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chocolate chip zucchini walnut oat bites // cait's plate

chocolate chip zucchini walnut oat bites

  • Author: Cait
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 oat bites 1x
  • Category: snack

Description

these easy chocolate chip zucchini walnut oat bites come together quickly and make for an easy make-ahead meal or snack during the week!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (or raisins if you prefer)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped walnut halves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon (more or less to your liking)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini that has had some of the excess moisture squeezed out (*see instructions)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375’F
  • Grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray (you can also use a standard 12-cup muffin pan).
  • Shred a small zucchini onto cheese cloth or some paper towels and set aside.
  • Combine oats, baking powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, salt, brown sugar and walnuts in a medium mixing bowl.  Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine egg, vanilla and milk.
  • Add wet to dry mixture stirring to mix, then gently fold in shredded zucchini and chocolate chips (or raisins) and stir to combine well.
  • Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop into greased muffin pan (making sure to scoop up a little moisture that may have sunk to the bottom with each spoonful) filling to the rim of each cup.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown (because every oven is different, I recommend plunging a knife or cake tester into the center of the dish to test if it’s done, if it comes out clean or just a bit wet, it’s done).
  • Allow to cool completely before removing from the muffin pan or they may crumble.

Notes

  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freezer for up to 2 months.
  • Reheat in the microwave right before eating. If it seems dry upon reheating, you can add a drizzle of maple syrup after heating for extra moisture.

Keywords: oatmeal, zucchini, chocolate chip, walnuts, baking powder, milk, vanilla

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