Easy Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
If you enjoy the taste of carrot cake you are going to love this recipe. This carrot cake overnight oats have a very similar taste but better for you ingredients. In one serving you consume whole grains, fruits, a vegetable, nuts and dairy. These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and antioxidants. You need all of them to start the day right and keep your energy levels high throughout.
Why should you make this carrot cake overnight oats
Quick and easy
This recipe is so easy. It only takes ten minutes of preparation, and it doesn’t require cooking. All you have to do is add the ingredients in a bowl a stir. Then transfer to a jar or other food safe container with a lid. It is so easy that even a child can make it.
Nutritious and delicious
Oats is a very nutrient dense whole grain. You get a lot of health benefits when you consume complex carbohydrates. They are high in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and vitamins. Also, soaking the oats makes it easier to digest.
Oats is usually gluten-free. If you are sensitive to gluten read the label and ingredient list. Make sure that the oats you purchased is not processed in a facility that also stores or packages grains that contain gluten.
Walnuts or pecans are a good source of protein and healthy fats. They provide steady energy and satiate hunger. Raw walnuts are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and E. They are rich in manganese, copper and folic acid. There are many studies that state that consuming nuts may reduce cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the body.
Carrots are packed with vitamin A. In a half a cup of carrots you can get 75% of your daily requirement. They also contain other valuable nutrients and a lot of fiber.
Dried fruits are high in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. They are also naturally sweet, which reduces the amount of sugar we need to add into the recipe.
Vegan, gluten and dairy free
In this recipe you can use whatever milk you like. This means that you can make the overnight oats vegan and dairy-free if you want. I used cashew milk and it was delicious.
Helpful Tips about making overnight oats
No matter what overnight oats recipe you prepare make sure that the ratio of oats to milk is 1 to 2. If You make a single serving of overnight oats use half cup of oats to one cup of milk.
You can improvise with ingredients and add whatever you have. This recipe is so flexible. If you prefer other sweetener than maple syrup, you can replace it. You can also add other toppings. I think that chia or flaxseeds will also taste delicious in this recipe.
For this recipe I used 16 oz, wide mouth Mason jars, but you can use other food safe containers. Just make sure that they have lids.
Easy Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup grated carrots about one large carrot
- ¼ cup raisins no sugar added
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut no sugar added
- ¼ cup dried or raw pineapple no sugar added
- 2 cups milk of choice I used cashew milk
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup or to taste
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- yogurt, pecans, walnuts, coconut, maple syrup, coconut cream optional
- In a bowl add the oats, carrots, shredded coconut, raisins, dried pineapple, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon. Stir well.
- Divide the mixture between two jars with lids. Store in the refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning add your favorite toppings and enjoy.