Chocolate overnight zoats are the healthiest breakfast you’ll make all week! They are filled with fiber and essential nutrients, easily customizable and so meal prep-friendly.
These chocolate zucchini oats (or zoats for short) combine healthy ingredients and delicious flavor in just one bowl!
It’s a genius way to eat more veggies — starting at breakfast. Under 10 minutes of prep time are needed to follow this recipe and you can serve them with your favorite seasonal fruit!
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If you haven’t tried zoats, you should definitely make them! Even those who are a bit skeptical or don’t like zucchini that much.
These chocolate zoats are flavored with delicious spices and fruit so you won’t taste the veg!
Although they offer a slightly different texture compared to regular oatmeal, they are delicious and satisfying.
And to be honest, if you’re on board with zucchini bread, then why not move on to zucchini oats?
Having a batch of homemade vegan overnight zoats in your fridge really helps you make healthier eating choices. This is the most convenient and healthy breakfast you can grab!
- Rolled Oats – use between half a cup and a cup per serving; our recipe makes two filling servings but you can prepare larger batches of this oatmeal, too.
- Zucchini – feel free to start with a small amount and work your way up once you trust this whole concept.
- Cocoa & Cinnamon – cozy and delicious spices that take your oatmeal up a notch and hide the zucchini flavor really well!
- Soy Milk – this adds some protein & creaminess; feel free to use any plant-based milk.
- Fruit – bananas are pretty much a must to make this zucchini oatmeal nice and sweet; add other seasonal fruit, such as berries, apple or figs.
Depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal to be, you can add a tablespoon of maple syrup to the zucchini oat mixture before placing it in the fridge!
In terms of kitchen tools, you need a grater for your zucchini, one mixing bowl, measuring equipment and two food containers or glass jars to store your zoats.
How to make overnight zoats
- Grate or shred your zucchini as finely as possible, making sure no larger chunks are left.
- Combine oats with flax seeds and spices in a bowl. Add the shredded zucchini and give it a stir.
- Add soy milk and water and mix until well-combined. You can also stir in a tablespoon of nut butter for added creaminess or maple syrup to make your zucchini oats sweeter!
- Divide between two jars or food containers and place them in your fridge until you’re ready to devour them.
- Add toppings like fresh fruit, nuts, nut butter, granola or any of your favorite fixings just before eating them!
Hot or cold?
Enjoy them cold during summer in the morning with a more crunchy texture from the raw zucchini or heat your zoats to make them creamier!
They can be cooked on the stovetop or in the microwave for 1-2 minutes – this doesn’t just give you a warm breakfast, but the cooking process also makes for softer, creamier oatmeal that will disguise the grated zucchini even further.
Storage & serving
When making overnight zoats, you should let them soak for at least 4 hours so they become soft and well-combined.
You can prep them up to 4 days in advance — just give your zoats a stir when serving them cold in the morning and let them warm at room temperature for a bit if you like.
Tips & FAQs
What are zoats?
Zoats are rolled oats that are mixed with shredded zucchini and either served cold in the form of overnight oats or cooked on the stove to create creamy zucchini oatmeal. So, zoats are a recent trend in the health food world, not a typo.
Some recipes for zoats are made with egg whites, which are meant to help bind the ingredients together. As vegans, we skip that part and just use some healthy flax seeds instead.
Which oats do you use?
To make overnight zoats, you traditionally use rolled oats because they soak up the liquid while still offering some texture.
For smoother overnight oats, go for instant oatmeal. If you cannot tolerate gluten, make sure to check for the gluten-free label on your oats.
How much water or milk to use
This depends highly on your desired consistency. The ratio for our overnight zoats is 2:1.5 – this is because the shredded zucchini will lose some of its liquid overnight. Some recipes call for a 1:1 ratio, which makes for some really dense overnight oats.
For a porridge-like consistency, stick with a 2:1 ratio of liquid to oats – using too much water or dairy-free milk will cause you to end up with oat soup.
Basic overnight oats formula
The sky’s the limit when it comes to zoats. To give you an idea of the many delicious combinations you can create, we wanted to share with you this basic overnight oats formula.
Which jar or container should I use?
You can make overnight oats in pretty much any jar or food container that’s large enough for your servings.
If you don’t have several small ones, go for one big container and take out a portion in the morning, place it in a bowl and add your toppings of choice.
Glass jars look extra pretty, of course, but any container will get the job done. Extra points for a lid that fits, because you’ll definitely want to cover your zoats in the fridge.
Do overnight zoats work for meal prep?
You betcha! They are the perfect meal prep-friendly and super healthy breakfast choice.
We recommend making 3-4 servings in one batch (Sunday evening is a great meal prep time) and storing them in the fridge for easy grab-and-go breakfasts.
How long do overnight oats last?
Depending on your add-ins, overnight oats can keep in the fridge for 3-5 days.
The longer you prepare them in advance, the softer your oats will become – which might be an advantage to you if you dig that texture.
Also, you’ll need to give them a stir before eating as the liquid tends to separate from the oats after a few days.
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- 1 ½ cup rolled oats (120 g)
- 1 tsp flax seeds
- 1 medium zucchini, grated
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ water (120 ml)
- 2 cups soy milk, unsweetened (480 ml)
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2 large figs, sliced
- ½ cup fresh blueberries (50 g)
- Mix oats, flax seeds, zucchini, cocoa powder and cinnamon in a glass bowl. Pour in the soy milk and water, then stir until well-combined.
- Divide the mixture between two glass jars and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Use regular bowls if you don’t have jars – just make sure they are covered.
- In the morning, you can decide whether you want to eat your overnight zoats warm or cold. Either just top them with some fresh fruit and nuts and enjoy them right away or, if you’re up for a warm breakfast, you can heat up your zucchini oats. This will make them creamier and offer a softer consistency, too.
- Add a splash of water to the chocolate oats and place them in a microwave set on high power for 30 seconds. Then, stir the oatmeal and microwave for another 30 seconds. You can also heat your zoats on the stovetop.
- Let them cool slightly, then top with banana, figs and blueberries. Stir in some nut butter if you like and enjoy!
- These overnight zoats keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Try delicious add-ins such as almond or cashew butter, dried fruit, shredded coconut or cocoa nibs!
- Feel free to use any plant-based milk you like!
- If you want sweeter oats, add maple syrup or chopped dates to your mixture before putting it into the fridge.
- Find many more tips in the article above!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 14gSugar: 30gProtein: 18g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!