March 21, 2018

Baked carrot cake oatmeal

All the flavors of carrot cake put into a hearty and delicious baked oatmeal breakfast. This recipe is my contribution to this month's Fantastical Food Fight hosted by Sarah at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. March's theme is: Carrot Cake! I am a huge carrot cake fan. I have sometimes requested my mom to make it for my birthday and we even had it for our wedding cake. I knew I wanted to do something a little different than making a traditional carrot cake for this event (though now I really would like a carrot cake). Over the past year I've been making baked oatmeal more frequently because my kids really enjoy it (I've made peanut butter, pumpkin, and zucchini bread versions for them). Plus, lately I've been putting vegetables into basically everything, so I thought our oatmeal breakfast would be a perfect place to showcase all the flavors of a carrot cake (even a cream cheese topping). We usually eat our baked oatmeal scooped into a bowl with a little milk, or cut into squares as best as possible (as it can be crumbly). For this version, I like it with just a big dollop of the cream cheese topping!

Baked carrot cake oatmeal
for the oatmeal:
1-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup finely grated lightly packed carrots
1/3 cup raisins (I used golden)
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
for the topping:
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
about 1 tablespoon milk
good pinch of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly grease an 8"x8" baking dish.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats through nutmeg. Then stir in the egg through walnuts until well-combined. Spread evenly into a baking dish.

Bake for about 25-27 minutes, or until golden and an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly from the middle.

While it is baking, whisk together all of the topping ingredients until smooth, adding more or less milk to get the consistency you desire (I like to set it on the stove so the heat from the oven warms it slightly and helps melt the cream cheese).

Let cool slightly and then cut/scoop and serve with the topping.

What was I cooking one year ago?: maple pecan popcorn
Two years ago?: chicken fried chicken w/ milk gravy
Three years ago?: maple walnut cookies
Four years ago?: butternut squash spaghetti carbonara
Five?: warm beets w/ horseradish & dill sour cream
Six?: Mexican spiced bean & egg breakfast stacks
Seven?: orange sour cream poppy seed loaf cake
8?: fish tacos


  1. A healthy version of carrot cake for you are talking, Amy. I would love some too!

  2. Mmm, love carrots. Carrot cake. Carrot anything. This looks wonderful! Very creative, too. Thanks!

  3. Yum, I love baked oatmeal and your topping is just right!

  4. I have never baked oatmeal. Can you believe it? I can't wait to try this version. The flavor combination looks incredible.

  5. I have never tried baked oatmeal. This will be changing soon! Sounds delish.

  6. I made a carrot cake oatmeal in my instant pot and it turned out great. This baked version sounds wonderful.

  7. It's carrot cake in a healthier avatar, isn't it? Just no scope to feel guilty of having your share of cake in the morning... Looks really delicious...

  8. This would be a hit here! It looks delicious and perfect recipe for baked oatmeal! Thanks!

  9. Perfect timing as I've been craving carrot cake lately! And love me some oatmeal :)

  10. This looks really, really, really good! It's like a healthy version of carrot cake. Gotta give this a try! Thanks!

  11. Love this decadent, yet healthy breakfast for a crowd! And honestly, carrot cake is a perfect flavor for this idea!

  12. I'm SO excited about having two baked oatmeal recipes in the hop! I have made carrot cake oatmeal before and loved it, but every recipe is different and that means I get to have at least three recipes to rotate between :D

  13. Lovely way to have carrot cake flavors but in a healthier fashion. Got to try out this baked oatmeal recipe.

  14. This looks seriously GOOD! I mean like I kinda wanna make it right now good! Shared to our page on Facebook and pinned it!

  15. the cream cheese topping really makes this extra special! what a wholesome and delicious breakfast option.

  16. I LOVE baked carrot cake oatmeal and will definitely have this in my file of appetizers. Thank you.

  17. This looks wonderful, Amy. My husband is a carrot cake addict and he will really love having this for breakfast!

  18. Carrot is good for health and this food looking like delicious. .......


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