Sweet and Sneaky Ways to Eat Your Veggies: Carrots

aka “Earning Desserts as a Five-Year-Old”

carrot cake oatmeal


I always ate my three daily servings of fruit as a kid. I drank my “crazy drink” (OJ + fizzy water) through a straw at breakfast, munched on apple slices at lunch, and popped grapes like candy as an after school snack. But vegetables?


Totally different story.  


Sure, I’d crunch on a few carrots at dinner if Mom promised me a cookie for dessert. Or I’d stab at a few green beans if she gave me vanilla pudding. But I much preferred my main entrée of fish sticks or grilled cheese over those pesky veggies!


I’m a big girl now, and I’ve realized that vegetables are good for me. Still, it’s hard to consciously choose broccoli over brownies or cucumbers over chocolate when my stomach starts rumbling!


Instead of forgoing treats in favor of produce, I’ve devised a few clever ways to sneak more veggies into my diet. I’m starting the day off with this carrot cake oatmeal. It’s sweet, spiced, and—dare I say it—even nicer than a slice of the original cake!


carrot cake oatmeal


Carrot Cake Oatmeal

serves 1

Feel free to add raisins or walnuts or any other ingredients you like in your carrot cake! Just stir them in along with the spices after cooking the oatmeal.

¼ c. finely shredded carrots (about 3 baby carrots)

⅓ c. old-fashioned oats

2-3 tsp sugar, or to taste (Truvia and Splenda would both work too)

⅔ c. water

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

⅛ tsp ground nutmeg

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the carrots, oats, sugar and water. Microwave according to the package’s directions. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg, and let the oatmeal thicken for 1-2 min before eating.


Other Sweet and Sneaky Veggie Treats:

caramelized onion breakfast muffins

pumpkin custards

fudgy beet brownies


carrot cake oatmeal



January 23, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals.


  1. Julie replied:

    Yum! Spicy for breakfast is great. If you are looking at other ways to sneak veggies in, cauliflower “rice” is very popular in our house right now:

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Sounds great! I’ve heard a lot of good things about cauliflower “rice,” but I haven’t actually gotten around to trying it… I’ve planned our dinners already for this week, but I’ll try to put cauliflower on my grocery list for next week! Can you use frozen-and-thawed, or does it need to be fresh?

  2. mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

    Mmm! Love me some carrot cake! I’m trying this one out soon!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Hope you like it!! I couldn’t stop eating it… So I made a second bowl!

      • mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

        Hahahaha!! That’s awesome… can’t tell you how often I always wanted to do that when I used to eat cold cereal (because it just never filled me up!). But with this recipe, it’d be hard to talk yourself out if it! So healthy!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        This recipe is right around 130 calories per serving, so I definitely don’t feel guilty eating an extra bowl — I mean serving of veggies! ;]

  3. smileycook replied:

    I love this idea! As a chef who prepares food for children on a daily basis I thing I could use this idea for other food items on our menu. Thats such a great idea!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I’m excited to share my next few sweet and sneaky veggie posts. I’d love to hear about the other ways you sneak in veggies too!

      • smileycook replied:

        Of course! I may come up with something tomorrow! But I cannot wait to see what other post you come up with 🙂

      • foods for the soul replied:

        I have three more sweet treats planned, so stay tuned! (And I’m saving the best for last… :])

  4. elisebakes replied:

    Sounds delicious! I love broccoli and still have trouble choosing it over brownies 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Oh my, that’s quite a predicament! I wonder if you could somehow combine the two… Or just eat one right after the other! ;]

  5. Liz replied:

    wow–great idea. I will for sure make that! (must buy carrots first:-)) Thanks for sharing.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I always have a big bag of baby carrots to munch on in the fridge. I tell myself that I have to eat at least 6-8 before I can eat my dark chocolate! ;] I’m excited to hear what you think about the oatmeal!

  6. loudlyliz replied:

    Love this! Thank you for sharing!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      My pleasure! Any way I can help motivate myself (and others) to eat a little healthier every now and then!

  7. Anna replied:

    What a clever idea 🙂 I’m going to try this mext time I make oatmeal 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it. I was surprised at how well the carrots added to the soft texture of oatmeal. I want to eat a bowl of this every day now!

  8. BekAtCrave replied:

    Oh yum! I remember carrot cake when I was a child- our favourite was a cheap woolworths brand rectangle cake with this amazing icing. I will have to try this one time!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      All of our local grocery stores sold carrot cake with walnuts, which didn’t go over well with our family. My brother and I hated nuts, and my mom was allergic! I did like the frosting part though… Was yours cream cheese? I hope you enjoy the oatmeal!

      • BekAtCrave replied:

        We had crushed walnuts in it aswell! It was so good. Hmmm, not sure what it is. Probably some sort of artificial cream cheese concoction- but damn was it good haha.

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Add sugar to anything, call it frosting, and I’ll eat it! ;] I don’t know who thought of pairing carrots and cream cheese and cake, but they were a brilliant person.

  9. Amanda replied:

    Totally going to try this!! And I love the pictures, by the way.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I had you in mind because of how much you love carrot cake. Hope you enjoy it!

  10. laurasmess replied:

    Oh wow, this looks absolutely delicious! I think I’m going to try your recipe with crumbled walnuts as an extra ‘carrot cakey’ topping. A delicious, healthy breakfast! P.S I just found your blog… it’s beautiful. I’ll definitely be checking back in with you! x

    • foods for the soul replied:

      That sounds great! I also considered adding a little cream cheese on top as the “frosting,” but maybe next time. I’m excited to hear what you think of the oatmeal! And thank you for your kind words and sweet compliments. They made my day! :]

  11. roannamartinwvudietetics12 replied:

    I love oatmeal, and I’m always looking for variations 🙂 This looks fabulous.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! Mixing the two textures and flavors together just seemed to make sense… I’ve considered adding in raisins or some cream cheese on top too. I hope you enjoy it!

  12. njpsaid replied:

    I am going to jump on this recipe as well. Thx u

    • foods for the soul replied:

      You’re welcome, I hope you enjoy it! I usually end up scraping the bowl clean because it tastes so good…

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