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How to Make Healthy Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

A glass jar filled with carrot cake overnight oats sits on a marble countertop. The oats are garnished with shredded carrots, and a spoon dips into the jar.
Recipe At-A-Glance
Meal Prep5 minutes
Mix up these Carrot Cake Overnight Oats on your meal prep day to make breakfast super simple and satisfying. This healthy oatmeal is no-cook and tastes like having your favorite carrot cake for breakfast!

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The flavors of carrot cake are positively perfect together. Sweet and crunchy carrots, tender raisins, tangy cream cheese frosting—it’s a combo that shouldn’t work together, but absolutely does! I’ve been known to turn dessert flavors into healthy breakfasts (like I did with Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins and with Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Squares), so it should come as no surprise that I took a riff from my favorite springtime dessert and turned Carrot Cake into healthy overnight oats.

Mixing up these oats is a great way to feel like you are getting a decadent dessert without actually eating a decadent dessert. Welcome to the magic that is overnight oats!

What are overnight oats?

Instead of cooking your oats on the stove or in the microwave, overnight oats are made by mixing rolled oats with liquid and other mix-ins, and then letting it rest in the fridge overnight (hence the name!). In the morning, you have a cup of ready-to-go oatmeal that—since you can eat it cold straight out of the fridge—makes for a super speedy healthy breakfast. If you’re new to making overnight oatmeal and want a full primer (plus lots of other easy-to-make recipes), check out our Overnight Oats 101 post.

Eight different flavors of overnight oats, each in its own glass jar.

What makes overnight oatmeal so great?

Overnight oats have been in regular rotation in my kitchen for years now. They really are the perfect healthy breakfast package for those of us low on time. Here’s why:

  • They are quick to make-ahead. Overnight oats take just a few minutes to mix up in the evening—we’re talking you could make these during a commercial break during your favorite show!
  • They taste super good. This porridge is thick, hearty, creamy, and a lot like eating pudding for breakfast!
  • They are customizable. Make your overnight oats vegan, gluten-free, or whatever flavor you want with just a few swaps. We’re making Carrot Cake Overnight Oats here, but once you get the hang of things, you can make whatever your imagination dreams up! We do a deep dive in substitutions and add-ins in our How to Make Overnight Oats post.
  • They are a healthy way to start the day. You are in complete control of your overnight oats, so you can make them as nutrient-dense or as decadent (or both) as you’d like!
  • It’s easy to make lots of servings at once. Overnight oats are a staple of my weekly meal prep for good reason—I can mix up an entire week’s worth of breakfast in just a few minutes.

A hand pours milk from a glass jar into a white bowl. The white bowl is filled with other ingredients, including cream cheese, yogurt, shredded carrots, raisins, chia seeds, and rolled oats.

Do you eat overnight oats cold? Can you heat them up?

Most fans of overnight oats eat them cold—it’s part of the convenience of a meal prep breakfast that you can just grab-and-go. But if cold oatmeal isn’t your thing (or it’s just too chilly outside to eat it), you can absolutely warm up these carrot cake oats. Just heat them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, stirring frequently, or in a small saucepan on the stove until heated to your liking.

Can you make these oats vegan? Gluten-free? Sugar-free?

Yes! Since overnight oats are super customizable, you can make this recipe fit into your dietary needs. Swap out the milk for water, nix the chia or flax seeds, and choose different (or no) yogurt. We cover all the substitutions you can make in our in-depth overnight oats post. Here are some specific swap ideas for this carrot cake overnight oats recipe:

  • Make it vegan: Use plant-based milk, plant-based yogurt, plant-based cream cheese, and maple syrup for sweetener.
  • Make it sugar-free: Drop the sweetener and use a whole banana. Or use stevia or monk fruit sweetener in place of the maple syrup or honey if you prefer.
  • Make it gluten-free: Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.

Here are some more amazing overnight oats recipes:


I promise you’re going to love the world of overnight oats once you dive in! Enjoy.

 
Healthy Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Healthy Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Yield: 1 large serving or 2 small
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Part decadent dessert, part nourishing breakfast, these Healthy Carrot Cake Overnight Oats are sure to make your mornings faster and tastier.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 0–2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Spoon into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before eating.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 374 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 185mg Carbohydrates: 59g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 38g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 12g
At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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