Cardamom Vanilla Zucchini Oatmeal

This may look and sound like a simple recipe, and preparation-wise, it is. However, taste-wise . . . it is anything but.

For anyone who loves cardamom, this recipe offers something incredibly satisfying: warm porridge with unadulterated cardamom flavor. Considering the power of cardamom, this recipe, despite the neutrality of vanilla and zucchini, is anything but boring.

Cardamom Vanilla Zuchinni Oatmeal #oatmealartist #vegan

When I was making it, I originally conceived it as a simple base. To some extent, it is: you really can put a variety of toppings on this. For example, in these pictures I topped it with dried cranberries, walnut pieces, and chocolate nut butter. 😍 Although this welcomes many different toppings, it still holds up beautifully on its own.

Cardamom Vanilla Zuchinni Oatmeal #oatmealartist

In case you’re wondering, I use yellow squash, and I don’t peel it.

I think peeling is a waste. However, I don’t like the green streaks that zucchini leaves behind. Thus, by using yellow squash (which on the inside is basically identical to its green friend), I can skip the peeling step without having the green streaks. The yellow blends in with the oatmeal, making it barely noticeable.

Do the green streaks matter? No. It’s purely aesthetics. From a blogging and photography perspective, I like to avoid the green streaks. But for your everyday usage, green streaks really do not matter. In other words, you can use yellow squash or zucchini. You can peel them or not. It’s up to you.

Cardamom Vanilla Zuchinni Oatmeal by the #oatmealartist

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Cardamom Vanilla Zucchini Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup grated yellow squash or (peeled) zucchini
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (or orange, for variation)
  • 2-3 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I used 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/4 cup water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Add grated zucchini/squash (alternatively, you can puree it instead of grate it). Stir occasionally.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla bean paste, cardamom, lemon juice, maple syrup, and salt. Stir. Add more maple syrup if necessary.
  4. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with another splash of milk and any other additional ingredients (coconut, nuts, dried fruit, etc.). Mine is topped with chocolate nut butter, walnuts, and dried cranberries.

Cardamom Vanilla Zuchinni Oatmeal by the #oatmealartist #vegan


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.

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