With Easter just around the corner, carrot cake is raking in its yearly popularity again and for good reason. After all, the combination of sweet cake with a hint of spice, nuts and savoury is just delicious! However, it is unfortunately not socially acceptable or very good for you to eat cake all day. So this carrot cake oatmeal packs some more nutrition without losing out on flavour – win win ?!
This recipe is so awesome because it is super quick to make in the microwave and contains lots of awesome nutritients! Especially flax seeds, which have been cultivated in Europe for over 6000 years (Herbig & Maier, 2011), are really little powerhouses. In fact, with lots of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber, flax seeds are the most potent food to reduce high blood pressure, the major risk factor for coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, chronic kidney disease and dementia (Lackland & Weber, 2015)! For example, in controlled clinical trials, doses of only 30g of flax seeds daily over 6 months significantly reduced blood pressure in hypertensive patients down to levels below the risk threshold (Rodriguez-Leyva et al., 2015). That’s one of the reasons I add 1 tbsp to all my breakfasts, whether it’s oatmeal, smoothie or whatever – and so should you!
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- 1 banana ripe
- 1/2 carrot
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tbsp flax seeds ground
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger ground
- 1/2 cup plant milk
- nut butter, nuts and seeds as toppings
- Mash the banana with a ford and grate the carrot in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the oats, hemp and flax seeds and spices and mix. Pour in the plant milk and incoporate everything well.
- Microwave the oatmeal for 2 to 2:30 min at 800 Watt OR add an extra 1/2 cup of plant milk and cook on the stove over medium high heat until desired consistency (10-15 min).
- Top with nut butter, nuts and seeds. Enjoy!
If you like this carrot cake oatmeal, but it’s not quite spring yet, you might want to check out these Autumn-inspired Oatmeals or this amazing Spiced Apple Breakfast Quinoa! And if you do decide to make any of my recipes, let me know in the comments or tag me a picture on Instagram @fossilsandfusilli ?
Finally, I hope you are enjoying the increasing hours of sun, warmer temperatures and blooming flowers! Until next time ?
Herbig, C., & Maier, U. (2011). Flax for oil or fibre? Morphometric analysis of flax seeds and new aspects of flax cultivation in Late Neolithic wetland settlements in southwest Germany. Vegetation history and archaeobotany, 20(6), 527 (here)
Lackland, D. T., & Weber, M. A. (2015). Global burden of cardiovascular disease and stroke: hypertension at the core. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 31(5), 569-571 (full text)
Rodriguez-Leyva, D., Weighell, W., Edel, A. L., LaVallee, R., Dibrov, E., Pinneker, R., … & Pierce, G. N. (2013). Potent antihypertensive action of dietary flaxseed in hypertensive patients Hypertension, 62(6), 1081-1089. (full text)