Carrot Cake Oatmeal


carrot cake oatmeal

I hate food to go to waste and am constantly inventing ways to use up what I have in the fridge. This recipe stemmed from that, I had leftover shredded carrots from making orange carrot quick bread last night and didn’t want them to go to waste. So I used the carrots to make carrot cake oatmeal. The flavors reminded me of carrot cake with out all of the oils and sugars. Great for a different twist on boring oatmeal. The final verdict from my family: my little boy wasn’t a fan until I added a little bit of almond butter and maple syrup to his, and my husband isn’t a huge hot cereal fan, but I really enjoyed it.

stevia

I sweetened the oatmeal with vanilla cream stevia. If you aren’t familiar with stevia it is the most amazing sweetener. It doesn’t have any negative side effects on your body and it is calorie free. Stevia is the only sweetener that isn’t acidic and doesn’t have any impact on your blood sugar. Stevia is also 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar, so a little goes A LONG way. Keep that in mind when sweetening things. The first time I ever used stevia, I didn’t know it was that much sweeter, and I replaced the amount of sugar that the recipe called for with powdered stevia. I nearly puked because the taste was so strong, and stayed far away from it for a long time. I didn’t like the taste of stevia until I tried it in liquid form, the liquid stevia has a better flavor, I really love the vanilla cream stevia, and also the mixed berry, and orange flavors. I have yet to try hazelnut but I have heard that it is good as well. I still don’t like the powdered stevia all that much because it has an aspartame aftertaste.

You can’t use stevia to replace sugar in baked goods because it only takes a few drops so you lack the bulk of the sugar in the recipe. However, you can sweeten herbal teas, oatmeal, smoothies, jam, plain yogurt, etc. and even add extra sweetness to baked goods, anything that isn’t counting on sugar for bulk.

Here are the ingredients that I used. If you don’t have stevia you can use maple syrup instead.

Tip: Use rolled oats they are less processed than instant or quick oats. An even better option is steel cut oats.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal ingredients

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2 Responses to Carrot Cake Oatmeal

  1. Cherie says:

    Sounds Yummy! It sounds like you have had a lot of great things happen. What a sweet little girl you have. Girls are wonderful! I would have to say boys are too.

    • desiree says:

      Cherie, It is good to hear from you! Girls are SO fun to dress up! I also love the energy of boys, but it is nice to have the balance of a little more calm in my house as well. How many kids do you have? I have to say thanks for your blog you have a lot of really great recipes, and do such a good job at keeping it up.

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