Raspberry Carob Vegan Overnight Oats



Day 5 of Reno-cation Week.

I’m weak.

I’m worn down.

Every muscle in my body hurts.

And I desperately need cookies to replenish my energy stores.

Unfortunately, the thought of mixing a bowl of batter makes my arms weep in protest. The one time I really need a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of almond milk, my body fails me. Anyone want to come cook/bake for me this week? :) I promise I won’t make you do too much painting… ;)

We’ve been living off of Vegan Overnight Oats, toast, and cereal for quick meals in a pinch. Oh, and I did manage to make a Green Monster yesterday, but even that seemed like a lot of effort! I know the logical solution to this problem would be ordering take-out all week long, but we live in the sticks and no one will deliver to us.

Luckily, these vegan overnight oats are always great when you don’t have the time (or energy) to turn on the stove. No matter how much putty will be glued to my hair by the day’s end, I know that this bowl of bliss will comfort me all day long…(or at least until lunchtime, when I drown myself into a carbohydrate coma with cereal).


This bowl does the trick in a pinch, but I long for warm weather when I can start making these again!


It also packs quite the nutritional punch too.

For the base ingredients:

  • 352 kcals
  • 15 grams fat (2g sat fat, 6000mg Omega-3, 1819mg Omega-6) <—thank you chia seeds!
  • 45 grams carbs
  • 18 grams fibre
  • 16 grams protein
  • 7 grams sugar


I have been using 2 tbsp of chia seeds in my VOO lately because it really amps up the protein, healthy fats, fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants. I also love carob powder because it is sweet enough that I feel like I don’t need to add any other sweetener (aside from the fruit, that is). For some info on carob powder, you can check out this post I wrote.

Reno-cation Update


We’ve been in the washing glue off wallsputty-patching-sanding cycle for almost 2 days now.  HEEEEELP!


We both agree that the worst part is washing the wallpaper GLUE off the walls! It took us several hours yesterday. Just when we thought we got all the glue off, we would find more sticky spots.

We’re being very careful about getting all the glue off this time. In other rooms that we renovated, we missed some spots of glue and it caused a lot of grief because we had to go back and fix it once we started to paint.

Moral of the story: Wallpaper is EVIL! Devil

Thanks to the sanding, my hair is a lovely shade of white and I’ve got so much drywall compound on me, I think Eric is going to start sanding me down.


Sketchie on the other hand is still maintaining his beauty…!


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1 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 24, 2011

I’m getting into my overnight oats again now that it has got a little warmer here in the UK. This looks delicious, I just used up all of my raspberries this morning too…darn it! Would strawberries work?


2 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

yup any kind of berry would go lovely with carob!


3 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 24, 2011

It looks like you’re making lots of progress – the end should be in sight soon Angela!! :)

Those VOOs look awesome too!


4 Chelsea February 24, 2011

Those raspberries are gorrrrrrrgeous! I’m getting so excited to see the finished product in your house. There IS light at the end of the tunnel, Angela! ;)


5 Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 24, 2011

Raspberries just make the most gorgeous foodie photos, no?? :)


6 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite February 24, 2011

Your oats look fantastic! Painting can really be quite the job. My husband and I have 14 foot ceilings in our loft and are contemplating hiring someone to paint – though we will have to save up for it first!


7 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

Eric painted the entry with vaulted ceilings and it was quite dangerous (or so I thought!!) I would recommend hiring someone…if possible. Eric said it was fine in his opinion. heh


8 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) February 24, 2011

That looks so GORGEOUS I don’t think I could eat it!! But I would of course! :P

Do you think cacao or cocoa powder would work okay? I don’t have any carob, and have no idea where I could get that in the UK…


9 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

Cocoa powder is much more bitter than carob so it would not be a substitution in this recipe, unless you added sweetener. I have not tried cacao powder before, but I think it is quite bitter too?


10 saffity February 24, 2011

Those VOO look awesome!!! I’ll definitely have to go home and put some in my fridge for tomorrow morning!

Quick question though, you were mentioning you tried Kasha in yesterday’s recipe and it flopped, do you have some recipes for Kasha that you usually use? I’ve got some Kasha, but the one time I dared try it, I don’t think I cooked it right, and it was a sticky paste of yuck.

Thanks for all your work with this blog, I love trying out your recipes and you really inspire me to take control of my health!


11 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

That was my first time cooking with kasha and I have to say I was not impressed with the flavour or texture. I’ll have to put my thinking cap on


12 Kathryn February 24, 2011

kasha makes a great mix in with cold cereal – might be really good mixed into VOO for crunch on top. I don’t like it cooked, but cold is pretty tasty!


13 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

isn’t it too hard to eat cold? It’s really firm uncooked…i’d be afraid to crack my tooth?


14 Kathryn February 24, 2011

it softens very quickly in almond milk. I think that is why it is mushy cooked, it takes on moisture quickly.


15 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

Interesting…I’ll have to do a little experiment! Do you know if raw buckwheat will also get soft in cereal?


16 Kathryn February 24, 2011

I have not tried it 100% raw, I sprout it first. I actually mix the sprouted raw (which is SOOOO easy to sprout and then it is aaaaaliiiiivvvveeee) with the kasha for my super cereal.


17 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) February 24, 2011

chia seeds are definitely the best in oats :) this post made me miss the summer and picking fresh raspberries.. sigh. good luck with everything!


18 Andrea B. @ Vegvacious February 24, 2011

Those look great – the raspberries make it look so fresh and make me long for Springtime! I just finished my sweet potato casserole oatmeal, so maybe I will have to give this oat recipe a try next. One of the best combos ever: carob & raspberries! I would really love this topped with sliced banana as well!


19 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 24, 2011

I used carob in my cookie dough bowl last night for the first time and it was so good!! I was pleasantly surprised that I like the taste, and it is so naturally sweet! I love:) Happy renocation!


20 Leanne February 24, 2011

I’m looking forward to seeing the big reveal of your reno-week :D


21 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

It could turn into reno cation MONTH! bahaha


22 Leanne February 24, 2011

I hope not! Go balls to the wall! ;) get it done, the worst thing is getting used to living in a reno-mess!


23 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 24, 2011

Good luck with the reno – and I love carob in VOO too :)


24 kris | iheartwellness.com February 24, 2011

Hubba hubba!! This VOO looks smashing topped with berries!!! Yum! It took me sometime to get used to carob, now I like it!

Wallpaper is stinky evil.



25 Stephanie February 24, 2011

This may seem silly, but I LOVE how you can see the little raspberry hairs in the pictures :)

Good luck finishing out your renocation week! Can’t wait to see the end results!!!


26 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

me too :)


27 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 24, 2011

I nominated you for the Women’s Health Blog Award as well :) You definitely deserve all the recognition you get and more!!


28 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks February 24, 2011

That’s so low in sugar for something that sounds positively dessert-y! Looks really good, Angela. Hope a cookie fairy visits you soon =)


29 Allison @ Food For Healing February 24, 2011

renos are terrible, but so worth it in the end when everyone is sane and not hating eachother.

those VOO look tasty, my next try will be with vanilla soy milk and strawberry jam. Close right? lol


30 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 24, 2011

Oh wow– I can’t wait to see the final result!!!

I love carob! So yummy and just a little different from chocolate!


31 Gen February 24, 2011

Those oats look awesome!
Good luck finishing the renocation! =D


32 Jenn from Much to My Delight February 24, 2011

I’ve never done the overnight oat thing, but that does sound like a great solution for those mornings when I’m too busy to find a clean pair of socks, let alone turn on the stove. Your wallpaper removal project looks like it deserves a whole batch of cookies. Maybe two. Good luck!


33 Alyssa @ fashionfitnessfoodie February 24, 2011

I just had my first overnight oats yesterday!! They were wonderful :)
Wallpaper is EVIL! Hang in there – it’s almost over! I would bake you some cookies but they probably wouldn’t be as good as yours :)


34 Sabine @ thefruitpursuit February 24, 2011

poor Ange! I was actually thinking of making your pb choc chips cookies tonight haha! You’re welcome to come get some. Unfortunately I live in the sticks called Holland ;)


35 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty February 24, 2011

I voted for you, cuz you’re my very favorite blogger!! :) hehe


36 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

Thanks Jessica! I will return the favour :)


37 Lizzie February 24, 2011

I”m guessing you can sub cacao powder for carob? Would that be weird? Would I even care, since it looks so good? :)

This renovation will also rejuvenate your marriage. I am serious!!! My husband and I went through a bathroom and kitchen reno in the last year and we’re still together! We have hired someone to paint our two (tiny) bedrooms this week, but tonight we’re taking on the ultimate project: assembling our new platform bed frame . . ha! Since we assembled our new couch a couple of months ago (with only 2 arguments, several outbursts of laughter (me), and hubby needing a shower afterwards from all the effort (read frustration at tiny pieces), this should be super easy. However it isn’t IKEA – so maybe not??


38 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

Carob is very sweet and I believe cacao is bitter, so it wouldn’t be a good sub, unless you added sweetener…carob’s flavour is very distinct.


39 Anna Crouch February 24, 2011

Yes, both cocoa And cacao are pretty bitter. But if u add no more than a 1/2-1tbl of agave (depending on your preference) they taste divine!


40 Anna Crouch February 24, 2011

Yum yum!!! This is seriously my FAVORITE way to make VOO! except I usually use cocoa powder, marrionberries and a small amount of agave (to sweeten it up a bit). Its like eating chocolate pudding with berries!!!!!


41 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 24, 2011

Your VOO dishes always look spectacular!

I have taken wallpaper down ONCE in my life and it was more than enough. What a horrible task.


42 Michelle February 24, 2011

Dang, that looks like a ton of work. It’ll all be worth it when you have a pretty new room to bask in. ;)


43 Kathryn February 24, 2011

You’ll need a vacation to recover from the renocation! Maybe you can make the reno time pass by dreaming up your next vacation – outside of the house!


44 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 24, 2011

Ohhhh… I don’t envy you. just think how great it will look when it is completed! :)

Thanks for the carob info – I’ve seen it everywhere lately and am curious to try it.

It definitely try-new-things season for me. Maybe a spring-fever symptom?! I used guar gum for the first time this morning and LOVED that in my smoothie/milkshake.


45 Jennifer @ keepitsimplefoods.com February 24, 2011

Good luck with all that house work! Glad to see you’re getting rid of that pesky wallpaper. I agree, wallpaper is the devil.


46 Lesley February 24, 2011

I’ve done my share of wallpaper removal, and it is NEVER fun!

As I sit here looking out my window seeing snow, those raspberries are making me long for delicious fresh summer berries!


47 Lady Bookworm February 24, 2011

And I thought painting around all of the oak trim in my living room and dining over the weekend was bad! You have it much worse! Good luck, and I can’t wait to see the final results!


48 Annette @ EnjoyYOURHealthyLife February 24, 2011

That is a lovely picture of a yummy looking breakfast- thanks!! And good luck with all that house work ;)


49 Stacie February 24, 2011

Ha ha ha….we live in the sticks too and hence no one will deliver to us either. We feel your pain….reno pain too :) The finished product is the best part and pushes you to keep going. You can do it!


50 Michelle February 24, 2011

Wallpaper is totally the devil if it’s not put on properly. The new pastes they make these days are a snap to remove. Old stuff? Sucks. The end is in sight!

Your VOO are always so pretty! I think it’s time I invested in a pretty dish to enjoy it in. [totally noshing on VOO for lunch!]


51 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

I’ve never experienced the new wallpaper…does it leave any glue/reside behind?


52 Sarah @ veggie-kids.blogspot.com/ February 24, 2011

Those overnight oats sound good! I love the variety of the VOO you have. Do you have pics of what your dining room will look like; an inspiration pic or the like? We’re still renting but I day dream about all the things I’d love to do when we own….ahhhhh.


53 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

We kinda just improvised based off our eat-in kitchen! :)


54 Namaste Gurl February 24, 2011

Sounds delicious, as per usual with your overnight oats creations! I bet it would be even more yummy with coconut butter atop :)
Happy day and RENO!


55 Julie @ Shining From Within February 24, 2011

I love the vibrant color the raspberries give to the VOO! You always come up with the best oatmeal combinations ;). Keep on keepin’ on with reno’s! Before you know it, it’ll be over (hopefully!).


56 Teresa (Teresa Tastes & Travels) February 24, 2011

Another yum to add to my file, thanks! Hang in there with the reno – it can be such a nightmare, no? We’re undergoing our own major renovation right now (over at ourcornerhouse.wordpress.com) and it’s SO MUCH WORK that NEVER SEEMS TO END! The worst was when the sewer backed up into our basement during our third weekend of ownership :(. But anyway, hang in there. You’ll be so happy when it’s done! And thanks for motivating me to stay on track with healthy eating even when our kitchen is a pile of rubble. :)


57 Moni'sMeals February 24, 2011

yummmm! Looks soooooooo refreshing!

I really enjoyed your post yesterday too. :) You are amazing.

I am voting for ya, woohoo!


58 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 24, 2011

Renovations are killer but so much fun. I rely on carbs to pull me through them too.

I love carobs slightly sweet and nutty flavor, sometimes more than cocoa!


59 Laura @ prettylittlewords February 24, 2011

Sketchie looks so peaceful! How cute :)


60 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit February 24, 2011

I love how easy overnight oats are. I do a lot of overnight breakfast and thank myself every morning when I’m having a wholesome breakfast. My fav right now is banana and almond butter pudding. I posted a quick recipe for it today and am already dreaming of about 4 other variations! yum!


61 Nichole February 24, 2011

I haven’t done the VOO since it’s been cold out… I need to bring those back into my life :D

I feel your pain on the reno… trust me.. I have been through plenty and that is why I refuse to start more right now!


62 AGS February 24, 2011

Courage! In a couple weeks, (most) of this will be but a fuzzy memory. I happen to dislike home renovating projects. In fact, I’d be happy to deal with something looking terrible, rather than go through the effort. Thank goodness my husband feels otherwise — our new home has many improvements thanks to him.


63 megan @ blackberries for jam February 24, 2011

I can’t believe I still have never tried overnight oats! I consistently drool over your breakfast pictures, but I always seem to return to my hot oats or toast with nut butter and fruit. Perhaps a little burst of spring will provide the nudge I need!


64 Alex @ Healing Beauty February 24, 2011

I have yet to try carob in anything other than brownies (the brownies weren’t that great so I’m a little hesitant!) Perhaps I’ll expand my horizons a little more and try them again! Your VOOs always look so much fluffier than mine! :)


65 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

The chia seeds make it super fluffy- esp 2 tbsp :)


66 Alex @ Healing Beauty February 24, 2011

Ohhh I haven’t tried 2 tbsp! Thanks!!


67 Casey @ Insatiably Healthy February 24, 2011

I’m really loving carob powder right now. I tried it with the chia chocolate pudding and wasn’t the fondest of it. Are the vegan overnight oats a lot different than the pudding?


68 Alicia @culinarybliss February 24, 2011

The best thing to take down wallpaper glue is VINEGAR! I never would have believed it if I hadn’t tried myself. Put some vinegar and water into a spray bottle and let it sit on the clue for a few minutes, then scrub with warm water+soap. Try it!


69 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

great tip, thanks!


70 Andrea February 24, 2011

I took the overnight carob oats one step more, put it in the blender with a banana, poured it in a fancy glass, topped with coconut, gave it to my sick boy who didn’t want to eat. He loves carob so this was a hit, he didn’t even know that he was getting his morning oats :)


71 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 24, 2011

OK, I have been having a ridiculously stressful day but seeing those gorgeous raspberries and reading your reno story has made me a happy girl again! :) Can’t wait for the dal recipe!


72 Beth February 24, 2011

Yes, wallpaper is evil. So are those creative borders that people put up. Ugh! Terrible torture to remove.
Can’t wait to see how the room looks once you wash the walls down and paint. Will you be painting your now smooth ceiling?

Glad you are keeping your strength (and possibly your spirits) up with your overnight oats.


73 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

yes we are going to paint the ceiling the same colour as the trim (an ivory of sorts)


74 Amanda February 24, 2011

that looks incredible… oh yum!
but wait, im confused– how do you get 18 grams of fiber?? I can only figure out maybe 8…


75 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

The chia seeds (2 tbsp) account for about 11 grams of fibre. The rest comes from the oats (2.5 g), carob (3 g), and soy milk (~1gram or so).


76 [email protected] February 24, 2011

those look amazing I have everything to make them too :)


77 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen February 24, 2011

Ohhh – this looks delicious. Plus, I agree – wall paper is eeeeeeevil.


78 Roz February 24, 2011

I KNOW the renos will be SOOO worth it. AWWW…SKETCHIE!!!!


79 Beach Bum Beauty February 24, 2011

Do you think I could use flax seed instead of the chia? I really don’t know where to get chia seeds in the UK and don’t want to miss out on any of these scrummy recipes :-D


80 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

I’ve heard mixed results with VOO and using flax. I tried whole flax and it didn’t work, but Ive heard ground flax may work. You might have to reduce the liquid too.


81 Ally (oatsandspice) February 24, 2011

Wow you are coming right along with the wallpaper work – I know from experience that it is really hard work! I’m excited to see the end result :)


82 Erin February 24, 2011

Ha ha – yes, we stripped 6 layers of wallpaper (yup, 6 – they just kept adding them right on top!) before we discovered that that was what was holding together the old lathe and plaster. After we took the wallpaper off, the walls cracked and chipped so we had to rip it all down anyway – aaargh! Fun and games. Believe it or not, renos are an intense bonding experience. You and Eric will have many happy memories to share down the road :) Can’t wait for the dal recipe!


83 [email protected] February 24, 2011

that picture of your oats is gorgeous!!!!


84 erica February 24, 2011

i give you so much credit for doing all your own renovations! that is super hard work!!!

Sketchie is such a good looking cat! :) he’s very photogenic!


85 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 24, 2011

I am in LOVE with raspberries at the moment!


86 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 24, 2011

Oh Angela…I feel your exhaustion in this post! Hang in there my friend…getting all that glue off WILL be worth it so you dont have to go back and re-do it.

And it’s times when we need nourishment and some TLC the most…that we have the least amount of energy to do it! I remember when I gave birth, and was nursing around the clock, no family to help me…and I was trying to cook for myself b/c I was so in need of food all the time and yet so beyond tired after giving birth!

I would gladly come cook dinner for you. If only you lived closer. Are you sure you dont want to come down to San Diego? I’d LOVE to take you out!!! :)


87 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 24, 2011

i’ll be on the next flight. :)


88 sonia February 24, 2011

Oh…thats a great recipe and now on my list of must try’s. I wud luv to give it a shot soon… !


89 AGS February 24, 2011

This brief piece, on “awesome oatmeal” made me think of you. It has an interesting point about the exact reason people eat certain foods/in certain ways, too.



90 pam February 24, 2011

I just found your site and I love it! Thank you so much for inspiring me . I am so excited to try your recipes! Thanks again, you are amazing!


91 dep February 24, 2011

Whoa dal makhini is my favorite Indian dish. I really miss it. I can’t wait to read the recipe. I really hope i can get the ingredients for it (alot of ‘vegan’ ingredients on blogs i can’t get where i live). Looking forward to it!


92 Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 24, 2011

I am in love with the colors in your first photo!


93 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 24, 2011

This look delicious! I am not a vegan, but I love overnight oats, so I’ll be making your pumpkin pie vegan overnight oats for breakfast tomorrow! I can’t wait!


94 Fanta February 24, 2011

Nominated and voted! *crossing fingers* although I highly doubt I’d need to cross anything because this blog is such a great success :)


95 Amber K February 24, 2011

Overnight oats have to be about the best thing ever! Seeing all of the renovating going on does not bode well for my house hunt. I have absolutely no desire to put that much work into making a room look decent. lol My husband loves that kind of stuff though, so I might not have a choice in the matter.


96 Niamh February 24, 2011

Yummy! That looks amazing.
I adore chia seeds. They have so many benefits. I remember when my mom got them for me she was saying how much cheaper it is to buy them rather than to buy Omega 3 tablet supplements.


97 Doc (The Healthy PhD) February 24, 2011

I love your cat. That’s all.


98 kaila @ healthyhelper! February 24, 2011

Carob is one of my absolute favorite foods….I love adding it to banana softserve, yogurt, and baked goods! SO chocolatey and delicious…. I have yet to add it to overnight oats though, so I will have to try this recipe ASAP. Raspberries pair so well with chocolate so I am sure they would be fabulous with some sweet Carob!


99 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter February 24, 2011

I absolutely can not wait for the weather to warm up and I will crave VOO again.


100 [email protected] February 24, 2011

hehe how funny! I had a feeling you were having voo today, and I did too! Sorry I just get easily amazed :P Sketchie!!!! ahhhhh I wanna pet him and squeeze him.


101 Elisabeth February 24, 2011

You are an inspiration! I look forward to reading your blog everyday!


102 Elisabeth February 24, 2011

You are an inspiration! I look forward to reading your blog everyday!


103 Hannah February 24, 2011

You guys are such troopers! Can’t wait to see the final product of your Reno-cation :)

I’m currently trying to find a different company producing chia seeds here in Australia, as the ones I have never seem to plump up unless I heat them. So, if I cook oatmeal with chia seeds and then leave it in the fridge, I get lovely plump thick oats, but if I stir them into cold liquid, they barely gel. It’s very upsetting!


104 Richelle February 24, 2011

Your breakfast looks so good! Good luck wth the renos it will be worth it in the end.


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