We always had instant oatmeal packets in the house growing up and one of my favorite flavors was peaches and cream. So in honor of those oatmeal packets that are loaded with way too much sugar and other questionable ingredients, here’s my upgraded version!
water – we’re cooking the oats in water and then mixing in milk later on. You can do half water, half milk if you’d like the oats to be extra creamy.
peach – depending on what season it is or what you have on hand, you might want to use a certain type of peach! Lucky for you, you can use any variety of peaches and they can be fresh, frozen or canned peaches!
vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
cinnamon – the perfect spice pairing to the rest of the ingredients.
coconut sugar – I love using coconut sugar because it’s a natural sugar with a bit more nutrition, but regular cane sugar or brown sugar works as well. You could also do a drizzle of maple syrup or a granulated stevia blend if desired.
oat milk – any milk works, but I liked how rich and creamy oat milk makes this!
sliced almonds – to add a little texture and healthy fats. Almonds pair nicely with peaches, but feel free to substitute for a different nut if desired.
Can I Use Canned Peaches?
Yes! Both canned or frozen peaches work great for this recipe. If you are using canned peaches, just make sure you buy peaches with no sugar added. The fruit and coconut sugar adds enough sugar to the recipe… we don’t need more!
If you’re using frozen peaches, just thaw them before making the recipe.
How to Add Protein
One of my favorite oatmeal hacks is adding protein! Protein helps make oatmeal more filling and satisfying. If you’re usually hungry a couple hours after you eat oatmeal, try adding protein! Here are some ways to do that:
Protein powder: add in a scoop of vanilla protein powder to the oatmeal right before eating – after removing from the heat.
Cottage cheese: after cooking, while the oatmeal is still warm, stir in the cottage cheese. This will make your oatmeal super creamy!
Greek yogurt: stir in a scoop of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt after cooking.
Nuts/seeds: sprinkle on some chia and/or flaxseeds or more nuts/nut butter for added protein, flavor and texture.
Short on time? You can Also Microwave
I prefer to cook my oatmeal on the stovetop, but you can also microwave it!
Just add ½ cup rolled oats with 1 cup water, the chopped peaches, cinnamon and vanilla into a microwave safe bowl with plenty of room for the oats to bubble up. Microwave for 1 minute, stir and then microwave at 30 seconds increments, stirring between each one.
Cook until the oatmeal is the consistency you like – I typically cook mine for about 3 minutes but you’ll know it’s ready when most of the liquid is absorbed and the oats are hot. Add toppings and enjoy!
Add oats, water, 1/2 chopped peach, vanilla and cinnamon to a pot or saucepan over medium/high heat.
Bring mixture to a low boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes; stirring occasionally. Oatmeal is ready when the oats have soaked up most of the liquid and are creamy.
Transfer to a bowl and top with coconut sugar, more chopped peaches, oat milk and sliced almonds.
Peaches: If using frozen or canned peaches you’ll need about 1/2 cup chopped peaches.