Well this one is jumping to the top of the list for summer favorites: creamy oats with caramelized peaches. Our local peaches have been so sweet and juicy this summer! Don’t forget to eat seasonally and choose a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to optimize health benefits. Peaches are high in fiber and nutrient dense. Besides all that they look pretty piled high in your favorite bowl and make the kitchen smell sweet when they begin to ripen!
I always seem to over-buy so naturally I had more ripe peaches than I knew what to do with so I started getting creative. One morning I sliced one up and put it in the skillet with a pat of butter, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup. Okay seriously, you’ve got to try this and I think it would be delicious with nectarines too! How pretty is this bowl? .. and the mint is from my garden!
Creamy Oats with Caramelized Peaches: let’s break it down
“Old-Fashioned” vs. Steel Cut Oats: All oats are a whole grain that contain a lots of the nutrition and fiber your body needs to keep it running optimally. Steel cut oats are minimally processed and contain more fiber than regular oatmeal. Rolled oats, also known as “old-fashioned” oats require less cook time than steel cut oats. It’s also good to know that steel cut oats are naturally gluten free and have a fairly low glycemic index, a measurement of how a food impacts your blood sugar levels.
Using butter in moderation : Butter is rich in Vitamin E, D, and Vitamin K, a fat soluble vitamin that is fairly uncommon in our diets. A low intake has been associated with cardiovascular disease (1) and osteoporosis (2). If you would like to use butter, do so in moderation and choose butter that comes from grass-fed cows (3) to receive the most health benefits.
Steel Cut Oats are less processed than Old Fashioned Oats and maintain a chewy texture when cooked. They are never mushy and can be prepared ahead of time for a healthy breakfast all week long. Best part? The whole family will enjoy them! The kiddos will devour every last bite and enjoy getting creative with toppings.
Store your steel cut oats and caramelized peaches in mason jars for a quick weekday breakfast and try preparing your oats with a nondairy beverage like almond milk. Next add sweetened cacao nibs for a peachy chocolate treat! Get creative! For a delicious weekend treat, try our Easy Peach Cobbler recipe.
Leslie’s Notes: A medium sized peach is about 60 calories and is packed full of nutrition and fiber. Eat seasonally and enjoy local, organic, or sustainable foods when possible. Feel free to adjust the added sugar to suit your taste. For this recipe, use either steel cut oats or old fashioned rolled oats and add water, milk, or nut milk for cooking.
Creamy Oats with Caramelized Peaches
Healthy and easy to prepare, these steel cut oats with caramelized peaches are sure to be on repeat in your home too!
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 cups milk or water (I like to use whole or lowfat milk)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 or 4 peaches (sliced)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup coconut
- 1/3 cup seed or nut combination
- 4 tbsp whip cream
Choose your liquid. Try a vegan version with almond milk or for a decadent bowl of oats use a 2 cups whole milk and one cup water. You will need to add 3 cups liquid for each cup of oats.
Once the liquid is simmering, add your oats and salt. Continue simmering for 20 to 25 minutes until the oats are creamy.
Meanwhile, add 2 TB butter to your skillet. When the butter melts and begins to get brown around the edges add your sliced peaches.
Sprinkle with cinnamon add your maple syrup.
Continue cooking your peaches until they begin to caramelize and the butter and gets syrupy.
Remove from heat.
Divide cooked oatmeal in to 4 servings and top with peaches and any other condiment that sounds good. I added coconut and crushed nuts. You can also add a dollop of cream or a nut butter.
These oats can be cooked a day ahead of time and reheated for quick breakfast. They will keep in the refrigerator for several days making them an excellent choice for a busy work or school week.
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