Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Creamy, nutrient-packed carrot cake oatmeal packed. With hidden health benefits, this oatmeal is the perfect way to start the day.

This post is sponsored by Silk.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal - a nutrient-packed well-balanced way to start the day.

Fun fact: I ate cereal every day for breakfast until I was 24 years old. And not the low-sugar whole grain healthful kind…the sugar bomb kid cereals with all the artificial colors and approximately zero nutrient quality. Once I started paying more attention to my overall health and began eating a nutrient-rich diet, my daily cereal habit transformed into gluten-free oats or veggie scrambles for my breakfast routine.

I’ve discussed my own gut health on my blog quite a bit over the last year, as it’s a topic to which many people can relate. 70-80% of our immune system resides in our gut, so when our gut is healthy, our immune system is ironclad; on flip side, if our digestive system is out of sorts, our overall health is compromised. Tailoring your diet to promote your own personal gut health is the biggest step toward not only healing your body of any chronic ailments but also preventing illness.

Let’s dive into this a little further and talk prebiotics.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal - a nutrient-packed, well-balanced breakfast that's quick and easy to prepare

If you’re unfamiliar with the difference between prebiotics and probiotics, I’ve gotcha covered. Probiotics are the helpful good bacteria in your gut (the “good bugs”) that help break down your food, fight off pathogens to keep your immune system strong, and send signals to your brain about your level of satiety, hunger, and provide information on the types of food your body needs.

Prebiotics are foods that help feed the good bacteria in your gut, keeping them alive, well, and reproducing so that they can ideally outnumber the bad bacteria in your gut. Consuming prebiotics is one of the most efficient ways of strengthening your gut microbiota, since good bacteria cannot survive without the proper nutrition.



Examples of powerful prebiotics are chicory root, onions, garlic, cauliflower, oats, dandelion greens, fermented food and beverages, and more.

When healthy bacteria reigns, not only are you are properly absorbing nutrients, but you’re reaping the benefits of a clear mind and happy mood, which coincide with a healthy digestive system.

That said, when your gut microbiota is imbalanced and bad bacteria outnumber good bacteria, the bad bacteria use prebiotic foods as fuel as well, which can cause IBS symptoms. This is why it’s important to be mindful of gut health – once there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria, it requires a lot of diligence to shift your system back in balance.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats ingredients

Now that we’ve covered a little Gut Health 101, let’s talk about this Carrot Cake Overnight Oats recipe.

I used Silk’s Prebiotic Almond & Cashew Milk to make these overnight oats. This non-dairy beverage includes chicory root, prebiotic fiber, and oat flour, which adds another prebiotic element to an inherently prebiotic meal. I love the flavor and texture of the milk – it is subtly sweet, thick, creamy, and makes an incredible overnight oat!


Carrot Cake Overnight Oats - a nutrient-packed vegan breakfast recipe perfect for starting the day on the right foot

If you’ve never made overnight oats, it’s a quick no-cook approach to oatmeal. Simply stir all the ingredients together in a jar or sealable container, refrigerate overnight, and wake up to a thick and creamy breakfast that’s all ready for you the following morning. If you prefer your oatmeal warm, simply heat it up on the stove top or in the microwave!

Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal - a nutrient-packed, well-balanced breakfast

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Julia


  • 2 cups Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 4 cups Silk Prebiotic Almond Cashew Milk
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup walnuts chopped

For Serving:


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a large sealable container until well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 

  2. Before serving, stir overnight oats well. Serve with a sprinkle of hemp hearts, slivered almonds, and a scoop of almond butter.

  3. Store leftovers in a sealed container for up to 5 days. 

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats - packed with protein, complex carbs, veggies, and prebiotics for a gut-healthy breakfast #vegan #glutenfree #healthy


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  3. Doreen Colnaghi

    Ohhh, this looks great! I love that they have a prebiotic milk, didn’t know that. Will try this soon, thank you!

  4. Alaina

    This looks fantastic! I have oatmeal for dinner every day and this will be a fun way to switch it up (right now I cook it with almond mild, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg and then fold in chia seeds, dried cranberries and a chopped Granny Smith apple. I top it with a few blackberries, pistachios, pecans and a drizzle of raw honey). I love carrot cake and this will be fun! Thanks!

  5. marcie

    I’ve never heard of pre-biotic so thank you for explaining this so well! I’m having some “issues” at the moment so this is timely. I love my overnight oats so this will be an easy way for me to consume some pre-biotics (and I love Silk)!

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  7. Meesh

    Hey Julia, this is going to sound so silly, but can you heat this right before eating? Or is it recommended to have it cold/room temp?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Meesh,

      You can eat overnight oats either cold or hot. To heat it up, simply put what you want in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave, or heat it up in a saucepan on the stovetop. I hope you enjoy! xo

  8. Kelly

    I love cereals for breakfast but I have never had such a delicious and fulfilling bowl of oats before. I really like that you keep your recipes gluten-free since I have recently become very conscious about my weight. I tried it this morning and it was so good, I’m planning to have it again tomorrow.

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