When I wake up the last thing I want is a complicated breakfast. I’m tempted to eat a bowl of cereal and call it day but I know in an hour or less, I’ll be hungry again. I do my best to ensure that whatever I eat in the am will sustain me until lunchtime, which means protein or a hearty bowl of grains. Hence, why oatmeal and scrambled eggs with a slice of sprouted toast on the side are my two standbys.
I don’t normally get fancy with my oats. As long as they are a creamy constancy, due to a higher ratio of water, with a dash of honey and butter stirred in, I’m dandy. Last week I was compelled to add a grated carrot into the simmering oats mixture, and TADA! Carrot Cake Oatmeal was born. Life was never the same or at least my oatmeal wasn’t as boring anymore.
Cooking the carrots along with the rolled oats ensures they don’t get mushy and overcooked. It also saves you another pot – always a win in my book. You will find this recipe incredibly simple for a weekday. All you need is rolled oats, water, applesauce, carrots, coconut flakes and a tablespoon of butter. I’m not going to it taste exactly like Carrot Cake, but if you want a hearty breakfast that satisfies your sweet tooth without a huge sugar bomb, this recipe is it.
Toppings are a must if you want to take this Carrot Cake Oatmeal to the next level. Shredded coconut and raisins are just the tip of the iceberg. You can also add hemp seeds, flax seed, toasted pecans and so forth. Enjoy!
If you decide to take a chance on this Carrot Cake Oatmeal don’t forget to #youngbrokehungry on Instagram so I can see it. High five!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1½ cups water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
- 2 tablespoons chunky applesauce, unsweetened
- 1 teaspoon coconut flakes, unsweetened
- ½ - 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or coconut butter)
- A splash of almond milk
- Top with: Toasted Coconut + Dried Raisins
- In a pot over medium heat, bring rolled oats, water, salt, and grated carrot to a simmer. Add in applesauce and coconut flakes. Cook until creamy, about 7 minutes.
- Stir in raw honey and unsalted butter. Scrap into a bowl and add a splash of milk. Top with toasted coconut and dried raisins. Dig in!