Cinnamon Apple Zoats

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By Julia Horniacek


Breakfast is the most important deal of the day, right? So, why have it only once? I learned the term “zoats” from watching bikini competitors on YouTube make it and eat it in the morning or lunchtime during prep season. My initial reaction was probably similar to most: the idea of zucchini touching porridge was unappealing. In reality, however, this diet-friendly strategy adds volume to the meal without sacrificing its taste. I’ve played around with different recipes, but this is one of my favorite ways to (literally) spice it up.


  • 1 serving of oatmeal

  • ½ zucchini

  • ½ apple

  • Cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp nut butter


  • Wash zucchini and use a grater to shred the vegetable into strips. The key to zucchini oats is to a) chop the zucchini into tiny pieces after it has been shredded and b) blotting with a paper towel to extract a significant amount of moisture.
  • Cut an apple in half, and chop slices into chunks, sprinkle with cinnamon.


  1. Pour one serving of oats in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in water for ninety seconds. To add fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and a bunch of micronutrients to your breakfast, take oats out of the microwave at forty-five seconds to stir in a serving of chia seeds.

  2. Arrange apple pieces on a microwave-safe plate and cook for thirty to forty-five seconds. While that’s heating up, add the zucchini into your cooked oats and mix in with a spoon. I pinky promise this does not alter the taste of oats. Adding zucchini almost doubles your meal’s volume, so you’ll cut down on carbs and stay full longer.

  3. When apples are warmed to your preference, top your oats with their sweetness. Nothing goes better with apples than nut butter, right? Placing a dollop on top of the steaming fruit will melt your topping into a syrup. If you’re craving something sweet in the morning, I suggest giving the Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter a try.

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