Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

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These make the perfect summer breakfast, you can eat them cold straight out of the fridge. Make them right before you go to bed, or you can make a few servings and keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days. Whichever you decide, make sure they’re in the fridge for about 5 hours before you eat them. I use these small mason jars that measure about 250ml/1 cup.

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Makes 1 serving

INGREDIENTS
Small Jar
3/4 cup Oats
1 Tbsp Raisins
1 Tbsp Chopped Pecans
2 Tbsp Grated Carrots
1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Enough water or Milk to fill the jar

METHOD
1. Mix oats, raisins, pecans, carrots, cinnamon and ginger together in a small bowl.
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2. Add above mixture into jar, pour over maple syrup, vanilla extract and top with enough water or milk to fill the jar. Seal jar.
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3. Place the jar in the fridge and leave it overnight.
4. Eat and enjoy!

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TIPS:
You can play around with different flavor combinations-
Grated apple instead of carrots for a take on apple pie.
Leave out the carrots, raisins and spices and top with fresh blueberries before serving.
Leave out the carrots, raisins and spices and add 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder and 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter

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INGREDIENTS
500grams/1lb Rolled Oats
1 cup Whole Almonds
1 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
1 cup Coconut Flakes. I used desiccated coconut
2 tbls Coconut or Canola Oil
1/3 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Dried Apricots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Dried Apple Rings, sliced
1 cup Dried Dates, sliced
1/2 cup Cranberries

METHOD
Preheat oven to 180/350
1. Mix first 6 ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Blend the oil, maple syrup or honey & vanilla together.
3. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Place parchment paper into a large cookie/baking tray and spread mixture.
5. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes till golden.
6. Remove from oven and allow to cool before folding in the dried fruit.
7. Store in a sealed container and enjoy with milk, yogurt or fruit juice.
8. Any dried fruit can be used.