I am apart of a fun cooking group on Facebook with other self-taught chefs. Every week a new ingredient is posted, and we are challenged to make a dish. This week the ingredient is carrots.
For my challenge I decided to make a couple of dishes. One for breakfast, and a new dessert. For breakfast, I tried my hand at making oatmeal that taste like carrot cake. I posted what I had made, and a fellow chef informed me that without raisins, my carrot cake is not what it seems.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not a fan of raisins. Whenever I have made my carrot cake, I have never added raisins. Apples or pineapples maybe, but raisins. No.
Not to say that raisins are bad, just not my cup of tea.
To each it’s own, right?
I have done a bit of research and found that, while some people like raisins in the carrot cake, it’s an optional ingredient. Just like nuts, it’s not an ingredient that will make or break your recipe. It’s a personal preference.
Now, on to my carrot cake oatmeal.
I have been experimenting with vegetables for breakfast a lot over the last few months. Trying out breakfast salads, adding vegetable to my eggs, and to oatmeal as well. I’m always look for new ways to add in extra of veggies serving to my meals.
This oatmeal that I made taste just like carrot cake. It’s sweet and flavorful. Like having dessert for breakfast with out all of the extra cake.
I was utterly surprised when I tasted my finished product. I was a bit leary while making it. Praying that it didn’t taste like crap. Sometimes, in the kitchen, it can be a hit or miss kind of thing. I was totally expecting this to be a miss, but instead, it turned out to a bowl of yummy, creamy, goodness. So good, that I just had to share it with all of you.
- 1. 1/2 Cup Dried 1 Minute Oatmeal
- 2. 1/4 Cup Water
- 3. 1/4 Cup Milk of your choice ( more or less depending on the constancy that you want)
- 4. 2 Tablespoons Carrots, puree
- 5. 1/4 Teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
- 6. 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 7. 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 8. 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 9. 1 Tablespoon nuts of your choice ( I prefer pecans or walnuts)
- 10. 1/2 Tablespoon Shredded Coconuts (optional)
- Mix water and oatmeal in a small saucepan. Cook until oatmeal has softened up, and water has evaporated.
- Remove from the stove.
- Add the next 6 ingredients. Mixing until combined. add or lessen your milk depends on the constancy that you like.
- Top with nuts of your choice and shredded coconut.
- You can add raisins or dried pineapples.