Creamy overnight oats with all the flavours of carrot cake – it’s almost as good as eating cake for breakfast and a great deal healthier. These carrot cake overnight oats are suitable for vegans.
Overnight oats are a real breakfast game changer – or at least they have been for us.
But hang on – what exactly are overnight oats?
Sometimes called bircher muesli, overnight oats are simply oats that have been soaked in milk overnight, then served for breakfast.
Since we first tried them they’ve changed our breakfast table for the better.
There are many different ways to serve overnight oats – with berries for example, or grated apple. Crunchy toppings always go down well. I’ve shared some of my favourite overnight oats toppings and recipes below.
It’s really easy to make vegan overnight oats too – simply use your favourite dairy free milk.
Why carrot cake overnight oats?
I decided to give my overnight oats the Sneaky Veg treatment by adding a healthy portion of carrot.
If you think carrot for breakfast is weird then think again – it’s perfect here.
This recipe for carrot cake bircher muesli combines:
- the warming taste of cinnamon
- creamy oats
- juicy sultanas
- a healthy portion of vegetables.
It’s a delicious and satisfying breakfast and one that I know we’ll be making time and time again.
Keeping breakfasts interesting
Healthy, interesting breakfasts for my children are something that I really struggle with.
We are short of time on weekday mornings before school. There isn’t much time for creativity and even making a bowl of porridge can seem like a challenge.
And let’s face it, my two older kids won’t eat porridge anyway! I even bought chocolate Ready Brek to see if I could tempt them that way (it didn’t work). If I’m making porridge then it’s just for Baby S and I.
I usually have a jar of granola on the go, but during the week toast and Weetabix are the kids’ preferred breakfasts. Miss R and Baby S usually have fruit as well.
On weekend mornings I like to make pancakes and try a bit harder to get the kids to eat something different. After this morning’s pancakes though R still wanted his usual cereal – I think his morning doesn’t feel complete without it!
Overnight oats are a great alternative to porridge
There’s no cooking involved, you simply soak the oats in milk overnight, grate in an apple in the morning and it’s ready to eat. The hardest part is remembering to get it ready before bed. As long as you do that then it only takes a few minutes and you have a delicious breakfast.
It’s perfect for the warmer spring mornings we’re having at the moment but I like it in winter too. And of course you can be as creative as you like with the toppings.
Topping ideas for overnight oats
Here are some of my favourite toppings for overnight oats:
- chopped almonds
- sunflower seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- maple syrup
- sliced banana
- a dollop of nut butter
- poppy seeds.
What toppings do you like? Let me know in the comments below.
More overnight oats recipes
- Zoats – courgette (zucchini) overnight oats
- Christmas spiced overnight oats
- Hazelnut and chocolate overnight oats
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How to make carrot cake overnight oats:
Carrot cake overnight oats
- 225 g porridge oats
- 50 g sultanas or raisins
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 carrot grated
- 500 ml milk I used oat milk
- 1 apple grated
- Maple syrup
- Strawberries, blueberries or other fresh fruit
- Chopped nuts or seeds
Place 225g oats, 50g sultanas, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and a grated carrot in a bowl. Stir. Pour over 500 ml milk, cover, and put in the fridge. Leave overnight.
In the morning you'll have a lovely creamy bowl of bircher muesli for your breakfast. Grate in an apple, add a little maple syrup, sprinkle over some nuts or seeds and serve with fresh fruit if you like. I like strawberries or blueberries best of all with this.