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zucchini oatmeal in a bowl topped with caramelized pears and pecans

Zoats with Caramelized Pears and Pecans

  • Author: Elle
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Zoats, a delicious mix of shredded zucchini and oatmeal, is an ingenious way to add veggies to your morning meal. Top with caramelized pears and pecans for a sweet and satiating breakfast. 



For the Oatmeal

  • 3/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large zucchini, shredded (about 1 cup)

For the Caramelized Pears & Pecans

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 packed tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 large Bosc pear, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup raw pecan pieces


For the Oatmeal

  1. In a small saucepan, combine oats, milk, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt over medium-low heat. Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently.
  2. Add shredded zucchini and cook until liquid has been absorbed and oats are tender, about 4-5 more minutes.

For the Caramelized Pears & Pecans

  1. While the oats cook, caramelize the pear and pecans. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Once it foams, add the brown sugar and remaining cinnamon. Stir well and cook until sugar is just dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  3. Immediately add pears and stir to coat. Cook pears for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the pecans and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until pears have a nice brown edge and pecans are a little bit sticky.

Divide the zoats into two bowls, top each with half of the caramelized pears and pecans and serve warm.


Nutrition information calculated using 2% milk

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 460
  • Sugar: 27 g
  • Sodium: 372 mg
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 16 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58 g
  • Fiber: 10 g
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Cholesterol: 26 mg

Keywords: zoats