Looking for a low carb alternative to overnight oats? Try this simple and delicious Low Carb Flaxseed and Chia Overnight Oats.
Finding a good low carb replacement for overnight oats has been a mission of mine for a while now. While I love plain chia seed pudding, it doesn’t quite remind of oats enough. To remedy that I have been playing around with adding flaxseed meal to my chia seed pudding to create a heartier, more oatmeal-like texture. While these definitely aren’t oats, I do love the pudding-like consistency you get and the flaxseed has the same earthy, grainy taste as oats. I like to make this with raspberries but any fruit or berries would work.
Let’s talk about the texture of this low carb oatmeal because it isn’t going to be exactly like oatmeal. When chia seeds and flax seeds soak in liquid, they absorb it. The chia seeds will expand and take on a gel-like consistency. The flaxseed meal will also soak up the liquid. This will create something similar to a porridge. Some people don’t mind the texture but it can be off-putting for others. You have to experiment a bit to see what you like.
If you don’t like the texture of low carb oatmeal, you can play around with the proportions. Use more chia seeds if you like the texture of chia seed pudding. You can also use more liquid, to get a looser consistency, that is more cereal like. In my experience it may take some test runs playing around with the amount of liquid and sweetness to find a combination that you like. You’ll see that there is yogurt in this recipe as well. Personally, I like the smooth texture it adds.
Can you eat oatmeal on a low carb diet?
Oatmeal is not traditionally eaten on a low carb diet since it is actually pretty high in carbohydrates. A one cup serving of oatmeal has around 27 grams of carbohydrates, which is too many for most low carb diets. To replace your daily oatmeal, you can make a low carb alternative like the one that is made with chia seeds and flax seeds. It is important to note that this recipe does have carbohydrates but there are only 16 net carbs due to the high amount of fiber. This can be lowered even more by using full-fat dairy and eliminating the raspberries.