• 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 large zucchini, grated and excess water squeezed out
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk (almond, soy, or oat)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease an 8×8-inch baking dish.
  2. Prepare the Zucchini: Grate the zucchini and place it in a clean kitchen towel. Squeeze out as much excess water as possible.
  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, applesauce, plant-based milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  4. Add Dry Ingredients: Add the rolled oats, grated zucchini, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt to the bowl. Stir until well combined. Fold in the nuts and raisins, if using.
  5. Transfer to Baking Dish: Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  6. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bake is set.
  7. Cool: Allow the bake to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Storage Methods

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Freezing: Freeze individual slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheating: Reheat slices in the microwave or in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through.


  • Chocolate Chip: Add vegan chocolate chips for a sweeter treat.
  • Berry Delight: Mix in fresh or frozen berries for a fruity twist.
  • Spiced Up: Add spices like nutmeg, cloves, or ginger for a warm, spiced flavor.
  • Coconut: Sprinkle shredded coconut on top before baking for added texture and flavor.

Benefits of Ingredients

  • Oats: High in fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain stable blood sugar levels. They also provide a good source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Zucchini: Low in calories and high in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants and fiber.
  • Bananas: Rich in potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. They add natural sweetness and help bind the ingredients together.
  • Applesauce: Adds moisture and a touch of sweetness while being low in fat.
  • Plant-Based Milk: Provides essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, depending on the type used.
  • Maple Syrup: A natural sweetener that contains antioxidants and minerals like zinc and manganese.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Offer healthy fats, protein, and various vitamins and minerals, enhancing the nutritional profile of the dish.

This vegan oatmeal and zucchini bake is a fantastic way to start your day with a nutritious and delicious meal. Its versatility allows for numerous variations, making it easy to adapt to your personal taste and dietary preferences. Enjoy this wholesome bake as part of a balanced diet, and feel free to get creative with your favorite ingredients!