Healthy Carrot Cake Overnight Oat Parfait is packed with protein, fiber, natural sweetness with no added sugar, and it makes for the perfect breakfast, snack, or even dessert! Enjoy with your favorite ingredients and make this recipe your own!
Sometimes you just need cake for breakfast, especially when it comes in the form of a healthy carrot cake overnight oat parfait!
First, before we get onto this delicious recipe, let me give credit where credit is due.
Today’s recipe is inspired by Laura at Sprint 2 the Table’s Carrot Cake Protein Parfait that she posted last month. I knew as soon as I saw Laura’s recipe that I wanted to try to make a rendition of it myself because her parfait just looked so tasty!
So I made my own version of Laura’s recipe as part of The Recipe ReDux’s June theme to honor a fellow blogger who is also a part of The Recipe ReDux. This month’s theme is called “Celebrate a Fellow ReDuxer” and I knew I wanted to share one of Laura’s recipes as soon as the theme was revealed.
This Healthy Carrot Cake Overnight Oat Parfait is just a wee bit different than Laura’s original recipe, but it uses most of the same ingredients. Oatmeal is honestly one of my number one favorite foods I eat each day, and I’m always looking for ways to make oatmeal more exciting for other people to want to enjoy it more often too. It’s so healthy for you and one of the best foods you can eat for your heart, digestion, brain, and your muscles.
And since I love making healthy oatmeal recipes with a creative twist to make breakfast recipes more exciting, this rendition of Laura’s overnight oats parfait is one I’m proud to share with all of you!
The results of this Healthy Carrot Cake Overnight Oat Parfait recipe are:
*Just sweet enough
and incredibly nutritious too!
You need only a handful of ingredients to create overnight oats that taste like carrot cake. I used a special natural flavoring trick that makes the coconut yogurt in this recipe tastes like cream cheese frosting.
To make the base of this recipe, all I did was use quick organic oats, shredded coconut, unsweetened coconut yogurt, ground flax, apple pie spice, a little lemon, some stevia, and some grated carrots. You could also use another non-dairy yogurt (such as soy or almond) if you like.
The lemon mixed with the coconut yogurt creates a similar flavor to that of cheesecake frosting, which is the main modification I had to use from Laura’s original recipe that features cheesecake flavoring along with making mine plant-based.
I also used ground flax instead of chia in my recipe, but either one will work just fine. I like using flax with oats and cinnamon since the texture reminds me of graham cracker crumbs! 🙂
I topped this parfait with some walnuts and extra shredded coconut since I love coconut in oats, and because walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Here are the nutritional benefits you’ll get when you make this Healthy Carrot Cake Overnight Oat Parfait:
- Amino acids/protein
- Fiber to reduce cholesterol, balance blood sugar level, and improve digestion
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- B vitamins
- Serotonin-boosting complex carbs
- Chromium to balance blood sugar levels
- Healthy fats for your heart and brain
Did I mention it tastes pretty great too? 🙂 All with no added sugar so your blood sugar levels stay healthy, and it’s also balanced in complex carbs, lean protein, and just a little fat to promote optimal digestion and to fuel your muscles properly.
Feel free to enjoy this as a snack or even a dessert if you wish too!
- 1/2 cup quick, rolled oats - (use gluten-free if needed)
- 1/4 cup shredded or diced baby carrots
- 1 cup your choice plain unsweetened coconut yogurt - (I use So Delicious brand)
- 2-3 tiny drops of liquid, alcohol-free vanilla stevia - (I used NuNaturals brand)
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 tsp. unsweetened, shredded coconut
- pinch of apple pie spice
- 1/4 tsp. ground flax
- 1/2 cup cold water or unsweetened, non-dairy milk
- 1 scoop your choice vanilla protein powder to increase the protein content
- 2 tablespoons of coconut flour to make it taste more like cake
- 2-3 tablespoons more liquid
- shredded coconut
- extra carrots
- extra apple pie spice (or cinnamon)
- Add 1/4 cup of the oats and 1/4 cup of the yogurt to a parfait glass.
- Sprinkle with the apple pie spice (however much you want), and then add in the protein powder and coconut flour if using.
- Add the stevia, flax, and 1/2 cup water or non-dairy milk. Stir well.
- Now, add in the rest of the oats and stir again. (It will thicken better if you do this by steps instead of all at once.)
- Top with the rest of the yogurt, add the toppings, and chill overnight or at least 3-4 hours before serving. (You can also cover and freeze this and then defrost it for 15 minutes on the counter before serving.)
- *If you use the optional protein powder and coconut flour to make it more "cake-like" and filling, you'll likely want to add 2-3 tablespoons more liquid so it mixes well.
- *You can substitute flax with chia if you prefer, and you can also use whatever toppings you want.
- *If you want a more authentic cream cheese flavor for this recipe, use cheesecake flavoring instead of the lemon juice (lemon juice mixed with yogurt and coconut creates a similar flavor).
- *If you don't like or use stevia, use a mashed banana or date paste instead. You can also use another sweetener if you prefer.
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