Pumpkin Pie Zoats

No- it’s not a typo.  Zoats are real!  Adding zucchini to your oatmeal is a great way to get some extra vitamins, fiber and greens into your day.  The addition doesn’t change the flavor of the oats at all.  The shredded zucchini adds a nice little texture, not unlike coconut.  Create your own recipe and simply add in about 1/3 cup (or half a zucchini’s worth) of finely shredded zucchini, or follow this recipe for a pumpkin flavor with a hint of cacao nibs.  Make yourself a little frozen yogurt cookie for a bit of a la mode whimsy.  This meal should keep you going strong for at least 3-4 hours and will fuel your workout with the perfect combo of protein, fat and carbs.

Zucchini-Oats

Zucchini-Oats

INGREDIENTS:
1/3 cup oats

1/2 scoop protein powder (there are cinnamon swirl -Cellucor brand is amazing!- and pumpkin flavors out there, or use vanilla)

2 tablespoons pumpkin (canned)

1/2 of a zucchini, finely shredded

1/8 cup liquid egg white

1 tablespoon Spectrum brand chia, flax, chocolate coconut blend (or 1 tsp ground chia and 1 tsp ground flax)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 scoop Stevia (or to taste)

1 teaspoon cacao nibs (optional)

1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk or water

1 tablespoon chopped pecans or walnuts

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all ingredients well the night before.  Cook stove top the next morning, stirring constantly until just heated through.

FROZEN YOGURT WAFER:

Mix: 2 tablespoons vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon canned pumpkin with 1-2 tablespoons protein powder and 1 tablespoon milk.  Add stevia to taste.  Stir well.  (Add cinnamon or cacao nibs, if you like). Spoon and flatten onto a piece of wax paper and freeze 1 hour or overnight.  Place on top of zoats.

 

Healthy, balanced and filling!

Healthy, balanced and filling!

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