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Peaches n’ Cream Baked Oatmeal (gluten-free & dairy-free)

I’m not sure if this an accurate conclusion, but it seems as though oatmeal has somewhat of a cult following in the blogosphere. I’m okay with this; I love oatmeal as much as the person next to me…which is currently Coco. Yes, she’s a person and I’m not referring to bacon flavored oatmeal or it might be a different story.

However, I like my sleep more than I like oatmeal. Ain’t nobody got time to boil, stir and wait in the morning!

What’s that? Overnight oats, you say? Sorry, I just can’t do it. They seem so mushy and cold and lonely. Besides, {to channel my inner Marilyn Monroe} I like it hot.

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As a kid I loved eating packets of instant oatmeal; add water, stir, microwave: BOOM! Breakfast is served.

Now that I can actually comprehend what the word ‘processed’ means and the loads of sugar that usually accompanies it, I’ve opted for the next best thing: baked oatmeal.

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Deciding whether or not to make peaches n’ cream or strawberries n’ cream was the hardest decision I’ve had to make in a long time but all of the gorgeous fresh peaches at the farmers market started calling my name and eventually lured me in…

peaches

Yes, baking oatmeal does result in a firmer texture compared to the traditional method but adding a splash of milk turns it into a warm bowl of creamy and comforting perfection.

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Trust me, you’ll never look back at those packets after you try this.

I used my favorite vegan margarine (Earth Balance) and almond milk to make this recipe dairy-free but you could also use butter or regular milk if you please. Or coconut milk and a touch of coconut oil if you don’t please. {Disney…anybody?}

 

Peaches n’ Cream Baked Oatmeal

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Adapted from Daily Dish

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats*
  • 1 and 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine (I like Earth Balance), melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 and 1/4 cup peaches (approximately 2 large peaches), diced

Makes 4 to 6 servings

*use certified gluten-free for GF version

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×9” baking dish.
  2. Melt margarine in microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, almond milk, melted margarine, eggs, salt, vanilla extract and honey.
  4. Stir ingredients until mixed well then fold-in the diced peaches.
  5. Spoon mixture into the baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool for several minutes then serve warm with a splash of milk (optional).

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You guys, I seriously loved this recipe. It was such a soothing breakfast and I now have plans to bake oatmeal with strawberries, blueberries, cherries, apples…pretty much any delicious fruit I can think of.

The best part about baking oatmeal is that you can prepare it the night before and wake up on a lazy weekend morning, throw it in the oven and relax while the tantalizing aroma wafts through your house. Or even better, for a quick breakfast during the week, you can bake it ahead of time and then reheat it in the microwave when you’re ready to roll.

 

Did you eat those packets as a kid? What was your favorite flavor?

Can you name the Disney movie I was referencing?

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  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run August 19, 2013, 9:39 pm

    Lovely recipe, as always, Sarah. I think I’ll make it this weekend. I know I say this every time, but you’re a food photo superstar in my book :)

    p.s. i’m going to be so sad when peach season comes to a close.

    • Sarah August 20, 2013, 7:33 am

      Thank you Hillary! Food photography honestly gives me anxiety so I appreciate the extra encouragement.
      I will also be sad to see peaches leave; they’re so delicious.

  • Alex @ Kenzie Life August 19, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Ok, this looks absolutely amazing. I used to love those instant oatmeal packets as well (I was an apple cinnamon or brown sugar maple girl) but now I like to cook my oats from scratch. If it weren’t midnight where I’m at and if I had peaches in the house, I’d be making this either right now or first thing in the morning. And Earth Balance is one of the best things ever created. It’s phenomenal on/in oatmeal!
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    • Sarah August 20, 2013, 7:34 am

      I’m so happy to “meet” someone else who adores Earth Balance as much as I do! :)

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 20, 2013, 2:42 am

    It’s been a while since I’ve made baked oatmeal, but I absolutely adore it. I’m someone who actually really enjoys oatmeal with a dryer, firmer texture, so baking oats is perfect in my books. Oh, and I couldn’t agree more about overnight oats…. totally too cold and gloopy.

    I used to love the instant oat packets when I was a kid, and I’d usually opt for wildberry or apply cinnamon. It kind of makes me sad now to see how much sugar is in them. Oh, and the Disney reference was from Aristocats <3
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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven August 20, 2013, 3:42 am

    Aren’t baked oats the best??? I made baked peach oatmeal last weekend! It was absolutely scrumptious! I wish it were peach season all year round.

    I never really ate those packets growing up because my Mom made stovetop oatmeal a few times a week. I definitely used to load it with brown sugar though ;)
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  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate August 20, 2013, 3:42 am

    Yum, just pinned this! This would be perfect to bake a big batch on the weekend when visitors come!
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  • Laura Dembowski August 20, 2013, 4:28 am

    Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite things for breakfast. It is so warm and comforting!
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  • Melanie @ BeautifullyNutty August 20, 2013, 4:59 am

    I want to get back into oatmeal again. I am adoring peaches right now so this is the perfect recipe! I may have to give it a go!
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  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 20, 2013, 5:06 am

    Confession: When I was a kid I used to love those oatmeal packets…sprinkled with brown sugar ;-) Sweet tooth much? My favourite flavour was probably maple and brown sugar, but I really liked the Peaches and Cream one too…and the one with Dino Eggs ;-)
    I haven’t made baked oatmeal is ages – I usually just microwave mine. One of these mornings when I have a lot of time I’ll have to make a batch though!
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  • Kathy @ Food Wine Thyme August 20, 2013, 5:07 am

    Great minds think alike. We went peach picking a few days ago, so I had all these peaches to use up. I made peaches and cream oatmeal last night as well. :) But mine didn’t look as great as yours :)

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance August 20, 2013, 5:11 am

    Oh my gosh, this looks so delicious! Can we just cut out the middleman and agree you should just come over and make all your wonderful recipes?? Just kidding! :) I seriously need to get in the kitchen with this one!
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    • Sarah August 20, 2013, 7:57 am

      Haha, yes. I’m on my way! ;)

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies August 20, 2013, 5:26 am

    I normally go the slowcooker route with oatmeal (because I’m too lazy to even put something in the oven, ha) but I love the sound of this! I’ll definitely have to give baked oatmeal a try. Can you taste the egg in it?
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    • Sarah August 20, 2013, 7:56 am

      I didn’t notice an eggy flavor but you can make it with one egg if you are worried about tasting it. Or just sub chia seeds or flax to thicken it!

  • Beth @ Mangoes and Miles August 20, 2013, 5:32 am

    I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of overnight oats, either. I mean, if I know I’ll be super short on time the next day I might pop some in the fridge before I go to bed so that I’ll at least have something, but I definitely prefer hot oats. I’ve never baked oatmeal before, though. It sounds delicious!

    Fun fact: before runs (including races!), I can’t eat normal oats. It has to be instant oats…apple cinnamon all the way. ;)
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  • Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food August 20, 2013, 5:32 am

    I’m definitely pinning this! I’ve been looking for a good baked oatmeal recipe and this one just looks perfect. Can’t wait to try it!
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  • Carly @ Snack Therapy August 20, 2013, 5:33 am

    This is seriously beautiful. I’m not part of the oatmeal cult, but if it’s made with milk, I can eat it if I have to. Although, I’d probably be the person who’d eat all the peach chunks out of this and leave the oatmeal. Either way, this looks amazingly perfect. Teach me your wayyyyys.
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  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness August 20, 2013, 5:46 am

    lady and the tramp!! the cats! awesome reference! and baked oatmeal sounds delicious! i used to eat the packets too, but now i cant. it TASTES processed. if i eat processed foods, i like not tasting it so obviously, you know what i mean? and im with you on the whole no thank you, overnight oats. blah.
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  • Alex@Veggin' Out August 20, 2013, 6:52 am

    Ohhhh man this looks good! I love baked oatmeal! I haven’t done a whole lot of baked oatmeal with fruit (I usually go for chocolate or peanut butter, or both ;) ), but I did a blueberry coconut one once and it was wonderful. Oh and I loved the apple cinnamon packets… good times, good times. :)
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  • Emily @ The Good Era August 20, 2013, 7:01 am

    I seriously LOVE baked oatmeal, especially when the weather starts to get chilly in the fall. Can’t wait to try it with peaches!
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  • Sonia the Mexigarian August 20, 2013, 7:04 am

    Lady and the Tramp!! We are Siamese if you please. . . . meow…..we are Siamese if you don’t please. . . merow…. yessssssss.

    Sorry, I love my classic Disney ;)

    I was just thinking about having some warm oatmeal. It’s been a while since I made some and the idea of VOO right now chills my bones. I haven’t done baked oatmeal before, but I’ll be sure to give this a try with some fresh local peaches :)

  • Heather @Pinkaholic Fitness August 20, 2013, 7:15 am

    I seriously think this may be my favorite recipe yet!!!

    I love love love peaches! [ oh yes love} hehe

    • Sarah August 20, 2013, 7:54 am

      Thanks Heather! Peaches are pretty amazing! :)

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 20, 2013, 7:21 am

    A “cult following” hahaha that made me laugh! I love oatmeal, too! I have so many peaches to use up right now and I’m gonna try this.
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  • Ashlee@HisnHers August 20, 2013, 7:28 am

    Yum! I actually tried an instant peaches and cream recently at a hotel (crappy) continental breakfast and it was like dessert! Like wayyyyy too sweet. This recipe would be great to make on a sunday and eat for a few days!

  • Nicole August 20, 2013, 9:40 am

    You’re so right about oatmeal having a cult-like following, it seems like everyone is in love with it! I’ll get an oatmeal craving once in awhile, but I don’t really see what all the fuss is about. And certainly no overnight oats for me either!

    Oh and btw, I nominated you for the Sunshine Award :)
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  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} August 20, 2013, 12:24 pm

    Yummm I love baked oatmeal but haven’t made it in ages! If fall and winter mean baked oatmeal, maybe I can get behind the colder weather after all. Totally agree with you about overnight oats though – slimy and sad. Hot is where it’s at!
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  • Sharon August 20, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Oatmeal and Disney … two classics! As far as peaches, we are on the same wavelength as I had a peach inspired post today as well:)
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  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables August 20, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Wow that looks SUPER good and strangely enough, my sister in law just gave me a GIANT bag of oats she got an an amish market!

  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries August 20, 2013, 3:17 pm

    I love overnight oats, but I have a feeling that once I make this recipe I will never go back! As usual, your photography is amazing! Keep on keepin on! :)
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  • Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite August 20, 2013, 5:21 pm

    Omg, I used to eat those oatmeal packets every. single. day before school! And now that I think about it, peaches and cream flavor was my favorite! I’d be willing to bet yours is just a teeeeennnny bit better ;)
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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats August 22, 2013, 12:11 am

    This looks so yummy and delicious!! A great winter warmer (since its winter here)!
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  • Tracey @ Cooking with Love August 22, 2013, 6:44 am

    This looks so delicious and comforting. Can’t wait to try! :)

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