Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 13, 2018

Would you believe me if I told you that, before today’s post, I had two other recipes written, photographed, and ready to share…only to scrap them at the last minute?! I think I was cursed these past couple weeks because I just couldn’t develop a recipe that I could 100% get behind. I have to say it nearly killed me to finish all the work on those new posts only for them to be put on the shelf, never to see the light of day. I hope you know that I only share recipes I’m crazy about (and that my testers are also crazy for) because I want to be absolutely sure you can trust and love them too!

So, with my tail tucked between my legs, I moved on from those two recipes…and I’m glad I did! I’m in love with this Zucchini Bread Oatmeal. Some of you may recognize the original recipe from way back in 2011 (how was that 7 years ago!?). Although this oatmeal fell off my radar for a while, it’s made a serious comeback in our morning rotation. This breakfast is a delicious, creative way to fulfill your weekly zucchini quota all summer long! I know it’s a bit early for summer squash season, but I’ve personally been on a huge zucchini kick this month. The recipe will be a good one to tuck away for later in the summer when you have zucchini overload—but I don’t think you’ll be able to wait that long.

I decided to revamp my old recipe and give the post a facelift complete with some snazzy new photos for you. This bowl is one of my favourite ways to sneak veggies into my oatmeal…if you’re crazy like me, you may even find yourself doubling the amount of zucchini for extra morning veggie goodness (just be sure to reduce the liquid accordingly). Sometimes I’ll even use instant oats (gasp! lol) and those work great as well. Leftovers can be enjoyed straight from the fridge, which will be a nice option on those steamy summer mornings too.

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4.8 from 11 reviews

Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free


Zucchini bread in oatmeal form...who knew?! This tasty dish comes together in less than 15 minutes—perfect for when you’re craving the warm spiciness of zucchini bread but don’t have time to make a whole loaf. Luxurious canned coconut milk lends this oatmeal a satisfying, decadent creaminess, while the grated zucchini adds a dose of Vitamin C, B Vitamins, and Potassium. Chia seeds help thicken the oatmeal and provide a nice boost of healthy fats! I don’t recommend skipping the suggested toppings below—they give this bowl a nutty, sweet chewiness and that signature zucchini bread flavour. And you may be happy to know that this oatmeal is super versatile (often I don’t even measure when I make it at home!)—you can use rolled or instant oats, grated or finely grated zucchini, and play around with the zucchini-to-oat ratio however you’d like. I encourage you to find your perfect bowl! This recipe is inspired by my 2011 version.

2 generous bowls
Prep time
Cook time


For the oatmeal:
  • 1 (14-ounce/400 mL) can light coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup (66 g) gluten-free rolled oats*
  • 1 cup (125 g) packed finely grated zucchini (1 medium)**
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) chia seeds
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or a dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (22.5 mL) pure maple syrup or 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • Small pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Topping suggestions:
  • Chopped pecans
  • Raisins or chopped pitted dates
  • Pat of coconut oil or vegan butter
  • Pure maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Shaved dark chocolate


  1. Add all of the oatmeal ingredients except for the vanilla to a medium pot and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered for 7 to 9 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Adjust spices and sweetener to taste, if desired.
  3. Divide the oatmeal into bowls and top with your desired toppings. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. To reheat, add the leftovers to a small pot along with a splash of coconut milk. Stir and heat over medium until heated through. Alternatively, you can enjoy leftovers cold too!

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1 generous bowl | Calories 380 calories | Total Fat 17 grams
Saturated Fat 9 grams | Sodium 220 milligrams | Total Carbohydrates 54 grams
Fiber 10 grams | Sugar 14 grams | Protein 7 grams

Recipe makes 2 large bowls. Nutritional info uses 1 large banana instead of maple syrup.
* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.


* You can use instant oats instead of rolled oats, if you prefer. Instant oats have a much less chewy texture and tend to disappear into the mixture, but they work well for babies and toddlers who aren’t able to chew the larger oats.

** If you use the finest grate hole on the box grater, the zucchini will virtually disappear into the oatmeal, whereas a standard-size grate hole will yield visible strands of zucchini throughout (and amp up the bowl’s chewy texture). You can play around with these two options to see which way you prefer the oatmeal. Once you get used to it, feel free to add even more zucchini to future pots!

Make it nut-free: Omit the pecan topping.

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Katie H September 13, 2018 at 2:37 pm
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This is yummy and a great way to have veggies for breakfast! My kids all loved it (ages 1, 4 & 6). Have you tried it in the instant pot? I do a lot of prep at night, set to go off in the AM oatmeal in there but wondering how the zucchini might be after an all night soak. Thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2018 at 9:09 am

Hi Katie, So glad this recipe is such a big hit! It is in our house too. I just got an Instant Pot last week and I’ve only tried steel cut oats so far (I liked a ratio of 1 cup steel cut and 2 cups liquid cooked at 6 mins high pressure with natural release – but I’ve only tried it a couple times so far!). I have yet to try rolled oats in the Instant Pot…I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it since rolled oats cook so quickly on the stovetop. If you try anything out I’d love to hear how it goes!


Adrienne October 2, 2018 at 8:04 pm

Hi! This recipe looks like a dream! A couple of questions. I’d like to do steel cut oats in the crock pot. Any idea the liquid/zucchini ratio for a cup of oats? And can I use water instead of coconut milk? Thanks so much!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2018 at 7:41 am

Hi Adrienne, FUnny timing — I’ve been working on a SC oats recipe for the Instant Pot recently! I love 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats, 1 cup water, and 1 can of light coconut milk cooked at 6 mins high pressure with a natural release. So good! I hope you love it if you try it. And if you don’t want to use the coconut milk, I would swap it with water, but I’m not sure if you’d have to reduce the amount slightly since it’s not as thick.


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