What's For Breakfast: Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Carrot cake for breakfast? You can make that dream a reality with this scrumptious recipe
for healthy Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal || A Less Processed Life

When cold weather rolls in, oatmeal becomes our mainstay morning meal. But after a few short weeks, I get a little bored with our bowl of oatmeal + toppings routine.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal || A Less Processed Life

Enter in baked oatmeal. It takes a bit longer to prepare than a simple bowl of hot oatmeal, but the bonus is you'll have breakfast ready for the rest of the week.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal || A Less Processed Life

This baked oatmeal features all of the flavors of my favorite carrot cake recipe – shredded carrots, pineapple, cinnamon, ginger, raisins, and pecans.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal || A Less Processed Life

If I was feeling particularly decadent, I'd add a little cream cheese frosting drizzle over the top. For just a regular ol' Tuesday, though, a little drizzle of maple syrup will do just fine.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal (printer-friendly page)
makes 6 to 8 servings

2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups lightly packed shredded carrots
1 can crushed pineapple in 100% pineapple juice, drained 
2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk 
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger 
1/4 cup raisins 
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch cast iron skillet (or casserole dish) with coconut cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the shredded carrot, crushed pineapple, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and fresh ginger. 
4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the raisins and chopped pecans.
5. Pour the mixture into the prepared skillet and smooth out into an even layer with a spatula. 
6. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes minutes or until the oatmeal has set and is lightly golden along the edges. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. 
7. Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to five days.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal || A Less Processed Life

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