Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Turn your whole grain steel-cut oats into Carrot Cake Oatmeal, which actually tastes pretty similar to carrot cake!

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:

Steel Cut Oats

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.

Adding water to oats

To your oats, add in some water.

Shredded Carrots

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 😉

Adding Cinnamon to water, oat and carrot mixture

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

pouring in vanilla extract

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

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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 below! Have a great day, friends!

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5 from 2 votes

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Add in a few extras and it turns your whole grain steel-cut oats into Carrot Cake Oatmeal, which actually tastes pretty similar to carrot cake!
servings 1 serving
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins


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


  • 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.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 7518IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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  1. Maria

    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. 😉

    1. Mary Ann

      I have been experimenting with oats for a healthy breakfast. Love steel cut and Old Fashion oats. My husband also is getting on board.

  2. Paula Walsh

    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.

  3. Kerri Blackwelder

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

  4. Lauren G.

    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!

  5. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    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.

  6. Brenna D.

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

  7. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    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!

  8. Danielle L

    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.

  9. Christine

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

  10. Debbie Caraballo

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

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