Carrot Cake (and Carrot Banana) Steel-Cut Oatmeal

TWO recipes today! You’re welcome.Carrot Cake Steel-Cut Oatmeal isn’t that exciting; it’s basically an adaptation of my regular Carrot Cake Oatmeal. The only difference is it takes longer to cook (and it serves four instead of one, but that’s just an issue of multiplication and division).


Thus, I’m including a variation. A banana variation, because potassium. (Everything about that last sentence is making the grammarian in me cringe, but whatever.)

I can’t say much about the Carrot Cake version–it’s exactly what you would expect. Instead, let me tell you about the banana version.

Think about everything you love about banana bread. Mmm…sweet…spicy…comforting…YAASSS. Now, imagine everything you love about carrot cake. That nutmeg!! Now, imagine those two experiences becoming one.


It’s like eating a brownie sundae. Brownies are great on their own, and obviously ice cream is, too. But together? *dies*

You could bake a loaf of banana bread and a pan of carrot cake, and then steal a toddler from the street and have her mash the two together with her hands (you know, like they always do with their birthday cakes).


…Or you could just make Carrot Banana Steel-Cut Oatmeal. For a treat, top with Chocolate-Covered Katie’s cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake (and Carrot Banana) Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 4-5

What you'll need:

  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 to 2 cups grated carrots (use more if not using banana)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 ripe banana (omit if making Carrot Cake version)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • scant 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup (general estimate--adjust to your sweetness preferences)
  • 1/2 tsp molasses (I use Blackstrap)

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk and water to a boil, add carrots and oats, and reduce heat to medium low. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.) Let simmer for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, maple syrup, and molasses. If making Carrot Banana version, mash banana and add now. Stir.
  3. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal (it could possibly take another ten minutes), transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (sliced banana, shredded coconut, nuts, CCK cream cheese frosting [see notes above], etc.).

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

One Response to Carrot Cake (and Carrot Banana) Steel-Cut Oatmeal

  1. Kelsey says:

    I love this! The banana gives more sweetness than the amount of honey I’m be willing to put in carrot cake oatmeal, so the banana makes it feel much more like a dessert oatmeal (:

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