Baklava Oatmeal 2.0

Hey. I have a confession. Sometimes I make oatmeal. And it tastes good. But it’s not perfection.

Such was the case with my Baklava Oatmeal two years ago (good grief, where has time gone?). It was delicious. Simply stunning. But it also tasted like banana. And I knew that it shouldn’t. But I didn’t know what else to do. So I posted it. After all, it was delicious.

Baklava Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist - made from zucchini!

The same was true with my original Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal. It was good, but it tasted like banana. And it shouldn’t. No brownie should taste like banana. But eventually, I figured things out, and remade it, sans banana.

So here is my new and improved Baklava Oatmeal, for now I know the power of the zucchini.

Baklava Oatmeal by #OatmealArtist - made from zucchini! Baklava Oatmeal - made from zucchini!

And yes, strict vegans, this recipe contains honey. Here’s my usual speech: I’m “one of those vegans”–go ahead and berate me in the comments. I’ve received more hate from YouTube trolls and sixth graders misbehaving in the hallway than you can imagine. I can most certainly handle your lambasting. I briefly discuss my views on honey on my Plant Proud! page.

Baklava Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist - made from zucchini!

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Baklava Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp flax meal (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pureed zucchini
  • slightly rounded 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 drop lemon extract (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of pistachios, for topping

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. If using flax, add now.
  2. Stir the grated zucchini into the oatmeal.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add cinnamon, honey, lemon juice and extract, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a handful of pistachios, a drizzle of honey, and another dash of cinnamon. Finish with a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings.

Just an FYI:

Adapted from this recipe.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

8 Responses to Baklava Oatmeal 2.0

  1. Sounds perfect! I’m one of those vegans too 🙂

  2. stefania says:

    You go girl. Every one will always have their say. You go with what you believe not follow the masses. For myself I am more an applesauce sweetener kind of girl or coconut sugar but everyone is entitled to their way and not get lambasted. Keep up the great work. Question – have you worked with sweet potato in your oatmeal?

  3. Lyndsey B says:

    I’ve never tried a baklava, the flavors sound very interesting though! I can’t wait to try this recipe, and I might also try a baked version 🙂

  4. Cassie says:

    I love that you know you’re imperfect and that you’re always improving. So are all of us! I’ve made really HORRIBLE recipes in the past (my avocado brownies? No thanks!). Anyways, this oatmeal looks wonderful, but so did your first baklava attempt 🙂

  5. sadie says:

    What is the function of the zucchini in this recipe? I ask because I’m not a fan of zucchini (nor banana), and wonder what I might substitute. I saw a post about adding lentils, but don’t know if that’d make an ok substitute or not…

  6. Christine says:

    I’ve never had baklava; I’ve never even tried your original Baklava Oatmeal recipe. However, I tried Baklav Oatmeal 2.0 this morning. It was SO good! The amount of lemon flavor compared to the cinnamon and honey was spot-on. Now, I’m curious to try your original Baklava Oatmeal. I noticed that it calls for more cinnamon than this recipe, so maybe that plus a generous amount of honey would help disguise the banana taste.

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