Happy Thursday! I always feel like once Wednesday is over then the weekend is just around the corner. So take a deep breath, you’ve almost made it. Are you excited or the recipe of the day? You should be! This is my new favorite oatmeal of late. I could eat it everyday… too bad peach season is coming to an end:-( There are many reasons to celebrate the arrival of autumn, but I will greatly miss the plenitude of fresh produce available in the summer. My local garden supply has dwindled down to a few tomatoes; now I have to go back to buying all my produce at the store:-(
My neighbor’s garden is always overflowing with raspberries in the summer. Consequently, I ate a lot of raspberries over the past few months. It is hard to argue with free:-) One day I decided to pair those raspberries with a peach… it was a good decision friends. A well-ripened, sweet and juicy, peach contrasts from the slightly tart flavor of the raspberries… happy. If you struggle with tart fruits or fruits with seeds I think blueberries sound divine. In fact, I really want to try that now. Well, I sure know what my next bowl of oatmeal will be:-)
I LOVE the way the oats reflect off the bowl in this picture.
When I made this for my husband he declared that it tasted like cobbler:-) Do you want to know the secret for that rich flavor? Vanilla. Pretty simple, huh? It is not the presence of the vanilla since I use that in almost every oatmeal I make these days, but the quantity. I use 2-3 times more vanilla in this recipe than any other oatmeal. Rich. Creamy. Wonderful.
Peach n Raspberry Cobbler Oatmeal
½ C oats
¼ C water
¾ -1 C almond milk
2-3 t vanilla
2 T protein powder
Pinch of salt
Peach, cut into chunks *
½ C raspberries (or blueberries), fresh or frozen
Cinnamon, a couple dashes
Agave to taste
- Stir oats, salt, protein powder and cinnamon together in bowl or pot. Add water, milk, raspberries and half of the peach chunks to the oats.
- Cook oats. If cooking on the stove bring the heat to medium-high until it begins to boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until oats are cooked. If using the microwave, cook for a minute and then stir the oats. Depending on how cooked they are set the timer for another 30-60 seconds before stirring again. If your oats still need more time cook it in small increments — no more than 20 seconds at a time (having your oatmeal bubble out of your bowl and onto the microwave is never fun).
- Once your oats are cooked to your liking add the agave and layer the rest of your peach chunks on top with a sprinkling of cinnamon. When something looks good it tastes better. I promise.
* I have done this with a barely ripe peach and with one that was plenty soft. My vote goes with the softer peach.
Oh peaches, why are you so lovely?