Oatmeal is my comfort food. I could (and usually do) eat it every day! I could probably even eat it at every meal. I just love it THAT much! Kind of odd considering I hated oatmeal as a kid.
My go-to favorite way to prepare oatmeal is actually completely plain. Like, cooked with water and without any toppings/flavorings plain. But that would be a super lame blog recipe so instead I’m sharing my second favorite way to prepare oats!
CARROT CAKE OATMEAL.
There are three things I love about this recipe.
1. You get to sneak veggies into a typically vegetable-less dish! I’m pretty sure not everyone loves eating plain raw/cooked vegetables as much as I do, so hiding them inside other foods can be helpful for reaching your daily quota. And oats just happen to be a great medium for mixing in veggies!
2. Shredded carrots add extra volume without adding tons of extra calories. More food is better than less food, right? Right. With the addition of shredded veggies, you get to eat a big bowl of oat-y goodness without going way over on your daily calorie needs.
My one BIG suggestion about adding carrots to oatmeal is that you use a microplane to shred the carrots (or really grate the bajeebers out of your carrots). A microplane creates pieces that are much finer (think like the size of lemon zest) than a traditional grater/shredder does, which will give the oatmeal a nicer texture overall. Large pieces of under-cooked carrot are really not ideal in oatmeal, trust me.
3. It’s oatmeal. Enough said.
And enough said in general, let’s get to the cooking!
- 1 small carrot (~50g), very finely grated (see note above)
- ½ cup dry quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup water (or non-dairy milk)
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- dash of ground nutmeg
- smaller dash of ground cloves
- pinch of salt
- In a microwave-safe bowl add shredded carrot, oats and water (or non-dairy milk if using). Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, and then microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
- Stir in all seasonings (cinnamon through salt).
- Add any desired toppings - some of my favorites to pair with this oatmeal are chia seeds, granola, chopped nuts, extra cinnamon, non-dairy milk, or maple syrup - and enjoy!