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Do you enjoy breakfast in the mornings? Or do you have to rush through it? I think we have a tendency to take breakfast for granted and just make something to get it over with and move on to the next part of our day. But it doesn’t have to be like that! Today, I am introducing you to the newest member of my little baked oatmeal family: carrot cake oatmeal breakfast muffins made with Planet Oat® Extra Creamy Oatmilk. They are completely dairy free–vegan, in fact–and can be made ahead of time in just 30 minutes. But they taste like an indulgent dessert. How, you ask? Keep reading, sis.

cartons of oat milk and oatmeal breakfast muffin ingredients on cutting board

I first tried oat milk a few years ago while in Amsterdam and was immediately enamored with the creamy texture. Dairy milk has been a thing of the past for me for almost 10 years now and I’ve tried many plant-based milks but Oatmilk is by far the creamiest. At the time, not everyone had heard of it and I’m so glad to now be able to find Planet Oat Oatmilk at my local Kroger. Planet Oat is Oatmilk for all: free from lactose, soy, gluten, peanuts, and tree nuts, and with the ability to be used across all dairy occasions (cereal, coffee, smoothies, cooking/baking), Planet Oat is a terrific option for everyone and every occasion.

baked oatmeal muffins in pan

If you’re wondering why Planet Oat Oatmilk or what it even tastes like, I’d describe it as rich, creamy, and full-bodied. The taste is just lightly sweet (Planet Oat Original and Vanilla flavors only have 4g of sugar per serving) so it works by the glass as well as in cereal. And it’s nutritious, with calcium and vitamins A & D, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, as well as non-GMO. You can plug it into your routine without missing a beat–I use it as a one-for-one dairy milk replacement in cooking and baking.

carton of oat milk on cutting board next to oatmeal muffins

Now for the carrot cake oatmeal breakfast muffins details! If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know that I love make-ahead breakfast ideas like this one. Meal prepping is a mainstay in my routine because it frees up my time and focus during the week BUT I don’t do boring meals. Especially since I’ve been working from home, I like to have something especially delicious to look forward to at mealtimes. These muffins are definitely that. The carrot cake flavor is spot on and the texture is as moist and dense as actual carrot cake. Once you see the ingredient list below, you’ll understand why.

carrot cake oatmeal breakfast muffins on cutting board

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Muffin Ingredients

  • Rolled oats
  • Carrot
  • Raisins
  • Pineapple
  • Walnuts
  • Planet Oat Extra Creamy Oatmilk
  • Almond Butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Sea Salt

Grocery shopping looks and feels very different right now, which is why I appreciate Kroger’s online shopping portal. I can pick out all the recipe ingredients from my phone then pick them up quickly and carefully at my local Kroger store. Go ahead and plug the ingredients for these carrot cake oatmeal breakfast muffins into your grocery shopping list!

screenshot of Kroger online shopping portal

Click to shop Planet Oat Oatmilk at Kroger.

Also, did I mention that my carrot cake oatmeal breakfast muffins are quick to make? Well, they are. They’re also dairy-free, have no refined sugar, and, if you use gluten-free oats, can be gluten-free, as well. This is a great plant-based breakfast option that I think your entire family will enjoy. And with this recipe, you can make enough for everyone in almost no time. That’s what I call winning.

holding three carrot cake oatmeal breakfast muffins

Tips for this Recipe

  • It’s very important to use rolled (sometimes call old-fashioned) oats in any of my oatmeal muffin recipes for textural reasons. Quick or shredded oats just won’t work the same.
  • Be sure to warm the milk (and almond butter if you keep that in the fridge). This will make it much easier to mix together all the wet ingredients.
  • Matchstick carrots can also work in this recipe. If you opt to use them, I recommend cutting them into halves.

stack of oatmeal muffins on cutting board

I encourage you to make carrot cake oatmeal breakfast muffins part of your next meal plan and be sure to check out Planet Oat Oatmilk at Kroger. Sharing is caring so you’ll want to pin this recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

P.S. more oatmeal muffin varieties:

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins

A quick and easy make-ahead breakfast recipe that yields a dozen delicious muffins with spot-on carrot cake texture and flavor

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked oatmeal recipe, how to make baked oatmeal, make ahead breakfast, make ahead oatmeal, weekday breakfast ideas
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shaved carrot
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 2/3 cup oatmilk warmed to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or nut butter of your choice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients (oats, shaved carrot, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt) together in a large bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a smaller bowl, mix together remaining ingredients (oatmilk, almond butter, maple syrup, crushed pineapple, and vanilla extract) until smooth and uniform.

  3. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until well incorporated and no dry "pockets" remain.

  4. Spray a 12-count muffin pan with non-stick spray then evenly divide oatmeal mixture between the cavities. Lightly press mixture into each cavity so that the top of each muffin is smooth.

  5. Bake for about 25 minutes or until tops of muffins are firm when pressed. Allow muffins to cool completely in pan before removing. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.