Zoats (Zucchini Oatmeal)

reading time: ca. 1 min

Preparation time: 20 mins
Main ingredients: oats, zucchini, banana
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, low-fat

I've been wanting to make "Zoats" for such a long time now, and i've finally come around to make them! The recipe is inspired by the lovely Tanith @sheloveseating, and even though i don't own a heart-shaped bowl (unfortunately!) and my bowl isn't as richly garnished as hers, i think it's pretty close to her result.

Not too sweet
& autumnal

In a word, it's the perfect breakfast for fall and winter days. And any days actually.

Since the zucchini is a bit "soapy" (i mean the texture, not the taste), i feel like it makes the oatmeal even softer and creamier! And it's also a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet - without even noticing!

Just a short heads-up: make sure to use fresh zucchinis, not old ones which tend to taste quite bitter! I ate mine with pear purée and fresh fruit, oh and i cooked the oats with banana (and zucchini of course), but even without all that you can't really tell there's vegetables in this oatmeal!


1/2 cup oats *
1 cup or plant-based milk such as soy or rice milk (or just water)
1/2 to 1 zucchini - i'm using 1/2 a medium-small zucchini
1 ripe banana (or sweetener of choice)
1 tsp or more cinnamon (optional)

Optional and additional condiments:

- soy yogurt (my favourites are vanilla and coconut, or just make your own)
- shredded coconut
- nut slices (almonds, cashews...)
- nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew...)
- seeds (chia, poppy, flax...)
- raisins
- vanilla
- agave syrup or coconut sugar
- cacao powder
- fruit slices
- apple sauce

* use gluten-free oats if you are intolerant to gluten!


Bring the milk to a boil. In the meantime, shred the zucchini (you can use either a grater or a food processor for that), mash the banana and add to the pot. As soon as the milk boils, add the oats, stirring frequently. Switch off the heat and let it simmer on its own. Keep checking on the oats every now and then, and stir. 

After about 10 to 15 minutes your (z)oatmeal should be ready, the consistency creamy and thick. Add some more soy milk if the texture is too dense for you.

Sweeten and garnish to your liking (i used pear purée, fresh figs, raspberries and physalis - a very autumnal assembly, don't you think?) and enjoy :)

Other recipes you might like:

Vegan Porridge (the most soft, fluffy oatmeal)
Coconut Rice Pudding (vegan)