Too many carrots from your garden? Have them for breakfast as a Coconut Carrot Oatmeal Bake. What can I say? I love cardamom and the citrusy flavor it gives to the cinnamon, ginger, carrots & apple. Like my other oatmeal bakes, this is lightened up with applesauce instead of butter, coconut milk and egg whites. I love the crunch from the walnuts and carrots, and sweetness from the raisins and apple. Oatmeal bake is a great meal prep and if you can use your over in the summer, you can still enjoy the end result hot or cold. Add a little yogurt and maple syrup for a deliciously easy breakfast.
Ingredients (serves 6).
- 1/2 c coconut flakes, toasted
- 3 c old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1 t cardamom
- 1/8 t ginger
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 t baking powder
- 1 c shredded carrots, roughly chopped
- 1/2 c chopped walnuts
- 1/4 c raisins
- 1 c unsweetened applesauce
- 1 c canned light coconut milk (just the liquid) or milk of choice
- 2 egg whites
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 apple, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In the large 9×13 baking pan you’ll use for the oatmeal bake, toast coconut on highest rack for 3-4 min until golden. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, mix oats, spices, salt and baking powder. Fold in chopped carrots, walnuts, raisins and toasted coconut.
- Add applesauce, coconut milk, egg whites and vanilla directly over dry ingredients. Fold in apples.
- Grease the pan you used to toast coconut. Transfer mixed oatmeal to greased pan. Bake 18-22 min or until set and firm.
- Let cool before serving. Cut into 6 squares.
- Add any toppings of choice. I enjoy yogurt (plain non-fat Greek or Siggi’s vanilla skyr), fresh fruit and some maple syrup (oops — added too much in photos trying to take an action shot!).
Inspired by Real Simple‘s “Big Batch Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal,” but adapted from my Oatmeal Bake. Also try:
Nutrition for 1 out of 6 squares (without toppings).
296 calories • 14.1 g fat (39%) • 41.8 g carbs (51%) • 8.4 g protein (10%) • 7.1 g fiber • 11.7 g sugar
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.