Carrot Cake Overnight Oats is one of the best ways to start your day! All the flavors of carrot cake (YUM!) packed into a healthy oatmeal breakfast. It's high in protein, thank you Greek yogurt, and plenty sweet but without refined sugar. The energizing oats and chia seeds will keep you satisfied until your next meal. Your tastebuds might think you're eating dessert, and that's just fine, we don't have to tell. I'm also a huge fan of these because you can make them ahead and have your breakfast meal prep done for the week! Win!!
What are overnight oats?
Basically it's a no cook method for eating oatmeal. Instead of cooking it on the stove with water, you soak the oats in milk. The soaking process allows the oats to absorb the liquid, making them soft enough to eat without cooking. They really only need a couple hours in the fridge, but overnight is ideal.
How to make overnight oats
My basic overnight oats recipe is just a few simple ingredients:
- old fashioned rolled oats
- almond milk
- plain, nonfat, Greek yogurt
- chia seeds
- honey, maple syrup, or sweetener of choice. I usually use a stevia based sweetener, such as Truvia.
Once you have your base, the flavor combinations are endless! My very first one was Blueberry Maple Refrigerator Oats. I've made several since then, Toasted Coconut overnight oats are among my top favorites, along with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats.
These are super easy to make because you really just put all your ingredients in a jar, bowl, or other container and mix it up. Cover it, and put them in the fridge. That's it!
I like to add a little extra fruit or nuts to the top just before eating it. A little extra goodness, plus it just looks pretty.
Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?
Typically, they are eaten cold, but if you prefer them hot, you can prepare them as directed and warm them up before eating.
How long will carrot cake overnight oats last in the fridge?
Usually, any overnight oats recipe will stay good in the fridge for up to five days. Make sure you have it in an air tight container.
Overnight Oats for a crowd
When I'm making these for myself, I like to do one jar at a time. I'll put all my base ingredients into the jars and then just add different toppings so I have a new flavor each day.
The thing is, my kids see me making this and guess what? They want it too! So, I've found that making a large batch of it in a bowl is easier.
I did that in my Peanut Butter Apple Overnight Oats recipe. Once it's all mixed, I'll portion it to individual sizes in 8 ounce mason jars and cover it.
You could leave it all in the bowl and just scoop out a portion in the morning and add some extra toppings. But for quick and easy, pre-portioning works like a charm!
To calculate your ingredients, just multiply the measurement by however many people you're serving.
Variations for Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
- you can use grated apple instead of chopped pineapple.
- add some raisins if that's your jam.
- use walnuts instead of pecans
More healthy overnight oats:
- Raspberry Vanilla
- Chunky Monkey
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
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Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup almond milk unsweetened
- ¼ cup greek yogurt plain non fat
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp carrots finely grated
- 1 tbsp pineapple finely chopped
- 1 tbsp pecans chopped
- 1 tbsp coconut chips or shredded unsweetened coconut
- Place oats, milk, yogurt, honey, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract in a jar or other container. Cover and shake well, or stir until all ingredients are well combined.
- Add carrots, pineapple, pecans and coconut chips. Stir again. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.
- Add additional carrots, pineapple, coconut, and nuts as a topping (optional).