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November 8, 2014

Zoatmeal (zucchini oatmeal) with maple caramelised pears, blueberries and pumpkin seeds. Vegan and gluten free.

Zoatmeal (aka. squash havregrød) med ahornkaramelliserede pærer, blåbær og græskarkerner. Vegansk og glutenfri.


Have you ever heard of zoat-meal? It is this absolutely genius idea about adding finely shredded zucchini to your oatmeal. I absolutely love that idea! I love porridge, I love zucchini and I love the idea about sneaking veggies into just about anything. So when I first heard of zoats this summer I knew I had to try it. And I’ve been enjoying countless portions of zoats since.


Har du nogensinde hørt om zoat-meal? Det er den her helt geniale ide om at tilføje fintrevet squash (zuchinni på engelsk) til din havregrød. Jeg er helt vild med den ide! Jeg elsker grød, jeg elsker squash og jeg elsker ideen om at liste skjule grøntsager ind i alle mulige opskrifter. Så da jeg først hørte om ideen denne sommer, vidste jeg, at det måtte prøves. Og det er blevet til mange portioner zoats siden.




Zoat-meal is simply genius. First of all it is a great way of adding veggies to the first meal of the day. Another great thing about zoats for an oatmeal-lover as me is the size of the portion. I do by no means count calories, but it shouldn’t be a secret that adding zucchini to your oats yield a way bigger portion for just about the same amount of calories. Nice!


Zoats er helt genialt. For det første er det en super måde at starte dagen med nogle grøntsager på. En anden genialt ting ved zoats for en havregrødselsker som mig er størrelsen af portionen. Jeg tæller absolut ikke kalorier, men det skal ikke være en hemmelighed squashen gør, at man får en meget større portion havregrød for kun meget få ekstra kalorier, end normalt. Hvor lækkert!




Lastly; we’re talking oatmeal, which means endless topping possibilities. I love experimenting with new topping combinations; all different kinds of fruit, berries, nuts, marmalade (don’t judge), seeds, dried fruits and nut butters. Usually I just throw something together, but when I have the time I love making something slightly more special. Here is one of my favourite combinations: maple caramelised pears, fresh blueberries and pumpkin seeds. An incredibly delicious, healthy and filling breakfast for a cold autumn morning.


Sidst men ikke mindst så er det jo havregrød vi taler om, hvilket vil sige, at der er endeløse muligheder af toppings. Jeg elsker at prøve nye smagskombinationer af alle mulige forskellige frugter, bær, nødder, marmelader (don’t judge), frø, tørrede frugter og nøddesmør. Normalt smider jeg bare noget på, men når der er tid til det, elsker jeg at kredse lidt om toppingen. Her er en af minde yndlingskombinationer: ahornristede pærer, friske blåbær og græskarkerner. Et super lækkert, sundt og mættende morgenmåltid til at nyde på en kold efterårsmorgen.


Zoats w/ Maple Caramelised Pears

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

Zoatmeal (zucchini oatmeal) with maple caramelised pears, blueberries and pumpkin seeds. Vegan and gluten free.


  • 1 pear
  • 1 tsp. olive or coconut oil
  • ½ tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup old-fashioned/ rolled oats (eventually gluten free)
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds (unsalted)


  1. Cut the pear in half. Melt the oil, water and maple syrup together on a small frying pan over low heat. Place the pears in the oil/water/syrup mixture with the flat side down and roast on very low heat until all the water is absorbed or condensed and the pears are almost caramelized. Make sure the heat is very low – this should not take less than 10 minutes. Otherwise the syrup easily burns.
  2. Meanwhile make the zoats: place shredded zucchini, oats, milk, water and salt in a small pot at cook on medium heat for approx 5 minutes stirring from time to time. I’m sure this can be done in a microwaver too, but I don’t have one, so I haven’t tried.
  3. Divide the zoats into two bowls, place half a pear in each bowl and top with blueberries and pumpkin seeds.


This oatmeal is unsweetened, since I like my oats that way. Feel free to add a tablespoon of maple syrup or other sweetener if needed. I peeled the zucchini before shredding it. This is not necessary, but if you don't want green oatmeal I highly recommend you do so too.


24 responses to “Zoats w/ Maple Caramelised Pears”

  1. These zoats look amazing, Josefine! Love the idea of caramelised pears, they sound incredible! I would definitely love this for breakfast! :D

  2. Wow those pears seriously stopped me mid scroll! So gorgeous! I haven’t tried zoats yet but this recipe might change my mind! Thank you for sharing

  3. I love zoats, though mustadmit they look a little funny flecked green, so I love that you’ve peeled them here – I think I will have to do the same in future! Gorgeous photos Josefine :)

  4. I will definitely try this out tomorrow morning, such a great idea, thank you :)

  5. Teffy says:

    YUM! This looks super delicious!
    I’ve never had zucchini as porridge, will definitely try this out! Sounds like a good way to sneak in some more veggies =)

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  6. I am so intrigued by this. Will have to definitely try it soon!

  7. Gorgeous recipe in every sense of the word and your photos are equally beautiful… what an interesting and unique combination the oats and zucchini make. A must try! So happy to have discovered your blog :).

  8. I can’t believe that I haven’t heard of zoats but I’m obsessed with the idea!!!! I bet the texture is incredible! I’m going to try this tomorrow!!!!

  9. caileejoy says:

    YUM! This looks amazing! Beautiful photography as usual! Great recipe! I just ate oats this morning… they never seizer to amaze me how simple and delicious they are! YUM :)

  10. Caitlin says:

    What a sneaky way to get in some more veggies. I love it! I actually just bought pears for the sake of roasting them. I’ve never tried it so I figured today is the day. If I have any leftover, maybe I’ll make this for breakfast tomorrow :)

  11. So beautiful! Love the idea of the caramelized pear. It’s been way too long since I had a pear! You don’t have a microwave? I think that’s cool. I want to get rid of ours but my mom says she needs it, lol!

  12. Lottie says:

    Gosh these pictures are pretty! You talented talented thing (with a talented camera obviously, just take a look at those shots… wow).

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