This carrot cake slow cooker oatmeal tastes indulgent but it is a nutritious, fun, and filling way to start your day.

Carrot Cake Slow Cooker Oatmeal on RachelCooks.com

Slow cooker oatmeal is one of my favorite things. It just doesn’t get much better than throwing a bunch of stuff in the slow cooker before you go to bed (takes only a few minutes!) and waking up to a hot breakfast. Ready and waiting for you. I’ve done a plain (versatile!) version of slow cooker steel-cut oats and a pumpkin pie slow cooker oatmeal but this version might just be my favorite. It has all the familiar flavors of carrot cake: Carrots (duh), coconut, raisins and warm spices. I’m completely obsessed with the way the golden raisins puffed up and turned back into mini grapes. Or something like that. It is such a fun breakfast to eat!

Carrot Cake Slow Cooker Oatmeal on RachelCooks.com

I know it isn’t peppermint. It isn’t gingerbread. It isn’t green or red or sparkly or anything like that. But I do think this would make a phenomenal Christmas morning breakfast.

Carrot Cake Slow Cooker Oatmeal

This carrot cake slow cooker oatmeal tastes indulgent but it is a nutritious, fun, and filling way to start your day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 1 cup shredded or julienned carrots
  • 1 cup small diced carrots
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut (shredded or flake)
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • toasted walnuts for topping, optional
  • brown sugar for topping, optional
  • milk for topping, optional

Directions:

  1. In a large slow cooker, combine oats, carrots, raisins, coconut, water, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set on “warm” and cook for 8 hours. Serve with brown sugar and toasted walnuts if desired.
  2. Note: I use a 6 quart slow cooker and it is nearly full with this recipe. If you have a smaller sized slow cooker (or aren’t feeding an army), you may want to cut the recipe in half.
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