Hello again! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, where you were able to relax and gain energy for the new week ahead. Have you heard of zoats? Yes, no typo, I really meant to spell “zoats” – it stands for zucchini oatmeal and is an easy way to sneak veggies into your breakfast and also reduce the carbs (if that’s what you strive for, I don’t mind my carbs). I personally love zucchini orange bread, so I figured why not try to make a breakfast dish that tastes just like this wonderful dessert? Here is what I came up with – zucchini orange bread oatmeal, aka orange zoats! Decadent, creamy, sweet, but still healthy and a balanced breakfast.
I came across zucchini orange bread for the first time when I travelled through Ireland and stayed on a farm in the very southern part of this lovely country. A friend and me were working there for two weeks and one day their sweet neighbor brought us some zucchini orange bread. It was so delicious that I just had to ask him for the recipe and made it many times since coming back. Having read about zucchini oatmeal a lot lately, I figured, why not try to make zoats even more interesting? That’s why I tried my hands in a zucchini orange bread version of it, as I loved the flavor combination so much. Well, guess what – this is probably one of the best oatmeal variation I have ever had (and this says a lot, because I had some pretty epic ones!). While I’m reminiscing of the wonderful time I had in this tiny village on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in Ireland, I let you read through the zucchini orange bread oatmeal recipe!
- ¾ cup - 150gr zucchini (grated finely)
- 4 tbsp oats
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 generous shake cinnamon
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 small orange (juice)
- rice milk
- 1 tsp coconut palm sugar
- Put zucchini, oats, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt in a pot and add just enough rice milk to give the mixture some moisture.
- Bring to a boil and stir every so often - add a little bit more rice milk if the zucchini starts to stick to the pot (usually there is enough moisture in the zucchini themselves).
- Let cook for about 5 minutes, reduce heat to low and add in the orange juice and coconut palm sugar, stir well and let the oatmeal soak up the moisture for another 15 minutes.
Have you ever tried zoats? Or probably even orange zoats? Whats your favorite oatmeal combination? Let me know!
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