FitFitBanner Images

Recipes Recipes

Oatmeal, Carrot, and

Share on Tumblr

Recipe By Myra Goodman from the book Food to Live By Copyright 2006

 are good for the A.M. but also a great treat for the afternoon.



  • Butter, for greasing the baking dish
  • 1-¾ cups old‐fashioned rolled oats (see sidebar, page 307)
  • 1-½ cups (5 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseeds (see box, page 288)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1-¼ cups (11-¼ ounces) packed light brown sugar
  • 2⁄3 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-½ cups low‐fat buttermilk (see sidebar, page 371)
  • 1-½ cups grated peeled carrots (about 4 medium carrots)
  • 1 cup grated peeled apples (2 medium apples)


  • 2 cups walnut pieces
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup (scant 2 ounces) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


    1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter the bottom and sides of a 13 x 9‐inch baking dish.
    2. Place the oats, flour, flaxseeds, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium‐size mixing bowl and stir to combine.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and the oil. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the buttermilk.
    4. Add the oat mixture to the buttermilk mixture, and stir to combine. Add the carrots and apples, and stir just until blended. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish.
    5. Place the walnuts, coconut, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir to blend, and sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the batter.
    6. Bake the squares until the batter has set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Then cut into 12 pieces. (The squares can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.)
Photo used with permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. New York All Rights Reserved

Reminder: The ingredients in a recipe determine if it should be eaten every day, some days, or on special occasions. It's up to you and you doctor to determine what can be part of a healthy diet for you and any special needs you may have.

Comments are closed.

Photo by Flicker user mollycakes / CC BY-NC 2.0

Move Over, Kale Chips! Kale Buds Are Here

By Lari Robling - April 18th, 2012

High Tunnel farming caught my eye because its extended growing season adds to the amount of local produce we get. While farm manager Aviva Asher was tidying up the winter crop to make way for spring, I discovered another benefit of local growing: use what you’ve got.

More wisdom »

December 2014
« Jun    

Got a question for Fit? Want to submit your own "fit and fresh" recipe? Have a good story idea for us?

Contact us at

Get Healthy Philly is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative, a federal effort to: prevent and delay chronic disease, reduce risk factors, promote wellness in children and adults, and provide positive sustainable health change in our communities.

Food Fit Philly is part of Get Healthy Philly, a program that works to reduce and prevent obesity and related chronic diseases (like heart disease and diabetes) by increasing access to healthy foods that people can afford.

Your body needs help when it's time to quit. SmokeFree Philly is a program of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health that offers support and tools to help smokers quit. The goal of SmokeFree Philly is to: help people to quit smoking, stop people from starting to use tobacco, and reduce heart disease, cancer and other illnesses caused by smoking.