Carrot cake is sneaky. Delicious, but sneaky. It promises to be “healthy” with its grated carrot (a great source of beta-carotene!) but many traditional carrot cake recipes can feature up to TWO CUPS of refined white sugar! Not to mention, added oils, white flour and all those other ingredients that seem to make baked goods taste so darn good and yet aren’t necessarily so darn good for you. Well, the buck (or won, or yen or dollar or kroner or whatever) stops here! It’s time to faithfully represent the true health benefits of carrot cake with this recipe that is FREE of refined sugar, FREE of gluten, FREE of flour and FREE of added fats/oils (but no, not free of calories – what world are you living in?) – all those FREEBIES add up to a BIG, FAT SPENDING on FLAVOUR! Woo-hoo!
So, even though I just posted an amazing recipe to BAKE a pie, now that recipe development is over, there is NO WAY I am turning on my oven until the temperatures outside go down (or I get tempted by another recipe on the internet. Whatever comes first). Plus, I’m in vacation mode. Make-ahead meals is where it’s at (no, don’t ask me what “it” is. I don’t know, either). The Golden Graham (Extended) Family just got back from a week in Singapore (and I know, I know, I still haven’t even posted my follow-up on our trip to Bali), and we’re stopping at home just long enough to unpack, do laundry, re-pack and zip up to Seoul for a few days. (Funny how much Ulsan, South Korea has truly become “home” after living here for almost two years, given that it was a place we’d never even heard of prior).
So, “hi-bye-nice-to-see-ya!” Enjoy the recipe and I’ll check back with you whenever I can claw my way out of vacation backlog e-mails!
Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal (High-Protein)
Carrot cake for breakfast – no baking required!
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 cup (80g) rolled oats – make sure these are gluten-free, if you require
1 scoop (28g) protein powder of choice – I used Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder*
1 tsp (5g) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2g) nutmeg
1/4 tsp (0.5g) ground ginger
1 cup (250mL or 240g) unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup (113g) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup (40g) grated carrot
1 + 1 tbsp (20g total) raisins
2 + 2 tbsp (32g total) chopped walnuts
Optional sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, stevia) – depending on the sweetness of your protein powder and your own personal sweet tooth, you may wish to add an additional sweetener, to taste
1. Stir the dry ingredients (rolled oats, protein powder and spices) in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in the grated carrots, 1 tbsp of raisins and 2 tbsp of chopped walnuts. If using an additional sweetener, add now or drizzle on top (note that this will alter the nutritional information vs. what is presented below).
3. Divide the mixture into two wide-mouth Mason jars or containers, garnish with remaining raisins and chopped walnuts, and refrigerate overnight. Note the recipe easily halves for single servings or multiplies for more.
NUTRITION INFORMATION (without added sweetener)
Calories: 397 Fat: 15g Carbohydrates: 44g Sugar: 11g Fiber: 7g Protein: 25g
Enjoy straight out of the fridge – all you need is a spoon! – the crisp, crunchy carrots, sweet, plump raisins and rich walnuts will fill you up with carrot cake goodness without any sneaky sugar or saturated fat!
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