Breakfast, brunch, snacks… Let’s face it. Oatmeal makes a great breakfast, lunch, or snack idea. It really does. For the longest time, ever since I was younger (maybe even before I was a teen, I can’t remember, has it been that long?), I’ve had a thing for Peaches and Cream Oatmeal. I absolutely love it. Sometimes I’ll even buy the instant oatmeal just to keep in the cabinet for a quick snack. I’ve never thought of actually making it homemade… Until now.
Bring Your Best Bowl Details
My husband prefers Old Fashioned Oats, and to be honest, I also prefer to keep things simple, especially when it comes to the food we eat. While shopping for said oats and the ingredients for homemade Peaches and Cream Oatmeal at Walmart, I picked up a canister of Old Fashioned Quaker® Oats. Of course, I noticed the Bring Your Best Bowl Contest right on the front of the canister. By sharing your favorite oatmeal recipe (with between 2 and 5 ingredients), you can enter for a chance to inspire the next Oatmeal flavor, which will be created and sold in stores for a limited time this fall. Of course, you can also enter for the chance to win $250,000. Woot! Woot! The contest ends March 12, 2016, and the winner will be announced in November 2016. Official rules are available here.
Now for the peachy cream goodness…
Homemade Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
Creating actual Peaches and Cream Oatmeal is so easy peasy, and it involves minimal ingredients. Preparing the oatmeal is as simple as following the directions on the back of the Quaker® Oats canister, though I did double the recipe to have enough for 4 servings.
The first step is to boil the water and/or milk with the salt in a pan. I used half water, half milk for a more creamy texture to our oatmeal. Stir in the oats… And try to keep hubby from munching on all the oats before they’re even cooked (he does this with pasta and rice too). Cook for about 5-10 minutes, maybe a little longer, over medium heat, stirring as needed. But the trick is to add your washed and chopped peaches into the oatmeal when the oatmeal just begins to thicken up. That allows the peach flavor to permeate the entire pan of oatmeal. And personally, I love leaving the skins on the peaches; after all, isn’t that where a lot of the nutrients in fruits are? The skin? Plus it adds a li’l color to your dish.
Now you can also add in sugar, but I decided to add in sugar after the fact for those who actually wanted it. I like my oatmeal to have a slightly sweet taste, but not everyone does. You can also use raw, organic sugar.
I’ve always added cream or milk to my oatmeal too, mixing it into the bowl after serving. But this time, I did something a li’l different. I made a lightly sweetened whipped cream with heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar. Topping each bowl with freshly sliced peaches and a dollop of whipped cream adds an element of fun, don’t you think?
Below you’ll find the printable recipe. Enjoy!
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Quaker® Oats
- 1¾ cups water
- 1¾ cups milk
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 2-3 peaches
- Sugar, optional
- Heavy whipping cream
- Powdered sugar
- Prep peaches by washing and chopping. Save a few slices back for garnish.
- Boil the water/and or milk, along with the salt, in a medium sauce pan.
- Stir in oats.
- Cook for 5-10 minutes or more over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- When oatmeal begins to thicken, stir in peaches and allow to cook until oatmeal is ready.
- Sugar is also an optional add-in, or you can wait until serving.
- Make whipped cream by whisking heavy whipping cream and 2+ tablespoons of powdered sugar with a mixer. Whip on medium to high speed for 8-10 minutes. The amount of whipping cream used is up to your desired yield amount.
- Serve oatmeal with sugar (optional), sliced peaches, and a dollop of whipped cream (or you can mix in straight cream if you don't want the added sweetness of whipped cream).
How do you like your oatmeal? Share in the comments!
Want more Quaker® Oats recipe inspiration? Be sure to visit the Bring Your Best Bowl Contest page!