This easy baked oatmeal recipe is packed with carrot cake flavors! It’s studded with sweet raisins, coconut flakes, and crunchy pecans for a healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert!

carrot cake baked oatmeal
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If you love carrot cake, you have to try this baked oatmeal. After making this cinnamon roll baked oatmeal and this chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal, I clearly have dessert flavors on my mind! This one turned out so delicious, and the raisins, coconut, and pecans really give this recipe a fun carrot cake taste! If you’re looking for a single serving option, try my carrot cake overnight oats instead.

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Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Mashed banana– This adds natural sweetness and helps bind the oatmeal together.
  • Eggs– These add structure as well as protein.
  • Soy or almond milk– You can use any kind of milk you like, but I used unsweetened soy milk to add some protein.
  • Vanilla extract– A splash of vanilla extract adds sweetness and flavor.
  • Maple syrup– This is the main sweetener, but you can substitute with agave or honey if you prefer.
  • Old-fashioned rolled oats– Rolled oats are the base of the dish, providing a hearty and wholesome texture. Use certified gluten-free oats if you have an allergy. Do not substitute steel-cut oats as they cook differently. If you’re looking for a recipe with steel-cut oats, try my baked steel cut oats instead.
  • Ground cinnamon & ginger– Ground cinnamon and ginger add the characteristic flavor associated with carrot cake.
  • Baking powder– This acts as a leavening agent to help the oatmeal rise and achieve a softer texture.
  • Salt– A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor by balancing the sweetness and adding depth.
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes– This adds texture and also helps create a signature carrot cake flavor. I used unsweetened coconut flakes, but you can use sweetened coconut for more of a dessert flavor if desired.
  • Pecans– Chopped pecans add crunch and nutty flavor as well as healthy fats and protein.
  • Raisins– Another classic carrot cake ingredient, these add sweetness and a nice texture.
  • Grated carrots– You can’t have carrot cake oatmeal without carrots! I prefer shredding whole carrots rather than buying pre-shredded carrots, but either one works.
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