White Peach Baked Oatmeal

It has been a really busy summer. Thankfully, in a good way! My husband and I both graduated and celebrated my brother’s wedding, and then about a month later we got married too. After a month and half or so of wedded bliss, we moved to a new city. Whew! While I wouldn’t have changed a thing at all, there are certain things that have fallen by the wayside, like…breakfast.

My sweet husband is perfectly content with cereal and toast (though he won’t turn down a waffle!), but I crave things that are warm and hearty in the morning: scones, pancakes, muffins. I’ve been eating bagels for a few months straight, and now that we’re finally getting settled in our new home, I was more than excited to start making real breakfasts again.

I was intrigued by my BFF’s success with baked oatmeal, which she wrote about here, and I couldn’t wait to try it. I have actually already made it twice, it is so addictive! The first time I gave it two layers of cherries (mmmm…), and it was so good that I wanted to duplicate it this week, but alas, the cherries didn’t look so hot, so I bought white peaches instead. It turned out just as delicious! You could really use just about any fruit you have on hand, or whatever is your favorite.

My BFF says this is the best oatmeal she’s ever had, and I do not disagree!

White Peach Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from Heidi Swanson‘s Super Natural Every Day

2 c rolled oats
1/2 c walnut pieces
1/3 c brown sugar (This gives it just a touch of sweetness; you could definitely add more or tone it down based on the sweetness of your fruit.)
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 c milk
1 large egg
2 Tbsp melted butter, slightly cooled
3 white peaches, sliced (or 2 1/2-3 c of your favorite fruit)

-Preheat the oven to 375F. Generously butter the inside of an 8-inch square baking dish.
-Line the bottom of the dish with peach slices.
-In a mixing bowl combine the oats, walnuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Pour over the peaches in the baking dish.
-In a mixing bowl (the same one if you like doing dishes as little as I do!) whisk together the milk, egg, and butter. Pour over the baking dish, letting sit for a minutes to ensure that the milk is soaking into the oats.
-Top the baking dish with another layer of sliced peaches.
-Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the top is golden, the peaches have browned beautifully, and the oat mixture has set.
-Sprinkle with extra nuts or sugar if you like, and enjoy!

 

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