Adding vegetables to baked goods and desserts is one of my hobbies - it's a great way to sneak in some extra veggies while eating something sweet! I was inspired by my new friend Allie's amazing zucchini oat creations to make this recipe for breakfast today!
I met up with Allie yesterday at the Streeterville Farmer’s Market, and had so much fun perusing vegetables while talking with her about our interests in health and fitness! She always makes delicious-looking zucchini oats for breakfast, and I was very inspired by her posts, so I picked out some fresh zucchini (you can see it in my bag in the above photo) from the market with the goal of making my own zucchini oats! Check out her page for her zucchini oats and other tasty vegan recipes: @abv_fitlife
I have been eating so much pumpkin recently, since it is just so tasty and it’s now fall, so I’m constantly in a pumpkin-y mood. I decided to make oats inspired by Allie’s recent pumpkin peanut butter zucchini oats! They turned out so tasty as stovetop oats, and then I decided to take it a step further and bake them! Baked oats are one of my all time favorite dishes, as you can probably tell by my many recipes for them. So I saved half of the oats to eat as stovetop oats, and then added baking powder to the other half and baked it!
The peanut butter and peanut butter powder is optional, and if you are nut-free, you could substitute your choice of a seed butter if you wish. I love adding nut or seed butter to the middle of baked oats - it’s like a fun surprise when you take a bite! Both the stovetop and baked versions of these pumpkin peanut butter oats are very tasty, and here is the recipe(s):
Makes 1 serving
½ cup oats
½ cup milk of choice
About ½ cup grated zucchini
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of pumpkin spice
Splash of vanilla extract
2 tbsp peanut butter powder (I used Crazy Richard’s)
¼ cup pumpkin puree
1-2 tbsp peanut butter (I used crunchy!)
½ tsp baking powder (if baking the oats)
1. Mix all ingredients together except baking powder and peanut butter, and heat over the stove on medium heat while stirring.
2. Once the oats have absorbed most of the liquid and the mixture is even and thickened, let cool.
3. Enjoy, or proceed to baking the oats!
4. Mix in baking powder, and add half of the oats mixture to a lightly oiled, oven safe dish. 5. Add peanut butter in the middle, then cover with the rest of the batter.
6. Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes - the top will become golden brown and the oats will rise.
7. Let cool and enjoy with more peanut butter and some berries.