Despite my best efforts, I fell into some sort of weird breakfast rut the past month or so.  Nothing has sounded particularly good to me…I think in part due to the change in the weather.  So many of the dishes I loved through winter are less appealing now.  That coupled with having about two minutes available for eating breakfast each morning has led to an awful lot of smoothies and sad banana toasts.  Oatmeal has become a favorite of mine in the past few years but I wanted a new spin on it.  This carrot cake oatmeal was the answer.

Okay, obviously it isn’t exactly carrot cake.  I mean, it’s still oatmeal.  But it’s darn good oatmeal.  The carrot, coconut and raisins pack a nice dose of natural sweetness so very little additional sugar is needed.  This recipe will definitely come in handy for all those times that I have random bags of carrots sitting neglected in the veggie drawers.  Enjoy!

  • Yield about 6 servings


3 cups water
1 cup low-fat milk*
1 tbsp. unsalted butter*
1 cup steel-cut oats
¼ tsp. salt
3 tbsp. brown sugar
3 carrots, peeled and shredded
½ cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup raisins
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. grated nutmeg


  • 01

    Combine the water and milk in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a simmer.  Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 10- or 12-inch skillet over medium heat.  Add the oats and toast, stirring occasionally, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  • 02

    Stir the toasted oats into the simmering liquid.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently until the mixture is very thick, about 20 minutes.

  • 03

    Stir in the salt, brown sugar, carrot, coconut, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.  Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until all of the liquid has been absorbed and the oatmeal is creamy, about 10 minutes more.  Remove from the heat and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

  • 04

    *To make this vegan/dairy free, use coconut milk and coconut oil in place of the milk and butter.

  • 05

    ** This recipe can be made in advance and reheated before serving.  When reheating, stir in an additional splash of milk to help loosen the cooled oats.