Carrot Cake Overnight Oats {Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Raw}

So this recipe for carrot cake overnight oats got me a few weird looks from my friends and family when I first told them about it. But once they tried it they took those weird looks right back and told me I was a genius. Well not quite, but you know, creative license etc etc. I must admit that I am not the genius that came up with this idea. I have been seeing it all over the internet lately, and I love carrot cake, I love oats, so it would make sense to give this combo a go.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats I was seriously shocked when I tasted these. It is like eating dessert for breakfast, but healthy. It honestly tastes like carrot cake, I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised, what with all the cinnamon and nutmeg and deliciousness, but I was. I never think healthy oats flavoured like naughty treats will actually hit the spot, but these did, I could eat them for dessert very happily, though once they are dessert I think I deserve some sort of delicious frosting, don’t you think?

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
But anyway, let’s get our mind out of the frosting gutter (mmm cinnamon cream cheese frosting anyone?), and focus on the fact that these are so yummy, so healthy and so easy… that is the trifecta ladies and gentlemen! Oats are my absolute favourite ‘superfood’. Nothing fancy or expensive, but one of the healthiest and easiest foods around.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
However, being a gluten free blog and all, I do feel the need to mention that here in Australia, oats are not considered gluten free, even when you buy the wheat free versions. While they do not contain gluten, they contain another protein called avenin which some celiacs seem to react to. NN is fine with oats, as are a lot of coeliacs and people with gluten intolerances which is why I have decided to go ahead and post this. If oats don’t sit well with you, I have made a bircher muesli in the past using a mixture of rolled rice, rolled quinoa, chia seeds and linseeds which worked out beautifully. The liquid to grain / seed ratio will change due to the chia seeds being super absorbent, but on the plus side you only need to soak this mixture for a couple of hours.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 5-10 mins
Soak Time: Overnight
Serves: 2-3


  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice (rice, oat or coconut milk are good options to keep keep it nut free and dairy free)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 large banana, mashed


Mix all ingredients together in an airtight container and store in the fridge overnight.

Serve alone or topped with nuts, seeds, fruit and/ or yoghurt. I topped with mine with the Conscious Food’s Pura Veda blend.

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  1. says

    I’ve been wanting to make overnight carrot cake oats for aaaaaages (like you, I kept seeing them around the blogosphere) but so far I have been too lazy. I need to get off my evening butt and get into the kitchen… but maybe tomorrow, as I have run out of carrots (sad face). Great food styling here, each bowl looks more delish than the last!
    P.S cinnamon cream cheese frosting… omg. Want. I wonder how it’d be with a dollop of whipped cinnamon coconut cream? Brain is ticking… xxx

    • says

      Hi Alicia, mixed spice is a blend of a number of spices including caraway, allspice, coriander, cumin, nutmeg and ginger, whereas allspice is an actual spice rather than a mix. Feel free to use allspice instead of the mixed spice though, I’m sure it would still taste great!

  2. NaTasha says

    Just prepped this and all I can say is holy moley!! I can’t wait until tomorrow comes to eat it! I used almond milk and all spice, but I will need to find me some mixed spice for the next time…yes, I’m already plotting out the next time. I plan to eat my way through all of these overnight oat recipes, I’m obsessed! Thanks for posting them!

    • says

      Hi Pete, mixed spice is a blend of caraway, allspice, coriander, cumin, nutmeg and ginger. It is very common in Australia but if you can’t find it feel free to use some other spices you can find such as ground nutmeg, ginger, allspice or cinnamon.

  3. Allison K says

    Has anyone considered trying this with say baby food carrots? Already pureed and such, could even use banana that way if available. Just a thought


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