Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

Add veggies and volume to your morning bowl of oats with this zucchini bread oatmeal recipe. Added bonus: your whole kitchen will smell like a freshly baked loaf of zucchini bread.

Bowl of zucchini bread oatmeal topped with walnuts and almond butter.

WATCH HOW TO MAKE ZUCCHINI BREAD OATMEAL:

If you’re like me, you’re in seventh heaven right now with the amount of fresh produce that’s available at your local market. Literally we went to the farmers market on Saturday and I was like a kid in a candy shop. Every table was completely full of plump, ripe veggies ready to be enjoyed. I wanted to buy all the things, but ended up with three big bags loaded down with big, juicy tomatoes (they’re so perfect right now), ripe peaches, micro greens, cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini.

Bowl of zucchini bread oatmeal topped with walnuts and almond butter. Gold spoon and a glass of almond milk are next to the bowl.

While I love all of these summer delights, zucchini is the summer veggie that gets the most action in our house. Roasted zucchini, grilled zucchini, zucchini noodles, shredded zucchini in baked goods and steamed zucchini in smoothies. Name a recipe with zucchini and we’ve probably tried it.

Bowl of zucchini bread oatmeal topped with walnuts and almond butter.

Zucchini for Breakfast

That said, zucchini for breakfast is becoming quite popular — especially for those of us who like loading up on green veggies. It’s a great source of antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C (one zucchini has over 50% of your daily vitamin C needs!). Zucchini is also 95% water so it’s super hydrating while being low in calories, carbs and sugar. One medium zucchini has about 33 cals, 5 grams of carbs and 3 grams of sugar.

Steamed zucchini is a great option for amping up the nutrition of smoothies, but I also love adding shredded zucchini to oats and eggs. The eggy zucchini recipe is coming soon, but for now I have a delicious zucchini bread oatmeal to share with you.

It’s so creamy, hearty and definitely has that stick-to-your ribs quality so you’ll feel fueled and energized all morning long. The best part is that while the oats are cooking the aroma is so amazing and smells like a fresh loaf of zucchini bread is baking in your oven. WARNING: This can be confusing to family members who love zucchini bread so be sure to let them know that you’re not baking zucchini bread, because they might very well be disappointed. If somehow you forget to warn them and disappointment sets in simply make this vegan almond flour zucchini bread or these flourless zucchini bread muffins. They’ll forgive you! 🙂

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Bowl of zucchini bread oatmeal with walnuts and grated zucchini.

Zucchini Bread Oatmeal


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Description

Add veggies and volume to your morning bowl of oats with this zucchini bread oatmeal recipe. It’s hearty, filling and will keep you energized all morning!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or water)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter or another type of nut butter

Instructions

  1. Add oats, banana, zucchini, cinnamon and sea salt to a medium pot. Add almond milk/water and stir to combine. Heat over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Be sure to stir the oats several times while cooking to make sure the banana slices melt into the oats and oats don’t stick to the pot. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.
  2. Portion oats into a bowl, top with chopped walnuts and almond butter and enjoy!
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 375kcal
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 296mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg

Keywords: zucchini bread oatmeal

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    25 comments
    1. lorna
      September 3, 2020 AT 5:18 am

      Really delicious and very filling!! It literally did smell of zucchini bread! Brilliant way to use up a glut of courgettes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 3, 2020 AT 11:21 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so pumped you loved this recipe, Lorna! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    2. Lauryn Blunk
      May 11, 2019 AT 3:46 pm

      Could I make this into baked oatmeal by just adding a bit of baking powder?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 11, 2019 AT 4:11 pm

        hmmm… I’m not sure because I haven’t tried that yet! You can check out my other baked oatmeal recipes and see about adapting this recipe. I know I usually add an egg when I’m making baked oatmeal and the liquid ratio might need to be tweaked as well.

    3. Catherine
      April 29, 2019 AT 10:12 am

      Thanks for the recipe! My three year old, six month old, and I loved it. It’ll be in our regular breakfast rotation.

    4. Kara
      April 6, 2019 AT 10:33 am

      I see vanilla in the ingredient list but not in the cooking instructions. Should vanilla be added into this dish? Thanks for clarifying!

    5. Tara
      March 5, 2019 AT 9:39 pm

      This sounds delicious! Just wondering if this is something you can make the night before and reheat the next morning?

      1. Larissa
        July 27, 2019 AT 3:04 pm

        Just made this and will definitely continue to make! I love the sweetness from the banana, it’s subtle but just right. And of course the zucchini! Great way for me to get my veggies in early in the day. Thanks!

    6. miau
      November 29, 2017 AT 1:15 am

      Tried and loved it! My oats always get that slimy consistency but I don’t mind, it’s perfect

    7. Mallory Madden
      August 30, 2017 AT 8:35 am

      I loved this recipe!! What an excellent way to get veggies in to your breakfast.

    8. Elizabeth
      August 20, 2017 AT 3:43 pm

      This was delicious!! I have so much shredded zuchinni touse up haha. This was a great way.

    9. Marisa Mansueto
      August 13, 2017 AT 4:42 pm

      Hi! Is this able to be frozen once cooked and then heated up later?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 14, 2017 AT 9:09 am

        I haven’t tried this but I don’t see why not!

    10. Paula
      August 1, 2017 AT 10:13 am

      I am so regimented about breakfast – eggs and veggies or a smoothie – and I’m always reluctant to do something different no matter how bored I get with my regular rotation. This morning I gave myself a kick in the pants and had this instead. It was so delightful, and I still got my morning serving of veggies! Genius.

    11. Melissa Griffiths
      July 28, 2017 AT 12:23 pm

      This is BRILLIANT! I love zucchini bread, but it’s usually so loaded with sugar. This is like zucchini bread beefed up in meal form. Perfect!

    12. Candice Deschaine
      July 28, 2017 AT 7:32 am

      This recipe looks like a breakfast staple. I am not a fan of bananas. Do you have any suggestions for a substitute? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 28, 2017 AT 10:55 am

        Hi Candice. You can totally leave the banana out. It won’t be as sweet so feel free to add a little maple syrup or your favorite sweetener. Enjoy!

    13. Melissa
      July 28, 2017 AT 6:54 am

      Yum, this sounds great and this time of year, the local zucchini is the best, so I think it would be the ideal time to make this oatmeal!

    14. Robin
      July 27, 2017 AT 3:39 pm

      I have zucchini oats for breakfast every morning! The amount of volume it adds is a life saver. This week I tried a lemon risotto recipe which included grated zucchini and I’m still dreaming about it. So good.

    15. genie
      July 27, 2017 AT 3:20 pm

      Looks good!

    16. Carrie this fit chick
      July 27, 2017 AT 2:46 pm

      Ah, I’m about to eat lunch and wish I were eating this instead! Look at that volume!

      1. Julie
        April 27, 2019 AT 12:41 pm

        I never thought of adding zucchini to oatmeal, this is delicious!

    17. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
      July 27, 2017 AT 1:57 pm

      This sounds awesome and I am pretty sure I already have all the ingredients! Thanks.

    18. Andrew
      July 27, 2017 AT 10:40 am

      This looks divine!

    19. Kori
      July 27, 2017 AT 10:32 am

      I love adding shredded veg to my oatmeal! Zucchini, carrots, and beets are my fav. This looks fabulous, girl!

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