My gardening friends and readers will understand when I say there is such a thing as too much zucchini. If you’ve ever “grown just a couple” zucchini plants, you know you need as many zucchini recipes as you can find. Zucchini Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal is one of our favorite ways to use the overflow of summer zucchini all throughout the year.
For many years I never wanted to see a zucchini again. For. The. Rest. Of. My. Life. EVER! I’ve since repented. Growing up in a (poor) pastor’s family, it seemed every summer we were the recipients of the church members’ AND neighbors’ extra zucchini.
Were we grateful? Yes, but I would say my parents were much more grateful than we kids. I still see those bags sitting on our doorsteps, left by anonymous people, probably because they were afraid we would say no if one more person asked if we could use it.
Zucchini isn’t generally a kid’s best friend. That is, unless your mom makes killer zucchini chocolate chip cake or bread, which my mom did. I wasn’t such a fan of zucchini pancakes or breaded and fried zucchini.
Fast forward to several years ago when my friend and I planted 6 zucchini plants. NONE of them grew. NONE! I finally wanted zucchini and it was quite insulting that out of the 18 seeds we planted (you know, 3 per hole with the gamble ONE should grow) I did not get a single zucchini plant.
Once I spread the word, my dad kept me stocked. Apparently my parents are still zucchini magnets. I didn’t realize this until he sent a few home with me 3 weeks in a row and I asked why he kept buying so much if he wasn’t planning to use it. He didn’t – it had been shared with them. People are so kind. I truly do appreciate it now and we use a lot of zucchini for this and zucchini carob muffins.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ cups milk
- 4 ounces chocolate chips/chopped chocolate
- Pre Heat oven to 350. Grease 9 x 9 or larger baking dish.
- Add ingredients in order as listed, mixing the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients.
- Finally, fold in the chocolate.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes, until lightly brown on top and a toothpick comes out mostly dry (it is a moist oatmeal).
- Serve plain or with milk.