I absolutely adore these carrot cake overnight oats and I hope so will you!
My first “real” introduction to carrot cake was when I was living in the UK. They seriously know how to make a good one and I feel that they are a lot more popular over there than they are here in Germany. Unfortunately though, they are also full of processed flour, refined sugar and oftentimes do not contain a whole lot of carrot. That does not mean that you cannot enjoy a piece from time to time – but for breakfast in the morning… maybe not so great 😉
Enter this little gem. I love having a dose of veggies in the morning with my breakfast. I just kind of feel it gives me a head start on my day – and who does not want that… especially when it tastes so super delicious and can easily be prepared in advance for a simple “grab and go”!
Health Benefits of these Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
This recipe has many great health benefits that will keep your blood sugar stable and power you through your morning:
Oats – are whole-grain and naturally gluten-free (but buy certified gluten-free should you be celiac or cannot tolerate gluten). They are also high in fiber and contain vital vitamins and minerals, such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc… just to name a few. They may also help to lower lower blood sugar levels.
Carrots – are delicious but also highly nutritious. They are a great source of carotene, fiber, vitamin K1 and potassium. The carotene in the carrot gets converted into vitamin A in our bodies, which aids in excellent vision, growth, development and immune function.
Chia Seeds – are high in fiber and plant-based protein. They are also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and contain calcium, manganese and magnesium. All of these are important minerals that help our body to function optimally.
Cinnamon – is a spice loaded with antioxidants that protects our cells from free-radicals (= harmful molecules in the air that may enter our body to cause damage). They also have great anti-inflammatory properties and may aid in lower blood sugar levels.
Ginger – aids in digestion and help reduce feelings of bloating and irritation in the bowl. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Entirely unrelated to this recipe – but it reduces feeling of both nausea and can help as a natural remedy when having a cold or flu.
Truly – the process of preparing takes about 10 minutes max. Batch prep the recipe – it easily lasts in the fridge for about 3 days.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know whether you liked them. I would also love to see your creations on Instagram – tag me under life_and_lemons_foodblog. For adjustments to your dietary lifestyle – scroll to the bottom of the recipe. Happy cooking!
Option to adapt recipe to dietary preferences:
To make it gluten-free – use certified gluten-free oats. For a vegan option – ensure that your protein powder is vegan.