Carrot Cake…Oats, That Is!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been a big fan of cake. I usually love dry foods, but cake seems too dry and tasteless. However, I have always loved carrot cake. Carrots are my favorite veggie and I think it’s so interesting that they’re featured in a popular dessert. I doubt there’s a such thing as a tomato ice cream sundae or a cucumber parfait! I never really liked the icing (or the coconut…I know, I know, I’m weird, most people love coconut but I’ve never loved the taste or the texture) but the rest was soooooo good!

I love me some overnight oats (check out my Ode to Overnight Oats page if you don’t believe me) any time of the day, and I’m always on the lookout for some interesting variations. So far, I’ve done a LOT of cocoa powder-based ones, a few berry ones and a very delicious tropical one. Suddenly, it hit me–a lot of bloggers are really into carrot cake flavored things so why not do carrot cake overnight oats? I know I’m not the first one to do this, but I wanted to come up with my own recipe that would really shine, so here it is:

Carrot cake in a bowl...mmm!

 I started out with my usual base of thick rolled oats. Back when I first started making OO’s, I used quick oats or the instant Kashi GoLean packets. Now I love the doughy texture of the thick rolled oats. I used 1/3 cup of oats mixed with water (not sure how much, just enough so oats aren’t dry anymore, but not too much), added a dash of vanilla extract, sprinkled in some a lot of cinnamon and finely grated baby carrots. It would probably be easier if you bought carrots that were already grated, or used full-size carrots to grate because the baby ones kept slipping out of my hand! I let that sit in the fridge for a few hours (not overnight this time, I wanted them for an afternoon snackie, you can definitely do yours overnight or even 2-4 hours works nicely). When it was snack time, I scooped it into my bowl, mixed in a chopped Medjool date (you can use raisins if you like, I prefer dates because they’re so soft) and topped it with a couple chopped almonds.

It was the perfect snack: it was yummy and filled me up. The only tweak I would make next time is mixing in some Truvia with the water and oats because the oats were a bit bland. But I def loved this combo and will be doing it again in the near future!

Q’s: Do you like overnight oats? What is your favorite flavor combo ever?