This Creamy Zucchini Oatmeal can be served hot or cold and makes for the perfect nourishing breakfast! It’s also Vegan, Gluten Free, and Refined Sugar Free.
While I am a fan of Overnight Oats, I will admit they can be…finnicky. If that oats-to-water ratio gets even a little off, you can end up with either soup or sludge.
The solution? Pre-cooked Overnight Oats. Plus, we’re adding some Zucchini to them for some extra nutrients – like Vit A, Folate, Magnesium, and more!
Have you ever tried Zucchini in your Oatmeal before? Personally, I love it. It packs a nutritional punch AND it adds extra volume and creaminess. In this recipe, it’s also helping our oats stay moist and soft, even after a few days in the fridge.
Most Zucchini Oatmeal I’ve seen uses either Quick or Rolled Oats, but I decided to use Steel Cut Oats in this recipe because (1) they keep better in the fridge, (2) they have a wonderful texture, and (3) they have a longer cooking time, which allows our shredded Zucchini to “melt” into the Oat mixture and be almost indecipherable. I can’t even notice it!
Obviously we’re not just going to be eating plain oatmeal here, so I decided to add some Cinnamon to the base recipe, plus create a super simple Blueberry and Lemon Chia Seed Jam. This layers perfectly with the oats, but you could also use it on it’s own!
I primarily created this recipe for Meal Prep or an easy Make-Ahead breakfast, but it can also be enjoyed warm straight out of that pot. Hey, even if you decide to let it cool and store it in some jars for later, you could always reheat! Personally I enjoy chilled Oats, especially in these warm Summer months. But you do you, girl (or guy) 😉
A Few Final Thoughts:
- While I personally cannot taste the added zucchini in this oatmeal, I would suggest starting with a small amount if you are a beginner. Feel free to add more as your taste buds get used to it!
- If you don’t have blueberries on hand you can make the Chia Jam with raspberries, strawberries, or any other berry in your fridge or freezer
- This Oatmeal is perfect for meal prep – just portion out your oats and jam into old jars or tupperware, and top as desired!
If you make this recipe and decide to post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag me @frommybowl + #frommybowl so I can see your delicious recreation!
Creamy Zucchini Oatmeal with Blueberry Chia Jam
This Creamy Zucchini Oatmeal can be served hot or cold and makes for the perfect nourishing breakfast! It's also Vegan, Gluten Free, and Refined Sugar Free.
For the Zucchini Oatmeal:
- 1 Large Zucchini, peeled
- 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
- 2 cup Plant Milk of Choice
- 2 cup Filtered Water
- 2-3 tsp Cinnamon (optional, to taste)
- 2-4 tbsp Maple Syrup (optional, to taste)
For the Blueberry Chia Jam:
- 12 oz Blueberries, Frozen or Fresh
- 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
- Juice of 1/2 Lemon
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup (optional, to taste)
Peel the Zucchini and grate it over a large pot.
Add in the Steel Cut Oats, Cinnamon, Plant Milk, Water, and Sweetener, if you are using any. Stir well and bring to a boil.
Let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
In the meantime, prepare the Blueberry Chia Jam. Add 12 oz of Blueberries to a medium pot with the Lemon Juice, Chia Seeds, and optional Maple Syrup and stir over Medium Heat, until the Blueberries have thawed and the mixture has thickened. (Note: It is best to stop cooking the jam while it is still a little runnier than your liking, as the mixture will thicken as it cools).
Once the Oats and Jam have finished cooking, remove from heat and serve immediately, if eating warm. Top as desired.
For meal prep, let both mixtures cool completely, then layer into 4 jars or tupperware containers, adding any additional toppings, if desired.
Cinnamon may be substituted for any other spice of your liking.
Blueberries can be substituted for any other berry of your liking.
Keep in mind that both the Steel Cut Oats and the Chia Jam will thicken as they cool, so it is best to stop the simmering process a little bit before these mixtures reach your desired consistency.
* Steel Cut oats can be substituted for Quick Oats or Rolled Oats, but keep in mind that the Zucchini will not incorporate as much. Follow the instructions on your Oat container for proper cooking times and liquid ratios.
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