Start your day right with steel cuts oats mixed with shredded carrots, walnuts, crushed pineapple, and coconut milk that is baked together to perfectly mimic the flavors of a carrot cake, complete with a tangy sweetened “icing.” This delicious spin on Baked Oatmeal is loved by everyone!
Today is my mom’s birthday. Happy Birthday Mom!
My mom HATES oatmeal. Which makes me question my relation to her as I obsessed with all recipes made with oats—but we look way too much alike to question for too long.
You may ask yourself, Why am I sharing with you an oatmeal recipe on my Mom’s birthday when she HATES oatmeal?
My mom does not like oatmeal because she does not prefer a soggy texture to her morning breakfast. She is the type of person who needs to pour her milk onto her cereal just moments before she eats it, or you might as well throw it away.
However, she has discovered after eating my Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oatmeal, she does like Steel Cut Oats. She loves their chewy and hearty texture. I enjoy them as well, but I could live on any type of oats!
But she is on a diet. She would not appreciate me sharing a carrot cake recipe today and tempting her.
So, being the perfect daughter that I am, I have created for her a healthy breakfast recipe that combines her favorite cake and her beloved steel cut oats into a dish that will power her through her day and satisfy her longing for a slice of decadent carrot cake.
Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal
This baked oatmeal slices and resembles a decadent carrot cake, complete with a tangy “frosting.”
But unlike a cake, this oatmeal comes together in minutes and quite a healthy start to any day. Not to mention Baked Steel Cut Oats is the perfect recipe to prepare ahead in a large batch and eat throughout the week
How to Make Baked Steel Cut Oats
Step One: Prepare a Pan
- Grease an oval 2 quart baking dish or 9×13 pan with melted coconut oil.
Step Two: Combine Carrot Cake Oatmeal Ingredients
- Mix together oats, juice, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, pineapple, walnuts, maple syrup, coconut oil, carrots, and cinnamon together.
- Pour in prepared baking dish.
Step Three: Bake Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- Bake oatmeal until oats have absorbed liquid and are tender.
Step Four: Make Icing
- Mix together the yogurt and maple syrup.
- This is an optional icing, but is a super fun way to dress up this oatmeal.
Step Five: Serve Oatmeal with Icing
- Frost the warm oatmeal with the icing.
- Sprinkle with nuts.
- Serve warm.
Slow Cooker Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- You can also make this baked oatmeal in the slow cooker.
- Place all ingredients into a greased slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
Notes on Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
- Feel free to use omit the eggs from this carrot cake oatmeal if you have egg allergies–it will still taste just as delicious! The baked oatmeal will just not set up like a cake would.
- I recommend canned coconut milk for these baked steel cut oats, as the flavor is perfect for the baked oatmeal.
- You can use all canned coconut milk (instead of an additional 1/2 cup milk or water).
- If you don’t want to use Greek yogurt to make a topping for the baked carrot cake oatmeal, you can use coconut milk yogurt to keep this oatmeal dairy free OR omit the yogurt topping all together. I like to add the yogurt for an extra dose of protein and additional creaminess in this baked oatmeal recipe.
- Omit the nuts in this oatmeal for any nut allergies. You can also just top your oatmeal with nuts when serving if you have one person in your family who likes oats and one who does not.
- If your pineapple does not yield a full cup of pineapple juice, just add in additional water or coconut milk to make up the difference.
- If you have left over pineapple and coconut milk, a Healthy Pina Colada needs to be in your future.
More Steel Cut Oats Recipes
- Overnight Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Slow Cooker Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Recipe
Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal
A hearty and healthy breakfast that mimics a carrot cake made with steel cuts oats, shredded carrots, walnuts, crushed pineapple, and coconut milk and finished with healthy "icing."
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 cup pineapple juice reserved from a 16 oz can of crushed pineapple
- 1/2 cup regular milk or water
- 2 eggs whisked
- 2 teaspoons vanilla divided
- 1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple
- 3/4 cup grated carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter melted
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Icing
- 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
For the Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart of 9x13 baking dish.
Mix together oats, milk, juice, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, pineapple, walnuts, maple syrup, coconut oil, carrots, and cinnamon together.
Pour into a greased pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until set.
For the Icing
Mix together Greek yogurt, maple syrup and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Serve oatmeal warm with a dollop of Greek yogurt and additional maple syrup if desired.