Typically when you see “overnight oats” that means that raw oats have been soaked overnight and are consumed raw the following morning. I am a huge fan of this method of overnight oats because it is super tasty and super convenient. Recently I was introduced to a different method of preparing overnight oats which of course I tried (and loved!). In this secondary method the oats are soaked overnight in double their volume of water, then the next morning they are drained and cooked in fresh water. Yes, I am aware that this is more work than the primary method that I wrote of, but it is so tasty.
Have you ever wondered how all those foodie accounts on instagram get perfect, creamy delicious looking oats while meanwhile yours look like something the dog brought up (if you know what I mean)? Well the answer is simple; soak your oats overnight prior to cooking.
Version one of overnight oats is wonderful in the warmer seasons because it is served fresh out of the refrigerator, but as the weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, I like to have a warm breakfast to start my day.
I’ve used the second method a few times to make a variety of different oat recipes. This morning I decided to do a “spin-off” recipe of My New Roots carrot cake overnight oats recipe. I must say that it turned oat fantastically well, hence the fact that I am sharing the recipe with you.
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats for Two
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup grated carrot
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Drizzle of maple syrup
- Place the oats in a small saucepan and cover with 2 cups of water. Allow to soak overnight.
- In the morning, drain oats and cover with 2 cups of fresh water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to simmer.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients and continue to cook until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat.
- Separate the oats into two bowls and top with your toppings of choice.