Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oatmeal

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This carrot cake oatmeal is the perfect blend of whole grains and protein to get you started and keep you fueled all through the busy morning! The best part is that it tastes like a piece of carrot cake, and it is prepared in a matter of minutes! This overnight oatmeal will have you looking forward to eating breakfast again!  


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 5-10 minutes.


In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. Divide between 2 small bowls, mugs, or mason jars. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for at least an hour (or more) so the oats soften and absorb the liquid). Top with chopped nuts, cinnamon, low sugar syrup, or vanilla Greek yogurt if desired! Enjoy cold, or microwave for 30-60 seconds to enjoy warm!


3/4 cupUnsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cupPlain low fat Greek yogurt (or mashed banana, applesauce or pumpkin)
1/2 cupGrated carrots (I used one large carrot)
1/4 tspSalt (or to taste)
1/2 tspCinnamon
1/2 tspApple pie spice
2 tbsBaking stevia (or 1/4 cup sweetener) 1
1 cupOld fashioned oats
1/4 cupProtein powder (or additional oats)
Optional: Toppings of choice

1 Or 1-3 pkts stevia, or sweetener of choice to taste.

Nutrition Breakdown

2 Servings
265 Calories per Serving
5 g Fat
35 g Carbohydrate
6 g Fiber
6 g Sugar
23 g Protein
7 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Michelle Kramp-Richards said:

Excellent make ahead breakfast option! The Greek yogurt in the oatmeal really gives it the cream cheese flavor of a typical carrot cake. I heated mine up for 90 seconds and added some sugar free syrup and cinnamon. Maybe next time, I will sprinkle in a few raisins too :) Another wonderful recipe! Thanks Katie!

February 19th, 2014 — 7:56am  |  Reply

julie rathel said:

This was so good!!! I ate it for lunch and breakfast the next morning! I absolutely love your recipes!

February 21st, 2014 — 1:44pm  |  Reply

Angel said:

How much oatmeal did you use initially? I only see “protein powder or additional oats”. I’m assuming the regular portion size it says on the oatmeal container, but I want to be sure.

Can’t wait to try it!

March 3rd, 2014 — 10:45am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i used old fashioned oats not packets :)

March 3rd, 2014 — 10:51am  | 

Christina said:

So, this is ridiculously amazingly delicious. I used an organic honey as the sweetener, and added 1/4 C flaxseed and 1/4 shredded coconut. But the rest is the same as your recipe. I’m in heaven :) So glad I get to have serving #2 for breakfast tomorrow!!

March 20th, 2014 — 12:32pm  |  Reply

Christina said:

Update: I think I’ve eaten this 10 times now. LOVE IT.

April 2nd, 2014 — 12:03pm  | 

Carolyn said:

This sounds amazing, I can’t wait to try! Do the carrots soften at all while sitting over night?

March 27th, 2014 — 11:27pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

Yes i found it made the carrots a little softer, but it was really delicious so I would recommend making it

April 27th, 2014 — 12:09pm  | 

Mary said:

This is by far one of my favorite proteins on this site. After having several on here I attempted to make my own version and thought I’d share for folks.

Lemon Bar Overnight Protein Oatmeal


1 Lemon
3/4 c. Unsweet Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 c. non-fat plain greek yogurt
2 Tbls. (Sugar Free if possible) Lemon Instant Pudding Mix
1 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp – 1tsp lemon extract
1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1. Peel the rind from the lemon and chop into pieces (I just used my blender to chop it on pulse) — add to mixing bowl
2. In Processor, grind 1/2 of the lemon and 3/4 c. milk (Milk helps the lemon move around the cynlinder to be ground up)
3. Add Milk/Lemon mixture to mixing bowl and add rest of ingredients to mixing bowl.
4. add 1/2tsp – 1tsp of lemon extract and mix well.
5. Place in fridge for several hours or overnight and enjoy :)

April 27th, 2014 — 4:59pm  |  Reply

Kiki said:

Hey, where are the jars from? Thanks!

May 1st, 2014 — 8:33pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

walmart :)

May 2nd, 2014 — 2:52pm  | 

Jennifer said:

Just made this last night and it was amazing. I only had chocolate protein powder but it still worked. I’m always looking for new things for breakfast that are easy and quick, especially since I’m not into cereal.

May 6th, 2014 — 10:30am  |  Reply

Kristi said:

I have Scottish oatmeal. Do you think the recipe would work with that?

June 26th, 2014 — 1:29pm  |  Reply

Jeannette Wersinger said:

I’m always looking for new, interesting things to try for breakfast. Since AM spare time is always at a premium, making the night before is PERFECT! Can’t wait to try :)

June 26th, 2014 — 8:49pm  |  Reply

Christy Smith said:

Do you think this would this work with steel cut oats?

July 15th, 2014 — 10:52am  |  Reply

Christy Smith said:

Never mind. Saw your post on another recipe. :)

July 15th, 2014 — 11:33am  | 

Chrissie said:

I just love this made it many times and every time I tweek it tonight I have taken out the carrot and added chopped nuts and chopped apple really nice !!!

July 27th, 2014 — 5:34pm  |  Reply

Jo-Anne said:

Just tried it! It’s like indulging in a piece of carrot cake for breakfast… But without the guilt!

March 22nd, 2015 — 10:18am  |  Reply

Karla said:

Tried this and it was amazing. It was like eating carrot cake batter which I LOVE.

July 10th, 2015 — 4:15am  |  Reply

Mark said:

If I make this one night, would I have to eat it the next day? How long would this keep covered in the fridge? I ask for the sake of batch cooking. :)

July 19th, 2015 — 4:20pm  |  Reply

Pat said:

easy breakfast made night before

August 4th, 2015 — 2:06pm  |  Reply

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