This carrot cake oatmeal is given a fall twist with both apple butter and apples. Topped with apple butter mascarpone it’s quite a cozy fall breakfast!

I play this game every single year, it’s called “how far into fall can I go before turning the heat on?”.

It’s a fun one, you should give it a shot too.

This post is sponsored by Musselman’s.
This carrot cake oatmeal is given a fall twist with both apple butter and apples. Topped with apple butter marscapone it's quite a cozy fall breakfast!

My goal is always to last until November 1st.

It seems totally doable in the beginning of October when the nights sometimes threaten frost but the days still warm up nicely.

Then the end of the month rolls around and those midday temps just aren’t doing the job.

You find yourself donning sweats, fuzzy socks and a cold nose around the clock but you’re just too stubborn to give in to the thermostat.

And by you, I mean me.

Miss. Hater of the Oil Bills.

Slow cooker apple butter carrot cake oatmeal is made with hearty steel cut oats for a comforting breakfast bowl!
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Put this slow cooker apple butter carrot cake oatmeal together the night before and wake up to a cozy fall breakfast!

So, the sweatpants, sweatshirts and fleece socks end up needing a little help from our favorite cold weather friend, the slow cooker.

I actually think making breakfast in the slow cooker is more convenient than dinner.

Slow cooker dinners have a few downfalls like having to touch raw meat first thing in the morning before things like coffee have kicked in, browning said meat and dirtying another pot and then worrying about leaving the house with the appliance cooking away on the counter all day.

Slow cooker breakfasts, like this apple butter carrot cake oatmeal (or this chocolate cherry steel cut oatmeal and millet porridge) avoid all these things.

And, they take that “I’m too stubborn to turn on the heat yet” chill out of your bones right as you wake up.

Topped with marscapone apple butter, this carrot cake oatmeal is a warm and comforting fall breakfast.
Slow cooker carrot cake oatmeal is given a fall makeover with apple butter and lots of real apples!

If you’re a carrot cake fan, you’re going to love this fall twist to that classic flavor combination.

With apple butter as the sole sweetener (it’s more than just a spread! – although, totally delicious and perfect on these paleo pumpkin english muffins) and diced apples throughout, it’s as if fall exploded in this cozy bowl of steel cut carrot cake oatmeal.

The mascarpone apple butter swirled in gives a creamy decadent taste reminiscent of the cream cheese frosting you’d find atop any good slice of carrot cake. It’d actually be delicious on top of this spiced carrot bread recipe too.

It’s like a way better version of the old school fruit and cream oatmeal packets from childhood.

If you want to skip the dairy in the topping though, swirl in some creamy vanilla macadamia nut butter instead!

Ps – if you loved those, try this apple cinnamon oatmeal (stove-top recipe), strawberries and cream oatmeal or, these peaches and coconut cream oats.

And while they never had a “pear oatmeal” packet, this spiced pear oatmeal is just like those recipes too and includes a crazy good caramelized pear topping!

Cozy, warm and comforting, this carrot cake oatmeal with apples and apple butter is the perfect way to start your fall day.

So, if this is what has to be done to hold out until November 1st on the heat front, I think I’m going to win the game this year.

Gingerbread oatmeal is also a great recipe for coziness in the face of cold winter temps if that’s more your style.

More apple butter inspiration for fall: apple butter bacon scones and this turkey cheddar apple butter panini.

Also check out: 10 ways to use apple butter for a bunch of sweet and savory recipe ideas!

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Apple Butter Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
This carrot cake oatmeal is given a fall twist with both apple butter and apples. Topped with apple butter marscapone it’s quite a cozy fall breakfast!


For the oatmeal:

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup Musselman’s apple butter
  • 4 cups liquid, water, milk or a mixture of both
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • pinch kosher salt
  • chopped walnuts for garnish

For the apple butter marscapone:

  • 1 ounce marscapone
  • 1 tablespoon Musselman’s apple butter


  • Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours, overnight.
  • In the morning, stir together the marscapone and apple butter until smooth in a small bowl.
  • Spoon the oatmeal into serving bowls, top with the apple butter marscapone and garnish with chopped walnuts.


For vegan – omit the marscapone apple butter topping.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 82mgFiber: 7gSugar: 26g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

The slow cooker does all the work in this apple butter carrot cake oatmeal perfect for a crisp cool fall morning.
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  1. Such a palatable breakfast dish. Gina! Can’t wait to start the day with this nutrient-dense recipe. Do you use fresh or ground ginger?

  2. Carrot cake in breakfast form is foodie ingenuity at its finest! And I’ve never even considered utilising the slow cooker for breakfasts – I so need to get on this, asap!

  3. Oatmeal on a cold rainy fall day is like a huge hug! Love that this recipe doesn’t have any added sugar.