Carrot Cake Quinoa

A delicious breakfast treat that’s gluten-free and vegan, filled with the sweet and spicy flavors of carrot cake and…TWO servings of vegetables!

Kiss My Broccoli - Carrot Cake Quinoa - A gluten-free breakfast treat with TWO servings of vegetables

Another classic example of:

“I wonder what would happen if I combined this and that?”


“Oh my god, I’m a FREAKING genius!”

Obviously, I’m always very humble in my recipe developing capabilities! πŸ˜‰

Carrot Cake Quinoa via

So I’ve had the idea of carrot cake-ifying something for the blog ever since St. Patrick’s day (What can I say? I’m a total sucker for food-themed holidays), but with pancakes, protein pancakes, dessert hummus, “cookies”,Β oatsΒ AND parfaits already covered, I was beginning to think I was all out of ideas. Then I decided to start this cleanseΒ with Laura and within a few days, ideas were popping off my head faster than I could get in the kitchen!

Kiss My Broccoli - Carrot Cake Quinoa - A sweet breakfast treat just in time for Spring!

Going off the idea behind my carrot cake oats, I combined carrots and pumpkin (promise you can’t taste it!) along with some classic spices and just a touch of coconut milk, and in a matter of minutes I had a sweet cake-like treat that practically literally had me licking my bowl glass clean! πŸ˜€

Carrot Cake Quinoa

By:Β Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Keywords: breakfast gluten-free dairy-free nut-free vegan vegetarian carrots quinoa Easter spring

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons canned coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped dates or raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Additional sweetener if desired


1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Serve cold or microwave for 1-2 minutes until warm.
3. Top as desired.

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Carrot Cake Quinoa - Kiss My Broccoli

I served my “cake” cold but feel free to pop it in the microwave for a minute or two if you’d prefer yours warm. Then top it with whatever your heart desires…though I HIGHLY recommend coconut butter since it basically tastes like icing!

Strange but Good PumpkinifiedEdited to add: Linking up with Laura’s Friday food party! I mean, how can I not when I know I’ve turned up at least ONE eyebrow with this recipe! πŸ˜‰ Be sure to check out her Jicama “Porridge” (which looks/sounds FANTASTIC!) all the other #strangebutgood links!

Do you jump on the bandwagon with food-themed holidays?

What breakfast have you been loving lately?

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42 Responses to Carrot Cake Quinoa

  1. Yuliya says:

    This is the second quinoa recipe I’ve seen today, and I’m so sad that it’s not available in the Netherlands still (it disappeared in 2014). This looks awesome! I’m pinning it for when it will magically reappear in stores πŸ™‚

  2. You have the most creative recipes! I love this one! I always eat quinoa in a more savory way and never think if eating it in a more sweet way, so I definitely need to give this a try!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you, Holly! I love quinoa…it’s so versatile! I’ve done quite a few different things when it comes to making it sweet, but this is definitely one of my favorites! πŸ˜€

  3. Oh my – I would do a lot (A LOT!!) for this bowl right now!! I’m so obsessed with quioa lately and I LOVE to eat it sweet. As you said- genius!!
    Though I am a sucker with holiday themed recipes. My xmas themed recipes pop out in fall and I like to make green pancakes in July. WTH…I take it πŸ™‚

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! I do the same thing…I mean, the carrot cake oats I made last year was in JUNE! Lol I’m all about extending the seasons whenever possible! πŸ˜‰

  4. You really are brilliant! I don’t remember ever trying sweet quinoa, but I’m definitely intrigued.

  5. Kat says:

    Smear this sucker with some cream cheese frosting, and you’ve got a stalker. By stalker I mean fan. And by fan I mean….well, me πŸ™‚ I love the spices in carrot cake but to be 100% honest, it’s the frosting that sells it for me! Although I do like carrot cake muffins, so I guess maybe I could get by with this dish NOT being covered in cream cheese frosting….

  6. OMG you’re a freakin’ GENIUS! πŸ˜‰

    (I’m serious…)

  7. Looks so brightly! In Russia the quinoa is too expensive, but I would like to try your recipe with oats πŸ˜‰

  8. You know I love me a food themed holiday! I think holidays exist solely for the purpose of celebrating certain foods. Then again I’m Jewish so my entire life has revolved around food lol

  9. Can I just hail you as the most creative food combining queen? Yes? Yes.
    Okay, it’s official. πŸ˜‰
    I would have never though to add pumpkin to my quinoa. I need to do some more food exploring..

  10. Ok its totally random BUT I realized I hadn’t made a batch of quinoa in over a year, and I made a huge batch of it last weekend. Prepped (I know, who am I?) quinoa and mung bean bowls and have been eating “spa” food this week. Love that we quinoa’d it together (yes, verb)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I love that you made that a verb and I love that you referred to your clean eats as “spa” food! Haha! Makes me wanna run to the store to buy cucumbers to put on my eyes! lol

  11. Khushboo says:

    Oh my word, just when I think you are the Pancake Queen you sweep in and snatch the title of Quinoa Queen..this looks fantastic!! There must be something in the air because I have been all over the carrots lately. I was considering trying carrot cake overnight oatmeal but not sure if that’s a bit too risky- thoughts?

    Hope you’ve been well, Heather!

  12. You are just too modest. This look incredible! You can keep your raisins, but I’ll be making this. Maybe with quinoa flakes?! I love carrots. And squash. How am I not an oompa loompa?

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thanks love! And um yeah…I noticed my palm compared to my friend’s the other day…I’m totally looking like a Kardashian! 😯 Lol

  13. This looks and sounds fantastic! I highly recommend doing this with zucchini too with strawberries and coconut cream! YUM! It’s one of my favorite desserts. I’ve been craving carrot cake a lot lately. Probably the season, but I don’t typically follow food holiday trends. I need to jump on this one though!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Zucchini AND strawberries? Ohh, I’m intrigued! πŸ˜€ And seriously, I’ve been the same way! I’m like, “carrot cake ALL THE THINGS!” Lol! Glad to know I’m not the only one! πŸ˜‰

  14. Lisa says:

    This looks so good Heather! It makes me secretly happy that you are doing this cleanse because of the vegan recipes you can share πŸ˜‰ I find it hard to find a lot of good vegan recipes these days!

  15. Mmm this looks fantastic! Carrot cake is one of my all time favourite desserts. So I’m definitely on board with any breakfast that tastes like carrot cake! πŸ˜€

    Lately I’ve been loving French toast with bananas, almond butter, and maple syrup. It’s becoming my go to weekend breakfast.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh man, that sounds like it needs to happen this weekend for MY breakfast! It has been entirely TOO long since I’ve made French toast!

  16. Sarah Pie says:

    You’re seriously a flipping genius! Adding this to the menu to try out next week because it sounds delicious.

  17. You ARE freaking genius. I want this right now! I just love your colorful creations. πŸ™‚

  18. I’m not the biggest fan of quinoa but recently I’m tempted to give it a go again- after every time I’ve spoken with Davida, she’s either cooking it, eating it or about to eat it. Then again, it’s been savoury style.

    I just checked out your carrot cake oats recipe and screw you Queen-Noah. I’m making those. And it must be a sign- you posted it a day before my birthday last year. I have a carrot cake craving now.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      You mean to tell me you’re not a fan of the magical carb-free protein wonder food?! What???! But seriously, it’s like the only “grain” I ever make…because it’s fast…and I’m lazy…and it gooooooes with evvvvvvverythang! Lol

      Dude, it is most definitely a sign! Actually, I think I may need to make them again for myself…I can’t seem to kick this carrot cake craving lately! Haha!

  19. I love it when a whole bunch of leftovers in the fridge combine to make something so fabulous. That’s how my Lemon Zest Blueberry Grilled Cheese came into fruition. I think it’s rocking you decided to toss together pumpkin, carrots and quinoa. Well played Broccoli, well played.

  20. Oh my!! I am dying to have this now!!!

  21. Francesca says:

    Really? Yum- this is out of control creative and delicious sounding!

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