Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Quick Summary

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal-this easy baked oatmeal recipe is healthy enough for breakfast and tasty enough for dessert! Drizzle with cream cheese maple glaze and you will think you are eating a piece of carrot cake. It’s SO good!

I love a good baked oatmeal. My classic recipe is our favorite, but I also love blueberry maple, peanut butter banana baked oatmeal, and this Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal is AMAZING! If you like carrot cake, you are in for a real treat!

This baked oatmeal tastes JUST like carrot cake. It has all of the same flavors, spices, and the maple cream cheese glaze makes is a MUST! Breakfast that tastes like cake? YES!!! Sign me up!

You’ll find yourself cutting off slices for snacks and dessert, not just for breakfast. This oatmeal recipe is kid-approved by my boys, and I think it’s perfect for springtime and especially Easter.

Table of Contents

  1. Oatmeal Ingredients
  2. How to Make Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
  3. Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
  4. Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cups
  5. Need to Make it Vegan?
  6. How to Store
  7. More Baked Oatmeal Recipes:
  8. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Oatmeal Ingredients

This list might look long, but most of the ingredients are items you already have in your pantry! I always have these items on hand and it’s a good thing because the boys are always begging for this oatmeal, it’s their favorite!

  • Old fashioned oats (can use gluten-free oats)
  • Grated carrots (I always use freshly grated carrots)
  • Shredded coconut (you can use sweetened or unsweetened)
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Spices: cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, salt
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk you like!)
  • Unsalted butter
  • Egg 
  • Vanilla extract
  • Optional add-ins: raisins, pecans, or walnuts

How to Make Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is really so easy to make! Let’s do it!

  • Start with your oven at 350 and a greased 8×8 pan. Set the pan aside while you make the baked oatmeal batter.
  • In a large bowl, mix the following: oats, grated carrots, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, salt, and nutmeg.
  • In a medium bowl whisk the wet ingredients! That’s the milk, the butter, an egg, and vanilla. Pour this over the oat mixture and stir until everything is combined. Fold in the raisins and nuts, if you’re using them.
  • Pour the finished batter into the greased 8×8 pan and bake it for 40 minutes. The top is going to turn a gorgeous golden color and the oatmeal will be completely set in the middle!

Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

Make sure you don’t skip the maple cream cheese glaze, it is a MUST! It really makes the baked oatmeal taste like carrot cake.

You can make the glaze while the oatmeal is baking. Make sure you use softened cream cheese so it’s easy to mix.

Use a spatula to combine the cream cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla. Once things are combined switch to a whisk and whisk until it’s totally smooth.

When the oatmeal is done baking, let it cool for about 5 minutes. Cut into squares and serve with a drizzle of the cream cheese glaze! YUM!

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cups

If you want to make the baked oatmeal in muffin cups instead of a pan, just shorten the baking time. Check on them after about 20 minutes and pull them out when they’re golden brown! This is a great way to freeze Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal or have it as an extra-portable option on the go.

Need to Make it Vegan?

A few quick substitutions can turn this into a vegan Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal!

  • Use melted coconut oil instead of butter.
  • Make a flax egg with 1 tablespoon of ground flax and 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes before adding it into the recipe as an egg replacement.
  • For the cream cheese glaze, use a vegan cream cheese substitute and make as directed!

How to Store

Store the baked oatmeal in a sealed airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can also freeze the baked oatmeal! Once cooled and cut into bars, put it into a freezer bag or container and freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave.

Store the glaze in a separate container. Whisk before drizzling over the oatmeal.

More Baked Oatmeal Recipes:

  • Baked Oatmeal
  • Baked Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal
  • Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups
  • Baked Peach Almond Oatmeal
  • Blueberry Maple Baked Oatmeal
  • Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal
  • Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

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