Mmkay. This recipe is not the healthiest. It’s not sugar free, and it’s not sweetened by fruit. That being said, it’s still healthier than a buttery, sugary caramel roll. Right? Right.
This recipe has a cinnamon-zucchini base with a sweet caramel topping, similar to what you would find at the top of a caramel pecan roll. It’s sweet and satisfying without being overly indulgent, so you can enjoy it in the morning without upsetting your stomach for the rest of the day (even if you have a sensitive gut like mine).
I finally watched the documentary Fed Up over the weekend, and my passion for nutrition and unprocessed food is renewed. I feel a little uneasy posting this recipe for that reason, but I had the idea and wanted to make it happen. I had already committed to making it and sharing it with you.
If you have yet to see Fed Up, I highly recommend it. It’s a fantastic documentary that delves into some of the food-related topics I’m most interested in, like the political decisions that go into our dietary recommendations and advertising by major food companies. It’s devastating stuff, but it never fails to motivate me to be better and eat better. 🙂
- [views] Fed Up, a documentary available on Netflix and Amazon Prime
- [eats] Field Roast Chao Slices (Coconut Herb & Black Pepper flavor)
- [reads] “The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord” via NYMag
What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (or water)
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/4-1/3 cup pureed or shredded zucchini or yellow squash (optional)
- 2 tsp maple syrup (optional, I omitted)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- scant 1/8 tsp butter extract (make sure it's vegan) (optional)
- 1-3 tsp chia seeds (optional, add extra tbsp liquid if using)
- handful or raisins (optional)
- pinch of salt
- caramel for topping (I use a vegan caramel-flavored agave)
- pecans for topping
How to make it:
- Combine all ingredients except caramel and pecan, cover, and let sit overnight in the fridge (or at least several hours).
- When ready to eat, heat for a minute and a half in the microwave OR leave cold. Top with pecans and caramel sauce and ENJOY!
Just an FYI:
Maple syrup could be subbed for the caramel.