Easy Zucchini Oatmeal

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This easy oatmeal tastes like zucchini bread in a bowl. It’s packs a healthy dose of vegetables into each bite, and is a properly combined way to enjoy oatmeal for breakfast.

zucchini oatmeal in a white bowl

When it comes to food combining, I’m often asked what you can eat on top of oatmeal for a properly combined meal. Most people like to top their oatmeal with fresh fruit (which is also a healthy choice), but vegetables make an even better option when it comes to streamlining your digestion and reducing bloat.

Fruit digests very quickly, and is also very cleansing. Because of that, people who practice food combining believe it’s best to eat fruit on its own, so that it can digest quickly and have its nutrients absorbed as efficiently as possible. (Without any other foods slowing them down.) Instead of enjoying fruit on top of your oatmeal, simply enjoy it an hour or so beforehand to maximize your digestion.

zucchini and rolled oats

This comforting bowl of oats is brimming with zucchini and some classic zucchini bread spices like cinnamon, which is thought to help balance blood sugar levels, and nutmeg. What’s even better, is that it’s easier to make than zucchini bread, because you don’t need to drain any moisture from the zucchini– you’ll naturally simmer it off as you cook the oatmeal.

How to Make Zucchini Oatmeal

I made this batch of oatmeal using old-fashioned rolled oats, but you can use steel cut oats if you prefer– the cooking time will just be longer, in that case. (I prefer to make steel cut oats in the Instant Pot, because it’s more hands-off.) To make this zucchini bread version, simply add shredded zucchini, a splash of maple syrup, and a some spice to the oatmeal for an added dose of flavor and nutrients.

zucchini oatmeal

I like to go a little heavy-handed with the cinnamon, since it’s packed with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, but feel free to season your oatmeal to your personal taste. I find nutmeg pretty overpowering in flavor, so a teeny-tiny bit goes a long way.

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Easy Zucchini Oatmeal

STARCHGluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Egg-free, Vegan
This healthy oatmeal tastes like zucchini bread in a bowl, and packs a dose of veggies in each bite. It's also properly combined for streamlined digestion.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword oatmeal, zucchin bread, zucchini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 226kcal


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (certified gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 zucchini , shredded
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)


  • Combine the oats, water, zucchini, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a small saucepan over high heat on the stove. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer until the oats are tender, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the maple syrup to taste, and serve warm.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 17.6mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Per serving: Calories: 226, Fat: 2g, Carbohydrates: 44g, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 6g

Recipe Notes:

  • If you’d like to make this with steel cut oats, you’ll need to simmer the oats for closer to 25 minutes. If you don’t want to stand over the stove, use an Instant Pot instead.
  • For quick-cooking oats, you’ll only need to cook them for 1 minute until tender.

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Yum! If I make this with steel cut oats in the InstaPot, do I need to squeeze the moisture out of the zucchini or no? I know the InstaPot tends to hold on to liquids. Thanks! Love your blog and recipes.

    Megan Gilmore

    No, I wouldn’t squeeze it out, but I would use only 4 cups of water with the recipe (if you’re making 2 cups of oats) so that the zucchini water becomes the extra moisture. You can always use the simmer function on the Instant Pot later to evaporate extra liquid, but usually just a little stirring makes it thicken up.

ElizabEth SAntos

So easy and delicious. Used quick oats and blended the zucchini in the vitamix.

Kathy Woodward

I have only just discovered your wonderful site. I am into healthy eating and follow the Slimming World plan. I am always looking to introduce more natural and healthy food into my diet. Thank you so much.


I never would have thought to add zucchini in oatmeal! Thanks for the recipe!!


Thank you for the ideas! I’ve started this a week ago, and my tummy thanks me and you!


Loved this! Would this be ok to store/meal prep?

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m guessing you could store it as a meal prep option for at least 3 days in the fridge.


I used the Instant Pot to make this recipe, and I used the proportion of water to oats as written. I cooked it for 3 minutes at high pressure with a 10-minute natural pressure release. The consistency was perfect!

    Megan Gilmore

    Thank you for sharing! I’m so glad to hear that worked out for you.


I was randomly googling for a good zucchini oatmeal and I was so excited to see your site pop up! I’ve tried several of your recipes and they do not disappoint. This was no exception. Yummy and comforting. Always love your work Megan!


This oatmeal was surprisingly good and a great way to get in more veggies.


I asked (in another review) recently for more zucchini recipes on this site, so I was thrilled when I saw this had been posted! Thank you, Megan!!

Of course I had zucchini waiting in the crisper drawer, so I tried this oatmeal out right away. It’s delicious, as is most everything here!

I’m going to try mixing the rest of this week’s zucchini into the slow cooker chicken & cabbage soft tacos also from this blog.

Kim Stewart

What a fantastic idea ! Thank you for sharing…..

Carmela Nardelli

Hi there!
Can you recommend a recipe book for me. I’m in my late 50’s and struggling with my tummy.

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Carmela! I have 3 published books if you enjoy my recipes. They are called Everyday Detox, No Excuses Detox, and The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook. They can be found anywhere books are sold, but it’s usually the most affordable on Amazon.


I find that “one zucchini” is not a very helpful measure considering the range in sizes of zucchini. Many other recipes call for about 1 cup of zucchini to one cup of oats. Would you say this was about how much you used? Thanks!

Emily White

Could you do steel cut in the crock pot overnight 6/8 hours?

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