Zucchini Bread Batter Oatmeal

If I had to remove one major appliance from my kitchen, I could probably get away without an oven. As long as I could grill meats and saute vegetables, I think I’d be all set. What about baked goods, you ask? Oh, they wouldn’t need baking. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the bowl-licker in the family. Though I don’t even wait for the bowl to be clean. I’m enjoying morsels of of cookie dough before any is dropped onto the cookie sheet, and spoonfuls of cake or brownie batter before I fill the pan.

I know you’re thinking one of two things: either that I am totally disgusting or that you’re right there with me.

While I don’t always have time to bake a quick bread (why are they called that again?) I do have time to pump up my my morning oats by beating in an egg. Yes, you heard right. The egg adds a custard-y taste and texture reminiscent of batter, and packs in extra protein. Win win! And on top of that, it adds extra oomph – also known – as volume – so your normal bowl of oats just got a little bigger. Win win win.

This bowl of oats benefited from 1/2 of a zucchini I had laying around. We’re all used to adding fruits to our cereal, but why not veggies too? Especially veggies that go well with sugar (or all natural substitute) and cinnamon. Like zucchini. It works in sweet quick breads, so it works in oats too.

I started with just 1/3 cup of hot cereal, but by the time I whipped in the egg and folded in the zucchini, I couldn’t believe the amount of hot cereal in front of me. It was already packed with filling fiber and protein, and with a few walnuts on top for good fats, you better believe it kept me full all morning!

Zucchini Bread Batter Oatmeal

1/3 cup oatmeal or other hot cereal (I like Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain High Fiber Hot Cereal)
2/3 cup water
1 egg, beaten, or 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
1/2 of a medium zucchini, grated
2 packets of Truvia, or other sweetener to taste
a good shake of cinnamon
splash of vanilla extract
a few walnut pieces, chopped

Combine cereal and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add the egg or egg substitute while stirring. Once it’s fully incorporated, add the grated zucchini. Cook for about 5 more minutes, until mixture is thickened and zucchini is soft. Stir in the Truvia or other sweetener, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Pour into a bowl and top with the walnuts.

I am sharing this with Michelle’s weekly Wholesome Whole Foods feature. 

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60 Responses to “Zucchini Bread Batter Oatmeal”

  1. 1

    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — September 16, 2010 @ 10:00 pm Reply

    OK, you KNOW I love this post! I have been a huge fan of pumping up my oatmeal with eggs for some time now. At first I can't believe that I will eat such a giant bowl of food & poof 10 minutes later it is all gone :) Your idea to add zucchini is brilliant-I have never tried this before. "Quick bread" I think means no yeast :) xo

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    dasunrisin — September 16, 2010 @ 10:13 pm Reply

    Wow. This is so creative, and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.I've added your blog to my roll.

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    carascravings — September 17, 2010 @ 3:16 am Reply

    I think you just changed my life with this one. I think the egg is a superior idea. There is lots of good fiber in oats, but I think my oat bowls are often lacking the in the protein department. The addition of the egg would probably satiate my hunger a lot longer.Genius!

  4. 4

    onecaketwocake.com — September 17, 2010 @ 3:41 am Reply

    oh wow I'm definitely there with you – my ultimate comfort food is chocolate chip cookie dough. I never seem to get more than a dozen cookies out of my recipe even though it's meant to make 24… oopsy. This oatmeal sounds so good! I actually make a pumpkin pie oatmeal that I love in the fall, but never thought of including eggs in oatmeal, I'll have to try it out.

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    Tasha — September 17, 2010 @ 11:44 am Reply

    Cara, this is brillant- from the inclusion of the egg for added protein to the zucchini, which just sounds delicious. I can not wait to try this!

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    Ashlee — September 17, 2010 @ 1:35 pm Reply

    Looks delicious! And would be a great alternate for summer when Pumpkin's out of season – what I normally put in my oats!

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    sTyliSH1 — September 17, 2010 @ 3:28 pm Reply

    That looks so delicious! I think I may have that for breakfast tomorrow morning :)

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    Notes from the Fatty File — September 17, 2010 @ 4:13 pm Reply

    Whaa?? You can add eggs to oatmeal? I had no idea. I'm kinda grossed out at the idea but I'm also a little intrigued. I take it the egg gets cooked in the hot oats? I may have to try this soon.

  9. 9

    Barbara — September 17, 2010 @ 6:33 pm Reply

    I could NEVER give up my oven!! But I must admit this is a darn good stovetop bread/oatmeal dish!

  10. 10

    Barbara — September 17, 2010 @ 6:33 pm Reply

    I could NEVER give up my oven!! But I must admit this is a darn good stovetop bread/oatmeal dish!

  11. 11

    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen — September 17, 2010 @ 9:20 pm Reply

    Wow, this is pretty creative Cara. I can't say that I am with you on the whole batter thing ( I am a crispy edges girl, who only eats the corners of brownies, pizza, etc). But I do like the idea of adding egg to oatmeal. Sounds yummy!

  12. 12

    Lori — September 17, 2010 @ 11:46 pm Reply

    This sounds absolutely amazing! What a great idea for oats… mmmmmm…whatrunslori.com

  13. 13

    grace — September 18, 2010 @ 7:11 am Reply

    very few things are more useless to me than plain oatmeal. this amped-up version, however, sounds uniquely delightful–great idea!

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    Joanne — September 18, 2010 @ 5:49 pm Reply

    I am a serious bowl licker also. My mom always yells at me for eating raw eggs, but they're pasteurized so I can't worry about it.I've never thought to add eggs to oatmeal, but I bet the custard texture is great! What a genius idea to mimic zucchini bread with this. So tasty.

  15. 15

    newlywed — September 18, 2010 @ 6:59 pm Reply

    This looks awesome! I've never tried adding eggs to my oatmeal. What a nice, filling breakfast!

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    brannyboilsover.com — September 18, 2010 @ 9:41 pm Reply

    I've added an egg to my oatmeal before. I've never thought to add something like zucchini, though. Looks great, Cara.

  17. 17

    Michelle — September 18, 2010 @ 10:03 pm Reply

    That is a very interesting idea! I've done sweet potatoes in morning porridge but not zucchini. Very cool. Thanks!

  18. 18

    Shannon — September 22, 2010 @ 1:21 am Reply

    ooh, i don't know, i absolutely love roasted veggies so i don't think i could give up the oven :) this sounds like a fabulous variation of oatmeal though!!

  19. 19

    Cara — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Thanks for the feedback, Kaela, I truly appreciate it!

  20. 20

    Kaela — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Cara, I've been meaning to thank you for your recipes. I've tried quite a few and they are SO GOOD. I just made this recipe this morning and despite my spouse's doubts, it tasted delicious! Thanks.

  21. 21

    Shannon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    ooh, i don't know, i absolutely love roasted veggies so i don't think i could give up the oven :) this sounds like a fabulous variation of oatmeal though!!

  22. 22

    Michelle — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    That is a very interesting idea! I've done sweet potatoes in morning porridge but not zucchini. Very cool. Thanks!

  23. 23

    brannyboilsover.com — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    I've added an egg to my oatmeal before. I've never thought to add something like zucchini, though. Looks great, Cara.

  24. 24

    newlywed — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    This looks awesome! I've never tried adding eggs to my oatmeal. What a nice, filling breakfast!

  25. 25

    newlywed — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    This looks awesome! I've never tried adding eggs to my oatmeal. What a nice, filling breakfast!

  26. 26

    Joanne — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    I am a serious bowl licker also. My mom always yells at me for eating raw eggs, but they're pasteurized so I can't worry about it.I've never thought to add eggs to oatmeal, but I bet the custard texture is great! What a genius idea to mimic zucchini bread with this. So tasty.

  27. 27

    grace — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    very few things are more useless to me than plain oatmeal. this amped-up version, however, sounds uniquely delightful–great idea!

  28. 28

    Lori — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    This sounds absolutely amazing! What a great idea for oats… mmmmmm…whatrunslori.com

  29. 29

    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    Wow, this is pretty creative Cara. I can't say that I am with you on the whole batter thing ( I am a crispy edges girl, who only eats the corners of brownies, pizza, etc). But I do like the idea of adding egg to oatmeal. Sounds yummy!

  30. 30

    Barbara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    I could NEVER give up my oven!! But I must admit this is a darn good stovetop bread/oatmeal dish!

  31. 31

    Barbara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    I could NEVER give up my oven!! But I must admit this is a darn good stovetop bread/oatmeal dish!

  32. 32

    Notes from the Fatty File — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    Whaa?? You can add eggs to oatmeal? I had no idea. I'm kinda grossed out at the idea but I'm also a little intrigued. I take it the egg gets cooked in the hot oats? I may have to try this soon.

  33. 33

    sTyliSH1 — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    That looks so delicious! I think I may have that for breakfast tomorrow morning :)

  34. 34

    Ashlee — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    Looks delicious! And would be a great alternate for summer when Pumpkin's out of season – what I normally put in my oats!

  35. 35

    Tasha — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    Cara, this is brillant- from the inclusion of the egg for added protein to the zucchini, which just sounds delicious. I can not wait to try this!

  36. 36

    Tasha — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    Cara, this is brillant- from the inclusion of the egg for added protein to the zucchini, which just sounds delicious. I can not wait to try this!

  37. 37

    carascravings — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    I think you just changed my life with this one. I think the egg is a superior idea. There is lots of good fiber in oats, but I think my oat bowls are often lacking the in the protein department. The addition of the egg would probably satiate my hunger a lot longer.Genius!

  38. 38

    dasunrisin — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    Wow. This is so creative, and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.I've added your blog to my roll.

  39. 39

    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    OK, you KNOW I love this post! I have been a huge fan of pumping up my oatmeal with eggs for some time now. At first I can't believe that I will eat such a giant bowl of food & poof 10 minutes later it is all gone :) Your idea to add zucchini is brilliant-I have never tried this before. "Quick bread" I think means no yeast :) xo

  40. 40

    Kaela — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    Cara, I've been meaning to thank you for your recipes. I've tried quite a few and they are SO GOOD. I just made this recipe this morning and despite my spouse's doubts, it tasted delicious! Thanks.

  41. 41

    Cara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:36 pm Reply

    Thanks for the feedback, Kaela, I truly appreciate it!

  42. 42

    onecaketwocake.com — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    oh wow I'm definitely there with you – my ultimate comfort food is chocolate chip cookie dough. I never seem to get more than a dozen cookies out of my recipe even though it's meant to make 24… oopsy. This oatmeal sounds so good! I actually make a pumpkin pie oatmeal that I love in the fall, but never thought of including eggs in oatmeal, I'll have to try it out.

  43. 43

    Kaela — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    Cara, I've been meaning to thank you for your recipes. I've tried quite a few and they are SO GOOD. I just made this recipe this morning and despite my spouse's doubts, it tasted delicious! Thanks.

  44. 44

    Shannon — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    ooh, i don't know, i absolutely love roasted veggies so i don't think i could give up the oven :) this sounds like a fabulous variation of oatmeal though!!

  45. 45

    Lori — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    This sounds absolutely amazing! What a great idea for oats… mmmmmm…whatrunslori.com

  46. 46

    Notes from the Fatty File — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    Whaa?? You can add eggs to oatmeal? I had no idea. I'm kinda grossed out at the idea but I'm also a little intrigued. I take it the egg gets cooked in the hot oats? I may have to try this soon.

  47. 47

    Tasha — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    Cara, this is brillant- from the inclusion of the egg for added protein to the zucchini, which just sounds delicious. I can not wait to try this!

  48. 48

    carascravings — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    I think you just changed my life with this one. I think the egg is a superior idea. There is lots of good fiber in oats, but I think my oat bowls are often lacking the in the protein department. The addition of the egg would probably satiate my hunger a lot longer.Genius!

  49. 49

    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    OK, you KNOW I love this post! I have been a huge fan of pumping up my oatmeal with eggs for some time now. At first I can't believe that I will eat such a giant bowl of food & poof 10 minutes later it is all gone :) Your idea to add zucchini is brilliant-I have never tried this before. "Quick bread" I think means no yeast :) xo

  50. 50

    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    OK, you KNOW I love this post! I have been a huge fan of pumping up my oatmeal with eggs for some time now. At first I can't believe that I will eat such a giant bowl of food & poof 10 minutes later it is all gone :) Your idea to add zucchini is brilliant-I have never tried this before. "Quick bread" I think means no yeast :) xo

  51. 51

    Lori — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    This sounds absolutely amazing! What a great idea for oats… mmmmmm…whatrunslori.com

  52. 52

    newlywed — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    This looks awesome! I've never tried adding eggs to my oatmeal. What a nice, filling breakfast!

  53. 53

    Cara — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    Thanks for the feedback, Kaela, I truly appreciate it!

  54. 54

    brannyboilsover.com — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    I've added an egg to my oatmeal before. I've never thought to add something like zucchini, though. Looks great, Cara.

  55. 55

    Lori — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    This sounds absolutely amazing! What a great idea for oats… mmmmmm…whatrunslori.com

  56. 56

    Notes from the Fatty File — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    Whaa?? You can add eggs to oatmeal? I had no idea. I'm kinda grossed out at the idea but I'm also a little intrigued. I take it the egg gets cooked in the hot oats? I may have to try this soon.

  57. 57

    Tasha — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    Cara, this is brillant- from the inclusion of the egg for added protein to the zucchini, which just sounds delicious. I can not wait to try this!

  58. 58

    dasunrisin — April 5, 2011 @ 1:19 am Reply

    Wow. This is so creative, and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.I've added your blog to my roll.

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    Taylor — May 15, 2011 @ 11:39 pm Reply

    This looks AMAZING…but where are the nutrition facts? 

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    Cara — May 16, 2011 @ 12:05 am Reply

    Sorry Taylor! I guess I just wasn't counting that day ;) I generally usesparkrecipes.com or nutritiondata.com to calculate nutritional information,you can input any recipe.

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