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.
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.
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.
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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:
- 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.
- Stir the grated zucchini into the oatmeal.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add cinnamon, honey, lemon juice and extract, and salt. Stir.
- 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.