Simple Carrot Cake Overnight Oats infused with a subtle maple-cinnamon flavor and studded with golden raisins, roasted pecans and sweet carrots.
These carrot cake overnight oats that you are looking at, well.. they are the absolute ONLY thing that I have done right today.
They’re sweet, they’re filling, they’re loaded with all the good for you stuff, soooo.. please tell me that makes up for dropping your son off at Kindergarten while sporting 7 year old plaid pajama bottoms, messy bed-head and your husbands socks?? Just to be clear, when I say “dropping off” I am not referring to simply running him through the car line. I’m talking get out, cross the parking lot, walk him to the door drop off. The full shebang. Apparently that’s what happens to those who arrive at 7:46 in leu of 7:45.
Nope, today really hasn’t been too great.
I haven’t even gotten to the part where I realized that today is the birthday of Dr. Seuess. In case you were unaware, when you have a 6 year old child. This is VERY important. Also note, when it is Dr. Seuss’s birthday you are NOT to send your child to school wearing perfectly matched clothing, but instead.. a mismatched “Seuss-like” ensemble. I’m not sure of the actual instructions or theme because I never got the memo, but as I walked Cooper through the parking lot anxiously avoiding eye contact with ANYBODY.. it became apparent that his cute little blue polo and jeans were not a stellar choice for today’s momentous occasion.
Before I continue, let’s just get this out in the open. Yes, I know I should not have left the house without proper pants on. Yes, had I been on time, I could have dropped him in the line. Yes, I am aware that driving without shoes on should be a given. And finally, yes, I am 100% positive Mrs. Boutcher sent a note with full details on how one should dress to properly celebrate Dr. Seuss.
Buuuuut… I made Cooper carrot cake overnight oats for breakfast, so I’m still a good mom, right???
Overnight oats are one of those fads that came and went a LONG time ago. You know, the culottes of the food world. What I can’t get my mind around is why in the world people have stopped singing their praises. They. Are. Amazing. Throw a few ingredients into a bowl, let it hang out overnight and breakfast is good to go. You don’t even have to heat them if you don’t want to. There are TONS of recipes on the web for all varieties of these guys and quite honestly, I have probably tried most of them. For me, this carrot cake version takes the prize. It’s sweet, it’s savory and best of all.. it’s loaded with secret veggies your kids won’t even notice (just skip the part where you sprinkle them on the top and make your oats all fancy and Pinterest-worthy).
Time Saving Tips and Tricks:
Prep: There really isn’t any need to prep these.. they are SO simple!
Make Ahead: Kind of a given for this recipe. Overnight oats take a little time. Ideally they should sit overnight (hence their name), but they are definitely edible after 2-3 hours.
Freezer: Sorry guys. Not this time.
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup carrot, grated
- ¼ cup raisins
- 2 TBS pecans, chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2-3 TBS maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: almond butter, extra pecans, carrots and raisins
- Add oaks, carrot, raisins, pecans, cinnamon and all spice to a container with a fitted lit. Stir to combine ingredients.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the rolled oat mixture. Stir to combine.
- Place lid onto the container securely and allow the oats to refrigerate overnight.
- I like to make 1 large batch of overnight oats in 1 container and then portion them out after they have sat overnight. I find it easier to do less measuring and dumping. If you would prefer to make the overnight oats in the actual containers that you plan to eat them from, just add 1/4 of each ingredient listed to 4 mason jars, secure the lid, shake and let them hang out overnight. Either way works.
- Make sure to purchase Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, Quick oats will turn to a mushy mess!
- You don’t have to use almond milk, whatever you have on hand will be perfect.
- Overnight oats can be eaten straight from the freezer or warmed up in the microwave. Personal preference. If you plan to heat, make sure to use a microwave friendly container so you don’t have to dirty an extra dish.
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