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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This warm breakfast cereal made in the slow cooker is a great way to get your veggies in the morning and keep a healthy diet! For extra crunch, I garnish individual servings with ground walnuts or pecans.—Debbie Kain, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Brown sugar, optional


  • In a 4-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray, combine the first 7 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until oats are tender and liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with brown sugar if desired.

    Pressure-cooker method: In a 6-quart electric pressure cooker coated with cooking spray, combine the first 7 ingredients. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 10 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes; quick-release any remaining pressure. If desired, sprinkle with brown sugar.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Steel-cut oats are also known as Scotch oats or Irish oatmeal.
  • Sprinkle with toasted nuts and a dollop of whipped cream. Try topping with candied ginger pieces and fresh pineapple.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 197 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 23mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

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    • Natalie
      May 14, 2019

      This recipe worked really well with the tweaks I made. I only used half the raisins overnight and replaced pumpkin pie spice with roughly 1/4 tsp ginger and 3/4 tsp nutmeg. Thanks for our new go-to brain food!

    • zurlinefamily
      Sep 27, 2015

      Was so looking forward to this. Disappointed. Tasted nothing like carrot cake. I want expected the sweetness that is provided by the frosting but it was missing a lot. Not making again.

    • Roanda
      Apr 3, 2014

      This turned out to be an easy way to have a yummy, hot breakfast ready when we got up. I always use salt in cooked oatmeal, so I added 1 tsp. I stirred in some brown sugar in the morning. Next time, I plan to leave out the raisins when I stir the ingredients together at night and add them first thing in the morning. I like them plump, but not quite this plump!

    • jbruizer
      Mar 17, 2014

      Turned out great for me, I add coconut extract and vanilla, and a little more cinnamon! Nice change of flavor from the ordinary oatmeal flavors out there!

    • Peggie0203
      Jan 30, 2014

      I really thought we would like this, but it fell short of expectations. Although it has components of carrot cake, it did not have that flavor. Maybe it needs sugar, but for me that defeats the purpose of making a healthy recipe. Sorry, I won't be making this again.

      Jan 17, 2014

      I only got 6 full cup servings out of this, plus about a 1/4 c. This changed my weight watchers value, but it was still worth the points as this is very satisfying in flavor and filling. I did not add any brown sugar and felt it was plenty sweet. 1/2 c. with my coffee was a perfect way to start my morning. i did add about 1/2 c. more water & my carrots were a packed 2 c.