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Carrot Cake Oatmeal Recipe

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    An easy and hearty recipe for carrot cake oatmeal using oats, shredded carrots, raisins, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup.

    Carrot cake oatmeal is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kids, and adults (basically its great for everyone!). For babies you will want to modify the recipe and omit some ingredients (like sweetener and raisins), but the basic recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and savory with the carrots.

    Think carrot cake in a bowl! This recipe is a play on a family favorite – carrot cake!

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    Step 1: Cook Oats with Shredded Carrots

    Shred one small carrot or a few baby carrots to get approximately 1/4 cup of finely shredded carrots. Mix with 1/2 cup rolled oats and 1 cup of water. Cook for 2 minutes in the microwave. (You can substitute with quick oats or steel cut oats; cook according to your oatmeal’s directions).

    Carrot cake oatmeal ingredients on counter.

    Step 2: Stir in Other Ingredients

    After cooking let sit for 1-2 minutes, then stir in other ingredients including a splash of milk, 1 tsp chia seeds (optional), 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, and 3 Tbsp raisins. Top with additional raisins if desired.

    carrot cake oatmeal with ingredients

    This is one of my boys’ favorite breakfasts!

    This recipe will make 1-2 toddler servings depending on your toddler’s appetite. My boys normally split this, but occasionally they will eat it all and request more!

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    Modifications for Babies

    Oatmeal is a great food for babies! Especially ones with few teeth and who are just learning to eat solid foods. Carrot cake oatmeal is a great option for babies, but you will want to do a few modifications:

    • Use formula or breast milk instead of regular milk for infants under 1 year old (you could also omit the milk entirely)
    • Omit raisins or chop them up
    • Omit syrup and other sweeteners
    • Make sure the oatmeal isn’t too thick as it could be a choking hazard

    Optional Substitutions for Chia Seeds

    Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3’s and antioxidants. I love to stir them in to oatmeal, yogurt, and smoothies because they provided added nutritional benefits and you hardly notice them at all.

    If you don’t have chia seeds they can easily be omitted from this recipe, or you can try one of these substitutes:

    • Flax seeds or ground flax seeds
    • Hemp hearts
    • Chopped walnuts (only for older toddlers and up)

    How To Serve Carrot Cake Oatmeal

    How to serve: Our favorite way to serve oatmeal is in the EZPZ Happy Bowl! It makes it easier for toddlers to eat because it suctions to the table so the bowl won’t slip around.

    It also keeps your table and your toddler cleaner because it is a silicone placemat and bowl in one. EZPZ is our favorite because they are non-toxic and dishwasher safe.

    Carrot cake oatmeal ingredients

    Carrot Cake Oatmea

    Deliciously decadent carrot cake in a bowl! An easy and healthy recipe for carrot cake oatmeal that is great for toddlers, preschoolers, kids, and adults alike.
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 2 minutes
    Course Breakfast
    Cuisine American


    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/4 cup carrots, finely shredded
    • splash milk
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp chia seeds
    • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
    • 3 Tbsp raisins


    • Finely shred or grate 1 small carrot (or 3-4 baby carrots or carrot chips)
    • Stir together oatmeal, water, and shredded carrots in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 2 minutes or as directed on your oatmeal container.
    • Let sit for 1-2 minutes. Then stir in milk, cinnamon, chia seeds, maple syrup, and raisins.
    • Top with additional raisins if desired.
    Keyword Carrot Cake Oatmeal, Oatmeal Recipe

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