Mix Up Your Breakfast Routine With Zucchini Oats (Zoats!)

Founder of Breakfast Criminals By Ksenia Avdulova
Founder of Breakfast Criminals
Ksenia Avdulova is a public speaker, founder of the award-nominated digital platform Breakfast Criminals, and host of Woke & Wired podcast.

Ever heard of zoats? A combination of shredded zucchini and oats, zoats make an incredibly satisfying and nutrient-packed breakfast. Simply add grated zucchini to oats and cook them as you normally would, or take it to a whole new level with these creamy and incredibly satisfying chocolate pumpkin zoats.

Chocolate Pumpkin Zoats

Makes 1-2


  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (or 1/2 cup baked pumpkin, chopped in cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder (buying organic cocoa in bulk can help with cost)
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener of your choice (I recommend brown rice syrup or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon maca (optional superfood boost for energy)

Toppings (optional)

  • star fruit
  • goji berries
  • pumpkin seeds


1. Blend peeled zucchini and almond milk. Mix in oats with and cook in a small pot over medium heat until the liquid is absorbed and the oats expand, about 10 minutes.

2. Add pumpkin puree, stir well, cook a few more minutes. Add raw cacao, stir.

3. Turn off the heat, add sweetener of your choice, and serve with toppings of your choice.

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