Slow Cooker Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats Recipe -
Slow Cooker Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats Recipe
  • READY IN 6+ hrs

Slow Cooker Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats

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"It's like eating dessert for breakfast! Even picky breakfast eaters will love this oatmeal! Freezes and reheats well."

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Original recipe makes 16 cups Change Servings


  1. Combine water, applesauce, oats, carrots, pineapple, raisins, sweetener, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in the crock of a 7-quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cook on Low for 6 hours.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 6 hrs
  • READY IN 6 hrs 10 mins

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 03, 2012

I wouldn't say that this tastes like carrot cake, but I will say that it tastes GREAT! I made half a recipe, and it cooked much faster than 6 hours, so you may want to start checking on it early. Next time, I probably will double the raisins and even use golden raisins for a little more eye-appealing presentation (the dark raisins sort of look like kidney or black beans in the oatmeal). I'll most likely add more pineapple, as that flavor was crazy good in this. IMO the spices are spot on. I served this with a dollop of honey greek yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts. I portioned out what I made today into freezer containers, so this should make for a healthy/nutritional/fast breakfast reheated in the microwave. Thanks DebbiKat for a recipe that makes the slow cooker a star (and, honestly, I'm not a slow cooker fan).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 26, 2012

This seemed to have so much promise, given the ingredients, and I loved the fact that it was so healthy, but I just didn't care for it. I followed the recipe exactly, and the shredded carrots were still carrots and hadn't softened into nothing, and the taste was tart and unappealing.

Sep 18, 2012

5 stars. Delicious and healthy. I halved the recipe though and added more cinnamon and raisins. Great for before school healthy breakfasts.

Sep 22, 2012

Perfect!! I used regular applesauce and zero sugar.

May 19, 2013

This is a great recipe! Made exactly as stated the first time and was 5 star, but since then have made minor changes to taste. I use a full 20oz can of crushed pineapple, draining the juice, but measure it and use as part of the water. Have tried different kinds and amounts of sweetener, but finally decided it does not need any sweetener. I have never cared for hot cereal, but this recipe has changed that! This freezes very well in individual containers. Just pop one in the microwave, and your meal is ready! I just have to comment on some of the negative feedback: For those who thought it was not sweet enough, I guess they must have been using it for a dessert, not a healthy breakfast (plus if you really want all that added sugar it's pretty easy to add more at the table). For those who ended up with too much water, check to make sure you were using STEEL CUT oats. For the ones that said the matchstick carrots didn't cook, the recipe calls for SHREDDED carrots (which you can do yourself!) I have made this several times since finding the recipe, and it has always cooked perfectly!

Nov 29, 2012

I always try a recipe exactly as it is written the first time. Funny how some people change the recipes and then are not happy with the recipe. My crockpot does not have a 6 hour low setting on it. Mine says 6 hours high, so I put it on low for 8 hours. It looked a bit watery when I opened the lid, but it thickened up nicely when stirred for a little bit and then put into the bowls. I think that perhaps some of the comments in here about it being too watery (especially the one with 3 cups of water left over) have to accommodate for their slowcooker as I did or perhaps mis-measured ingredients (as we all have done). Perhaps each crockpot heats differently as do ovens and microwaves. The flavour was awesome! I really dislike hot cereals of all kinds and many times I've tried to eat porridge as an example for my children. I have heard that it is very healthy and since I love, I thought I would search for a recipe that I would be able to enjoy eating. My family all love this. We put vanilla yogurt on top and it was just like eating dessert! Thank you so much for this recipe, I can actually eat porridge with my family, and I don't have to cook every morning as there is enough to last a few mornings.

Oct 15, 2012

Followed the recipe with the exception of adding 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup zante currants instead of 1cup raisins. I initially thought the amount of water (10cupes?) seemed a bit much, esp if you include the applesauce, but since I'd never cooked with steel cut oats, I figured it'll "drink" all the water up and be more like an oatmeal when done, I was wrong. After letting it cook for 6 hours (still looked like brown water in a crockpot) I cooked it for another 2 on low.. still watery and I tasted it this morning (let it cook over night) it was a soupy-watery mess with probably about 3 cups of liquid still left over. I had to dredge out the "oatmeal" from the bottom of the crockpot. All that water didn't get absorbed, or cook down.. its watery oatmeal. Smells great, but its not appealing at all. Was kinda hoping this would be the chance I'd get over my distaste for oatmeal with something yummy. I'll keep searching.

Oct 13, 2012

We just loved this! We had a guy doing work at the house early Saturday morning and hubs asked me warm up 2 big bowls for them. Not eggs, sweet rolls or a big sandwich, OATMEAL! Lol!! I halved this and used a 5 qt slow cooker. It only took about 3 hours. I used the entire can of pineapple, didn't drain it and the full amount of raisins. I don't know what the sugar equivalent of the sugar substitute would be so I just added a 1/4 cup of brown sugar instead. It was just right, not too sweet. I keep this in containers in the frig, put what I want in a bowl, add milk and microwave a 1 1/2 minutes. Thank you! Great, fun recipe. I know my husband will request it often and I am happy to make for him!!


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  • Calories
  • 140 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.6 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1.4 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 164 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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