As a mom of three who has never been and will never be a “morning person”, meal prepped breakfasts are a lifesaver. Our family is especially partial to overnight oats recipes. This spring we are especially, especially partial to this carrot cake overnight oats recipe.
For one, spring, Easter, and carrots are synonymous with each other.
Secondly, finding carrots in stock during stay-at-home orders/quarantine/social isolation has been relatively easy. Although we may not have access to the bounty of fruits and veggies we might be used to, carrots are reliable and plentiful. Plus, carrots are a crowd-pleaser. Even most of the pickiest kids (and adults!) I know will happily much on carrots.
Finally, how many breakfast recipes do you know pack in a serving of veggies? (We are partial to greens in our egg muffins for meal prep, but typically our oat recipes stick to fruit varieties.)
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats Step-by-step
So, let’s get started. You can scale up or down as needed. As written, the recipes serves 4. I’ll add notes in for amounts for single serving.
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Grab some jars. I like wide-mouth mason jars for overnight oats. This recipe will use old-fashioned oats, and grated carrots. (I use a box grater, but you can use a food processor. Pre-cut one will most likely be too hard for this recipe.) You’ll also need raisins, cinnamon, and your favorite milk.
You’ll need 1/2 of organic, old-fashioned rolled oats for each serving.
We like spices in this house. We typically add about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon for each serving. If you’re sensitive to it, just sprinkle a small pinch.
Layer in carrots over the oats.
Add raisins over the carrots.
Pour in milk. You can use any variety here. We usually have unsweetened almond, unsweetened vanilla almond,lactose-free, and organic whole milk. (The vanilla is really good in overnight oats.) We mix and match in our overnight oats. You want the milk to at least cover the oats. I find about a cup works best in most recipes to get the consistency we like for oatmeal.
Screw on a lid and give the jars a good shake and pop in the fridge overnight (they’ll be good up to five days in the fridge.)
In the morning, heat the carrot cake overnight oats about 30-45 seconds. Add more milk if necessary (and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if you like it extra sweet)!
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
- container with a lid
- 2 c organic rolled oats
- 4 c milk any kind dairy/nondairy
- 1 c organic carrots shredded
- 1/4 c organic raisins
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- Equally divide ingredients to containers with lids. Check notes for invidual jar amounts. (We prefer wide-mouth mason jars for overnight oats!)
- Tighten lid, give it a few shakes, and refrigerate overnight.
- Enjoy cold or warm it up! (About 30 seconds uncovered in the microwave)
-1 c milk (any kind dairy/nondairy)
-1/4 c shredded carrots
-1-2Tbsp of raisins
-Pinch of cinnamon