Packed full of fruit, veggies, fibre and healthy fats, these Carrot Cake Overnight Oats are a hearty make-ahead breakfast and a great meal prep idea!
Overnight oats are arguably the easiest meal prep idea there is; just combine everything in a jar, let it sit overnight, and breakfast is served! Although oats have been a staple breakfast ingredient for centuries, overnight oats have been rising in popularity over the past number of years because they are so simple to prepare.
Oats themselves are a whole grain and source of complex carbohydrates that have been shown to help control blood sugar, minimize cravings and keep you fuller for longer periods of time because they are such a rich source of fibre. Although overnight oats are not cooked in the conventional way (in a pot with water or milk), allowing the oats to soak overnight in a liquid helps to improve the digestibility by mitigating the harmful effects of raw grains.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon raisins, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 pinch sea salt
1 cup milk alternative
3 tablespoons carrot, grated
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
In a small mason jar or bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients: oats, raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir to combine.
Add milk, carrots and maple syrup and stir again until everything is combined.
Cover with a lid and transfer to the fridge overnight.
In the morning, remove the lid and give everything a good stir, you may need to add a bit more milk before serving.
The oats can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.