Have you tried pureeing your fruits before adding them to your oatmeal yet? My recent interest in this started with the Strawberry Limeade Overnight Oatmeal and progressed from there (I think I had done it a few times before that, but just here and there).
As you may remember, I bought a bunch of peaches a while ago and frantically raced to use them all up. I was continuously frustrated with how poorly the peach flavor distributed throughout the porridge. I mean, come on, peaches are incredibly juicy and have tons of flavor!
Well, I thought I would try the puree method and see how it went. That way, the wonderful peach flavor would dominate every spoonful.
Did it work? Yes. But it also got me thinking, dreaming, and imagining… There are so many possibilities! I remember when I first started the blog, my brother said, “How many recipes for oatmeal can you make?” Even though I already had a huge list of ideas written down, there was a part of me that was skeptical like him. How long could this blog last? Four months? Four weeks? But I insisted that I had “endless ideas,” and (over a year later) that statement appears to be holding up. The list is still huge, and it never stops growing.
For this recipe, I actually used Country Choice Organic “Multigrain” blend of hot cereal (you may notice the oatmeal in the photos is slightly darker than usual). In addition to oats, it also includes rye, barley, and wheat. It takes the same amount of time to cook as rolled/old-fashioned oatmeal. The flavor is very similar, although I did detect a slight “nuttier” taste than regular oatmeal. I have another post coming up using this cereal. 🙂
Side note….today is my final day of school in Newark. Wish me luck. I hope all of your days are less sappy and depressing than mine. 🙂
What you'll need:
- 1 yellow peach, peeled
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Slice peach and combine with liquid in a blender. Puree until smooth.
- Bring milk to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add pureed peach, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Stir.
- If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, maple syrup or honey, sunflower seeds), do so now.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, dried fruit, nuts, etc.).