Zucchini and cinnamon baked oats

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Anyone who has ever grown zucchini at home will know how devious they are. One minute they are small and cute and then you turn your back and they morph into giant monster zucchinis that you have no idea what to do with. It’s lucky that zucchinis are such a versatile vegetable, you can make them into noodles, fritters, savoury slice or even hide them in chocolate cake. One of my favourite things to do with zucchini is grate them into my morning oats and cook until creamy to make “zoats”. Recently we picked some giant zucchinis and I hadn’t made baked oats in a while so it was only natural that I make these into baked zoats too.

Like all baked oats these are so simple to make. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together, leave to soak for 15 minutes or overnight and then bake. I make baked oats on Sunday mornings before work, I just get up, put my oats in the oven (usually soaked overnight) and can then go and get ready for the day and then breakfast is ready and waiting.

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I love to serve this dish with a fruit salad made from seasonal fruits so feel free to use anything you have on hand. It’s also great with a dollop of yoghurt too. If you like you can also add some cocoa powder to this dish to make it chocolate flavoured – it works really well with the zucchini.

Nutrition: This dish is high in fibre thanks to the oats and flax and also packs in some great complex carbs too to keep your energy levels up. Flax is also a great source of omega 3.

Zucchini and cinnamon baked oats
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4-5 serves
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup ground flax or chia seed
  • 1½ cups grated zucchini
  • 2¼ cups milk of choice (we use almond milk or soy)
  • 2-3 tbsp stevia or sweetener of choice
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup nuts or seeds
  • ¼ cup sultanas or dried figs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • fruit, to serve
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except for baking powder in a large bowl or container.
  2. Cover and place in fridge.
  3. Let soak for at least 15 minutes or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  5. Mix baking powder into oat mix and spoon into an oven safe baking dish.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is set (but still soft in the middle).
  7. Serve with fruit and/or yoghurt.

 

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