Once upon a time, in my blog’s infancy, I made Strawberry Mojito Oatmeal. Not many are brave enough to try it. After all, it includes a little banana, yet I try to convince you it’s undetectable beneath the lime and mint flavor. I stand by that claim, but this time I took a different approach.
First of all, this is an overnight recipe, so you enjoy it cold, like you would an actual mojito. Second of all, I went with grated zucchini instead of banana . . . because you guys LOVE zucchini in your oatmeal. Yes, I hear you. You love your #zoats.
And yeah, I added strawberries again, mostly because it makes for a pretty picture, but also because they taste great together. You can bet that more were added when I actually ate this the following morning. 🙂
I also didn’t use any mint extract in this recipe. Last time, I used a combo of mint leaves and peppermint extract (mostly to cover the banana), but this time, I stuck to just good ol’ mint leaves. I suppose that means you could use extract if you can’t get your hands on (or are too lazy to buy) some mint leaves.
Oh! I should mention that I didn’t go full-zucchini on this one. In a sudden moment of inspiration, I used half-zucchini, half-apple. Brilliant. I couldn’t taste the apple at all. You can copy that, or just stick to zucchini. Or, as I use, yellow squash.
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What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup grated zucchini, apple, or a mixture of the two*
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/3 cup milk of choice
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint (about 5 leaves)
- 1 tsp - 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- maple syrup to taste**
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or container with a lid.
- Stir, or cover with a lid and shake, until all ingredients are combined. Add extra milk if necessary.
- Store in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. You could heat this up, but I recommend eating it cold. Feel free to top with fresh fruit and/or more mint leaves.
Just an FYI:
*Zucchini will have a more neutral flavor. Apple will lend more natural sweetness. I went with a mix of the two. Also, I use yellow squash so there are no green streaks. **Because I used apple, I only needed a small amount of maple syrup. If you use all zucchini, you will likely need more maple syrup. Add a little at a time until the mixture tastes pleasant to you.