September 20, 2015

"Carrot Cake" Oatmeal

I've been trying to incorporate at least one vegetable in every meal.  It is easier to do for lunch and dinner, but vegetables for breakfast do not always sound appetizing.  My veggies for breakfast generally consist of adding spinach to smoothies and putting spinach and tomatoes in omelettes.  

I had been on a roll of brekky veggies for six days straight (meaning, I've had a lot of smoothies and omelettes).  When I opened the veggie drawer on day 7, I had limited choices--zucchini, carrots, and onions.  I closed the refrigerator and decided that I would end the six day streak since I was out of vegetables.  I put a bowl of oatmeal into the microwave, and I had an aha moment: carrot cake oatmeal.  While the oatmeal cooked in the microwave, I shredded a carrot and pulled out carrot cake spices.  I then added the carrot and spices, along with some maple syrup for sweetness.   To add some protein, I also put in some almond butter.  I microwaved the oatmeal for about another minute.  After it finished, I sprinkled some coconut over it and poured some almond milk.

This was a great breakfast!  Oatmeal can get boring, but this oatmeal made me feel like I was having a healthier dessert for breakfast.

"Carrot Cake" Oatmeal
Yields 1 serving

1/4-1/3 cup oats
1/2-2/3 cup water (use 1/2 if you use 1/4 oats, 2/3 if you use 1/3 oats)
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 tbsp. unsweetened or sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. almond butter, optional
1 tbsp. almond milk or milk
Drizzle of honey, if you prefer sweeter oatmeal

In a microwave safe bowl, add the oatmeal and water, and microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds.  Then, add the shredded carrot, spices, almond butter, and maple syrup.  Stir, and then microwave for about another minute.  Add the coconut and almond milk, and a drizzle of honey, if desired.

Source: A Simply Sweet Justice Original


  1. This sounds too good to be good for you...but I'm taking your word for it! I love carrot cake; why not for breakfast right?

  2. I had breakfast potatoes with onions and green peppers this morning but I doubt that compares favorably to carrot cake oatmeal! Wow.

    1. I would trade carrot cake oatmeal for one of your fabulous quiches! ;)

  3. Wouldn't tis be the ultimate comfort food to start your day off right.

  4. I'm always on the lookout for new breakfast foods- I've been eating boiled eggs and cottage cheese for the last 11 weeks- time for something new! Your carrot cake oatmeal sounds divine- I might even be tempted to segue this into something like 'pumpkin spice oatmeal'!

    1. Way to go on the protein packed brekkies! Pumpkin spice would be a great twist!


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