Peaches and Cream {Soaked!} Oatmeal

I didn’t always like oatmeal.  I wasn’t crazy about the texture.  There wasn’t enough variety.  And is it really better than cereal when you still can’t identify all the ingredients in those individual instant packages?  Making it from scratch sure wasn’t as easy as pouring a bowl of cereal!

But I set my mind to giving up The Cereal Aisle and eating a Real Food Breakfast.  And, oh my, the recipes I’ve found since?  I am now officially in love with oatmeal.  I’ve learned that I am in charge of my oatmeal! I can make whatever flavor I want.  In whatever consistency I choose!  And in a world where my two-year-old puts all his food in his milk cup at every meal, it sure is nice to be the boss in at least one area of my life.

Here is one of my favorites:

Peaches and Cream {Soaked!} Oatmeal

The sweetness of the peaches and brown sugar, paired with a slight tang from yogurt, surrounded by creamy whole milk and fully broken down oats will fill and warm you right up!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups
  • rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice or kefir
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups milk (1 1/2 if using kefir to soak)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups canned peaches in juice (I use Doles which is in 100% juice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (Or, be lazy and just put in 1/4 cup (4TBS).)


Method of Preparation

  1. To soak oatmeal, put oats and lemon juice in a 1 quart glass mason jar, fill with water, stir, and soak 12-24 hours. You could also use kefir. This breaks down the oats better.  Of course, you don’t have to soak the oats at all, but it makes it more digestible and much faster cooking in the morning!  Yes, you could use quick oats, but they don’t fill you up nearly as much.  :-)
  2. Drain and rinse oats.  (If using kefir, just lightly drain; don’t rinse away all the mush! That’s good oatmeal going down the drain!  Of course, because of the liquid retention, you’ll want to lessen your milk by 1/2 cup.)  Add oats to a 2 quart saucepan. Add milk and heat til boiling at medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer until oatmeal reaches desired consistency, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add yogurt, peaches, vanilla, and brown sugar. I do not cut up my peaches because [have I mentioned?] I am lazy.  They slice easily enough with your spoon as you eat.  Stir and serve.
  4. Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated the next morning for an even faster breakfast!

 

Do you have any favorite oatmeal “flavors”?

*this post is linked to: Fight Back Friday

Comments

  1. Oh how I miss oatmeal since finding out I was gluten intolerant. I would love to make gf oatmeal cookies for our gf bakery but I can’t even eat gf oats. But I like quinoa and hot rice cereal so I going to adapt your recipe to those. Tomorrow since today I am baking 36 chocolate chip cookies and 36 blueberry muffins for first delivery for our bakery. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Are you intolerant to even oats? Even gluten-free oats? You poor thing. :-( Can you soak quinoa and make it a mushy oatmealy texture? (As you can tell from my technical jargon, I’m quite knowledgeable about such things.) And wow, busy baker! Let me know how your quinoa non-oatmeal turns out!

  2. Sounds great… We always soak our grains, and we never strain or drain… lol I think it would be even better with fresh or frozen (thawed first) peaches. We would use succanat or rapadura or raw honey for our sweetner but the peaches part would be a very nice change for us…..Thank you for another oatmeal idea!!!!

    • I need to look into those sweeteners! Another reason for me to join the local co-op; I don’t think our grocery store carries succanat… Maybe when we get back from San Diego in the fall… Leaving for 12 weeks messes with my willingness to commit to things. :-)

      And you never even drain? I like my oatmeal as milky as possibly, so I like to drain the kefir water. Not that very much water comes out; the oats soak it right up! How much milk do you add when you cook, then, if you don’t drain the water out? Just a cup? I’m all for eliminating steps, and washing that colander every day is a BOTHER! :-)

  3. This looks great ;o)
    I was just staring at my pot of oatmeal the other morning and thinking that I needed to revisit the idea of soaking… And I still have some peaches in my freezer from the summer harvest! Perfect!

    • Yay! I hope you like it! And let me know how frozen peaches work – I’ve only ever used canned and added the juices, too, for extra flavor. And, are you telling me you have a PEACH TREE?! I am so jealous… :-) I only just planted berries last summer. And I’ll be gone this summer for their first harvest! *pout!*

  4. My toddler daughter LOVES oatmeal and since I got in the habit of making her vegetable purees when she was an infant, I still add one to her oatmeal now. I love my oatmeal with a veggie puree as well (usually “orange” veggies), hemp seeds and walnuts!

    • That’s a great idea! I’m all for adding pureed veggies to foods, even better if the kids KNOW it’s in there! I picked up some pumpkin at the store today (canned, of course, since it’s APRIL), and I’m going to try my hand at a pumpkin pie oatmeal next! That counts as a veggie, right? :-)