I got a lot of weird looks in the kitchen when making this. Why is your oatmeal green? Are you seriously putting zucchini in your oatmeal??
But I swear it’s a thing!
I swear I’m not the only one!
I’m being serious when I say it’s a thing: in fact, zucchini oats, or “zoats”, is all over Instagram, Tumblr and the Internet! There are a billion ways to make zucchini oatmeal, but I stuck with matcha powder and peppermint extract because it was a cool transition from the summer.
I included zucchini as one of the most helpful oatmeal thickeners in a previous post, but oddly enough I’ve never actually tried it. It would be weird if I recommended something I never used, right? That was exactly what I thought when I found a lonely zucchini in my fridge that didn’t have an owner (my mom, otherwise). I decided to be a malicious assassin and shred the squash and sizzle it up in a giant pot of minty oatmeal. Man, I’m cruel.
You can pulse the zucchini in a food processor to make the pieces much more finely ground, but I actually kind of like the extra chunkiness of the zucchini in the oats! I also layered the oats with Greek yogurt for extra protein!
- 1 cup grated zucchini, or 1 medium or large zucchini
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 cup water or milk of choice (I like cashew or coconut milk)
- Sweetener to taste
- Opt: coconut, maple extract, etc.
- Steam or microwave the zucchini until soft.
- Set a pot on low-medium heat.
- Place the oats and salt in the pot. Follow with the water or milk.
- Stir consistently and add matcha powder, cinnamon, vanilla and peppermint.
- Allow the oats to simmer on low for until most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Add the zucchini and stir in with the oats.
- When all liquid has evaporated, serve in a bowl or Mason jar and enjoy!
Have you ever tried zoats before? What is the most interesting thing you put in your oatmeal?