What’s your all-time favorite dessert?
I think this is one of the hardest questions to answer. I’ve never had a bad dessert before. Pretty much every dessert I eat brings a smile to my face and makes me feel like there’s nothing else I’d rather be eating. However, if I had to choose, I think it would be peach cobbler. Peaches are my favorite fruit, and I think this dessert is one that truly lets the fruit shine.
Of course, I’d pick a healthy oatmeal over an unhealthy dessert any day. (No, I’m being serious.)
And this oatmeal brought those two worlds together beautifully. After twenty minutes in the oven, my kitchen began smelling exactly like the aromas I associate with peach cobbler: sweet peaches, spicy cinnamon, and a hint of wonderful “cobbler,” or in this case…baked oatmeal. 🙂
I’ve seen people make peach cobbler oatmeal by just mixing the peaches into the oatmeal and capturing the flavors, but I wanted to build a more authentic version, so I assembled a pile of cobbler-esque oatmeal on top of a layer of cinnamon-spiced peaches. No sugar needed!
Of course, this experiment took me about three tries, which was pretty frustrating because I only make baked oatmeal on weekends. In other words, this has been nearly a month-long process. I am so relieved to finally have this recipe be presentable!
The problem was the “cobbler.” Initially, it kept coming out like too much of a crumble/crisp instead of a cobbler. Obviously, cobbler isn’t made with oats, so that’s understandable. Finally, I decided to try grinding some oats into a flour-like consistency. However, I didn’t want to totally take away the full oats. After all, this is baked oatmeal, and not just peach cobbler made with oat flour. So, I blended up some oats and then added some non-blended oats as well. The result? PERFECT.
What you'll need:
- 1 yellow peach, sliced
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1/2 cup oat flour (you can make your own by grinding rolled oats in a blender)
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
How to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a single-serve ramekin with nonstick cooking spray.
- Mix sliced peaches in a small bowl with cinnamon. Pour into the ramekin.
- Mix together both oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in another bowl. Then add milk and vanilla extract. Stir. If it looks too dry (the oats aren't becoming a unified mass of mush), add another tablespoon of milk.
- Spoon clumps of oats on top of the peach layer.
- Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the peaches are bubbling and the oatmeal turns a golden brown on top.