Simple Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Aren’t carrots the best!  I love how they can lend themselves to both sweet and savory dishes.  Any vegetable that can serve as a fruit in this way is awesome in my book!  Not only that, but check out all of the health benefits, vitamins, and minerals carrots provide!

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The news just keeps getting better, because I’m going to share a super yummy, and SUPER simple, healthy recipe for preparing oatmeal in such a way that it tastes a lot like a delicious carrot cake, but with only healthy ingredients!

I used a full cup of shredded carrots in this recipe (for one serving), giving it an extremely carroty taste.  If you want that to be brought down a bit, feel free to use just 1/4 – 1/2 cup of shredded carrots.

Another nice thing about this recipe is that it’s really simple to make!  It’s basically the same process as just making regular oatmeal, so you can get a nice healthy and tasty twist on regular oatmeal without any extra effort!

SIMPLE AND HEALTHY CARROT CAKE OATMEAL

Ingredients (makes one serving):

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned gluten free oats
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1-2 tsp. raw honey or a pinch of stevia
  • chopped pecans for topping (optional)

Directions:

1.) Add the carrots, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey (or stevia) to a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil.  Add the oats and cook for 5-10 minutes depending on soft you like your oats.

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2.) Transfer to a bowl, top with pecans (if desired), and serve.

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Delicious!  Enjoy! 🙂

BAKED ZUCCHINI AND CARROTS: THE PERFECT HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS SNACK

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I am always looking for healthy snacks that taste good and fill me up!  A lot of those end up being baked veggies.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had this as a snack, and the other day, I came across this pin:

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It reminded me of how yummy this snack really is, so naturally, I made some and wolfed it down!  Carrots and zucchini are both extremely good for you and have some of the following health benefits.

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You can see that this makes for an extremely healthy snack, and when you prepare them this way – oh boy – NOM NOM!!!

BAKED ZUCCHINI AND CARROT STICKS

Ingredients:

  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • olive oil
  • spice/herb blend of your choice (I used garlic powder and rosemary, but the possibilities are endless – the pin above links to the recipe for these, and used paprika and crushed red pepper – can you say YUM?!)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2.) Peel and chop your carrots into sticks.  Chop your zucchini into sticks as well.  Add them both to a bowl.  drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle herbs of your choice onto them along with sea salt and pepper.  Toss to coat.

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3.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange your zucchini and carrot sticks on it.

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4.) Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges of the zucchini are slightly browned.

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5.) Transfer to a plate and serve

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Enjoy! 🙂