I am SO excited to share this recipe with you all today!
This month, the Recipe Redux has paired up with Quaker Oats to offer an awesome recipe challenge: Oats & Dairy: A Powerful Combination. We were challenged to develop a creative and tasty breakfast, snack or side dish using whole grain oats and reduced fat dairy.
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Almost all Americans (99%) don’t meet the daily whole grain recommendations and 85% fall short of dairy recommendations! When we don’t eat enough whole grains and dairy, we’re missing out on important vitamins and minerals like calcium, Vitamin D, potassium and fiber.
In this recipe, I used ingredients such as old fashioned rolled oats, fresh peaches, reduced-fat cream cheese, and maple syrup to create a warm, chewy and sweet breakfast dish. Per serving, there’s half a cup of oats, almost a whole peach, and one ounce of reduced-fat cream cheese. Start your day with this fiber and fruit filled oatmeal goodness!
The oatmeal becomes crispy and chewy, and the cream cheese melts into the homemade caramelized peach filling. The cinnamon and maple syrup adds a sweet and spicy note. It’s almost like you’re eating peach cobbler for breakfast!
Who doesn’t love the peaches-and-cream combination? Especially when peaches are in season and you can buy them for 99 cents per pound!
By combining a fruit with your oatmeal, you are adding more fiber, vitamins and minerals to this whole-grain power food. Adding dairy gives you extra protein and calcium. Starting your day with fiber rich foods such as oatmeal and fruit will keep you full longer, reducing your urge to overeat at lunch.
Here’s the recipe for the oatmeal bake:
- 2 pounds of peaches, unpeeled (about 7 peaches), chopped
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 3/8 tsp salt
- 10 oz unsweetened applesauce
- 9 tbsp maple syrup
- 9 tbsp water
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 8 oz whipped reduced-fat cream cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan with butter or baking spray.
- Chop the peaches, and in a bowl combine with sugar, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.
- Using a food processor, grind 2 1/4 cups of oatmeal into a fine powder. Pour into a large bowl. Add the remaining 2 1/4 cups of oatmeal, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Stir well.
- Add the applesauce, maple syrup, water, and vanilla.
- Spread half of the mixture into the pan, smoothing to cover the bottom.
- Warm the cream cheese up in the microwave for about 20 seconds, and spread evenly on top of the oatmeal layer.
- Clean out your food processor, then add the peaches. Pulse until the peaches are finely chopped but not liquefied. Pour peaches on top of the cream cheese.
- Spread the other half of the oatmeal mixture on top of the peaches.
- Bake for 35 minutes, until lightly browned.
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Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!