Carrot cake oatmeal is a savory breakfast that's lightly sweetened with crystallized ginger, so you almost feel like you're having dessert for breakfast!

I feel obligated to make today's post as neutral as possible. It is my first time participating in the Improv Challenge and this months ingredients are carrots and ginger. Immediately thoughts of delicate baked goods came to mind. An excuse to finally make carrot cake seemed like perfect timing. But then I remembered others would be participating as well and I was certain I wasn't the only one craving a slice of cake.

 So I opted to try something a little different. I am working on expanding my breakfast menu from eating nothing until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, to actually eating healthy meals. It's a work in process. I had an entire week devoted to breakfast options last year, and I can't say that I have exactly followed through on it. I've probably eaten a 'real' breakfast less than five times since my posts last year. Five more than last year. That's an improvement. 😉

Trying to find the perfect blend of sweet and savory to make my breakfast perfect has been a hunt.

This hearty carrot cake oatmeal gets the job done, is delicious and adds a nice variety to keep things fresh in the morning.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal with Crystallized Ginger - It's like having dessert for breakfast! \\ Recipe on


Carrot Cake Oatmeal with Crystallized Ginger

Carrot Cake Oatmeal with Crystallized Ginger - It's like having dessert for breakfast! \\ Recipe on PassTheSushi.comAdapted from Oh She Glows


  • 1 heaping cup finely grated carrot
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbs sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, to taste
  • ⅛th teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup regular oats
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs chopped walnuts, divided
  • 2 tbs raisins, divided
  • 1 teas crystallized ginger, minced
  • 2 tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbs sweetened shredded coconut


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Mix in the carrots and oats. Bring to a slow simmer, but don't let boil. Cook for about 8-10 minutes until the oatmeal begins to thicken, stirring often.

Remove from heat and quickly stir in the vanilla extract, walnuts, raisins, ½ teas crystallized ginger and maple syrup.

Divide the oatmeal evenly among bowls, and top with shredded coconut and the remaining ½ teas crystallized ginger. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and serve.



Carrot Cake Oatmeal with Crystallized Ginger - It's like having dessert for breakfast! \\ Recipe on


  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I need to try this!

  2. Belinda @zomppa says:

    This is like a secret dessert...what a great combination!

  3. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says:

    Wow, oh wow. I love carrot cake, crystallized ginger and oatmeal. It's like you created this just for me. I'm also in the same boat with you on breakfast. My stomach just isn't geared to start working until later. But, if I forced myself to make this and then allowed the aroma as it buttles to do its work, I'll bet I'll be well ready to dive in as soon as it's out of the saucepan. It looks amazing.

  4. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family says:

    I love the spin you put on it and the result looks so very delicious. I too thought of cake first and then decided donuts in effort to hopefully be different 🙂

  5. Heidi @ says:

    That looks amazing! I love oatmeal for breakfast and have been wanting to try a carrot cake oatmeal recipe. I am going to have to give yours a try! Tummy!

  6. Lovely idea to infuse so many flavors into the oatmeal.Super healthy and delicious!

  7. Yummy! I have still not ever used crystallized ginger before but I bet it goes great with this oatmeal.

  8. Sweetened condensed milk in oatmeal??? You are evil and wonderful at the same time. That bowl of carroty goodness is totally calling to me.

  9. Awesome! My kids would love this!

  10. Mary at n00bcakes says:

    I am not particularly a fan of oatmeal, but this sounds both tasty AND classy! 😀

  11. Shut the front door! Cake for breakfast? With sweet condensed milk? And coconut? Where is my bowl?! Yumm! Glad you joined the challenge!

  12. Steph@stephsbitebybite says: you already know how I feel about this!! Who knew the girl who doesn't eat breakfast could get me addicting to an insanely delish breakfast item!!

  13. Now this is one oatmeal I can get behind 100%! Fabulous idea for the Improv Challenge, Kita!

  14. RavieNomNoms says:

    That looks wonderful!! I love ginger. I love how it is sweet and spicy at the same time 🙂

  15. Heidi @ Food Doodles says:

    This looks awesome! I love experimenting with different flavors in my oatmeal. I've been meaning to try a carrot cake version but I think I'll just try your recipe 😀 Looks delicious!

  16. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    Looks yummy! I am not a fan of oatmeal, but I really want to like it. I made baked oatmeal for the first time today, and I ate the whole bowl. Big accomplishment!

  17. Wow---I think you hit it out of the park with this one! Awesome sounding recipe!

  18. Anne@FromMySweetHeart says:

    Kita....what an absolutely creative use of the required ingredients! I love oatmeal....but I would eat this oatmeal for dessert! I'd eat breakfast every day if I could have this! It looks beautiful! : )

  19. Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew says:

    WOW!! I'm a big fan of carrot cake/bread, so this is perfect for me!

  20. Oooo ... I'm not a breakfast person but I think I'm gonna be one now. Great to see you in the challenge!

  21. Kate @ FoodBabbles says:

    Wow! This oatmeal sounds like dessert and makes me want to dive right in. I like oatmeal but I don't get all excited about eating it... this oatmeal sounds amazing!

  22. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says:

    What a great choice for the challenge! I'm a HUGE oatmeal fan, so I'll definitely be trying this out!

  23. Jenny @ Savour the Senses says:

    Yum! Another great addition for my oatmeal collection =)

  24. What an unusual combo! It sounds really flavourful. I wanna try this for breakfast 🙂

  25. Mmmm, sounds fantastic! The crystallized ginger must be perfect with this! Love how many different takes we get for these challenges 🙂

  26. kitchenarian says:

    I love oatmeal and this looks so delicious. I keep thinking about a big scoop of vanilla ice cream with this. You know, traditional breakfast fare! Great post. 🙂

  27. Umm... can you come over tomorrow and make me this for breakfast? =)

  28. Julia {The Roasted Root} says:

    By golly, I eat oatmeal all the time and I love carrot cake - combining these two items just puts a smile on my face. I just bought some steel cut oats, so I would use those instead of rolled oats, so different texture but still probably a great taste. Thanks for the idea, I will definitely make your version next time I make oatmeal for breakfast! 🙂

  29. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    This. Looks. Amazing!

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