I was in the mood for something sweet this morning.
But at the same time I had this thought that I wanted something relatively healthy and not too heavy.
So this is how this meal was born.
Carrot Cake Oatmeal!
All the carrot cake flavors, but no heaviness or no over-sweetness.
This was a good hearty meal with a little fun twist.
First get all the “carrot cake” ingredients ready for the toppings.
Finely shredded carrots, pineapple, golden raisins, walnuts, date jam/syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
I was initially planning to sweeten my oatmeal with brown sugar, but I decided to use dates as a sweetner.
I simply pureed dates (I used five pitted dates in 1/2-1 cup water) to make syrup.
It turned out to be a little thicker than I initially anticipated, but it was perfectly okay.
I eat oatmeal a lot during the week as a quick breakfast at work.
Just oatmeal and hot water, salt, and cinnamon.
Well, weekend oatmeal should be a bit more fun.
And this was fun.
It was so tasty.
Hearty and fresh at the same time.
Loved the date syrup/jam, as its caramel-like rich sweetness goes well with the rest of the ingredients.
Don’t forget to sprinkle a little salt, which brings out all the flavors and brighten them up.