Dear school lunches,
I have a problem with you. You force dairy product on your students. You teach students that vegetables are gray and soggy. You act like pizza once a week is a normal way of life. You condone Pop Tarts as a suitable breakfast.
But occasionally, you have your perks. If it weren’t for you, I never would have had a churro. Of course, I later learned that those soggy cold churros you gave us were not even remotely close to the pure pleasure of an authentic, crisp churro, but exposure is everything.
My high school always offered churros as the “dessert” on Nachos Supreme Day (because nothing says Mexican food quite like nachos… #sarcasm).
To make this recipe, I finally experimented with using zucchini as a nutrition booster and egg replacer. Success. Now that this worked out, you can expect a ton of baked recipes coming that I’ve been dying to try! *Note: peeling the zucchini is optional, but removes the green color from your product. I made zucchini noodles with the outside layer so that it wasn’t going to waste. 🙂
What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup's worth of peeled and diced zucchini
- 1/3 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/8 tsp butter extract (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1-2 tbsp chocolate nut butter (I use PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams)
- cinnamon and sugar for topping
How to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a single-serving ramekin with non-stick spray.
- Puree first two ingredients together in a food processor.
- Stir in remaining ingredients (except the nut butter) until combined. Alternatively, you can pulse it all together a few times in the food processor, depending on how much you want the oats to keep their original shape and texture.
- Transfer half the mixture to the ramekin. Drop the chocolate nut butter in the center, and then dump the rest of the oatmeal mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon (or cinnamon-sugar, for a more authentic churro experience).
- Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the top is no longer doughy. Enjoy! 🙂