A Protein, Fiber and Omega-3 packed Easter Dessert for Breakfast
Even with the 5 inches (plus) of snow Chicago received Sunday, Easter IS only a week away! With the Easter Bunny countdown upon us, deviled eggs, ham and carrot cake are some foods that come to mind, other than chocolate of course.
Carrot cake comes only every so often, so, as a little treat for you all, I thought I’d find a way to incorporate it into one of my go-to breakfasts, overnight oats.
Overnights are a quick, nutritious and filling breakfast. Not to mention packed with fiber, protein and omega-3 fats. I am usually a sucker for my PB&Berry overnights (recipe coming) but I am all for trying to find new ways to get veggies in, in the morning 😁 Always use rolled oats with overnight oats, they fluff up more. Today, I used Bob Red Mills Rolled Oats.
What’s in them to make them healthy and delicious?
Since carrots aren’t as sweet as berries and bananas, I use vanilla yogurt (rather than plain) for a little more flavor and sweetness. When eating yogurt by itself, I usually choose 2-4% Siggi’s yogurts, however, this recipe has many other healthy fats, such as: chia seed, nuts, flax meal, hemp seed and milk. So, I went lower fat on the yogurt with Siggi’s 0% Vanilla or Chobani vanilla.
If you are lactose intolerant, usually the ONE thing you CAN tolerate, if anything at all, is greek yogurt. Try it out and use a plant based milk (Soy, Pea, or Oat). If greek yogurt still does not sit well with you, try a plain coconut yogurt.
Omega 3’s & Fiber
An important note to mention is this breakfast is LOADED with fiber and Omega 3’s. Women are recommended to get 25g/day. Well ladies, this has 11g, you are on your way to overshooting that recommendation. Get your entire recommended about of the anti-inflammatory, Omega-3, three fold, with the Carrot Cake Overnight Oats. You will get a whopping 3.4g. We can thank Chia and Flax for both Omega 3’s and fiber, while the raisins, oats and carrots add even more fiber.
Without the optional protein powder, the recipe has 22g of protein. Protein comes from hemp seeds, greek yogurt, milk (I used 2%), and the oats. As mentioned above, if you cannot have dairy, opt for a soy, pea or oat based milk. UR Whey Vanilla protein OR non-dairy Vital Proteins Collagen protein are my go-to’s.
Not sweet enough for you, carrot cake does have shredded coconut and pineapples in it. Feel free to add both and let me know what you think!
And so ladies and gentlemen, I give delicious Carrot Cake Overnight Oats.
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
- 1/3 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 tbsp Flax Meal
- 1 tbsp Hemp Seed Optional
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Ginger and Nutmeg
- 1/3 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder Optional
- 1 tbsp Pecans chopped
- 1 tbsp Raisins
- 1/3 cup Milk
- 2.5 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt (1/2 ind. container) Siggi's 0% or Chobani
- 1/2 cup Shredded Carrots 1/2 large carrot, grated
- Place all DRY ingredients into a sealable mason jar (first half of ingredients list). Seal and shake to mix all ingredients together
- Place remaining of ingredients in jar (milk, yogurt, carrots) and mix with spoon.
- Seal jar and place in fridge overnight or four hours (at least) and Enjoy!