Carrot Cake Oatmeal


**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Quaker Oats. All opinions expressed are completely my own, as per usual.**

Ever since I took my spin class last Thursday, I’ve had this song in my head. I’m still not sick of it…5 days later… which is kind of surprising and concerning because after one repeat play, my 6 year old was like “Change the song MOM” grumble grumble grumble.

Whatever kid. I love this song. {Hey MKTO….call me 😉 }

I even texted the link to my husband and said he should learn the words and lip sync it to me when he gets home in May. There’s a -17% chance of that happening, but a girl can dream.

Ooh, you know what’s even better than lip syncing? Gord participating in a flash mob!! I would pay good money to see that because he HATES dancing. And I LOVE it.

It’s a good thing that boy is one ripped, charming gentleman because without that our relationship would have been sunk.

You don’t dance? See ya.

I was *thisclose* to convincing him to come to a zumba class last summer in exchange for him getting another firearm. I’m not sure what made him back out of it in the end, but I think it may have had something to do with me wanting to record it and post it on Instagram.

ANYWAYS. That had nothing to do with today’s post. But that’s the usual ’round these parts, so sorry for the awful segue.


Today I’m sharing a healthy breakfast recipe that is ready in a snap using the new Quaker Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats.

If you’ve ever made steel cut oats before, you know how much of a pain they can be to make. They’re super healthy, but my morning routine does not include waiting over the stove for at least 30 minutes for breakfast to be served. So, I’m so glad Quaker came up with a 3 minute version that is the same nutty taste and texture as the original that can be made in a microwave.

Instead of making just plain 100% whole grain steel cut oats, I decided to add in a few extras to make carrot cake oatmeal that actually tastes pretty similar to carrot cake! It’s always a good day when I can eat dessert for breakfast. #winning

Here’s how to make it:


Start by pouring some of these Quaker Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats into a bowl. You should be able to find them pretty easily at your grocery store.


To your oats, add in some water.


Also, carrot! I’d recommend shredding your carrots instead of just chopping them like I did. Especially if you’re trying to trick your kids into eating orange vegetables. For breakfast. Make them as small as possible 😉


You’ll also want to add in a little nutmeg and a little more cinnamon.


And for a little sweetness, add in a drizzle of maple syrup.


After 3 minutes in the microwave, your breakfast is done!


I added a few chopped walnuts, another drizzle of maple syrup and more cinnamon to finish mine off, but you can add in whatever else you’d like to make it how your family likes it.


I’m not sure if oatmeal sounds as appetizing to you as it does to me, but holy smokes, I could go for a bowl of this right about now.


If you don’t want to take the extra 45 seconds to grate a few tablespoons of carrot, Quaker also has Brown Sugar & Cinnamon and Blueberries & Cranberries flavors available in pouches that are even faster and more convenient breakfast options if you’re on the go.

Anyhow, I’d highly recommend giving these a try to see if your family likes them as much as mine does! i love having another option in my breakfast rotation.

Printable recipe + giveaway below! Have a great day, friends!


Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

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  • 1/3 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg {optional}
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated or chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts


  1. Place steel cut oats, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, carrot and maple syrup into a large bowl and stir. Microwave 3 minutes. Stir and top with walnuts and more maple syrup and cinnamon, if desired.


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Quaker wants you to try our their new Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats, so they’re going to be giving one lucky person this basket of oat-centric items, including:

  • A set of two oversized ceramic oatmeal mugs, perfect for sharing a bowl of Quaker Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats with a family member or friend
  • A one-pocket apron ideal for cooking and baking everything from a simple breakfast to an elaborate dish
  • A set of four red ceramic measuring cups for measuring oats and other ingredients
  • An all-purpose wooden spoon for preparing your next homemade bowl of oats
  • A retro kitchen timer for timing the Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats preparation
  • A $25 Visa gift card to purchase ingredients for your very own steel cut oat creation
  • A spacious wicker basket to house all of your favorite dry breakfast ingredients
  • Quaker Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats Canister and the Quaker Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oatmeal flavored varieties, including both the Blueberries & Cranberries and Brown Sugar & Cinnamon flavors

Total giveaway value is approximately $130

How to Enter

{1}Enter giveaway by simply leaving a comment! Easy peasy!

{2}For an extra entry, post your own steel cut oat recipe online {using Twitter or Instagram} using Quaker 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats Original flavor using the hashtags #QuakerUp and #SweepsEntry. Be sure to tag me @laurens_latest so I can keep track of your entries as well!

Easy peasy 🙂 Good luck!

Giveaway ends April 3, 2015.


Quaker is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me.  This program is not administered or sponsored by Quaker or its affiliates, but solely by Lauren’s Latest.


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  1. love steel cut oats, hate the time they take this looks great best of both worlds

    • great idea, hope to try it very soon for spring meal idea.

  2. Definitely going to try these!!

  3. Love carrot cake and love oatmeal – cant wait to try this recipe!

  4. Oh, this sounds perfect for my son! Why didn’t I think of that?! I think I will puree the carrots, though. I don’t think my little guy would be too happy to see orange “things” in his oatmeal. 😉

  5. My husband is a steel cut oatmeal fan so we will definitely be trying these!

  6. I never though of putting carrots in my oatmeal but this looks amazing!

  7. Oh! Yummy! But, I’m gonna add raisins and a plop of cr w am cheese 🙂

  8. i love carrot cake granola bars for breakfast. i’ll have to try this oatmeal version one day. thanks!

  9. love Quaker oats !

  10. I didn’t know there was quick cooking steel cut oatmeal. Happy day!

  11. Awesome! Will need to try on the grandkids.

  12. I always make apple pie steel cut oatmeal overnight in my crockpot 🙂 This will be so much quicker and easier! Can’t wait to try it.

  13. It looks interesting enough to try…love carrot cake and cinnamon & sugar oatmeal…could be best of both world here.

  14. I just used steel cut oats in a Whole Foods granola bar knock off recipe. Who knew steel cut oats were so great?!

  15. Love Quaker Oats <3

  16. Looks so good! Can’t wait to give this one a try and I’m sure it will become my favorite breakfast ever!

  17. Tag @Laurens_latest

  18. I’m a big fan of Quaker Oats. Their oatmeal cookie recipe under the lid of their oatmeal containers is my go to. People always tell me it’s the best oatmeal cookie they’ve ever had and always ask for the recipe. …It’s under the lid, baby!

  19. I love steel-cut oats. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

  20. Yup. I love to dance and my husband doesn’t dance. I did however get him to go to a step aerobics class on Thanxgiving ONCE. I think we were still engaged so we were still in that “oh, I’ll do whatever you want to do” mode.

    I’m surprised he gave up a chance to get another gun just so he didn’t have to dance. He must really hate dancing.

    The oatmeal looks delightful. I love carrot cake.

  21. As an “oatmealholic” and carrot cake lover, I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to try this recipe!!!

  22. I love carrot cake oats! This is a fun giveaway, thanks Lauren 🙂

  23. I’ve never tried steel cut oats before, but this combination sounds delicious.

  24. That oatmeal looks good,i’d add some raisins and maybe some pineapple and/or coconut!!

  25. Can’t wait to try it! Looks delicious!

  26. I have never tried steel cut oats because they take so long to make. Maybe I will try them now!!

  27. Yum! What’s not to like? So creative! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  28. I love the idea of quick cooking steel cut oats. I’d love to try them!!

  29. Yum! I will definitely be trying this. I have oatmeal every morning for breakfast, so this will be a good change up!

  30. Looks yummy

  31. I’m lucky that I found a boy who loves a dance or two when we are at a wedding or a function 🙂 Lucky lady. Beer also helps the situation 😉
    These oats sound like a fantastic way to start the day to me! I have found Bob’s Red Mill GF oats here in Australia finally and I love eating them for breakfast. Especially now that the cooler weather is finally on its way!

  32. This looks delicious! I’d love to win the oats package. I’ll have to give this recipe a try either way.

  33. Oh goodness, this oatmeal looks amazing!

  34. this seriously looks amazing. I’m a carrot cake addict. And this is a healthy and satisfying way to get my fix. I WILL be making this, this week for sure. Thanks for posting.

  35. carrot cake for breakfast! Love it’

  36. Love oatmeal and carrot cake almost want to make some tonight and not wait until breakfast tomorrow.

  37. i canNOT wait to try! Thank you!❤️

  38. Love that this is a Quaker product. I’ve been eating it all my life but haven’t tried the Steel Cut .

  39. Looing forward to trying this recipe and I would have never thought about making a carrot cake oatmeal on my own. Thanks!

  40. love carrot cake! I think I’ll try this in the morning!

  41. I want to win! This looks like awesome oatmeal! What a great way to get in your veggies!

  42. Can’t wait to try this in the morning!

  43. I’d love to try these steel cut oats! Your Carrot Cake Oatmeal looks delicious…thanks for a great giveaway!

  44. Live the idea, trying this in the morning!

  45. This sounds good, I think I’ll be trying it in the morning! (Good thing I bought those steel cut oats)

  46. I’m a carrot cake fanatic. This recipe will make me return to eating oatmeal for breakfast.

  47. I just went to print the recipe and the directions are all the things you get in the give away!

  48. Wow…that looks delicious! I’m anxious to try these new steel-cut oats!

  49. What a fun giveaway!

  50. Can’t wait to try these!