Easy, Healthy Baked Oatmeal made with Peaches and Rhubarb

What’s Inside: This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe is vegan with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.

Can you imagine a world without your favorite food?

I’m talking about a staple of your diet that feeds into nearly everything you eat. That ingredient that sneaks its way into breakfast, lunch and your favorite dipping sauce. For some, it may be strawberries, chocolate, or chicken.

For me… it’s eggs.

Love eggs but trying to cut back? It's hard, i know. Try this helthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb instead
My inner-self loves eggs just about this much

Now if someone asked me my favorite food last month, I don’t think I’d say eggs. That was before a brief scare I might not be able to eat them anymore. (more on that later)

There’s some research showing you can gain a food intolerance if you have too much of something. This happens to people making large diet changes, like going vegan or gluten free.

Drastically changing diets often means supplementing the removed foods with high quantities of a new food.

This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.

For example, someone going vegan might overeat bread and gain a gluten intolerance. Someone avoiding gluten might become intolerant to new staples of corn or buckwheat (completely GF despite the confusing name similarities).

For me, that potential overindulgence is eggs. I eat a lot of eggs. Like… a lot. They are easy, affordable, delicious, and versatile.

They’re delicious plain, in zucchini bread, on top of turmeric cauliflower bakes and whipped into meringue or aioli. Bottomline, they are my number one staple.  And the thought of being intolerant to eggs is something I just can’t live with!

So I’ve been trying to diversify my breakfasts.

This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.

That is, eat fewer eggs to preserve my ability to eat many more eggs for years to come. Basically, cut back to a reasonable amount to prevent a future intolerance.

And how to cut back on eggs?

I remembered my:

But I get sick of bananas,  especially when over-ripe. And I  tend to prefer smoothie bowls as dessert, not necessarily breakfast.

I tried chia seed pudding and wasn’t pleased.

This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.

Then… I remembered how delicious baked oatmeal is.

I hate regular oatmeal.

It’s soggy, often oversweetened, and feels like your being force fed gruel in a prison camp ( or what I imagine that would feel like).

But baked oatmeal is different.

It’s almost like a pastry with its crisp, dry perfection surrounded by golden brown edges. And what better to top a deliciously baked oatmeal than cinnamon spiced Palisade peaches?

Enter, the easy, healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb and a little cinnamon and spice.

This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.

Healthy Baked Oatmeal made with Peaches and Rhubarb   {refined sugar free|dairy free|gluten free}

The oatmeal is certified gluten-free and the dairy-free milk is made from macadamias.

The macadamia nut milk gives a very creamy and slightly sweet flavor, even though it is 100% unsweetened, which complements the dish. It also adds some food variety. However, almond milk works perfectly in this recipe as well.

If you are new to Macadamia milk, I just fell in love with it after trying this new brand in sprouts. Find it here: Unsweetened Milkadamia Macadamia Milk

This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.

Cinnamon Spiced Peaches and Rhubarb

For the cinnamon spiced peach compote, I used freshly frozen Palisade peaches from last year’s harvest. A little cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg deepen the flavor.

If you have the time, thawing the frozen fruit before cooking reduces the overall cooking time.

That’s because if you are impatient like me and use frozen peaches, you’ll need to add water to the pan to ensure the peaches don’t burn. Then cook down that sauce an additional 15-20 minutes to remove that excess liquid.

The rhubarb is cooked into the oatmeal and can be fresh or frozen. I used frozen in this recipe. No need to thaw.

This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.

How can Healthy Baked Oatmeal made with Peaches and Rhubarb save time in the mornings?

We’ve all been there. Instead of waking up at the alarm, we snooze or scroll the internet for 15-20 minutes. We think we can make up the time, but that really means skipping something else, maybe breakfast.

For me, it’s usually washing my hair (sorry to all my colleagues :-/).

With the extra time of not prepping breakfast, I found my mornings savoring healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb, sipping iced coffee with macadamia milk and reading the Skimm to be quite pleasant.

This oatmeal made it really easy to get going this week. After the initial baking, I just needed to heat it up in the oven for 5-10 minutes before serving. I pre-make my iced coffee and store in the fridge, which makes the routine even quicker.

Less active time preparing meals meant more time for important things, like stretching and catching up on the internet.

How will you use your extra time?

This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.
also great with added blackberries

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This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.

Looking for other egg-free breakfasts?

Peaches n Kale Smoothie Bowl Recipe - A delicious peaches n' cream smoothie bursting with antioxidants and protein. Topped with fruit and wholesome granola, it's a perfect way to start the day or treat yourself at night.

This smoothly bowl is the perfect combo! It’s fresh, it’s cool, it’s simple to make yet has a complex flavor and it includes Palisade Peaches!

Additional Make Ahead Breakfasts? Warning – these are egg-forward!

A perfect make ahead dish for any event: gluten free, dairy free, paleo, grain free bacon spinach quiche recipe is the answer to a healthy and easy brunch

Try this Prosciutto Sweet Potato Breakfast Nests recipe for a quick on-the-go breakfast that leaves you feeling full and energized all morning long!

This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Healthy Baked Oatmeal made with Peaches and Rhubarb Recipe

This easy egg alternative will save time in the mornings. Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo and vegan healthy baked oatmeal made with peaches and rhubarb recipe with just enough cinnamon and nutmeg.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen rhubarb can use fresh
  • 4 cups frozen peaches
  • 3 cups GF oatmeal
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups macadamia milk can sub with almond milk
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup can use honey for non-vegan option
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 chia egg can sub for flax egg or regular egg if not vegan/egg free
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg

Instructions

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. distribute 1 cup frozen rhubarb and 1 cup frozen peach slices evenly across the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish

  3. Top with oatmeal mixed with baking powder
  4. In mixing bowl, combine 1 tsp cinnamon and wet ingredients (macadamia milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, egg). Then pour evenly on top of oatmeal, making sure the oatmeal is level across the baking dish.

  5. Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top (optional)

  6. Bake for 40 minutes. You can prepare the oatmeal ahead of time up to here

  7. Meanwhile, add remaining 3 cups of thawed peaches, 1 tsp of cinnamon and dash of nutmeg to a pan on the stove top. If not completely thawed, add 1/4-1/2 cup water to prevent the peaches from burning.
  8. Cook on medium high for about 20 minutes or until softened and slightly reduced. on the stove top. (if you added extra water, increase this time by 15-20 minutes). This peach reduction can be prepared ahead of time. 

  9. When ready to serve, bake for another 10 minutes at 350 degrees to warm. Briefly warm peach reduction in skillet or stove top. 

  10. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Notes: A flax or chia egg is simply 1 tbsp of the ground seed mixed with 3 tbsp of water. Let sit for 15 minutes to solidify before using in the recipe.  If not vegan or avoiding eggs, you can use a regular egg instead of a flax or chia egg. This recipe is really good with honey as well, which I tend to prefer to maple syrup. I use Unsweetened Milkadamia Macadamia Milk and Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats

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