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Carrot cake oatmeal, OMG.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I still have carrot cake in the fridge from the beginning of May. Yeah. I should throw it away. I almost did a couple days ago, but then I felt the cake and it was still soft. I don't know what it is, but apparently I am suddenly so in love with carrot cake that I can't throw it away. I think it's the cream cheese icing. I dislike traditional cakes because the sugary frosting is just gross, but cream cheese is a whole 'nother story.

And it just so happened that I was reading a blog that mentioned "carrot cake oatmeal." WHAT. I had never considered such a thing. I quickly Googled it, found several recipes, and acquired the ingredients.

I sort-of followed the recipe from Oh She Glows, but I eliminated the coconut milk, lemon juice, and maple syrup. I found that the oatmeal was very bland without any sort of sweetener, so I added 15 grams of brown sugar  (much better). For the topping, instead of using coconut milk and maple syrup, or greek yogurt and maple syrup like another recipe called for, I went balls-to-the-wall and used ACTUAL CREAM CHEESE sweetened with sucralose. CRAZY, I KNOW. But I wanted it to taste like *actual cream cheese icing*, and it totally did.

It was f*cking good. And filling — which surprised me, because usually 1/2 cup of oats is not quite satisfactory. It's important not to skimp on the carrots, because they give it most of its flavor (and bulk). Here's my little recipe:

100 grams grated carrot (approx. one carrot)
40 grams oats
1 cup almond milk
.75 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
15 grams brown sugar
2 tbsp fat free cream cheese
1 packet sucralose
0.2 oz chopped walnuts

Grate the carrot finely. It takes some serious arm power using a grater, which is why I have my eye on a julienne peeler ( ). A food processor would also work.

Heat the milk on the stove over medium heat, then add the oats and carrots. Cook over low/medium heat for 8-9 minutes until it has thickened.

Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese with the sucralose (maybe some water to thin it out, or greek yogurt to bulk it up) and give it a quick microwaving to warm it up.

Remove the oatmeal from the heat and stir in the cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar (I have a theory that you can taste the sweetness more if you wait until the end to put these ingredients in).

Top with cream cheese mixture and walnuts. CONSUME.

CALORIES: 372, less if you eliminate the walnuts


Does it taste like carrot cake? Not exactly, but it tastes closer than you'd think oatmeal could.

On a final note, what is it with food bloggers' portions always looking way huge when they are, in fact, not? Do they have special miniature dishes for photographing food?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OCEANROSE1 12/17/2012 4:26PM

    You are genius. Yummy

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READY4CHANGE81 6/8/2012 11:50AM

    yummy!!! thanks for sharing the great recipe!! :) i love carrot cake :)

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-CHERYL 6/1/2012 2:38PM

    LOVE carrot cake! Will give it a shot, thanks.

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IBECCA 5/31/2012 8:38PM

    sounds yummy.... I'm in!

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MBG976 5/31/2012 8:18PM

    Well-known food bloggers do use smaller dishes. They use the side plates, small bowls, and some even use smaller utensils or chopsticks.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/31/2012 7:58PM

    Yum! Sounds good. I think I will try! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETISHA1 5/31/2012 4:34PM

    wow thats 1 thing i miss being diabetic... carrot cake.. i think i can have this 1 in my diet .. thanks...tisha

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FITWITHIN 5/31/2012 4:30PM

    OMG! Carrot cake is one of my weekness. emoticon

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BELAFUNK1985 5/31/2012 3:50PM

    Oh Man!!! That sounds awesome. Going to try it asap

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PAPER_WINGS18 5/31/2012 3:36PM

    Freaking yum!! I wonder if you could make overnight oats this way too??? Imma try it! Thanks! Glad to see ya back postin and can't wait to read an update!

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    Sounds delish!

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CHEEKY1000 5/31/2012 2:51PM

    This sounds disturbingly good--perhaps even a bit addictive. I'll have to give it a try. thanks for giving the measurments in grams. Makes it much easier.

As for the blogger portions...I think they do have smaller dishes. Either that or an undetectable expansion charm. My money would be on the latter--they are undetectable after all.

Glad you're back!

P.S. I think I might try the recipe using Cream of Wheat instead of oatmeal...might give it a smoother "cake" like texture.

Comment edited on: 5/31/2012 2:55:59 PM

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