Dessert for breakfast, anyone? Is it really possible that something as healthy as a bowl of oats can be decadent enough to taste like dessert? The answer is absolutely, YES! Give it a try if you don’t believe me 😉
The raisins (or dates) used in this recipe give it a natural sweetness, but you could add a tsp of honey (or sweetener of choice) if you need a little more.
This a a great recipe for keeping those blood sugar levels under control, thanks to the soluble fiber from the oats. Additionally, cinnamon has also been shown to help prevent glucose spikes. If you want to seriously zone in on this benefit, try upping the cinnamon to 1 tsp. You could also try oat bran instead of oats, as it is even more concentrated in soluble fiber.
You can microwave cook this recipe in minutes, or do it overnight-oats style, whatever works for you. You could certainly meal prep a few portions in advance – store it in a sealable container in the fridge.
Carrot cake oats
- 1/3 cup raw oats or oat bran
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 small carrot very finely grated
- 2 tbsp raisins or chopped dates
- 1 cup boiled water
- 1 tbsp chopped nuts for topping walnuts are delicious, but any nut will do
- optional fresh fruit for garnish e.g. berries or pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 cup milk or plain yoghurt, for serving
- Place the oats, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, and grated carrot into a bowl. Pour the boiled water over and give it a good stir.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute, then let it stand to thicken for an additional minute or two. Alternatively, you could soak it overnight and then microwave for a minute in the morning.
- Garnish with chopped nuts and optional fresh fruit, then serve with milk or yoghurt.