Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Warm up on a chilly morning with a bowl of this carrot cake oatmeal which incorporates all the flavors of your favorite dessert in a healthy vegan breakfast.

There’s nothing better on a chilly day than a big bowl of oatmeal. Since oatmeal can be pretty boring on its own, I am always experimenting with new ways to add flavor. In the past I’ve shared a banana bread oatmeal and a gingerbread oatmeal. Today, I am excited to share my vegan carrot cake oatmeal!

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

No more boring oats! Give your morning bowl of oatmeal a makeover with all the classic flavors of carrot cake.

Reduce food waste by using up any leftover carrots in your produce drawer.

Budget friendly! Oats and carrots are cheap pantry staples.
This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, and egg free!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Old fashioned oats: you could also use quick cooking oats if you prefer. I just like the texture of old fashioned oats better. Use gluten free certified oats to make a gluten free version.

Milk: any milk works, both dairy or non-dairy. Soy milk is what I like to use.

Shredded carrot: I like to finely shred mine on the smaller side of the grater.

Spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg): these add all the warming flavors you’ll usually find in carrot cake.

Maple syrup: adds a bit of natural sweetness. Also, the maple flavor pairs really well with the spices in these oats.

Topping Suggestions

Walnuts: just like a carrot cake dessert – add some chopped walnuts to the top of your oats. You could also use pecans or pistachios if you’d like. If you aren’t interested in adding chopped nuts, almond butter would also be delicious.

Raisins: stir raisins into the oats while cooking and add more on top if you’d like. Make it extra special by using golden raisins.

Coconut Flakes: Love using big coconut flakes for my oatmeal. We buy the coconut flakes from Bob’s Red Mill and they are so good. You could also use shredded coconut.

Hemp Hearts: I’m always adding a sprinkle of hemp hearts to my morning oats for a bit of extra protein and omega 3s.

Vegan Yogurt: add some creaminess by adding a spoonful or two of yogurt to the top of your hot oatmeal. (Kind of like frosting!) I really like the vegan vanilla yogurt from Kite Hill.

Step by Step

MICROWAVE: You can make it in the microwave if you prefer. Simply add all of your oatmeal ingredients to a large microwave safe bowl and heat for up to 5 minutes in the microwave. (Oats can swell in the microwave so use a bigger bowl than you think you need! I like to use a small mixing bowl.) Stir oats occasionally while they cook in the microwave. Carefully remove from microwave when oats have thickened to your liking.


Step One: Add all of the carrot cake oatmeal ingredients except for the walnuts and coconut to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.

Step Two: Simmer oats until thickened to desired consistency (about 5 minutes). Transfer to bowl and garnish with desired toppings.

Expert Tips

Finely grate your carrots. I use the smallest grater section for my carrots because I don’t like big pieces in my oatmeal. The smaller you shred the carrots, the softer they cook in the oats as well.

Sweeten to taste. For one serving of oatmeal, I usually add about 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Feel free to adjust the sweetener to your liking. You can also use honey or brown sugar.

Top as desired. One of the best ways to elevate a boring bowl of oatmeal is to add more toppings! Add toppings with different textures to make it more interesting.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe sugar free?

Yes – just use a sugar-free sweetener like Splenda instead of the maple syrup. If you are looking to reduce the total sugar content of the recipe, you can also omit the raisins.

Can I make this as overnight oats?

To make this recipe into overnight oats, just add all of your ingredients to a bowl or jar and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, give it a stir and add a splash of milk if needed. Top with walnuts and coconut.

How can I make this higher in protein?

My favorite way is to add a scoop of protein powder before cooking. You could also stir in a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds or hemp hearts to boost the protein by as much as 10 grams.

Health Benefits of this Recipe

Carrots are a great source of beta carotene which is important for a strong immune system as well as eye and skin health. 
Both oatmeal and carrots are a good source of soluble fiber which can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol as well as support gut health by feeding the beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive tract.
Carrots are rich in carotenoids, a compound with powerful antioxidant activity which research has linked to reduced risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Warm up on a chilly morning with a bowl of this carrot cake oatmeal which incorporates all the flavors of your favorite dessert in a healthy vegan breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 449kcal


1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup milk (plant-based or dairy milk both work)

1/2 cup finely grated carrot

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch sea salt

2 tablespoons raisins


Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan, stir well to combine and bring to a gentle simmer.
Cook for ~5-7 minutes or until oats have thickened to desired consistency.
Serve with desired toppings. I added hemp hearts, coconut, walnuts, maple syrup, and milk.


Microwave directions: Add all of your ingredients to a microwave safe bowl. Cook uncovered for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until oats are thickened to your liking.

Topping suggestions: chopped walnuts, coconut flakes, hemp hearts, vegan vanilla yogurt.

Storage: leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Reheat in the microwave with a splash of milk as leftover oats will be thicker. 


Serving: 1recipe | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 885mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 11169IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 339mg | Iron: 5mg

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