This zucchini bread overnight oats recipe is a quick, easy, and healthy make-ahead breakfast option. It’s delicious warm or cold, and perfect for zucchini bread lovers!
Zucchini in oatmeal? Yes, you read that right! If you’ve ever eaten zucchini bread, you know that zucchini is actually a delicious ingredient in sweet recipes. It’s mild flavor pairs perfectly with the ingredients in this overnight oats recipe, including cinnamon and banana.
Overnight oatmeal is my favorite make-ahead breakfast whenever I have an especially busy schedule. I used to prepare overnight oats for early morning shifts when I worked as a clinical dietitian the hospital. Overnight oats are quick and easy to prepare, travel well, and will keep you full for hours.
Ingredients in zucchini bread overnight oats
Here is everything you need to make zucchini bread overnight oats.
Old fashioned rolled oats: You’ll want to use old fashioned rolled oats for this recipe instead of quick cooking or steel cut oats because of the texture. If you use steel cut oats, the oat grains won’t soak up enough liquid, and if you use quick cooking, the texture will feel mushier.
Zucchini: Simply grate the zucchini raw and add it into the mix.
Banana: Mashed ripe banana adds just enough sweetness without the need for any refined sweeteners.
Almond milk: You can also use a different plant-based milk like soy milk or oat milk.
Plain Greek yogurt adds a boost of protein and thick, creamy texture to overnight oats.
Chia seeds bring plenty of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and plant-based protein to this recipe. If you don’t have chia seeds, you can use ground flax or hemp seeds instead, or just omit them.
Almond butter helps thicken the overnight oats and adds healthy fat.
Cinnamon and vanilla extract
Toppings of choice: I like blueberries, walnuts, and chocolate chips
This zucchini bread overnight oats recipe is gluten free, and can easily be made vegan by using plant-based yogurt or eliminating the yogurt.
How to make zucchini bread overnight oats
This recipe is so easy, it can barely be called a recipe! Overnight oats are incredibly simple to make. Just add all the ingredients to a jar or airtight container and mix well. Cover and set in the fridge overnight!
For this recipe, you’ll need a grater to grate the zucchini. Other than that, no special kitchen tools are required.
Overnight oats can be prepared up to five days in advance and stored in the fridge. Note that the longer they sit in the fridge, the more the oats will absorb the liquid and the softer the oats will get. I recommend waiting until the day of consumption to add any toppings.
Zucchini nutritional benefits
Zucchini is a summer squash that is rich in micronutrients. One cup of zucchini provides more than 30 percent of your daily vitamin C needs and 324 mg of potassium (9 percent of your daily needs).
Zucchini also contains carotenoid antioxidants, which may benefit eye, skin, and heart health, and prevent certain types of cancer.
Oatmeal nutritional benefits
Oatmeal is a whole grain that packs in many nutrients. Oatmeal is a good source of dietary fiber – one cup of cooked oatmeal (about half a cup of dry oatmeal) provides 4 grams, about half of which is soluble fiber. This type of fiber is particularly beneficial for heart health, because it helps lower bad LDL cholesterol levels.
In addition to its fiber content, oatmeal provides other important nutrients. One cup of cooked oatmeal has 40 mg of magnesium (15 percent of your daily needs) and 150 mg of calcium (18 percent of your daily needs).