This easy vegan carrot cake baked oatmeal is easy to whip up in 30 minutes for a healthy breakfast.

Bowl of carrot cake baked oatmeal topped with yogurt and almond butter.

These yummy baked oats are super easy to whip up for a healthy, whole grain breakfast you can enjoy all week. You’ll need just a handful of simple ingredients and they’re easily customizable to suit your tastes and needs.

Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and studded with bites of walnut and raisins, this oatmeal bake is definitely reminiscent of carrot cake!

Though inspired by the classic dessert, they’re not overly sweet and they taste wonderfully nutty and wholesome. Enjoy served warm topped with coconut yogurt and almond butter for a delicious breakfast or treat any time of day!

Recipe Features

  • Dietary Needs: This recipe is vegan (dairy-free and egg-free), gluten-free (use gf-certified oats if needed) and oil-free.
  • Low in Sugar: Sweetened naturally with just 1/4 cup maple syrup. For a sugar-free recipe, you could use liquid monk fruit sweetener.
  • Great for breakfast meal prep. Just heat and enjoy!
  • Makes a healthy snack or even dessert too.
  • Under 200 calories with 5 grams each of fibre and plant-based protein per serving.

Ingredient Notes

Visual list of ingredients for making a vegan carrot cake baked oatmeal recipe with applesauce, maple syrup, flax, raisins and walnuts.

Complete list of ingredients with amounts and instructions is located in the recipe card below.

  • Oats: Rolled oats, old-fashioned oats or large flake oats work best.
  • Maple Syrup: This can be substituted with agave syrup or honey (not vegan).
  • Applesauce: Use unsweetened applesauce. This can be substituted with 1/4 cup mashed ripe banana.
  • Spices: The recipe calls for cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger but if you’re missing nutmeg or ginger, not a big deal, it’s okay to leave one or the other out.
  • Flax: Be sure to use ground flax and not whole flax seed. The flax acts as an egg in this recipe and helps bind everything together.
  • Milk: Any non-dairy milk works. Try unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk or soy milk. If you’d like to use canned coconut milk, I’d suggest combining 1/2 cup light coconut milk with 1 cup water.
  • Walnuts: Can be substituted with pecans or slivered almonds. Omit for a nut-free recipe or try pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead.
  • Raisins: Can be substituted with chopped dates or omitted.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Scroll down for the full written recipe. This section features step-by-step photos for a quick visual reference.

Step 1: Add the oats, spices and ground flax to a 8-inch square baking dish and mix well.

Note: I mix everything up right in the baking dish but if you find it easier to mix in a large mixing bowl, go ahead and add everything at once and mix until well combined, then transfer to the baking dish.

Rolled oats in a square glass baking dish.

Step 2: Add the grated carrot and mix well to distribute and break up any clumps.

Rolled oats mixed with grated carrots in a square glass baking dish.

Step 3: Add the wet ingredients and mix well. If you’d like you can sprinkle a little shredded coconut or coconut sugar over top before baking.

Rolled oats mixed with walnuts, raisins and grated carrot in a square baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes then let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!

Carrot cake baked oatmeal topped with coconut in a square glass baking dish.

Serving Ideas

Baked oatmeal can be enjoyed cold straight from the fridge for an easy snack or breakfast or reheated in the microwave or oven.

Serve with Yogurt. This is probably my favourite way to enjoy baked oats: warmed up and top with vanilla or plain coconut yogurt. Any yogurt, such as Greek yogurt or oat or almond-based yogurt works too.

Serve with Nut Butter: Serve topped with a generous spoonful of peanut butter, almond butter or tahini. It’s great enjoyed cold spread with almond butter for a quick snack.

For Dessert: To serve these baked oats for dessert or a sweet snack, try them with this cashew frosting or a simple glaze. Coconut whipped cream, aquafaba whipped cream or your favourite dairy-free ice cream would also be delicious!

Bowl of carrot cake baked oatmeal topped with yogurt and almond butter.

FAQs


Can I use quick oats?

You can if you like. I prefer the texture of large flake or rolled oats for baked oat recipes but it’s totally fine to use quick oats too.

Can I use steel-cut oats?

Sorry, I would not recommend steel cut oats for this recipe but I do have a baked steel-cut oat recipe here.

Hand using a spoon to lift a spoonful of carrot cake baked oatmeal from a bowl with yogurt and almond butter.

Storing

  • Let cool before storing.
  • Fridge: Store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: Store in a sealed container for up to 3 months. Consider portioning them into single-servings before freezing so they’re easy to grab and go.
  • Reheating: Reheat briefly in the microwave until heated through. They’re also yummy cold for a quick snack!
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Bowl of carrot cake baked oatmeal topped with yogurt and almond butter.

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

These carrot cake baked oats are perfect for a delicious and nutritious whole grain breakfast with some sneaky veggies!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats (200 g)
  • 2 tbsp ground flax (14 g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup lightly packed, finely grated carrot (115 g)
  • 1.5 cups non-dairy milk of choice (335 mL)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (75 g)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (60 g)
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces (30 g)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (40 g)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix the oats, flax and spices together in an 8-inch baking dish.
  3. Add the grated carrot and mix to distribute and break up any clumps.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Spread the mixture evenly in the dish. Option to sprinkle with shredded coconut any/or a bit of coconut sugar.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes then let cool for 10 minutes in the pan.
  6. Divide into 6 portions and enjoy as is or with your favourite toppings such as coconut yogurt and almond butter.

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months. Suggested to portion into single-servings before freezing or freezing portions on a baking tray before transferring them to a container or freezer bag. Enjoy cold or reheat as needed in the microwave or oven until heated through.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 178
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 64 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 5 g

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