While organizing my recipes the other day, I realized that I have very few breakfast offerings on the blog. And by very few I mean one. Now it’s not that French Toast Casserole can’t basically hold up the breakfast category all on its own but for the sake of variety I’ve got something equally delicious, and infinitely more nutritious for you. My Spiced Peach Pecan Oatmeal is creamy, hearty, and packed with toasty pecans and bright, sweet peaches. It’s a great way to start your day and easy too, so don’t be afraid to make this on a weekday before a busy day at work. Peach Pecan Oatmeal can also be easily adapted for overnight oats if you prefer your oats chilled or just ready and waiting for you in the fridge as you run out the door.

Oatmeal has come a long way over the years from it’s humble beginnings as newspaper paste. When I was growing up in the 80’s it was glorified junk food. I remember begging my Mom to buy me the Oatmeal Swirlers which were individual servings of flavored oatmeal with packs of jam you could use to draw designs into your oatmeal. Instead of drawing the suggested tic-tac-toe game in my oatmeal, I would swipe the packs of jam and just eat those on their own, leaving the oatmeal to sit in our pantry for months. My mother was not pleased.

Peach Pecan Oatmeal

Fortunately oatmeal is now a healthy and delicious breakfast option and is an incredible carrier for some amazing flavor combinations. Peaches and cream was always my favorite oatmeal flavor so I’ve taken bright, juicy peaches and combined them with toasty pecans and a cinnamon/nutmeg spice blend for a hearty but not heavy bowl of yumminess.

One thing I’m sort of particular about is cooking oatmeal in something other than water. This recipe uses milk, but using a milk substitute like coconut or almond milk would work really well too. Water will definitely get your oats cooked but milk adds not only a wonderful creaminess to your oats, but also a nice depth of flavor as well. If you typically use water, I urge you to try out milk instead and let me know if your oats aren’t taken to a new level of deliciousness.

Peach Pecan Oatmeal

 

Spiced Peach Pecan Oatmeal
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2½ cups rolled oats
  • 1T cinnamon
  • ¼ t nutmeg
  • 2 large peaches, chopped
  • 4 T brown sugar, light or dark, plus more to taste
  • ½ cup chopped pecans for garnish; if desired
Instructions
For hot oatmeal
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spread pecans in a single layer on a baking pan and allow to bake in the oven until toasted, stirring frequently
  3. Nuts will be toasted in about 6-8 minutes but should be watched carefully to prevent burning
  4. In a large saucepan, bring the milk and salt to a boil over medium-high heat
  5. Stir in the oats, nutmeg, and cinnamon and allow to cook about 4-5 minutes
  6. Add peaches and brown sugar and stir to combine.
  7. Serve immediately with toasted pecans sprinkled on top
For overnight oats (cold oatmeal)
  1. Toast nuts as directed above
  2. Combine milk, salt, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, peaches, and brown sugar in a bowl
  3. Allow mixture to chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours or until ready to eat
  4. Top cold oats with toasted pecans and enjoy

 


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25 thoughts on “Spiced Peach Pecan Oatmeal”

  1. Hi Meg, I love fresh peaches so this oatmeal recipe looks great to me! I look forward to trying it and to trying cooking oatmeal with almond milk. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

    1. I think you will really love it with almond milk! You’ll get a great nuttiness using that particular milk substitute. Thanks for stopping by Janet!

  2. I like this idea – plain ol’ oatmeal gets so boring! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link party – and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party. If your post is featured AND you’ve left a comment, the post also gets tweeted and pinned!

  3. Saying hi from the SITS link up! I also love to cook oatmeal in something other than water. So much richer tasting! Glad you added another breakfast post to your blog! And oh the peaches are so good right now!

  4. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday, #WonderfulWednesdy or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

  5. I love anything with peaches so naturally this hits the spot! Ha 🙂 Honestly, though, this sounds really wonderful and kind of a fun way to slowly give a nod to fall, which is around the corner. I’m going to give this a try! have a great day!!

    1. I agree about the nod to Fall Ann! Peaches are in season now but spiced peaches have always been a fall thing to me (my grandmother used to make them for Thanksgiving) so it’s a great way to start the transition! I’m not putting up my Halloween decorations yet though, unlike some stores I know…

  6. Hello lovely Meg! How are you? You know, I love roasted peaches. They’re in season at Christmas time for us and last year I used them in roasted in a salad. Just gorgeous. I usually have oatmeal for breakfast in the winter but I might have to try this when peaches are in season. Thank you my lovely friend for linking up each week and for staying in touch on Instagram. Just to let you know, I’m featuring your post at tomorrow’s party. Catch up with you soon!

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

    1. Hi Anne! You are just so sweet and I’ve been enjoying keeping up with you on Instagram! Thank you so much for the wonderful feature and for continuing to run such a great party. I know that must take a lot of time and organization on your part and I appreciate it!

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