Zucchini Bread Steel Cut Oatmeal

20 Apr

Zucchini bread is one of those desserts in disguise. Sure, its main ingredient is a vegetable, and yes, it’s baked in a loaf pan to make it look like a bread. But we all know a slice of this sweet treat is nothing more than cake you can eat with your hands.

I’ll maintain that my Oma makes the best ever zucchini bread. With zucchini grown from Opa’s garden, and a LOT of practice, Oma has the recipe perfected. She’s played with the ingredients over the years and has come to add cinnamon and a touch of cocoa powder, and uses mini chocolate chips instead of normal sized morsels to prevent the chocolate from sinking to the bottom of the loaf. And it’s moist beyond belief! I’d happily eat a slice of her zucchini bread every day for the rest of my life.

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But alas, I treat her bread just like that – a treat. And sometimes even a comfort food. To fill in the spaces, I came up with an oatmeal version of zucchini bread! Let this cook in the crockpot overnight, and wake up to a warm bowl of desserty oatmeal that will keep you full and satisfied until lunch. This oatmeal is packed with flavor, fiber, healthy fat, and two whole cups of shredded zucchini.

Top your bowl of oats with any combination of goodies, but don’t leave out the chocolate! Also delicious would be any variety of nut butter, fresh or dried berries, sliced bananas, or chia seeds.

Enjoy this super simple & healthy breakfast!

Zucchini Bread Steel Cut Oatmeal

Serves 4

  • 2 c shredded zucchini
  • 1 c steel cut oats
  • Β½ c shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ΒΌ c honey or maple syrup
  • Toppings: mini chocolate chips, cacao nibs, nut butter, fresh berries, sliced banana, chia seeds, dried fruit

Combine all the oatmeal ingredients in your slow cooker. Mix to combine well. Cover and let cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.

Alternatively, make this on the stove and bring the water to bowl in a medium pot. Stir in the oats, zucchini and coconut and simmer for 50 minutes. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and let cook another 10 minutes.

Serve into bowls to enjoy hot, and top with any variety of chocolate chips, nut butter, fresh berries, sliced banana, more shredded coconut, you name it!

If you have leftovers, store in the fridge, up to 4 days. To eat, stir in a bit of nondairy milk and reheat in the microwave for a few minutes.

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16 Responses to “Zucchini Bread Steel Cut Oatmeal”

  1. Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple April 20, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    This looks SO yummy! I just recently saw someone put zucchini noodles in their overnight oats and thought it was a genius idea! Need to try it πŸ™‚

    • xtinaluvspink April 20, 2016 at 10:30 am #

      Oh, that’s clever too! Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the texture of zucchini, so any way I can “hide” it is good with me πŸ™‚

  2. wendyistakingthelongwayhome April 20, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    Sounds really good but idk that I could eat zucchini in my oatmeal in the morning!

    • xtinaluvspink April 20, 2016 at 10:35 am #

      Bet you could!! You don’t even taste it, I promise.

  3. Christina Estrada April 20, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    Shut up! You had me at “zucchini bread”! Our family eats oatmeal every morning…well, except me because I’m sick of eating the same ol’ thing. THIS is going to be awesome for breakfast tomorrow!!!

    • xtinaluvspink April 20, 2016 at 11:01 am #

      Yay!! Let me know how they like it, and most importantly, what you think of it!

  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities April 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    This looks INSANELY good! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it if it were in front of me, that’s for sure!!

    • xtinaluvspink April 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

      Haha, thanks! It’s pretty darn delicious πŸ™‚

  5. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner April 20, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    I never would have thought of zucchini and oatmeal together! yum

    • xtinaluvspink April 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

      I just like making dessert a healthy breakfast option, and this seemed fitting for the oncoming produce season!

  6. Strength and Sunshine April 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    Zucchini is my favorite veggie to put in ALL the things!

  7. lacey@fairytalesandfitness April 20, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    Sounds like a delicious and healthy breakfast!

  8. Julie @ Running in a Skirt April 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    I never would have thought to put zucchini in oatmeal! Genius! Looks so good.

  9. Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) April 21, 2016 at 4:00 am #

    This is a combination I never would have put together. I love oatmeal and zucchini.

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