Carrot Cake Oatmeal

My bananas aren’t ripe 😦

I’m a banana fan as I’ve mentioned in the past.  I usually have at least one per day sliced up in my oats or on toast or in a smoothie.  The riper the better!  Today my bananas are just yellow.  While I could have enjoyed it on a piece of toast, I really wanted oatmeal but I try to use really ripe bananas in my oats.  I guess because of the sugar breakdown as they ripen, they’re sweeter when riper?

Point being… my bananas were not quite ready for oats.  Then I remembered Christie‘s Carrot Cake Oat Bran I read about yesterday and decided to recreate my own!

My combo contained:

1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill 8 Grain Hot Cereal (or oats or oat bran)
1 carrot, finely grated
lots of cinnamon
dash of allspice
squirt of vanilla extract
topped with plain greek yogurt, agave nectar and a few pieces of walnuts

Pretty delicious!  Interesting way to get a veggie in!

Still… nothing beats the creamy sweetness my sliced banana adds to my oats!  I’m going to try this again but next time with a banana as a sweetener instead of agaven nectar!

Thanks for the inspiration, Christie!

Today is another busy day!  Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!  But something fun…Tonight I’m baking for a faculty/student mixer!  I’m a little concerned because it was advertised as such: “Come mingle with faculty! Enjoy tea and coffee! Savor Karla’s delicious baked goods!” … just a little pressure to make sure it’s great!

See you tonight for some baking!!


12 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Oatmeal

  1. Karin says:

    My dear bloggie twin Karla: I completely understand your misery. And I just realized that I haven’t had a banana today. Le shock!!
    Your banana-less oats look great though! I’ve meant to try carrots in oatmeal for ages and keep forgetting about it.

  2. todayslady says:

    Wow, hello pressure! You’ll do fine. I’ve looked at some of the yummy things you’ve made and they all look great! Mmmmm oats with banana. I too hate it when they aren’t ripe enough yet. Riper is so so much better! That carrot cake oatmeal looks tempting though 🙂

  3. healthyexposures says:

    Carrot cake oats will soon take over the world! Aren’t they fantastic? 😛

    I’m a banana fiend too. I feel out of place if I don’t have at least one a day! I think it’s sad that they get a bad rap among serious dieters – like on the biggest loser and such. I mean c’mon. [generally speaking] I think the benefits of bananas far outweigh the fact that they’re higher in caloric value & sugars. end of rant, lol.

  4. todayslady says:

    just thought i’d let you know what happened to me after i left my comment. I went to make my banana oats and the banana looked perfect so i put it in my oatmeal…. turns out it wasnt ripe enough 😦 Super disappointing. Unripe bananas suck!

  5. Anna says:

    I actually like bananas when they’re less ripe… like borderline right after they only taste like chalk. 🙂
    Don’t worry about the pressure! (That was not me on the poster btw :)) They will be great. Looking forward to it!

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