Peach season has technically closed. Let’s be honest—it closed a while ago. However, I’m miserable at goodbyes, so I’m still throwing them in my porridge mid-September. Bite me.
If, like me, you’re still stuck in summer, this porridge will help you transition to autumn. It combines summer’s peach with autumn’s apple, and I spiced it with an earthy blend of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves.
What is allspice, you ask? (Okay, you might not have asked that. I think most people are familiar with allspice. But I wasn’t, so here we go.) First of all, allspice is not a blend of all the spices. Instead, it’s named “allspice” because its taste is reminiscent of a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. I thought that was pretty cool, so I used it in this recipe instead of my usual blend of—you guessed it—cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Of course, this blog post wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to the greatest mother in the world, who sent me a care package that included the lovely golden raisins (among other fruits) you see in these pictures. Love you, mom!
What you'll need:
- 2 cups milk of choice
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup steel-cut oatmeal (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 2 small red apples
- 2 small peaches
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp salt
How to make it:
- Prep your apples and peaches by removing the core/pit and dicing them into small cubes. I left the skin on for both the apples and peaches. I diced mine into a medium-sized bowl.
- Bring milk and water to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Dump in diced apples and peaches immediately. Stir occasionally.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed (ten or fifteen minutes), add vanilla extract, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, remove from stove. Ration into four or five portions to feed a crowd or to store in your fridge for later. To serve, add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (I used raisins, golden raisins, pecan pieces, and a drizzle of maple syrup).