Saturday, June 9, 2012

Peach Cobbler Baked Oatmeal

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.

(Unfortunately, I loathe these pictures, so I will probably have to make this one again to redo them! ;) )

Peach Cobbler Baked Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
    For the peaches
    • 1 yellow peach, sliced
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • pinch of nutmeg
    For the cobbler
    • 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
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a single-serve ramekin with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. Mix sliced peaches in a small bowl with cinnamon. Pour into the ramekin.
    3. 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.
    4. Spoon clumps of oats on top of the peach layer.
    5. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the peaches are bubbling and the oatmeal turns a golden brown on top.
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    1. Peach cobbler is also one of my favorite desserts! I love the sweet cinnamony peaches underneath the topping

    2. Is there anything else you can use besides the individual baking ramekin? We do not have one...

      1. Try baking in in a muffin pan. :)

      2. Mini loaf pans work great! I've used them for several of the other baked oatmeal recipes.

    3. These look like individual peach crumbles - but you can have them for breakfast! Maybe I'll try them with apples since peaches aren't in season now...

    4. I just found you! So glad I did!!!!!! I thought I was the only one out there that would pick oatmeal over any other kind of dessert. I could live off the stuff. Seriously. Anyway, I was thrilled to see a blog dedicated to oatmeal :) blessings~~angela~~now following :)

    5. Do you think I could try this using quick oats for the ground up rolled oats?

    6. omg peach cobbler is my favorite dessert!! this looks so good. how many servings does this make?!

      1. Just a single serving. I should make this again with multiple servings... Hmm. :)

    7. I made this per recipe and it wasn't as sweet as I would like so I made it again multiplying the peach part by 4 and put honey with the peaches and a pinch of salt. I only multiplied the oatmeal topping by 3 and added stevia to it and used a gluten free flour that I had on hand. I cooked it all together in a corelle dish for 30 min. It was exactly the way I wanted. Thank you so much for giving me a recipe to start with because there is no way I would have come up with this myself. My husband loved it too.

    8. Made it this morning and it was delicious. Next time I'll try it with an apple for an apple cobbler baked oatmeal. Great idea on combing oat flour with rolled oats.

    9. could you double, triple or maybe quadruple the ingredients to make like an 8 or 9 inch square pan full?

      1. Absolutely! I usually quadruple when I make a big batch.

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