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Start your day off right with the coziest Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, with all the flavors of the classic dessert — but for breakfast! |

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

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  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 9 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Start your day off right with the coziest Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, with all the flavors of the classic dessert — but for breakfast! Loaded with freshly grated carrots, warm spices, toasted walnuts, and maple syrup, it's the perfect delicious and filling breakfast for Easter brunch or any time of year!


For the oatmeal:

  • cooking spray (or 1 tablespoon butter)
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup carrots, grated or shredded
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 

Optional toppings:

  • whipped cream
  • chopped walnuts
  • cinnamon
  • maple syrup or honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan (2-quarts) with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients including oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, carrots, and walnuts.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, add milk, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla. Stir until mixed evenly together.
  4. Transfer the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix the batter.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until oatmeal is set and golden.
  6. Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving. Slice into 9 squares and top with whipped cream, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey, if desired


How to store: Allow the baked oatmeal to cool to room temperature, then store the individual slices in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days.

How to reheat: The best way to reheat baked oatmeal is to bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until fully warmed. For a quicker breakfast, pop it in the microwave and heat for 1-2 minutes or until fully reheated. 

How to freeze: Once the carrot cake is cold from the fridge, wrap the individual slices with plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe bag for 2-3 months. This makes it easy to grab a single serving any time you need. Thaw the frozen baked oatmeal in the fridge before reheating like normal.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American