Saturday, March 29, 2014

Carrot and apple soaked oats

I think I've mentioned before that I don't often make overnight oats. This doesn't reflect a lack of interest in oats. Rather, it stems from a reluctance to commit to breakfast the night before, mixed with a need for easily portable breakfast foods due to my tendency to eat breakfast at work.

Overday oats, though, I am a fan of. Most often, I turn to them when I need a substantial mid-afternoon snack. Sometimes, I'll even enjoy them for lunch. These carrot and apple oats would work perfectly in either category. If you are a fan of overnight oats for breakfast, they could obviously fit in there too.


I know carrot-based oat dishes aren't new, and this recipe is simply my spin on a concept that has been blogged before. The truth is, I am on a bit of a carrot kick at the moment. Carrot cake flavours have taken over my imagination, and I suspect I'll be sharing more carrot containing snacks before long.

I topped these oats with diced apple rather than mixing apple pieces (or grated apple) through the oats themselves. I imagine a mixed up version would be equally enjoyable, and I might try that next time myself. If you like your oats with sweetener, then you could also add a little maple syrup or other sweetener to taste. The carrot, currants and apple do a good job of sweetening this naturally though.


Carrot and apple soaked oats
This dish can be prepared in the evening to give a delicious breakfast, or made in the morning to give a substantial afternoon snack (or an easy lunch!)
Vegan and low fat
Serves one

Author: Bite-sized thoughts, with acknowledgement to the many similar recipes out there


Ingredients
1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup non-dairy milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
1 small-medium carrot, grated
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice
1 tbsp currants or sultanas
1 small apple, diced

Method
Combine the oats, milk, carrot, vanilla, cinnamon/spice, and currants/sultanas. Mix to combine. Set in a jar or bowl and top with the diced apple. Allow to sit for at least 4 hours, until the oats are creamy.

Serve!


Submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays.

Are you an oats for breakfast person? And do you enjoy carrot-containing oat mixes?

14 comments:

  1. I'm like you Kari! I almost never want to commit to a breakfast the day before! I will occasionally do the overnight oats or soak grains/chia for pancakes/porridge but more often than no, breakfast is an in-the-moment decision. I love the sound of this idea for snacks though and the addition of the carrots.

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    1. Carrots go well with so many things :-) And here is to spontaneous breakfast decisions!

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  2. I wouldn't have thought of adding carrots to oats, but it looks good!

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - I recommend it!

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  3. Yum this looks like my kind of breakfast!

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  4. I don't like the idea of overnight oats because I am not that organised but also because I have never tried overnight oats - it just sounds soggy to me and too milky but I like that you do overday oats and I think the carrot and apple flavour is very appealing - perhap I should try that with my porridge some time now that apples are coming back into season - hurrah

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    1. Carrots in cooked porridge would be lovely too I think. You might be reassured, though, by soaked oats getting less milky with time rather than more - that is one of the reasons I like them I think :-) The milk gets absorbed so the consistency becomes thick but not soggy (at least if you get the milk ratio right and leave them to soak long enough!).

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  5. This does look like a wonderful breakfast. I love bircher muesli and how it's made overnight and I actually prefer it when oats have time to swell up and soak xx

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  6. I was just talking with my husband about trying oats for breakfast vs my typical greek yogurt and granola. I might actually try this one!

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    1. What timing! I hope you liked these if you did try them out.

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  7. I've never been an 'oaty' person but maybe it was because I couldn't commit either. This jar of oats sounds really good.

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    1. Thanks Maureen :) I bet it would be great topped with some of your granola at the end too...

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