Yes, another experiment with baked oatmeal! I’m loving it baked and have had such success with adding flavors. This time I imagined a carrot cake oatmeal, using shredded carrots and lots of crushed pineapple. Although I probably couldn’t work the cream cheese frosting into the baked part, Topping it with a little flavored yogurt might be as good.
I used one of my basic recipes for baked oatmeal and added the carrots and pineapple. In a large bowl I mixed together the carrots, pineapple and juice, eggs, milk and vanilla. Slowly I poured in the melted butter as I continued to stir the mixture.
In a separate bowl I mixed the dry ingredients together. I poured them into the wet ingredients and stirred well to combine.
I’d sprayed a 9×13-in pan and preheated the oven to 350° F. I spread the mixture in the pan and put the pan into the oven. I set the timer for 40 minutes. When the timer went off the oatmeal was golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted in the middle came out dry. I set the pan on a rack to cool for 10 minutes.
The scent of the spiced oatmeal filled the house; it even smelled like carrot cake. I couldn’t wait to try it! I’m such a fan I’ve now perfected a carrot cake recipe, a carrot cake waffle recipe and a carrot cake cheesecake recipe. Oatmeal and pancakes were the last items on my “To Do” list. Pancakes will be next.
Diving in to it without adding any topping, I was extremely pleased with the flavors. Not super sweet (brown sugar could be added to each serving if desired) it had the spiciness of carrot cake. The pineapple and carrot flavors weren’t overpowering, but just right. I loved this oatmeal!
I was sorry that my P.S. wouldn’t be enjoying it with me, but I’d told my son I’d bring him over a container. I was sure he’d like it. As for me, I had a new flavor to add to my list of go-to baked oatmeal recipes. It is definitely a keeper!
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
1 cup finely shredded carrots
1 cup crushed pineapple with juices
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter; melted
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or grease a 9×13-in pan.
In a mixing bowl whisk togther the carrots, pineapple, eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla. Slowly pour in the melted butter, continuing to stir.
In a separate bowl mix together the oats, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Pour the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top.
Bake in preheated oven 40-50 minutes.
Serve with yogurt if desired.