Eggnog Oatmeal with Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote

This is actually two recipes in one. The Eggnog Oatmeal could be eaten alone or topped with anything, and the Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote could be added to any oatmeal you want! I just chose to pair them together.

Although I have made an oatmeal with eggnog before (in overnight form), I wanted to try it again in a new way. In particular, I wanted to try it with zucchini. 🙂

Eggnog Zucchini Oatmeal with Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote #oatmealartist

You could use any eggnog for this, storebought or homemade. I used SoDelicious coconut eggnog (this is not a sponsored post). I like to use coconut-based eggnog because coconut is the richest of the plant-based milks. I can’t imagine drinking eggnog made from rice milk or almond milk since eggnog is supposed to be thick and rich and creamy. But to be fair, I have never even tried rice- or almond-based eggnogs. Maybe they’re amazing. I don’t know and I probably never will. 🙂

Eggnog Zucchini Oatmeal with Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote #vegan

But let’s focus on the star of this recipe: the compote. I am often thinking of ways to incorporate chestnuts into oatmeal. I did many chestnut recipes in 2013, but I kind of ignored them last autumn. Time to bring them back! I didn’t really know what I was doing two years ago, which is why I’m surprised when people compliment my chestnut recipes. I think I can do so much better. ^_^ I hope to bring much higher quality chestnut recipes to you this year. This will be the first of several.

Eggnog Zucchini Oatmeal with Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote #vegan #oatmealartist

One mistake I made two years ago is just chopping up chestnuts like other fruits and leaving them in oatmeal plain. If you really love chestnuts, this would probably be fine for you. However, I don’t think this is necessarily the best way to use them. With their . . . strange . . . texture and flavor, I think they need to be prepared differently and not just dropped in chunks into the oatmeal. (But if you like that, don’t let me stop you from doing that!)

Eggnog Zucchini Oatmeal with Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote #oatmealartist #vegan

So today’s solution for chestnuts is a compote. I was heavily inspired by this apple-chestnut “relish.” It used golden raisins instead of cranberries, but I just love using fresh cranberries when they’re in season.

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Eggnog Oatmeal with Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

    For the Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote
  • 1/2 cup diced apple (the smaller, the better!)
  • 1/4 cup diced roasted and peeled chestnut (the smaller, the better!)
  • 1/8 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch each of ginger, nutmeg, and cloves
  • For Eggnog Zucchini Oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup eggnog of choice (I used SoDelicious coconut vegan eggnog)
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini or yellow squash (peeling optional)
  • maple syrup, to taste (optional, I omitted)
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

    For the Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote
  1. Combine apples, chestnuts, cranberries, water, and maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and lower heat to medium-low.
  2. Let simmer for around five minutes, until mixture begins to thicken. Stir occasionally. Smash the bigger pieces with your spatula (a wooden spoon works best, actually).
  3. Stir in cinnamon and other spices. Remove from heat and allow mixture to thicken while you make your oatmeal.
  4. For the oatmeal
  5. Bring eggnog (you could also use 1/2 cup eggnog 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.)
  6. Add grated zucchini/squash (alternatively, you can puree it instead of grate it). Stir occasionally.
  7. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add maple syrup, nutmeg, and salt. Stir. Add more maple syrup if necessary.
  8. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote (or whatever topping you want) and any other additional ingredients (coconut, nuts, dried fruit, etc.).

Just an FYI:

You can also prepare the oatmeal while the compote is simmering.

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.

11 Responses to Eggnog Oatmeal with Apple-Cranberry-Chestnut Compote

  1. Ooh, I’m very excited to see what else you can do with chestnuts! I love the salted chocolate chestnut oatmeal. The texture of pureed chestnuts is just divine in oatmeal. Since eggnog is not sold where I live, I make my own using CCK’s recipe, which calls for silken tofu. It definitely comes out thick and creamy!

  2. Sandra says:

    Another good way to get the vegan eggnog fix is eggnog spiced tea.

  3. I’ve never been an eggnog fan, but this recipe is definitely calling my name. Your flavor combinations are simply divine, Lauren!

  4. Christine says:

    I’ve been very happy with the Silk soy eggnog. It tastes as rich and creamy as dairy eggnog, but is much better for you.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I’ve only ever bought the coconut version. But I also tried a dairy version when I was younger (also storebought). I think I just don’t like the “eggnog flavor,” regardless of the milk used. Now I’m trying to figure out what to do with the rest of this half-gallon. Bleh. 🙂

  5. Kelsey says:

    I loved that compote! I can’t wait to try it with some eggnog oatmeal when I get home. I’ve got an almond nog from Califia Farms and I really like it! I’ve never had regular egg nog though so it could be a far cry from the original.

  6. Jodi says:

    Oh I just love what you’ve done with chestnuts here! The addition of cranberries is so nice too. I’ve been wanting to try to make my own egg nog this year, I’m thinking this recipe will be a great use for it! x

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