Cinnamon Zucchini Oatmeal with Cherry-Rhubarb Compote

Upon my first bite of this oatmeal, I may have shouted out the f-word.

The explosion of flavor was too much for my brain to comprehend. The only option was to utter an expletive.

Cinnamon Zucchini Oatmeal with Cherry-Rhubarb Compote #vegan

I figured it would be good as I made it (why else would I even try it?). I had absolutely no idea it would be that good. That captivating. That delicious. That intriguing.

The oatmeal itself is a simple recipe that you could use whenever, and you could top it with just about anything, such as Apple Cider Reduction Sauce or Berry Ginger Sauce. This time, I topped it with an easy, homemade Cherry-Rhubarb Compote that f***ing stole the show.

Yep, I did it again. I can’t help it.

Cinnamon Zucchini Oatmeal with Cherry-Rhubarb Compote by The Oatmeal Artist

Rhubarb is usually paired with strawberry, and nobody can deny that it’s a powerhouse combo. However, I wanted to switch things up and try it with cherry. Friends, it is a win. A WIN! The cherry is flavorful enough to complement the rhubarb, but subtle enough (way milder than a strawberry) to let the rhubarb do its thing.

Cinnamon Zucchini Oatmeal with Cherry-Rhubarb Compote

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

    For Cherry-Rhubarb Compote
  • 1/2 cup diced rhubarb (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 cup diced cherries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (1/2 a small lemon)
  • For Cinnamon Zucchini Oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oatmeal (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/2 a zucchini or yellow squash, grated
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (optional, I omitted)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Combine the ingredients for the compote in a small saucepan with 3 tbsp water. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until fruit becomes soft and liquid evaporates and thickens.
  2. While compote is cooking, prepare oatmeal in another saucepan. 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.)
  3. Add grated zucchini/squash (alternatively, you can puree it instead of grate it). Stir occasionally.
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Stir. Add more maple syrup if necessary.
  5. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with Cherry-Rhubarb Compote and any other additional ingredients (coconut, nuts, dried fruit, etc.).

Just an FYI:

Cherry-Rhubarb Compote could be divided into two servings (if you're willing to have less).

http://www.theoatmealartist.com/cinnamon-zucchini-oatmeal-with-cherry-rhubarb-compote/

Cinnamon Zucchini Oatmeal with Cherry-Rhubarb Compote

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.

4 Responses to Cinnamon Zucchini Oatmeal with Cherry-Rhubarb Compote

  1. Max says:

    Saved under the “make soon”-bookmarks. If it’s as delicious as you described and as it looks on the pictures, I’ll tell you. 😀 Did you use sweet or sour cherries?

  2. xdestitutex says:

    Even after reading the first lines (“Upon my first bite of this oatmeal, I may have shouted out the f-word. The explosion of flavor was too much for my brain to comprehend. “) i wasn’t really onvinced this recipe could be THAT good. But let me tell you: It kinda is!

    Although it stands or falls with the compote you use, the Zoats in combination with the cinnamon and the vanilla (i also ommited the maple syrup, sine it’s pretty expensive here and i don’t have some around right now), is already amazing, but a sweet compote on top is just mind blowing. At least it was for me using my thawed “Peach-dark-rum-cinnamon-brown-sugar”-compote:
    http://fs1.directupload.net/images/150920/n6fjewdh.jpg

    ^^

    Thanks for this recipe Lauren! 🙂

  3. Lyndsey B says:

    I love using zucchini, vanilla, & cinnamon as an “oatmeal base.” It is simple enough to let the toppings (fruit, spices, nuts, etc.) have the show, but not boring. Compotes are also super fun to make-it’s crazy to watch them go from fruit to a sweet sauce!

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