Zoats with Seven Variations

Prep time: 10 mins ● Cook time: 10 minsYield: 1 serving

  • ½ cup oats, use gluten-free oats if you are sensitive to gluten
  • 1 scoop Grown American™ Superfood
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated, about 1 small to medium zucchini
  • 1 cup milk or plant-based milk e.g. almond, oat, hemp, coconut, soy, etc.
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 egg white (optional)

Directions: Place oats, Grown American™ Superfood, zucchini, milk, and salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-low to low heat until all liquid is absorbed. This will take 5 to 10 minutes depending on how much water was in the zucchini. If you are using an egg white, remove pan from the heat and stir it into the mixture until it is fully incorporated. Return to the heat for 1 to 2 minutes and stir until mixture is fluffy. Top with any of your favorite toppings, e.g. assorted berries, sliced banana, dollop of yogurt, applesauce, walnuts, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, a tablespoon of nut butter, etc.

Note: Since Grown American™ Superfood is already sweetened, you probably don’t need an additional sweetener; however, if you do, add 1 to 2 teaspoons agave, maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, or another sweetener.

Variations: For creamier sweeter Zoats, add 1 mashed ripe banana with the zucchini. It will add natural fruit sweetener.

If you are vegan and you’d like to add a protein, optionally stir in one scoop of plant based protein powder.

Spice it up with any of your favorite seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, almond extract, etc.

To make Apple Pie Zoats, dice an apple into ¼-inch cubes into the saucepan before making the zoats. Add about ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, and 2 to 4 tablespoons water. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes until apples are very tender, then continue with the Zoats recipe. Optionally, top with walnuts.

For Chocolate Zoats, stir in 1 tablespoon cocoa and optionally 1 to 2 teaspoons sweetener.

For Mexican Chocolate Zoats, stir in 1 tablespoon cocoa, ¼ to ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 to 2 teaspoons sweetener.

To make Pumpkin Zoats, add about ⅓ cup pumpkin puree, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, and a pinch of ginger, or you can use pumpkin pie spice. Optionally top with walnuts or pecans.