Hands up who loves carrot cake! Well now you can have your cake, and eat it; FOR BREAKFAST! This overnight soaked oats/bircher muesli tastes just like the real deal! It’s full of really healthy ingredients such as oats, chia seeds, walnuts and almond milk plus spices and you can even get a vegetable in your quota before leaving for work too. You can control how sweet you like it by adjusting the raisins and pure Maple syrup but I find the amount shown works really well together so give it a go and adjust to your liking. I personally find my digestion works better when combining a vegetable with oats over using fruits. Fruits digest more quickly so if they’re combined with slow digesting oats, you may find it creates bloating or gas and that’s because the fruit has digested much faster but is stuck in the digestive tract and starts to ferment – hence the gas! Fruit generally takes only 20 minutes to digest and oats can take a few hours – which is how they keep you feeling fuller for longer and release energy over a longer period. You may not find you suffer with eating fruit and oats at the same time, but if you get symptoms and were wondering why; this might be your reason! Everyone is different and it’s good to listen to your body and do what you instinctively know is best. Combine foods which don’t give you any digestive discomfort.
Almond Carrot Cake Oats with Maple, Raisins & Chia
- 2/3 cup jumbo oats
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 1 small carrot peeled and grated
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 ripe banana mashed
- 1 small handful raisins
- 1 small handful goji berries
- 1 small handful walnuts
- 1 tbsp pure Maple syrup
Add all of the ingredients (excluding the walnuts) to a Tupperware box which has a lid. Give it all a good stir and keep in the fridge overnight to soak.
The next morning, add the oat mixture to your bowl and top with the walnuts. Serve immediately.
You will need to begin this recipe the night before to get a really moist texture and the soaking may help with digestion too. If you don't have time to do this, you can reduce the soaking time to at least 20 minutes or try heating the oats and milk for 5 minutes before adding the remaining ingredients. The heat will help to soften the oats.
Make double and have breakfast ready for the next 2 days!
Travels well in the Tupperware box so take it for a journey too.