Coconut Carrot Cake Oatmeal and a Big Thank You

 

 

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This oatmeal is loaded with grated carrots, coconut milk and topped with nuts, shredded coconut and dried fruit – all the flavors you love in carrot cake.

 

Is breakfast your favorite meal? Yep, mine too :)

Before I go to bed I am already dreaming about what I’m going to have for breakfast.

To tell you the truth, my go to breakfast (and dinner for most of my pregnancy this time) is usually just a plain ole bowl of oatmeal or granola and sometimes a green smoothie. That’s pretty much the daily morning routine in our family.

 

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Except for weekends.

Then we get a bit more creative – pancakes, waffles, leftover cake, cookies oops, I mean muffins – you name it – I love them all!

I have always been a big fan of anything with oats so a few weeks ago I decided to spice up my boring plain jane oatmeal, granola and granola bars which I’ll hopefully have time to share with you all next week.

 

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My husband loves carrot cake and since Easter is just around the corner, I decided to add a spin to our boring pot of oatmeal.

This carrot cake oatmeal was just the answer.

 

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If you are carrot cake fan, you will go absolutely crazy for a bowl of this oatmeal.

All the things you love about carrot cake packed into a bowl of oatmeal.

I used chopped pecans instead of walnuts and dried currants instead of raisins but feel free to throw in all the common add-ins for carrot cake or switch things up to your liking.

I usually make my oatmeal with steel cut oats but for this recipe I used old fashioned rolled oats but you can certainly switch it up and use steel cut oats – I think I may be trying that next time:)

This oatmeal is loaded with nutrients and will keep you full for hours – which is perfect for any busy person on the go.

 

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On a personal note, sorry if it has seemed a little bit quiet on my end, I have been busy planning our lil guy’s 3rd birthday party for next weekend.

Also, Baby Evelyn is now officially one month as of yesterday. I can’t believe it has been a month already – she is growing and getting more alert every day.

It has definitely been more challenging finding any extra free time with two little ones under 3 – hopefully you’ll be able to hear more from me after the party :)

Happy Friday everyone and hope you all have a great weekend!

 

Thank You

 

I also wanted to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks the amazing group of ladies that held a virtual baby shower for me and Hilary on Monday.

I was floored and definitely not expecting it at all. I couldn’t believe all the awesome ladies that had taken the time to write a blog post and come up with a recipe to celebrate.

At every free moment I had, I slowly made my way through each of the posts and I was blown away by all of the sweet words, well wishes and fabulous recipes. I was left teary-eyed and feeling immense gratitude for each and every one of these amazing ladies for taking the time and effort to take part in the shower. I feel so fortunate to have so many great friends in this blogging community.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! It was seriously the sweetest thing you gals could do to brighten up my whole month :) *big big hugs*

Zainab from Blahnik Baker and Ashley from Spoonful of Flavor teamed up with an incredible group of talented food blogging friends to create a perfect shower full of amazing and delicious recipes that are ready to POP! Be sure to check them out :)

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  2. Cheddar Bacon Crescent Poppers – A Little Claireification
  3. Sweet Indulgence Popcorn mix – It Bakes Me Happy
  4. “Pop”ular Tiramisu Blondies – Frugal Foodie Mama
  5. Lollipop Centerpiece – The Mandatory Mooch
  6. Buttered Popcorn Creme Brulee – Baking a Moment
  7. Orange Poppy Seed Scones – Cookie Monster Cooking
  8. Lemon Poppyseed Baked Donuts - Blahnik Baker
  9. Candy Popcorn Pops – Little Miss Celebration
  10. Lemon Drizzle Iced Poppyseed Cakes – What Jessica Baked Next
  11. Lemon Cheesecake Pops – What’s Cooking Love?
  12. Old Fashioned Candy Popcorn – Mom’s Test Kitchen

 

Coconut Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

This oatmeal is loaded with grated carrots, coconut milk and topped with nuts and raisins - all the flavors you love in carrot cake.

Ingredients

  • * 1 large carrot grated
  • * 3/4 cup almond milk
  • * 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • * 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • * 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • * 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • * pinch of salt
  • * 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • * 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • * 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • * 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut, divided for garnish
  • * 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans or walnuts, divided
  • * 2 tablespoons of dried raisins or black currants, divided

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized pot over medium heat, whisk together the almond milk, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
  2. Stir in the grated carrots and oats. Lower heat if mixture starts to boil.
  3. Cook for about 8-9 minutes, stirring frequently. When the mixture has thickened up, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract,half of the shredded coconuts, half of the pecans, half of the raisins and the maple syrup.
  4. Remove from heat and portion into bowls. Top the oatmeal with the remaining pecans, currants and shredded coconut and more coconut milk or maple syrup if desired. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and top with chopped apples if desired.
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Adapted from: Joy the Baker

Comments

  1. Hi Kelly! This oatmeal sounds seriously delicious! I love oatmeal and adding all of the spices, carrots and granola – it looks awesome! It was so much fun to celebrate you and Hilary! Happy birthday to the little guy and can’t believe the baby is already one month old! Enjoy the birthday party and have a happy Friday!

  2. A fantastic idea! Never though about it…Thanks! :) ela

  3. You have so many exciting things happening, Kelly! Have fun planning your little one’s birthday party. I can’t think of a sweeter person to celebrate than you, Kelly! It was a blast organizing the virtual baby shower and I’m glad that you loved it. And breakfast is definitely my favorite meal, can’t wait to try this oatmeal! Have a wonderful weekend :)
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  4. Oh, Kelly! You have made my day. :) I just adore carrot cake (hello!) and love a warm bowl of oatmeal. I have everything on hand and cannot wait to make this. It just might be my lunch today! Have fun planning for the party. I hope it is a blast. Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend! xo
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  5. Kelly, this looks like my kind of breakfast (and we have breakfast for dinner about 75% of the time–it’s just so easy and delicious). I loved seeing all the goodies those talented ladies shared :) Goodness, what a lovely world blogging can be, right?
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  6. Kelly, you and I are so similar! I really loved this post because I connected with it so well. Breakfast is certainly my favorite meal, too. Many nights I struggle to develop the willpower to eat whatever leftovers are in the fridge and not whip up French Toast or pancakes instead! Like you, I try to save those for weekend treats. I too dream of my next bowl of oatmeal and green juice. I feel strong and healthy and empowered – such a great feeling to begin the day with, yes?

    I can’t wait to try your carrot cake oatmeal – carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts. Great post :)
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  7. Carrot cake, in oatmeal form? Holy moly! I haven’t had carrot cake in the longest time but absolutely love it. This looks like a wonderful, healthier alternative that I can eat pretty much every day. :) Have a great weekend, Kelly!

  8. This oatmeal sounds so good! Perfect for Easter. And your virtual baby shower was so sweet! You deserve all the love : )
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  9. Oatmeal + carrot cake = fabulousness!
    It’s nice to know that there are still genuinely good people out there. :)
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  10. Hi Kelly – so exciting to be planning your little boy’s 3rd bday! I’m about ready to start on my son’s 9th bday party (I feel ancient!) coming in June. And congrats on little Evelyn turning a month already. I hope she is a good eater and sleeper. ; ) I love how you’ve made oatmeal so interesting. You know I just love oatmeal and seeing this makes me think of being more inventive with the same things we eat all the time. Are you ready to go savory with it next? : ) Take care, my friend!

  11. Lovely oatmeal, I enjoyed looking at all the baby shower post they did for you! That was so sweet!! :) I can’t wait to see the cake you do for your lil guy’s birthday party! Have a great weekend :)

  12. Awww, yay! Big big hug right back at you! : ) I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your little man’s birthday party!

    And this oatmeal is awesome – we eat oatmeal all the time and this would be such a great way to spice it up a little!
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  13. It’s like carrot cake in a bowl :). What a wonderful baby shower, even though it was virtual.
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  14. Kelly this looks like a must try oatmeal for me, I just adore breakfast. I love eating it for dinner too, since its typically an easy meal, glad you enjoyed the surprise. Congrats again!
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  15. Carrot Cake oatmeal sounds delicious! And so happy for the baby shower that was thrown for you – it was the most adorable thing ever! Congrats again on your baby.

  16. I love that this carrot cake also has coconut! Spicing up oatmeal is so much fun and there are so many different combinations you can create. Hope you have a great time at the bday party, I bet there will be so many delicious treats :)

  17. Kelly, this oatmeal looks too good to be true, and I’d love waking up to a big bowl! Great idea turning carrot cake into a healthy breakfast! Have a great weekend, Kelly. :)
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  18. What a great idea! Coconut Carrot Cake Oatmeal? Girl, this is seriously over the top and I love it!!!
    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen recently posted…Spring Biscotti (Cranberry, Pistachio, White Chocolate)

  19. Kelly what a great idea, I would certainly look forward to breakfast with this oatmeal. I love carrot cake!

  20. Oats are so versatile and fabulous, and tasting like carrot cake? That does look amazing ;)

  21. Yes, it’s my favourite too. Your carrot cake oats look delicious, Kelly.

  22. Kelly, this oatmeal looks and sound delicious. I love this combination of flavors and am always looking for new ways to mix up my oatmeal. No apologies needed girly. You just had a baby, a little guy, and yourself to take care of. You’re amazing as it is. I can’t believe all you have posted since having your baby. I’d be dragging! You must have super powers and super energy!

  23. this is the best carrot cake coconutty good treat for breakfast….something which is guilt free and delectable to become the staple dish for at least twice a week,thanks so much for sharing…HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!! :-)
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  24. tasty way to enjoy carrot and oatmeaL….
    great job Kelly!!!
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  25. Kelly, this looks delicious! Oatmeal really is a wonder food, isn’t it? Quick and easy to prepare, nutritious and comforting, and so satisfying. This carrot cake version looks fantastic, especially with the combo of almond milk and coconut milk. yum!
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  26. Kel (hope you like to be called Kel, I know I do) totally digging this oatmeal my friend. Breakfast is theeee best meal of the day for sure. This totally reminds me of carrot cake, which i’m sure what what you were going for…maybe? I haven’t had oatmeal in forever, and now I think I will have to make it asap!! Thanks for making me laugh out loud with the crossed off breakfast items….Who eats cake for breakfast…pshhhh I never do (cough cough) Something one must never speak of. Happy Monday, hope your sweet little baby is filling your heart with loads of love.
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  27. This looks divine, Kelly! Carrot cake oatmeal sounds like a brilliant breakfast!
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  28. Kelly you are so sweet and kind, of course everyone wants to honor you at this milestone in your life! I for one was so happy and excited to do it. Your carrot cake oatmeal looks so fun and delicious- a perfect Springtime treat! And a happy, happy birthday to your little fella ;)
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  29. I can NOT believe Evelyn is already a month old! Wow! And good luck planning the birthday party – that can be a lot of work! What a fun idea to jazz up oatmeal. We love carrot cake at my house!

  30. This is a fabulous oatmeal Kelly! Love all the flavors. Hope your son has a wonderful 3rd birthday! That’s such a great age. And I can’t believe your little one is already 1 month! Have a great week :)

  31. Kelly, this is a great breakfast!!! I love oatmeal and making this spring/easter festive is awesome!! I can’t believe as Evelyn is already a month old. Hope you two are having a great week!!
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  32. Sooooo trying this! It sounds incredible
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  33. I will certainly be dreaming about this oatmeal tonight. It looks absolutely amazing and would be such a treat in the morning. I think you’re one incredible lady, Kelly! Managing two kiddos, keeping up with life and this blog. You have absolutely nothing to apologize for. I mean, look at the amazing recipes you come up with! You rock!!

  34. Looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing the great photographs.
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  35. Wow you are super busy at the moment a birthday party and a 1 month old – has it really been a month already! Wow time flies :) This oatmeal looks and sounds amazing I love the idea of making it taste like carrot cake, what a great idea definitely going to have to try this. Hope you have a wonderful weekend :D

  36. Delicious oatmeal…I love it! Dessert for breakfast…cannot go wrong with it.
    Have a beautiful weekend Kelly :D

  37. Oooh, what a delicious way to make oatmeal even tastier. I love this idea! I haven’t had oatmeal in so long and I really need to get back in that habit…with this recipe :)

  38. Oatmeal, yum! My breakfast is usually some kind of fruits, like banana, pear, apple or orange. I really should whip myself a bowl of filling oatmeal. It is awesome that you got a virtual baby shower. It must be heartwarming! Also, Happy early Birthday to you little one!
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  39. Looks very flavorful and inventive! I love oats too, and usually don’t do very much with them. How sweet to have these women throw you a virtual baby shower!
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  40. This sounds delicious and easy to make! I’ll be trying it for breakfast tomorrow! Thank you for sharing sweetie!

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  41. I love carrot cake so I know I’d love this oatmeal – YUM! And how sweet was that virtual baby shower? Too cool.

  42. I LOVE this idea! It’s brilliant! And so inspiring for me to eat more oats! Happy Easter! Have a great long weekend! :)
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  43. I’m the same way as you – it’s either oatmeal or a green smoothie for me for breakfast. I love this idea to jazz up my morning oatmeal!

  44. Kelly, breakfast IS my favorite, too! I’m in love with the whole oats and coconut in this. Wasn’t that so sweet of the girls… we all love you!
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  45. OH YES! Breakfast is definitely my favorite part of the day. I’m known to have some leftover cake more often than I should but shhhh it’s good for the soul so I guess it’s all fine?? ;–) This oatmeal looks simply delicious and perfect fr this time of the year indeed.
    Also, I really hope that everything’s going perfect for you and your lovely family! xx
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  46. I could definitely eat oatmeal everyday if it were like this! Congrats for the bun in the oven!! How sweet of all the girls =)

  47. Yay, another delicious recipe using grated carrots, you’re amazing, Kelly! I’ve never used grated carrots in my oatmeal, but that sounds so yummy!

  48. Oh wow! I love this recipe, Kelly! :) I have been looking for healthier (yet yummy!) options for breakfast and this recipe just made my short list. Pinned.
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