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.

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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!

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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.

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  • 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


  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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  1. I followed the recipe as written and my batch also came out soupy. My slow cooker has ‘low’, ‘warm’ and ‘high’ settings but after reading the owners manual, i discovered the ‘warm’ setting isn’t actually suppose to be used for more than 4 hours. It is a setting to keep the food in the pot warm until being served. Not sure if those of you using the warm setting have a similar crock pot to mine?
    I added a cup of quick oats and left it on high for 30 more minutes and it did get a little thicker. Sad to say I was disappointed. 

  2. I just hsd the ssme result…watery soupy uncooked. Not syre why the rdcipe has so much water….I just turned it to high.

  3. I made this recipe to have for breakfast this morning and upon going to serve it after the prescribed 8 hours on “warm” it was still like soup. The oats were still quite crunchy and the carrots weren’t cooked. I’ve now turned the heat up to “high” to try cooking everything and getting some of the liquid off…not sure how it will turn out. Not sure why it didn’t turn out when I followed the recipe exactly.

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  12. fabulous looking. I pinned, i tweeted I shared on my Facebook page!

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  14. I left a question over with the recipe, but basically, I need to know what to use if your slow cooker doesn’t have a “warm” setting, and just high and low. I’m thinking we need this for these cold, cold mornings (I’m planning on halving the recipe, since there is just the two of us). It looks yummy!

    • What size slow cooker do you have? I have a 6qt and even with the double batch it tends to get a bit browned around the edges when I cook it on low instead of warm. If you have a smaller crockpot it might work. I’ve done it both ways and I just stir the browned thick stuff into the soupier part in the middle and it still tastes great. Hope that helps! And I hope it turns out great! :)

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  16. This looks so good! I have yet to make oatmeal in the slow cooker!

  17. Oh girl, this oatmeal looks just stellar!! Seriously, I can’t wait to make this one.

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  20. I love that we’re on the same page this week!! I seriously will be making slow cooker oatmeal religiously in the coming months!!

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  22. I agree that his would be a great Christmas morning breakfast… or a great breakfast any morning!

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