Carrot Cake Baked Oats with Protein Frosting

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These Carrot Cake Baked Oats are the perfect healthy breakfast or wholesome dessert. Filled with protein, fiber and warm spices, this flavorful and delicious oatmeal bake is ready in no time, easy to make and delicious. Top with protein frosting to complete these carrot cake oats for an indulgent but healthy treat, morning or night!
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Plated serving of baked oats with frosting and chopped nuts on top.

If your favorite cake is carrot cake then you need to run to the pantry and grab the oatmeal because this carrot cake baked oats recipe is meant for you. It’s a carrot cake in breakfast form and I love it.

Made with protein powder, Greek yogurt, and oatmeal, topped with a high protein frosting, this oatmeal bake is a healthy and easy breakfast that also moonlights as dessert. Have it in the morning, for dessert or at midnight when you can’t sleep and need something sweet.

Cut into individual portions for meal prep or serve it for brunch paired with homemade maple sausage. These are similar to my chocolate baked oats and strawberry baked oats which are terrific breakfast and dessert options.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • 24g of protein per serving.
  • Made with healthy ingredients.
  • Have it for dessert or breakfast.

What is baked oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal takes all the typical stovetop oatmeal ingredients to a new level by baking them. By adding Greek yogurt, protein powder, various spices and carrot cake ingredients, we get a high protein, dessert-like breakfast that is filling, nutritious and tastes amazing.

Ingredients and Substitutions:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for these carrot cake oats. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Oats, almond milk, greek yogurt, protein powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, raisins, eggs, pecans and carrots for the baked oatmeal.
  • Honey: Use lite pancake syrup or pure maple syrup in place of honey.
  • Protein Powder: I use PeScience vanilla protein powder. You can use your favorite, just be sure you love the flavor of yours! To omit protein powder, lower the milk 1/4 cup and adjust sweetness as desired with syrup or honey as the protein adds quite a bit of sweetness to the oats.
  • Almond Milk: Use any milk of choice: dairy or plant-based.
  • Greek Yogurt: you can use any yogurt but I prefer to use nonfat plain greek yogurt for these oats.
  • Coconut Oil: Replace coconut oil with melted butter 1:1. I do not find the coconut oil gives off too coconut of a flavor.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Add white chocolate chips.
  • Omit pecans or use any preferred nut.
  • Add shredded zucchini for more veggies!

Dietary Modifications

  • To make dairy-free, be sure you use a dairy-free protein powder and yogurt.
  • For gluten-free be sure your protein powder and oats are certified gluten-free.

How to make carrot cake baked oatmeal (a visual step-by-step guide):

Step 1: preheat and prep

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8×8-inch or 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. If using a good metal baking dish, no need for parchment paper.

Step 2: mix dry ingredients

Oats, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and protein powder in a mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt (image 1).

Dry ingredients whisked together.

Whisk together to combine (image 2).

Step 3: mix wet ingredients

Eggs, almond milk, greek yogurt, vanilla extract and honey added to a mixing bowl.

In another bowl, whisk together the honey, vanilla extract, eggs, milk, greek yogurt, and melted coconut oil (image 3).

Wet ingredients whisked together in a mixing bowl .

Whisk until well combined (image 4).

Step 4: combine wet and dry

Wet and dry ingredients fully combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined (image 5).

Carrots and raisins folded into the mixture.

Fold the shredded carrots, nuts and raisins into the oat mixture (image 6).

Step 5: add to a baking dish and bake

Oat mixture poured into a baking dish.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly (image 7).

Fully baked oatmeal in a baking dish.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs (image 8).

Step 5: make frosting

Greek yogurt, protein powder and honey in a mixing bowl.

To make the frosting, mix together the yogurt, protein powder and honey until smooth (image 9)

Frosting ingredients fully mixed together.

Spread the frosting evenly over the baked oatmeal and sprinkle with additional nuts or serve on individual servings (image 10).

Recipe Tip!

Don’t forget to top with chopped pecans for the added crunch.

Recipe FAQs

How do you serve baked oatmeal?

I like to serve this one of two ways. First option: allow oats to cool completely and top the entire dish of baked oats with frosting, additional nuts or raisins. Cut into individual servings for this cake-like option.
The second option is to let your oatmeal bake cool for a few minutes, slice into individual servings and serve each piece as is or with your favorite toppings. This option is great for meal prep or for serving people with different preferences.
Enjoy your oatmeal warm, room temp or even cold.

How to store your baked oats

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave, air fryer or oven before serving. If storing with frosting on top, it will be best to enjoy cold like a cake vs. warmed as the frosting will melt when reheated.

What is baked oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal takes all the typical stovetop oatmeal ingredients to a new level by baking them. they’re delicious in all flavors like chocolate baked oats and strawberry baked oatmeal.

3 plated servings of baked oatmeal.

If you make this recipe, please leave a rating and/or comment! Tag me on Instagram @ohsnapmacros, I love hearing from you!

Plated serving of baked oats with frosting and chopped nuts on top.

Carrot Cake Baked Oats

Danielle Lima
These Carrot Cake Baked Oats are the perfect healthy breakfast or wholesome dessert. Filled with protein, fiber and warm spices, this flavorful and delicious oatmeal bake is ready in no time, easy to make and delicious. Top with protein frosting to complete these carrot cake oats for an indulgent but healthy treat, morning or night!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 slices
Calories 367 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats 160g
  • 3/4 cup vanilla protein powder PEScience 60g (approx. 2 scoops)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup honey (or syrup of choice) 76g
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (dairy or plant-based is fine) 360ml
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt 112g
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted) or butter
  • 1 cup finely grated carrot 80g
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans 30g
  • 1/4 cup raisins 40g

Protein Frosting

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt 224g
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 30g
  • 1 tsp. honey

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper or use a good nonstick baking dish. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Whisk together to combine. 
  • In another bowl, whisk together the honey, vanilla extract, eggs, milk, greek yogurt, and melted coconut oil. Whisk until well combined. 
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Fold the shredded carrots, nuts and raisins into the oat mixture. 
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly and bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  • To make the frosting, mix together the yogurt, protein powder and honey until smooth. Make sure to use a protein powder that is not chalky when mixed with yogurt. It will make a difference. 
  • Spread the frosting evenly over the baked oatmeal and sprinkle with additional nuts or serve on individual servings.

Notes

  • Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary with substitutions. 
  • Nutritional information includes 1 slice of baked oats (approx. 165 grams) with approx. 1.5 Tbsp. of protein frosting on top.
  • Without frosting: 286 calories, 13g fat, 26g carbs, 16g protein, 6g sugar, 4g fiber. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 24gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 385mgPotassium: 422mgFiber: 4gSugar: 19g
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Made this recipe this afternoon and it’s so good! I only had quick oats and used those while crossing my fingers lol. Still came out great!

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