As soon as the zucchini starts growing in my garden it I start adding it to everything – like this Zucchini Bread Oatmeal! Just grate some zucchini into a bowl of oatmeal along with nuts and spices to add nutrition along with the taste of fresh baked zucchini bread. It’s a simple step you can take to transform your everyday breakfast into a tasty bowl of healthy oats!
First, start off by grating your 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.
Next prepare your oatmeal.
This Zucchini Bread Oatmeal is simple to prepare. Really no different than any stove top oatmeal you might make already. Add milk/water, oats and spices in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer. Add chia seeds and grated zucchini until it’s all tender. Then add sweetener and vanilla. Top it with nuts and all the extras you desire!
Got zucchini to spare?
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 to devour!
- 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.