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Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

Conversation on Christmas Eve:

Me: Mom, are y’all sleeping in tomorrow? I was thinking of going out running, but if you want to open presents early, I won’t.
Mom: Ooh good! You go running. Then I can make bacon for breakfast and it won’t bother you.

So out I went. And upon my return, I made my own (bacon-less) breakfast: Zucchini Bread Oatmeal.

I wanted to put a Christmas twist on the oatmeal.

Red options abounded: strawberries, pom seeds, raspberries… but what about green?? I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to try spinach oatmeal. So zucchini it was! A squirt of soyatoo topped off the Christmas fiesta. I also mixed in some coconut butter; you could stir in some Healthy Cream Cheese Icing.

Christmas Oatmeal

Obviously you wouldn’t normally find strawberries in zucchini bread. But I added them in order to keep with the Christmas theme. And although cacao nibs have nothing to do with Christmas, the chocoholic in me had to add them too!

Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

(serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I like almond milk)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 a very small zucchini, grated very finely
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener as desired
  • 1 tbsp walnuts
  • 1-2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • optional: non-dairy creamer
  • optional: I like to stir melted coconut butter over the top

Cook your oats–on the stove or in the microwave–with the salt and water, stopping before all the water is absorbed. (I microwave for 4 minutes, then leave in the microwave 5 more minutes. Time will depend on your microwave wattage, so add more time if you have a low-wattage microwave.) Fridge overnight, until the water is absorbed.

This makes the oat size double, the idea behind the Voluminous Oatmeal Trick.

Right before eating, add all remaining ingredients and heat. Stir in the creamer (or more milk) if desired.

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Of course, your zucchini bread oatmeal will probably be more enjoyable if you do not have a certain sister who stares at you throughout your entire breakfast-eating, saying, “Hurry up so we can open presents!” After breakfast, I made her wait even longer so I could at least run a brush through my knotted post-run hair! (And yes, I totally did change back into my pajamas after running.)

What’s your favorite way to eat oatmeal?

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Published on December 27, 2010

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  1. Melissa says

    I did not. 🙁 I ran a marathon on Sunday (19th) and was in a week long rest/recovery period since I’d just about destroyed myself doing two marathons with only 8 weeks in between. In that period I raced 26.2, raced 13.1, ran 14, 16, 20 and then raced 26.2 – and those were just my LONG runs. There were a handful of shorties in there too, from 4-8 milers. I needed a break! It sucked doing it – I felt so lazy and down on myself! – but I know my body desperately needed the down time.

    Started back up a bit yesterday, though. Some cardio plyo intervals and a short weight session. I’m going to continue with low impact stuff (I hurt my achilles and foot doing the marathon) like the bike or elliptical for most of this week and I’ve got a 5K race on New Year’s Day. Want to be able to run that without reinjury! 😀

  2. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn says

    I slept in, so I am most definitely trying this breakfast this morning! 🙂 And I did exercise, after we did presents and such as a family, we all went to our gym and I took a KILLER Spinning class. It was nothing short of awesome

  3. Thetreadmilldiaries says

    Love the color in that bowl of oatmeal, Katie. Very festive.
    I really like to get in a workout the morning of a holiday so I don’t feel so bad if I deviate from my standard eating routine. I was able to get in a 45 min power walk in this year. Good for you for getting in a run. And I put my PJ’sback on too when I was done. They’re too comfy not to.

  4. Gina says

    I didn’t exercise on Christmas since my brother woke me up at 7am to open gifts and then it was food prep right after.

    I think my favorite oats recipe is sweet potato oats. I make whipped banana oats, dice up some sweet potato and add a peanut flour sauce on top. So yummy.

  5. ~Jessica~ says

    I did 14 miles on xmas, in sub-zero temps and snow. But then again, I did eat obscene amounts to make up for it…or should that be the other way around?

    Love your festive oatmeal 🙂

    My fav combo is to put peanut flour mixed with cocoa at the base of a bowl (can’t be trusted with PB!) and then ladle hot oats on top, so it ‘melts’ the peanut base. Then I top with jam and banana. Mmm, hot and melty…

  6. katie says

    nope no exercising for me, just family time. day after i got a great run in though, i love feeling like a warrior in the winter when it’s cold out, and very few people are brave enough to head out. i was also motivated by some great new outdoor running gear that i received as gifts. did you get any cool new running products/ gear??
    banana whipped oatmeal, cinnamon, vanilla, topped with AB and jam, and something crunchy! Love your creative recipes katie!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Ooh me too! I feel all cold when I first get out there, but by the time I get back I’m warmed up… and the best part is feeling all warm and cozy afterward, with a yummy breakfast :). I did get some really fun workout presents: a baby ipod I can clip to my shirt, and a really fun sports bra. (I’ll hopefully get a post up later this week.) I’d love to know what you got, too. I’m always interested in gift ideas :).

      • katie says

        thats great! i’ll be training for my first marathon in vermont this winter, so I received 2 really warm/ dry fit nike running jackets. i tested one out on my run, and it made it completely bearable. also just new sneakers, same as i have now because i love them! no backing out of my race now 🙂

  7. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) says

    This is creative! But all your recipes are creative which keeps things fun and interesting!! 🙂

    We are headed home today. Very long travel day. A mere 22 hours or so, but who’s counting.

    See you on the flip side!

    And oh the comment reply back to me about some guy (pop culture reference..maybe something to do w/ garlic and teen girls..sorry this sounds so random!) I accidentally hit delete before I could reply back to you. But that one sailed over my head…haha 🙂

  8. Freya says

    I did 7miles on Christmas day, before anyone else had even woken up 🙂 soo peaceful and calm, it was wonderful!
    My favourite oatmeal: either banana, cinnamon, peanut butter, ooorrrr carob powder, cooked squash (kabocha or onion sq) and lots n lots of soya milk! & cinnamon 🙂

  9. kristine says

    Just a nice outdoor walk for me 🙂

    I <3 Zuchinni

    I made a wicked good side dish with zucchini, avocado, asparagus and other yummies the other day. If your interested, it is posted on my blog 🙂

  10. Camille says

    Haha, I have been known to change back in to my PJs after running too 🙂 That’s why I love running when it’s cold out… I barely even break a sweat!

  11. Fi says

    Face way to eat oatmeal? Wow, to answer that would just be an insult yi all the yum oat toppings there are out there!! I think almond butter would be inclusive in mine tho! I did some yoga and a family walk on Xmas day. X

  12. Namaste Gurl says

    Mmmm, zucchini oatmeal, sounds right up my alley. I would’ve added some coconut butter, chocolate, banana and cinnamon as well 🙂

    No exercising on Christmas for me this year– I usually run every morning, but I decided to take the day off and fully rest and enjoy the day with my family. That’s what Christmas is about, no? 🙂

  13. Little Bookworm says

    That porridge definitely sounds different! I think my favourite way to eat porridge is your banana brulee porridge, but I like to add cocoa powder (or chocolate), raw almond butter and cinnamon as well. 🙂

  14. Maddy says

    I got in a short run on Christmas (about 2 1/2 miles). I was up in the mountains on vacation with my whole family so I took my dog for a run, but he’s getting old and got tired after a short period, so I took him home. I wanted to keep going because it was so beautiful outside but my mom would’ve had a panic-attack if I went running without the dog OR the pepper-spray! 🙂 Moms will be moms.

    • chocolate-covered katie says

      Hahahahaha oh my gosh, that is SO my mom too! “Katie, take your phone. Katie, maybe you should run with pepper spray. Katie, should I get you a whistle?” It makes me smile, because I definitely know she cares :). Gotta love moms!

  15. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    It was snowing here and I’m a wuss for running in that..so I opted out for exercising on Christmas. Props to you for doing so though! 😛

  16. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) says

    The only excercise for me on Christmas was cleaning the barn/taking care of all of my animals. Other than that, my exercise was the terrible strain of opening presents and watching movies. 😉

    It’s funny, I posted the same oatmeal question on my blog this morning. For me, pretty much any oatmeal combination is amazing! But some of my favorites are the pesto oats I blogged about this morning, oats topped with yogurt, oats with sunflower seed butter and cinnamon, oats with chocolate peanut butter and raspberries……….and the list goes on and on and on.

  17. Disturbed says

    I love oatmeal, but I have never really made it any fun ways. If I eat them, I usually just eat it plain with maybe a tiny bit of cinnamon, but that is about it. I’m boring-but my breakfast is consistent of bran flakes cereal with a cup of almond milk (vanilla and unsweetened). Eventually I will spice my breakfast up a litt.e

  18. Jessica @ Racing to Thirty says

    Lol, zucchini and oatmeal?? I’m not sure I could do that combo.

    I, sadly, did not workout on Christmas, or really at all over Christmas break. It was too icy/snowy outside, and the treadmill I normally would have access to was not around. All I brought was running gear, I wasn’t prepared :-/ Kudos to everyone who worked out on Christmas!

  19. Maryann says

    My current fave way to eat oats is with pumpkin stirred in and some coconut shreds on top. I love zucchini but putting it in oatmeal has never occured to me..hmm not sure if im that brave 🙂 I didnt do a typical workout on Christmas but did enjoy a 4.5 mile walk with my boyfriend!

  20. Laura @ Meet Virginia says

    That oatmeal looks yummy! I didn’t work out on Christmas day because I don’t belong to a gym in my Mom’s town, and I’m too much of a wuss to run in the snow! 😉

  21. BroccoliHut says

    Love your festive oats!
    I did exercise on Christmas, but I didn’t get to run outside–the snow/ice prevented that!

  22. Claire says

    The only excercise I got on Christmas was all the running around the house and toing and froing between the table and kitchen! Probably the equivelant of an hour in the gym 😛 Hope you enjoyed your run.

  23. Albizia says

    Yes, I exercised on Christmas. I just love my routine and exercising actually can be even more fun when one is watching a Christmas movie while doing it 🙂

  24. Emily Elizabeth says

    My favorite way to eat oatmeal lately is to turn it into a “pie” with a brancake crust. I have done a chocolate coconut version, a pumpkin pie version and recently a blueberry pie version. I can’t get enough! Can I count the 20 minutes of stair climbing I did to put my 8 month old to sleep as exercise? If so, I totally exercised on Christmas! 😉

  25. Caitlin says

    Yay, veggies in oatmeal! You’re awesome. Also, I didn’t know you could just kinda put cacao nibs in stuff, I’ve only been putting them in coffee when I’m not too lazy to use my French press! The smell threw me. Tasty, though! My daughter loved it! (she’s 18 months old and isn’t huge on veggies at the moment, lol)

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