It's zucchini season at last! I look forward to this time of year. I love zucchini pretty much any way it's prepared. This breakfast is a great way to add some vegetables to your breakfast. It's a healthy alternative to zucchini bread & uses a whole zucchini, so if you're not in to eating zucchini in savory recipes, this is a perfect way to use up your surplus.
Since I like to top my oatmeal with fruit & peanut butter, I kept this recipe simple. It doesn't have any sugar, so it's the perfect template for loads of fruit. I topped mine with half a banana, half a peach, a handful of blueberries, & a spoonful of peanut butter. W had the same fruits, but had Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter instead of pb. (I bought him this for his birthday because the boy is obsessed with Nutella, which is pretty unhealthy, whereas the Justin's brand is mostly hazelnuts instead of sugar. He likes it just as much!)
I don't have the patience to stir a pot of oats, so I love making baked oatmeal instead. This isn't like the baked oatmeal you get at a restaurant, it's more like a hybrid of stove-top & baked. It's firmer than stove-top oats, but has a similar flavor profile. Typical baked oatmeal is often full of sugar, making it a less healthy option. This is flavored mostly by the cinnamon instead of sugar.
If you're baking zucchini bread or roasting some veggies, mix this up & throw it in the oven, too. You'll have breakfast ready for the whole week & you barely lifted a finger.
Seasonal, simple & delicious! Enjoy!
Zucchini Baked Oatmeal with Fruit
Vegan & Gluten Free (if using GF oats)
2 c shredded zucchini (from 1 large zucchini)
2 c rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 T ground flax seed
pinch of salt
2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
2 c water
Fruit of choice, such as bananas, blueberries, peaches, strawberries, etc. (optional)
Nut butter of choice (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray an 8"x8" baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, oats, cinnamon, flax seed, & salt. Add milk & water, stirring to combine. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until all of the liquid has absorbed & the oatmeal is firm. Allow to cook for 15 minutes before slicing. Top with fruit & nut butter. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
This can be made ahead of time & reheated in the oven, or portioned out & reheated in the toaster oven or microwave. I like to make it over the weekend, then divide it into 6 servings & reheat each day throughout the week for a quick breakfast.