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Carrot Cake in a Bowl

What’s up doc?
In a former life, I was Bugs Bunny.

I even have a special recipe tab: My Carrot Cake Recipes.
Now, there’s one more for the list:


This is based off of the wildly-popular Banana Bread in a Bowl.

And you get a vegetable serving from this breakfast!


Carrot Cake in a Bowl
(serves 1)

  • 1 banana (I used frozen)
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup flake cereal (I used spelt flakes) (You can use gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • dash salt
  • optional: you can also add some coconut butter or oil

Steam the carrot first, then combine all of the ingredients in a food processor, blender, or Magic Bullet. Blend until smooth. Now eat! Optional: top with walnuts, shredded carrots, cinnamon, and/or raisins.

See original post for Calories and Nutrition Info.

For my next carrot-cake magic trick, in honor of Bugs Bunny, I’ll make carrot cake ice cream. After all, I like putting vegetables in my ice cream, as I proved when paying homage to another favorite cartoon character—Popeye!

mint ice cream

Spinach Ice Cream

Question of the Day:
Growing up, who were your favorite cartoon characters?

Mine were Bugs Bunny, Popeye, and Pluto. Remember my Pluto Cupcake?

Oh, and I always rooted for Tom to eat that annoying mouse, Jerry. (Would you ever have guessed I’d later become a vegan?)

Published on April 13, 2011

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  1. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    AHAH whats up doc.. best intro ever
    WOAh love how you blended the cereal! creative!!!!!!!
    i would have to say……. SCOOBY DOO!!
    LOVED HIM way too much than whats appropriate…
    ps i may or may not have a giant stuffed scooby doo thats taller than me…….

  2. rebecca lustig says

    i’m not even sure I had a favorite cartoon character! Eeeek, some childhood…. ALthough I do remember watching Tom and Jerry Kids with my brother haha.

    looks delish as always

  3. Liz @ Tip Top Shape says

    Love this recipe!!!! I remember growing up I LOVED Animaniacs. I used to play the old video game with my brother all the time and we would have a picnic every time we went into the WB store. They had a bunch of cool set-ups for the show and such. Yup, I was pretty into them!

  4. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    I HAD BANANA BREAD IN A BOWL THIS MORNING specially cos I knew you were posting this today!! And cos I love it of course! 😀

    I loved the PowerPuff girls. I have a PowerPuff girls mug, and a PowerPuff girls lunchbox (which I still use…! :P)

  5. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says

    I always feel like carrot cake needs to be topped with coconut butter…..mmm….

    fav character-the telly tubbies! I LOVED the little red one-Po….

  6. Faith @ lovelyascharged says

    I liked Tom and Jerry (old school, I know) but I also LOOOVED Recess, Arthur and Doug. Good stuff! We had such great cartoons…now kids have Spongebob crap!

  7. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I loved Looney Tunes and Tiny Tunes — also Mickey Mouse, Porky the Pig, Animaniacs, I’m sure there are more but that is all I can think of for now.

    Love the idea of getting veggies in at breakfast!

  8. Ally (oatsandspice) says

    I love carrot cake so I KNOW I will love this – it kind of looks a little like oatmeal… Did you eat it warm or cold? I’m sure its delish both ways 🙂

  9. A.Cook says

    Carrot cake oatmeal?! Wow–you are so creative!
    My favorite cartoon character was Chip of Chip and Dale…mostly because of the show Rescue Rangers! My brother and I got the Chip and Dale stuffed animals on our first trip to Disney…I still have my Chip!

  10. Mariah@Applesnoats says

    Spinach ice cream is awesome..just sayin!
    I loved scooby and I can’t forget my girls the powerpuffs!

  11. Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl says

    How creative!! I love love your recipes. I love even moreso the idea of paying homage to our fave cartoon characters through food. My fave cartoon was the Jetsons. I just loved the whole futuristic thing. I feel like we could totally bake up some interesting concoctions for that one!

  12. Corey @ the runner's cookie says

    I am most definitely making your carrot cake in a bowl! I’ve made carrot cake oatmeal before with shredded carrot, but I never thought to cook/steam the carrot first.
    After you steam it, do you wait for it to cool or run it under cold water before blending it?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I usually just throw it in, hot. It’s not a big amount, so it doesn’t heat the rest of the cereal (especially since I’m using a frozen banana). But I think your idea to run it under cold water is a great one… I’ll try it next time! 🙂

  13. Dalai Lina says

    What a great way to use the 2 pounds of carrots in my fridge from my CSA. Now, ice cream – you put that right into your ice cream maker? You are very creative!

  14. Allison @ Runs A Latte says

    Yum! Carrot cake is probably one of my top 5 favorite desserts! I’ve got to try this – you’re recipes are always spectacular!

    My favorite cartoon characters were Babs and Buster from Tiny Tunes. We’re tiny, we’re tooney, we’re all a little looney, and in this cartooney we’re invading your TV! Ha! I’ll be singing that all day now!

  15. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) says

    Haha, I used to LOVE Tom and Jerry (actually, I still love Tom and Jerry 😉 )

    I just put a banana in the freezer, and now I know why… I think I am destined to make your carrot cake in a bowl! 😀

    And if I ever go to Texas, I’m definitely taking you up on your offer 😉


  16. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says

    I love veggies with breakfast! I had some carrot filled pancakes this morning. De-lish! Your breakfast makes me hungry again!

  17. Tessa @ Amazing Asset says

    Mmm, can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the idea
    My favorite character growing up was Bugs Bunny too! When the Looney Tunes Acme circle thing would come on before the episode began, I would always hope it would show Bug’s head because that meant the episode was about him 😀

  18. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    Carrot cake oats…yum!

    Fave cartoon characters…hmmm, I used to watch Scooby Doo all the time and loved that gang when I was growing up after school. I was never that into cartoons, but give me and episode of Three’s Company or the Brady Bunch and that was where it was at for me 🙂

  19. Red Velvet Life says

    Carrot cake and red velvet cake are two of my FAVE desserts!! Well, and chocolate…I guess it always depends on my mood. Anywho, I can’t wait to try some of your carrot cake-inspired recipes! You’re so creative, I love it 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hehehe you sound just like me! Chocolate, then carrot cake, and I *just* discovered the joys of red velvet. (with my red velvet pancake recipe I posted a few months ago… I’m thinking of doing cupcakes next!)

  20. Camille says

    I was/am a giant fan of Spongebob. I kind of still am. In fact, 2 Christmases ago my sister and I watched Spongebob for like, 4 days straight without leaving the house. Just to clarify, I am 21 years old. Nerd alert!

  21. Emilia says

    We are more alike than I thought! I love putting carrots in my oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, etc. Hey, why not? Carrots, when roasted, are one of the sweetest root veggies out there! Yum. I made the best carrot protein porridge recently with coconut milk, cinnamon, raisins, carrots (steamed) and coconut butter! Holy- heck it was good.

  22. Ally says

    WOW – I had this for dinner and it was so good! My mom even liked it (even after she said it looked suspiciously like orange porridge). THANK YOU for always getting so creative with grains 🙂

  23. Disturbed says

    This looks amazing. I want to make this now! lol

    So, I eat bran flakes like every morning. I love them-with a little cocoa powder. I was wondering if you happen to know of any other easy fun things to do to it?
    Also, wondering if you take a vegan mult-vitamin? My mom is wanting me to take one, and I have some mixed feelings about it.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Besides this and the Banana Bread in a Bowl, I don’t… but someone else said she crushes bran flakes up and uses them in the single-lady cupcake recipe to make a bran muffin!

      As for a multi… I’d see a doctor and get a blood test to see if your levels are all ok. I don’t take one, since my levels are all ok and I don’t want to OD on any of the vitamins I’m already getting 100% of from diet. But I do take an omega3 supplement, and I make sure to get enough vit b12 from fortified foods every single day.

  24. Tara says

    Carrot cake anything is right up my alley. Anyone who doesn’t think vegetables can taste good and be healthy needs to come to your blog!
    My favorite cartoon character was Misty from pokemon. I had older brothers, so I was into all the boys shows!

  25. Beth @ naturallyyoursbeth says

    I love anything with carrots in it!! Carrot cake is one of my raves so I’ll definitely be trying this soon 🙂 Doug was my favorite cartoon of all times…I loved skeeter!! And the his dog pork chop lol. They definitely don’t make cartoons like they used to!

  26. Serena says

    Mmm, this is like a smoothie of carrot cake! This is the first time I’ve been to your website and already I love it 🙂

  27. s says

    haha i feel like i say the same thing a lot of the time (“i’m so going to make this!”) but it’s just true. i look forward to new and interesting breakfasts thanks to your blog!

    and umm i LOVED pretty much all of the muppet babies (especially fozzy bear! wakka wakka wakka.), donatello from the power rangers, and minnie mouse. 😀

  28. BroccoliHut says

    Love this! I have a recipe for carrot cake oat bran, but I never thought to translate it into colder form…great idea:)

        • LisaB says

          Haha, Katherine, I definitely watched that movie! In fact, my siblings and I were just talking about it the other night. I, like you Katie, grew up living overseas, so when my parents found any VHS’s in english, you’d better be sure they were buying them for us to watch – Totoro being one of them!
          – and great recipe. Tried it this morning and will definitely be making this more often!

  29. logan osterhout says

    All your recipes are so awesome! I had no idea your page had a facebook, but I liked it lol! Your oatmeal/pancakes recipes are definetely a staple in my diet!

  30. Christy says

    wow katie! i just made this for my breakfast and it was one of the best breakfastes ive ever had! and it really does thicken if you wait! well done katie! its delicious

  31. Christy says

    ive tried your banana bread in a bowl, pumkin bread in a bowl, and gingerbread in a bowl and even though all these were absolutley wonderful and unbeleiveley tasty this one was by far my favorite! who knew i would love eating veggies for breakfast this much! its just so good especially when it thickens!!! mmm mmm mmmm

  32. Carly says

    I made this FOUR times already and it’s SO yummy! Great recipe, Katie!

    The fourth time I made this, I ran out of flake cereal (I was using Special K) so I subbed in Fiber One cereal. It came out tasty still, but I had to up the milk to 1 1/2 cups. Just a tip for anyone who wants to try with a different cereal!

  33. Nina says

    I recently had a baby and was looking for healthy recipes to keep me going and I stumbled across your sight. I have tried a few of the oatmeal recipes, the Guinness brownies and now this….I am in love!!!! I write down the recipes I tried and liked, but my stack keeps getting bigger because I fall in love with everything I try! Thank you!! 🙂
    Oh and bugs bunny and old school cartoons were always favorites of mine 🙂

  34. éclipse69 says

    Oh, I actually was feeling exactly the same about “Tom and Jerry” ! And I always wanted that Grominet finally get Titi. I was watching this cartoon sometimes hopefully…. But it never happened. x)

    Enjoy your day ! I can’t wait to try all your recipes. 😀

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