Carrot cake oatmeal wraps all the flavors of the classic dessert – right down to the cream cheese topping – into a nutritious breakfast.
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Earlier this year, Shawn mentioned that he was craving carrot cake. Then we started noticing it everywhere – in the bakery case at our favorite diner, as the featured flavor at the frozen yogurt shop, even carrot cake energy bars. It didn’t take long for me to start craving it, too!
In honor of American Heart Month, I decided to incorporate the flavors of carrot cake into a steamy pot of oatmeal. This is easily the most delicious oatmeal I’ve ever made, and has quickly become one of my favorite breakfasts. (If you love carrot cake, be sure to check out my carrot cake granola, too!)
How to Make Carrot Cake Oatmeal
To make this carrot cake oatmeal, start by finely grating 4 carrots. This recipe serves two, which means there’s a full serving of carrots in each portion! Add the carrots and two cups of water to a saucepan, and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling, stir in your oats, raisins, vanilla bean paste, and cinnamon. The carrots melt into the oats as they cook, giving them ton of flavor and a beautiful orange color.
Right before the oatmeal is finished is when things really start to get good. Add GO VEGGIE classic plain cream cheese alternative and fresh lemon zest. The cream cheese makes the oatmeal extra rich and adds the classic cream cheese frosting favor that’s a key component of any decent piece of carrot cake. GO VEGGIE’s vegan cream cheese melts into the oats really easily, and I love that it has less saturated fat than traditional cream cheese and is cholesterol free.
You can stop right there, but I love adding some extra toppings to my bowl for even more flavor and texture. Sprinkle on chopped pecans, toasted coconut, and even more raisins.