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Zoats or Zucchini Oats

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I snuck 1 cup of zucchini into my morning oats (think zucchini bread) along with a ripe banana to sweeten them naturally and loved how these Zoats or Zucchini Oats turned out for a high-fiber, healthy breakfast.

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Zoats or Zucchini Oats

I’ve been making it a challenge to eat at least one cup of vegetables with every meal (my goal is 5 cups per day). It is usually pretty easy for lunch or dinner, but breakfast can be challenging. I was thinking about zucchini bread and was curious to see what would happen if I added zucchini to oatmeal. It was delicious – you can’t even taste the zucchini! I sweetened the zoats naturally with ripe banana and topped them with blueberries and almonds. You can make this zucchini oatmeal recipe with so many toppings, like this Cinnamon Apple-Spiced Oatmeal, Peanut Butter Oatmeal, and Pumpkin- Spiced Oatmeal.

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Should you eat vegetables with every meal?

I’ve added non-statchy vegetables to every meal for the past few months and have enjoyed the challenge. Most vegetables are high in fiber and low in calories, so they help fill me up without eating a ton of carbs or fat. Below are some other benefits of eating a variety of vegetables each day:

  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Has a positive effect on blood sugar levels
  • Helps with digestion
  • Prevents some types of cancer

Zucchini Oatmeal Ingredients

  • Zucchini: Peel seven ounces of zucchini and pulse it in a food processor. You can also shred the zucchini with a box grater.
  • Banana: Mash half of a ripe banana.
  • Egg Whites: You can buy liquid egg whites or separate the yolks from the whites until you fill a third cup.
  • Oats: Use a third cup of quick oats.
  • Milk: Make these zoats with whichever milk you prefer, like 2%, coconut, or almond milk.
  • Cinnamon: Stir some cinnamon into the oats and sprinkle more on top.
  • Toppings: Fresh blueberries, slivered almonds

How to Make Zucchini Oats

  1. Combine zucchini, banana, egg whites, oats, milk, and cinnamon in a small pot and turn the heat on medium low.
  2. Stir the oats for three to five minutes until they’re cooked through and creamy.
  3. Serve: Pour the oats into a bowl and top them with blueberries, almonds, and cinnamon.

Variations:

  • Fruit: Swap blueberries with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or a mix.
  • Nuts: Top your zoats with walnuts or pecans or omit them if you’re allergic.
  • Spices: Sub cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice.
  • Seeds: Add chia seeds for extra protein and fiber.

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Zoats or Zucchini Oats

4.92 from 12 votes
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Cals:441
Protein:24
Carbs:63
Fat:12.5
I snuck 1 cup of zucchini into my morning oats (think zucchini bread) along with a ripe banana to sweeten them naturally and loved how these Zoats or Zucchini Oats turned out for a high-fiber, healthy breakfast.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Zucchini Oats or Zoats
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Yield: 1 servings
Serving Size: 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces zucchini peeled and pulsed in a food processer
  • 1/2 ripe banana mashed
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 ounce slivered almonds

Instructions

  • Combine the first 6 ingredients in a small pot, zucchini to cinnamon and turn the heat on medium-low.
  • Cook, stirring until the oats are creamy and cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the oats.
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  • Pour into a bowl and top with blueberries, slivered almonds and remaining cinnamon.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowl, Calories: 441 kcal, Carbohydrates: 63 g, Protein: 24 g, Fat: 12.5 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Sodium: 207 mg, Fiber: 12 g, Sugar: 18 g

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50 comments on “Zoats or Zucchini Oats”

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    Inspired* Emma

    Amazing recipe. Always great recipes and the foods are always those ones that I have at home already.

  2. Loved this, Gina! Only left out banana (allergic) and used organic agave instead. Definitely a keeper and I will be making larger batches so I can have it multiple times per week. I have to add more fruits/veggies/grains/low cholesterol foods to my diet, so this works all around!

  3. I like how filling this was. I didn’t have blueberries but it was still good. I split it & was able to have it across 2 mornings with something else (coffee/toast) on the side.

  4. Grade: D-

    This was just all around a miss for us. It didn’t turn out well and the flavor was not good.

  5. Thank you Gina for another great tasting and healthy meal! This was so good – I definitely got the banana bread vibe. I doubled the recipe and it gave me enough for 3 filling meals. I needed some sweetness so I added some brown sugar. 

  6. I have been looking for a Savory Oats recipe. This is not the Savory I am looking for but it looked good so I tried it. The only thing I did was add a little 100% pure Maple Syrup and I didn’t add the nuts thus time. I followed the measurements and I have left over for later too.

  7. Hi! This sounds really great. If I wanted to make up more than 1 serving at a time so I have them for later in the week – do you have suggestions on how to store and then reheat them?

  8. When I enter the nutritional information into WW app, it gives me a result that one serving is 10 WW points. Is that because some of the ingredients should be ‘free’ ?