Baked Peach Oatmeal

From www.foodfanatic.com, by Megan Myers
Baked Peach Oatmeal

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It seems like wherever you live, there is something specific that defines your summer experience. Growing up in Wisconsin, it was all about bratwurst and corn on the grill, and us neighborhood kids being maniacs while the adults relaxed on the front porch drinking beers. There’s quite a few things that could define a Texas summer, but since I’m all about food, for me it’s the peaches.

Quite a few states in the South lay claim to the best peaches, but obviously I’m partial to the ones that grow just west of where I’ve chosen to live the past 11 years. Watermelon-seed spitting doesn’t have anything on eating a perfect peach, standing over the kitchen sink to catch the juices as they dribble down your chin.

While we eat plenty of peaches out of hand, I love to cook with them too. My peaches and cream muffins are one of my absolute favorite muffin recipes, while my peach barbecue sauce is a great savory application. In short, you can’t go wrong.

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Because I’ve also been obsessed with baked oatmeal lately, I knew I had to make a batch of baked peach oatmeal. Similar to my raspberry almond baked oatmeal, this oatmeal uses applesauce and maple syrup for sweetness, in addition to the fruit.

It’s easy to make swaps in this recipe for your favorite flavors. Swap in pecans for the walnuts to make it even more Texan, or use different spices. You can also use pureed peaches in place of the applesauce for a full-on peach flavor.

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Do make sure you use old-fashioned rolled oats for this recipe. Quick oats, which are chopped up, will not work and the result will be very goopy. If you like, you can add some chia, hemp hearts, or flaxmeal, but be sure to not do too much to avoid a dry result.

I like to make baked peach oatmeal on Sunday mornings, eat a slice hot, and then save the rest for breakfasts during the week. Having breakfast already made sure makes mornings with my early-rising toddler easier!

If you’re a peach lover, you need this baked peach oatmeal in your summer routine.

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Baked Peach Oatmeal Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 medium peaches, about 8 ounces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly coat a square baking pan with canola or coconut oil spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together milk, egg, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Slice peaches in half and discard pit. Cut peaches into slices or small dice, whichever you prefer. (You do not need to peel the peaches.) Mix peaches into the oat mixture.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan, smooth the top, and bake for about 30 minutes, until firm and edges are brown.
  6. Serve immediately with milk or maple syrup, or let cool completely to save for later. Store in the refrigerator and reheat individual squares in the microwave for about 45 seconds.

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