Apple Butter Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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! 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 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 Musselman’s 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’s like a way better version of the old school fruit and cream oatmeal packets from childhood. Ps – if you loved those, try this apple cinnamon oatmeal (stove-top recipe), strawberries and cream oatmeal or, these peaches and coconut cream oats.

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.

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!

Apple Butter Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Apple Butter Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 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


  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours, overnight.
  3. In the morning, stir together the marscapone and apple butter until smooth in a small bowl.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 7gSugar: 26gProtein: 7g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.


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The slow cooker does all the work in this apple butter carrot cake oatmeal perfect for a crisp cool fall morning.



  1. Bethany @ Athletic Avocado

    his oatmeal looks super comforting and delicious! I love the combo of the creamy apple butter with the winter spiced carrot cake oatmeal. Last year I waited till the end of november to turn on my heat, but I heavily relied on fuzzy blankets and hot beverages to keep me going!

  2. Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    Omigosh, I totally play that same game. Oil heat bills can be no joke!! It got super chilly this past weekend and I was like, “go put on more clothes! I’m not turning the heat on!!!”

    This oatmeal is calling my name. I love waking up to breakfast ready for me to eat, not make!

  3. Amelia @ eating made easy

    I have two bags of Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats in my pantry right now that have been staring me down every time I open the cupboard door – but I haven’t been inspired to make anything fall-ish with them until now! This looks and sounds absolutely wonderful. Though it’s perpetually warm in our neck of the woods, I’d happily keep all the doors and windows open to be able to enjoy a toasty bowl of this. Can’t wait to try it!


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