Recipes for Zucchini Lovers!

Zucchini! Zucchini everywhere!

I love zucchini (and yellow squash) because it’s so gosh darn cheap. Spring and summer markets boast oodles of fresh berries and gorgeous green vegetables, but some of them can be so pricey. Not summer squash!

I love to cook with them (I’m a big fan of zoodles!), but I have also fallen in love with putting them in my oatmeal. I find grating anything to be a massive pain, but once I discovered pureed squash, it changed everything.

Want to take advantage of the cheap squash bounty? Try these recipes!

Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal


Let’s start with a classic, eh? Back in my last creative days, I could only imagine using zucchini for obvious purposes, like the beloved zucchini bread. I loved it from the very beginning, but it would be over two years before I recognized zucchini for its true potential!

Blueberry Oatcakes

Blueberry Oatcakes by The Oatmeal Artist

It all started with oatcakes. I first discovered zucchini as an egg-replacer and nutrition-booster when I was looking for a neutral-tasting fruit/veggie for oatcakes. I loved the texture that bananas gave to oatcakes, but sometimes you just need something with a neutral flavor. Zucchini was my discovery, and these oatcakes were one of the first creations from that idea.

Caramel Pecan Roll Overnight Oatmeal

Caramel-Pecan Roll Overnight Oatmeal #vegan

Sure, it’s decadent, but it’s actually pretty healthy in comparison to its namesake. 🙂

Cinnamon Zucchini Oatmeal with Cherry-Rhubarb Compote

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

Okay, so the star here is definitely the compote, but this cinnamon zucchini oatmeal makes a great base for any extravagant topping, even if it’s just a blob of homemade almond butter and the world’s juiciest peach. It’s very versatile!

Chocolate Zucchini Baked Oatmeal


I made this recipe before I discovered the art of blending, but if you blend the batter, it will make a perfect brownie replica!

Chai Oatcakes

Chai Oatcakes by The Oatmeal Artist

Take a backseat, Blueberry Oatcakes, because these Chai Oatcakes just stepped up their game. Look at the flecks of spices! Look at the perfect, fluffy discs! Thanks, zucchini. You’re a pal.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Overnight Oatmeal

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist #vegan

Discovering zucchini as an oatmeal filler was the last thing standing in between me and this recipe. Once that wall was knocked down, this cookie dough happened, and the world has never been better.

Biscuit Baked Oatmeal with Vegan Sausage Gravy

biscuit baked oatmeal with vegan sausage gravy (4)

Because sometimes you want biscuits and gravy but you don’t have any flour because you never bake. Ever.

Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate PB2 Frosting

Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate PB2 Frosting by The Oatmeal Artist

This cake is one of my childhood favorites, and zucchini helped me make it in oatmeal form!

Morning Glory Oatmeal



And now we’ve come full circle. Looking for a more traditional, straight-forward way to use zucchini in oatmeal? Try this morning glory oatmeal, inspired by the muffin by the same name. Shredded zucchini and carrots make a hearty and flavorful base for a low, low price!

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.

6 Responses to Recipes for Zucchini Lovers!

  1. Cassie says:

    I heard of zoats but I never thought of making them an egg replacer! How is that possible?!?! Well, cannot wait to try these!

  2. Lyndsey B says:

    I am so grateful you showed me the joy of using zucchini in oats, I love it so much!! My favorite recipe of all of these is the yellow cake baked oatmeal, I just can’t get over how creative it is. I’ve yet to try the Vegan Biscuits and Gravy, but it looks so good 🙂

  3. Christine says:

    How do you prepare your squash or zucchini for use in stovetop oatmeal? Do you put raw squash in the food processor, or cook it first to soften it? I’m thinking that cooking might be necessary to get more of a puree.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      If you grate it and add it into the saucepan the same time you add your oats, that’s all it takes to cook it. Summer squash/zucchini is very soft, so it doesn’t take much to soften.

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