Shred the zucchini (peel it first if desired) and cut the pineapple into ¼-½ inch dice (0.6-1.27 cm). Use a potato masher or fork to mash the bananas.
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (oatmeal, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans). Add the zucchini, pineapple, 1½ cups milk, banana, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and melted butter. Stir again.
Use an aluminum 8-inch by 8-inch (20 cm by 20 cm) pan for air frying or a glass pan if using the oven. Mist the baking pan well with cooking spray (bottom and sides). Pour the oatmeal batter into the pan and smooth out the top with the back of a spoon.
Air Fryer Directions:
Spray a piece of foil with cooking oil spray. Cover the pan with the foil (oiled side facing the oatmeal), securing the foil around the edges of the pan.
Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (177°C) for 5 minutes. Carefully put the foil covered pan in the middle of the air fryer oven. Air fry the baked oatmeal for 30 minutes. Then remove foil and air fry an additional 3 minutes.
Allow the oatmeal to cool and chill before topping or cutting it.
To make the oatmeal topping, start by making the date puree (if you did not buy premade date paste). Soak the dates in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain the dates and puree them in a small food processor (or use a mortar and pestle). They should be completely smooth.
Put the date puree in a small bowl. Whisk in whipped cream cheese, 1 tablespoon milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Add an additional tablespoon of milk if the topping is too thick.
Spread the topping over the top of the cooled baked oatmeal. Sprinkle the toasted coconut flakes on top and enjoy.
Oven Baking Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Bake the oatmeal (uncovered) in the oven for 40 minutes. Bake the oatmeal on an oven rack about ⅓ of the way down from the top of the oven.
Allow the baked oatmeal to cool and chill. Add the toppings as directed above.
This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). It’s a common misconception that everyone must go low carb to lose weight. I enjoyed oatmeal (often daily) throughout my 70-lb weight loss journey. It is possible, at least for some of us, to lose weight without giving up carb-rich foods.The whole grains and fruit in this baked oatmeal provide fiber and fluid volume that can help keep you full. This dish is a bit low in protein, so consider adding a 5.3-ounce cup of low-fat plain Greek yogurt on the side. The yogurt will help round out the meal with more protein while keeping the overall meal low-calorie.If you still feel like the meal isn’t big enough, consider adding more fruit. Many berries offer a high volume of food relative to their calories. For example, 2 cups of halved strawberries is under 100 calories.For a higher energy meal, I’d bump up the portion of oatmeal to ¼ of the pan. Add full-fat dairy yogurt or milk on the side.Dry rolled oatmeal is only 150 calories per half cup. It's possible to fit oatmeal into an overall diet pattern that is supportive of a healthy weight or weight loss. Regardless of personal goals, many of us sweeten oatmeal with a ton of added sugar. This can add a lot of empty calories to what is an otherwise healthy breakfast dish. Sweetening baked oatmeal with fruit instead provides the sweetness plus a variety of potentially beneficial phytonutrients.Nutrition information is for one serving.