Oh peaches, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…first there was just the perfectly fresh, ripe fruit with its fuzzy skin, tempting me from the produce bin. Then there was my summery sweet cool treat Simple Peach Protein Soft Serve. And NOW, with my love of overnight oatmeal and high-protein meal ideas how could I NOT make this easy, healthy recipe for Perfectly Peachy Overnight Oatmeal? Of course – there was no way I could not make it (enough double negatives for you?). Grammar and recipe to follow!
I really have always loved peaches – just ask Nanny Golden Graham (a.k.a. my mom). When I was a baby, she would puree canned peaches in the blender for me (homemade baby food at its finest). When my mouth closed over each and every mouthful, I would emit a small hum of pleasure “mmm” (or so the family lore goes. This is the same family that claims that when I was old enough to talk I would ask for “cock fruit-tail with wicky-wop” for dessert – that’s “fruit cocktail with Lucky Whip” for anyone not fluent in toddler-ese. Oh, and “Lucky Whip” is the OLD name for “Dream Whip” for anyone not older than I am).
But really, what’s not to love? According to WebMD (sounds like a reputable source, right?), peaches are a great source of Vitamins A & C, and they are relatively low in calories but high in fiber. And without the internet, I never would have guessed that China is the world’s largest producer of peaches, followed by Italy. However, the state of Georgia, in the U.S., (not to be confused with Georgia the country – and yes, I actually KNOW both a Georgian, from the state, AND a Georgian, from the country – here’s looking at you, Alan and Nino!) is still home to the World’s Largest Peach Cobbler (and National Peach Cobbler Day is April 13, in case you were wondering).
Aren’t I just full of fun facts today? Well, let’s get full of oatmeal, instead! And this recipe really couldn’t be any easier – you can use fresh OR canned peaches (or steal two peach fruit cups from your kids’ lunches, drain the juice/syrup and you’re ready to roll).
Perfectly Peachy Overnight Oatmeal (High-Protein)
Enjoy the sweet, fresh summer flavour of a perfectly ripe peach any time with this nutritious and delicious make-ahead breakfast that is high in protein and low in fat!
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 cup (80g) rolled oats – make sure these are gluten-free, if you require
1 scoop (28g) protein powder of choice – I used Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder*
1/2 tsp (2g) cinnamon
1 cup (250mL or 240g) unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup (113g) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup (225g) sliced peaches (fresh or canned – drain and rinse well to remove syrup or juice), divided
1. Stir the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add the wet ingredients EXCEPT the peaches and mix thoroughly.
3. Chop 2/3 cup of peaches and reserve remaining slices for garnish. Press the chopped pieces with a fork to release the juice and stir into the mixture.
3. Divide the mixture into two wide-mouth Mason jars or containers, garnish with reserved peach slices, and refrigerate overnight. Note the recipe easily halves for single servings or multiplies for more.
Calories: 327 Fat: 4.5g Carbohydrates: 49.5g Sugar: 18.8g Fiber: 5.8g Protein: 22.5g
Enjoy straight out of the fridge – all you need is a spoon! – or microwave until heated through. Every bite will taste of sweet, summery goodness but with a perfectly peachy punch of protein to power you through even the coldest, darkest days and perk you up before or after the most punishing of workouts.
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