Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
Looking to spice up your oatmeal? Here’s a healthy and delicious recipe ready to do just that! If you are interested in cutting back your sugars, feel free to decrease the amount of maple syrup or substitute with agave.
2 1/4 cups rolled oats, certified gluten-free if necessary
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 1/2 cups lightly packed shredded carrots
2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (or ½ tsp ground ginger)
1/4 cup raisins, currents, or dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnut, pecan, or almonds
1. Preheat oven to 375F and lightly grease a 10-cup/2.5 qt. casserole dish (8″ x 11″ rectangular casserole dish.)
2. In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: shredded carrot, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and fresh ginger.
4. Add the wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until combined.
5. Pour mixture into prepared dish and smooth out with a spoon. Press down on the oatmeal with a spoon (or your hands) so the oats sink into the milk. Sprinkle on the walnuts and raisins and press down lightly again.
6. Bake, uncovered, for 32-37 minutes (I baked for 35 mins.) until lightly golden along edge. The oatmeal will still look a bit soft or wet in some spots when it comes out of the oven, but it will firm up as it cools.
7. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with Coconut Whipped Cream, a drizzle of maple syrup, or some non-dairy yogurt. When the baked oatmeal is fully cool, it will firm up enough to be sliced into squares.
If you have leftovers, they should keep for 3 days in the fridge or up to 2 weeks in the freezer. Enjoy it warm, at room temp, or chilled straight from the fridge.
Dr. Crysta Serné
Vancouver Chiropractor and owner of Vitality Clinic
*Recipe courtesy of Oh She Glows