Overnight Carrot Cake Chia Oats
Overnight Carrot Cake Chia Oats- packed with fiber, protein and iron, these overnight oats taste just like carrot cake and will keep you full for hours! (vegan and gluten-free)
I’ve been hooked on overnight oats since I made this Peaches n’ Cream version earlier in the summer. They’re just so easy to make and I love that all of fiber and protein in the oats keeps me full for hours.
With summer fruit on the way out, I wanted to put a different spin on overnight oats that’s a little more appropriate for fall. This “carrot cake” recipe combines the light sweetness of freshly grated carrots with raisins, pecans, cinnamon, ginger and a touch of pure maple syrup. It’s like eating dessert for breakfast but without the guilt.
They also make a great gluten-free breakfast option, assuming you use certified gluten-free oats like my favorite from Bob’s Red Mill.
I crave warm oatmeal this time of year so I like to pour in a splash of almond milk and heat in the microwave for about one minute before eating. Smelling the scent of warm cinnamon in the morning is about as comforting as it gets in my book.
I know everyone likes different add-ins in their carrot cake so feel free to stir in a little unsweetened coconut or whatever your favorites might be. If you’re feeling frisky you can also top it with a dollop of coconut whipped cream. It’s ultimate bliss!
Overnight Carrot Cake Chia Oats
Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Oats
- 1/2 cup yogurt*
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/3 cup shredded carrots
- 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
- 3 tablespoons raisins
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger
- pinch of salt
In a sealable container combine all of the ingredients and stir well. Cover with lid and store in the refrigerator overnight. Stir well the next morning before eating. For warm oats, add a splash of almond milk then microwave for one minute before serving.
*I like to use almond milk yogurt to make this dairy-free but any kind of yogurt will work
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Ultimate bliss indeed! I love the idea of taking the overnight oats approach since it’s so quick to prepare, and then heating it in the morning..just brilliant! And I could eat carrot cake everything – it’s such a winning flavor combo! Definitely need to follow suit on this one and whip out some overnight chia oats for the week.
So many of my favorite flavors mixed in with my favorite breakfast. Sounds delish, Sarah! :) Hope you are doing well!
Thanks Ashley! I hope you are doing well too, lady! <3
I love this flavor! I’m in starting to get in fall mode but at the same time it’s still been fairly hot and humid here (for the most part). Overnight oats are my favorite for that sort of weather (and I love the fall-ness of these). Best of both worlds!
wow, the colors in the photos are so vibrants!! i’ve never seen carrots look so delicious before! hahaha. pinning xx
Thanks Beverley! :)
oooh this looks amazing! I had real carrot cake this past weekend at the wedding I was in. It was amazing, but not at all healthy!
Real carrot cake is the best thing EVER! The oats are a close second. ;)
Thanks for all the great recipes! I was just wondering if I could do overnight oats with steel cut oats instead? I love the crunchy feel of them, but of course I don’t want them too crunchy! Thanks!
Hi Lisa! I haven’t tried them with steel cut oats but it might work. I would let them sit for at least 12 hours. If you end up trying it, let me know how it turns out!
On September 20, I bought, from Walmart, a box of Quaker Steel Cut Oats, only 3 minutes cooking in microwave or stovetop! (My very impatient husband eats only Steel Cut Oats, but hates waiting 20 minutes) I’m using for “overnight oats” tonight! I’m using my antique (pre-microwave) stainless Thermos! Goodnight
Great! I hope you like them, Marilyn!
This looks delicious Sarah – the light in your photos is really explosive showcasing all the layers of goodness in these overnight oats. I love using raw carrots in recipes like this – when mixed with maple and cinnamon it really does mimic the flavor we associate with carrot cake (autumn spice swoooon). And girl, Thailand and now Hawaii? That’s just not right :) you’re making us all so envious :)
Thank you so much, Kelly! I was spoiled with my travels this year, I will admit. I left Kauai longing to move there so badly. It is truly paradise!
I’m always down for dessert for breakfast, and I’m loving that you add a splash of warm milk in the morning. It’s been super chilly here theses last couple of days, so I’ve had to stay bundled up in hoodies to enjoy anything cool. Makes me wish I was in Hawaii :P
Can we just move to Hawaii? UGH.
These oats look delicious- I’ve been so into oatmeal recently, so this is coming at a great time! Love the flavor and all those gorgeous toppings :)
There’s something about fall that makes me crave oatmeal too!
Hale yes to everything about these! Carrot cake is a favorite of mine so I love this spin on overnight oats and I would definitely add coconut. :) These jars are just adorable too!
I’ve had this recipe saved and finally made it last night. I was so excited for breakfast this morning, and it didn’t disappoint. My daughter and I both ate ours heated with almond milk and coconut. It was the perfect start to a rainy fall day!
I’m so happy you enjoyed, Nimmi! Now you’ve got me craving a bowl and it’s almost 9pm here, lol. Thank you for the feedback! :)
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This was my first experience with overnight oats. I make my own Greek yogurt and thought this would be an interesting dish to utilize it in. Plus I had everything on hand. I dehydrated raisins for the first time last year and they are amazingly flavorful.
I ate this carrot cake oatmeal dish cold. I have a toaster oven but did not feel like waiting. I took the suggestion and added coconut…. And then fresh pineapple . This made two servings. I enjoyed the flavors. I will make this again as I can see myself not only eating this as breakfast, but as a snack or dessert.