Zucchini Bread Oatmeal is a healthy bowl of old-fashioned oats with grated zucchini, spices and nuts. It’s got all the flavors of fresh baked zucchini bread for a super healthy breakfast!
As soon as the zucchini starts growing in my garden it I start adding it to everything from this Zucchini Bread Oatmeal to this Tropical Pineapple Zucchini Smoothie!
A quick + healthy breakfast recipe, it’s simply freshly grated zucchini added to a bowl of oats, nuts and spices. It’s a simple step you can take to transform your everyday breakfast into a tasty bowl of healthy + gluten free oats packed with veggies!
How to Make Zucchini Bread Oatmeal
This Zucchini Bread Oatmeal is simple to prepare. Really no different than any stove top oatmeal you might typically make for breakfast.
Step 1: Start by grating fresh zucchini.
How should you grate zucchini?
I always use a box grater like this one and utilize the medium sized grate. The smaller size grate is too delicate and tends to make the zucchini mushy when it’s mixed into the oatmeal. We still want to have some structure to the shredded zucchini.
When you add shredded zucchini to your bowl of morning oats, it’s an easy way to bring some fresh vegetables into your breakfast routine. I find that in order to get the recommended serving of vegetables per day, I need to start bright and early.
Step 2: Prepare your oatmeal.
Add milk/water, oats and spices in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer. Add chia seeds and grated zucchini. Cook until oats are tender.
Step 3: Add sweetener + top with nuts.
Then add sweetener and vanilla. Top it with nuts and all the extras you desire!
Got extra zucchini?
Every summer it seems that gardens are overflowing with zucchini and gardeners are soliciting neighbors, coworkers, the mailman, to relieve them of their overabundance. What a great problem to have! I encourage you to bring extra produce you are growing to your local food pantry.
And as your garden (or your neighbor’s garden) keeps supplying you with more zucchini, try baking this Whole Wheat Zucchini Walnut Bread (easily freezable) or a Lemon Zucchini Microwave Cake that takes 2 minutes to make and maybe less time to devour!
Try these favorite savory zucchini recipes:
- Greek Pasta Salad with Zucchini – Vegetarian
- Zucchini Lasagna Roll ups – Vegan + Gluten Free
- Baked Zucchini Pie – Vegetarian
- Zucchini Burritos with Special Sauce – Vegetarian
- 1/3 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or water
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup grated zucchini I like the texture of a medium grate.
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- chopped walnuts to top
- 2 tbsp packed brown sugar to top
- drizzle of maple syrup optional
- 1 banana, sliced optional
In a small pot, add milk/water, cinnamon and oats. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat, stirring a few times ~ 3 min.
Add in the chia seeds and grated zucchini. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally about 4 min until desired texture is reached.
When cooked, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and brown sugar. Top with chopped walnuts, sliced bananas and perhaps a drizzle of maple syrup.