This vegan chocolate zucchini baked oatmeal is a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies, but it just tastes like sweet, chocolatey oats!
So the past few summers I’d see tons of zucchini recipes popping up in the blog/pinterest/IG world, but I have to admit, even as the veggie lover I am, I was always a little skeptical.
Like, to be honest, I don’t think I’d be thrilled about having zucchini in my pancakes, or biting into a bite of warm, sweet banana bread and get a string of zucchini instead of bananas.
But I finally gave in and tried it, so in the form of “zoats,” AKA preparing my normal oats and mixing in some finely diced zucchini.
Not going to lie, I was shook, cause I LOVED it. Not only did it add volume without noticeable flavor or off-putting texture, but it’s such an easy way to get another serving of veg and all the wonderful nutrients in! So, I can’t say I want a zucchini cake anytime soon, but I can definitely get behind zucchini in my oats. I wanted to try a chocolatey, baked oat recipe, which is where this vegan chocolate zucchini baked oatmeal comes in!
This vegan chocolate zucchini baked oatmeal is SO simple. Just mix some oats, cacao powder, flax eggs, and date paste. Add the zucchini, but before you do, make sure you chop it super, super fine! Like little, teeny tiny pieces. The smaller the better, and if you have a grater, definitely use that. This is just to ensure you aren’t biting into giant chunks of zucchini, cause who wants that? Not this girl.
Add the zucchini and almond milk and stir into a thick batter. Pour the mixture into a nonstick square pan, and you’re ready for the oven!
I bake all my baked oatmeal for about 30 minutes, then let it cool completely before cutting it into bars. Letting it cool ensures the bars will set so that they’re pick-uppable and don’t fall apart.
I absolutely LOVED this vegan chocolate zucchini baked oatmeal, even better than the zucchini oats I’d tried before! All the cacao flavor is so perfect and it covers up any trace of zucchini flavor. Serve the bars at room temperature, heat them up, or eat them straight out of the fridge. You really can’t go wrong! Joe loved topping them with vegan yogurt, and they’re great with some fresh fruit, too.
This vegan chocolate zucchini baked oatmeal is so dense, fudgy, and satisfying. It’s legit like eating a fudgy, oat-y brownie! And you can feel totally amazing while you do knowing your getting your veg in at the same time. SO MANY WINS.
Have a happy, healthy day!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!