Say you are craving chocolate… in the morning. You don’t really want to sneak a bite of a bar or fudge, so you need to think of a breakfast food with a chocolate accent. You search for something like this, and you arrive here. With chocolate “boatmeal”, or baked oatmeal.
Eagerly, you fist-punch the air and begin. After you have eaten this chocolaty-oat delight, your mouth is not satisfied enough. Like.. like you need something fresh to distract from the chocolate. Then you search again, and arrive here again, but to make my peach baked oatmeal.
Whoa, how was that for a prolog? Do you want some now? I sure do. I loved this contrast, making both chocolate and peach boatmeal (don’t you just love that word?). I actually had no peaches, so I used nectarines. They still tasted amazing!
You can choose to make both, or make only one kind, or even invent your own flavors. Let’s get started!
Ingredients for oatmeal base (makes 3 cupcake sized boatmeals):
1 cup of rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free version)
1/8 tsp. sea salt
2 tbs. melted coconut oil (1 tbs. in addition to grease)
1-2 tbs. honey or agave
1 tbs. coconut shavings
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 -2/3 cup of coconut milk
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Add for chocolate boatmeal:
1/8 cup-1/4 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet are the best)
1/2 of a banana, mashed
Add for peach boatmeal:
2 small peaches/nectarines, 1 mashed, 1 thinly sliced
1/8 tsp. cinnamon (1/4 tsp. in total as an addition to the base)
1/8 cup chopped almonds
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the wet ones.
Leave a few chocolate chips to garnish for the chocolate boatmeal, and the sliced peach/nectarine, but add the mashed one.
Grease cupcake tins or a bread mold with coconut oil and then pour the mix in all the way, for chocolate version, then sprinkle with chocolate chips. For the peach version, layer the mix with slices of peaches, ending with a slice on the top. There should be 3 cupcakes made from the peach, then 3 from the chocolate version. Cook them for 20 minutes in an oven preheated to 380 degrees F. then on broil for 1-2 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes, or until they harden a bit, then remove with a spoon. If you are feeling fancy, garnish with a few fanned strawberries, honey, and/or a sprinkle of granola.
My dog Gurdy wanted to be in the photo-shoot. She loves being around people and food!