Thanks to our friends at Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and Hodgson Mill for sponsoring this Carrot Cake Breakfast Bowl – ‘cause cake for breakfast is always a good idea!! This yummy bowl is loaded with ingredients like Hodgson Mill Oat Bran, milled flax seeds, grated carrots, coconut milk, golden raisins, walnuts, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and pure maple syrup. This delicious breakfast bowl is a great way to start any day!
Are you a breakfast person? I totally am if it involves a hot cup of coffee and CAKE for breakfast!!! Hello there – yummy Carrot Cake Breakfast Bowl!
But for real, about that coffee… can someone just go ahead and hook me up to a caffeine IV? ‘Cause I’m too tired to hold the mug for myself. And the quicker it gets into my system the better because I’m barely functioning in the morning. Uugh! Unlike the hubs, I’m a bit of a slow starter.
I slooowly inch out of bed with one eye open, and most of the time with both closed, I brush my teeth. Then take morning vitamins and make the coffee. All without turning on one light in my house. I’m like a bat or maybe a vampire – totally nocturnal and bright light is just so painful first thing in the morning.
Now the B man on the other hand – totally different story. He leaps out of bed, turning on every light he can find, talking about whatever pops in his head, and sings show tunes in the shower. Ok, so I’m exaggerating about the show tunes – it’s more like Pharrell Williams … ’cause he’s just happy. Lol
I’m sure you’re getting the picture. So many lights, sounds and actions happening in the B man’s AM world. Annnd all of it without a lick of coffee. Not kidding. It’s just not fair.
And probably because he has such a high metabolism and sooo much energy he has to eat a big bowl of grains, fiber, and protein. You know something that really stays with him until his second breakfast (an hour later). Again I say: not fair!
This Carrot Cake Breakfast Bowl is just the ticket for his morning grazing. It’s loaded with all kinds of goodness… Hodgson Mill Oat Bran, milled flax seeds, shredded carrots, coconut milk, golden raisins, walnuts, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and pure maple syrup. It’s like eating a warm yummy piece of carrot cake for breakfast – mmmm. But instead of the normal carrot cake ingredients, this version is actually good for you. Yes – please!
Annnd it’s ready in 5ish minutes – depending on whether you’re a morning person or not. (Just keeping it real.)
I really love using Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal in this breakfast bowl. It creates a hearty, yet creamy and satisfying morning meal. Their top-quality oats are grown right here in America’s heartland. The oats are milled to remove a portion of the starchy kernel from the fiber-dense bran layer… resulting in superior flavor and texture with absolutely no fillers or preservatives. AND their Oat Bran Cereal is a good source of fiber, including soluble fiber.
Both soluble and insoluble fiber are good for you in different ways. Insoluble does not dissolve in water. It stays intact as it moves through your digestive system, providing bulk and keeping you regular. You can find insoluble fiber in wheat bran, vegetables, and fruit skins and seeds.
Soluble fiber on the other hand does dissolve in water, into a gel which slows and regulates digestion. Soluble fiber is also thought to bond with cholesterol particles and sweep them out of the body. Good sources of soluble fiber include oats, nuts, seeds, lentils and other legumes, fruits and especially blueberries.
I’ll take all the help I can get, so bring on the Oat Bran Cereal – please and thank you!
This easy stove-top Carrot Cake recipe couldn’t be any simpler to make. And I’m sure you have most of these Carrot Cake ingredients on hand.
I like to soften and plump up my raisins, so the first thing I do is add the milk to the pan, bring it to a simmer, then add the shredded carrots and raisins and cook for about a minute over medium heat.
Next, I add in Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal, milled flax seeds, walnuts, cinnamon, pure maple syrup, collagen protein powder (totally optional) and a pinch of salt.
I cook this for 1-2 minutes, stir in the shredded coconut, and dish it up. I like to top it off with more shredded coconut, walnuts, a little extra shredded carrot, and sometimes even a drizzle of Greek yogurt with pure maple syrup to make it extra delicious, still super-healthy, and sooo beautiful. After all we eat with our eyes first.
Isn’t she gorgeous!!
I like adding a protein source to my breakfast cereals. That way it balances out the carbohydrates and between that and the fiber it slows and regulates digestion. Which helps to keep us fueled and feeling full longer.
Carrot Cake Breakfast Bowl Toppings:
Here are some other ideas of Carrot Cake ingredients you could swap out or add in to your breakfast Bowl.
- Chai seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Almonds, pecans, cashews or even Macadamia nuts
- Pineapple or banana – dried or fresh
- Sweetened protein powder (just omit the pure maple syrup and collagen protein)
- Almond or cashew butter
- Honey (just omit the pure maple syrup)
- Ginger powder
- Vanilla extract
These are just a few I thought of but I’m sure there are many more tasty toppings you can use to make your Carrot Cake Breakfast Bowl a nutritious and delicious way to start your day!
For The Breakfast Bowl:
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk, (or almond milk if preferred)
- 3/4 cup carrots, shredded
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 3/4 cup Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal
- 1 tablespoon Hodgson Mill All Natural Milled Flax Seed
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin collagen protein, (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
For The Toppings:
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 shake of salt
- Flaked or shredded coconut
- Chopped walnuts
- Shredded carrots
- Golden raisins
- Heat coconut milk to simmer in a small saucepan (about 4-5 minutes). Add carrots and golden raisins, then simmer for about a minute over medium heat.
- Stir in the oat bran cereal, milled flax seed, walnuts, cinnamon, pure maple syrup, collagen protein powder, and a pinch of salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes until it’s your desired consistency. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon flaked coconut (if mixture gets too thick add little more milk to thin it out).
- In a separate bowl, make a drizzle by combining Greek yogurt, pure maple syrup, water, and salt.
- Pour the oat bran cereal into a bowl and top with shredded coconut, dried raisins, walnuts and carrots. Finish with Greek yogurt drizzle.
Serving Size8 ounces
Amount Per Serving Calories 383Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 0gSodium 340mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 10gSugar 33gProtein 11g