Vegan Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

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I love carrot cake.  And now, I can have carrot cake for breakfast.  Not just a slice of carrot cake though, an actual nutritious breakfast that will not leave me with a sugar rush.  Carrot cake overnight oats!  My new favorite thing, and they could not be easier to make.  Ok, the truth is I was grating up some carrots for a cake, and I had I decided that this would be awesome.  I eat the same boring oats every day most days of the week when I work and don't have time to dream up something interesting or throw together something interesting for the next days breakfast (my energy mostly goes into creating other recipes), so...this was a weekend treat.

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I used steel cut oats for this because I love the texture (these are my weekend oats as well, during the week I use rolled because they can be thrown together and ready in half an hour) along with chia seeds for heart healthy omega 3  oils and to soak up moisture.  I added in the carrots of course, my usual carrot cake spices, some dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds, and some protein powder because I was going to eat this after my run. I sure was rungry (run+hungry)!  I devoured it in no time, and it was sooo good!  Kept me full for a long time too, so I could get stuff done!  Plus, there is nothing better than being able to enjoy dessert for breakfast right?!

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Vegan Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Serves 1-2

1/2 cup gluten free steel cut oats or rolled oats (if you want this to be raw use raw rolled oats)

1 1/2 cups filtered water

2 scoops Sprout Living Epic Vanilla Lucuma Protein Powder*

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cardamom

stevia or maple syrup to taste

1 cup shredded carrots

optional: raisins, crasins, pumpkin seeds, walnuts (mix in a few Tbsp of your favorites)

In a jar, combine all ingredients, and stir to mix together.  Let sit in the refrigerator covered overnight.  Enjoy in the morning!

*If you do not wish to add protein powder, then simply use your favorite non dairy milk reduced to 1 cup in this recipe.

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