Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

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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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4.12 from 17 votes

Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

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!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1

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 

  • 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.
  • Portion oats into a bowl, top with chopped walnuts and almond butter and enjoy!

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Nutrition

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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini bread oatmeal
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32 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I was looking for a way to get in a little bit of veggies with my breakfast if I’m not making eggs. This is perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    This was so good! I added a little bit of maple syrup because I like my oatmeal a little sweeter but the flavor was delicious! I will definitely be making these on a regular basis!

    1. Ah yay! So glad to hear this zucchini bread oatmeal was a hit! Thanks so much for the review, Erica. I really appreciate it!

  3. 5 stars
    Really delicious and very filling!! It literally did smell of zucchini bread! Brilliant way to use up a glut of courgettes.

    1. 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

    1. 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.

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! My three year old, six month old, and I loved it. It’ll be in our regular breakfast rotation.

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

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

    1. 5 stars
      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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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

    1. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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

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

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