CREAMY and adds such a nice sweet flavor and adds protein! I always top my oatmeal with peanut butter because having a healthy fat to go with my protein and carbs leaves me much more satisfied!
- 2 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup grated carrots
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- Greek yogurt – sounds weird but I promise it makes it so creamy if you mix it into your oatmeal
- peanut butter
- pumpkin seeds
- optional toppings and addins- raisins, nuts, fruit, etc.
how to make carrot cake oatmeal
bring 2 cups of the almond milk to a boil on the stove, then add in the oats and grated carrot. reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes
mix in the salt, pumpkin pie spice, ground ginger, vanilla, protein powder, and the extra 1/4 cup of almond milk. let simmer for 10 more minutes
divide the oatmeal into two bowls, add your toppings, and enjoy!
carrot cake oatmeal substitutions
- almond milk- replace with any milk or nut milk
- vanilla protein powder- this is what makes the oatmeal sweet so if you leave it out, add some kind of sweetener (brown sugar, coconut sugar, or maple syrup are my favs)