Zucchini. In baked oats? Again? YES! The first time I did it was amazing, so I gave it another shot. Seriously, it’s my new favorite thing. I love being able to add veggies to my diet in a fun, new way. Especially as I’m eating fruit and these veggies taste like other really amazing things. Like peanut butter and jelly!
Who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? I guess there are some folks out there who don’t, but honestly. With so many different flavors of jelly or jam, you really can’t go wrong here. I went with grape because that’s my jam (oh man, I crack myself up…), but you can choose your favorite here. We have a four-fruit jelly I’d like to try this with soon too. YUM!
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- 1/2 ripe banana*
- 2-3 tbsp water
- 1/2 cup zucchini, peeled and grated
- 2 tsp maple syrup (to taste - or sub 1 tbsp date paste)
- 1 tbsp ground flax/chia
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- (optional) 1/8 tsp turmeric
- (optional) pinch of salt (pink Himalayan preferred)
- 1-2 tbsp peanut butter (natural or powdered - I used salted natural)
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2 tsp jelly/jam (I used grape)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and ready a ramekin for baking with parchment paper or non-stick spray. (I don't use either of those - I bake right within my ramekin, eat straight from it, and wash or soak immediately.)
Mash banana in small/medium mixing bowl. Add water, zucchini, and maple syrup and stir well to combine.
Add flax/chia through peanut butter and stir well to combine. Then add oats and mix thoroughly. If you want any other add-ins (raisins, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.), stir them in now.
Put 1/2 - 3/4 of the mixture in ramekin and add 1 tsp jelly/jam. Then add the rest of the oatmeal and top with the rest of the jelly/jam. Bake for 20-24 minutes. Let cool slightly and enjoy!
*You can use fresh or frozen-thawed here. I've used both and they both work perfectly.
**Inspired by The Oatmeal Artist.