A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I might be posting erratically for the next couple of weeks, and since we’ve just begun our move up to San Francisco and we’re staying with friends, I don’t have much access to a kitchen and my warning to you has become true. Given that I will be strapped for time for the next week or so still, I thought I’d post something that takes 10 minutes MAX to prepare and cooks on its own–something for those of us who can’t spend time in the kitchen because we’re running to school, work or to pick up the kids and just want to have something delicious sitting their in the fridge that we can grab day after day.
I made this for breakfast for my family because it really is, essentially, granola and fruit-just disguised by a crisp-like appearance and we topped it with yogurt and ate it for breakfast. Then, that night, we topped it with ice cream and had it for dessert. Quick, easy and delicious, and this recipe is insanely flexible, as you will see below.
Adapted from here
What you need:
7 peaches; cut into moon shapes (of course, you could use apples, nectarines, apricots, plums, a mixture of some or just a few–your choice)
1 heaping tsp of cinnamon
juice from half a lemon
pinch of salt
3 tblsp whole wheat flour
1/2 c honey
3 c oats OR 3 c of granola (if you already have store-bough granola at home, you could use that, too)
1 c unsweetened applesauce (or butter, or vegetable oil)
handful of blueberries
optional: 1/2 c almonds flakes (or your favorite nut) and 1/2 c shredded coconut
optional: top with yogurt or ice cream
How to do it:
NOTE* if you are using my granola recipe, then you can simply toss your peaches as described below, sprinkle the granola on top and go straight to the oven. Same if you are using a store-bought granola recipe. So if you need to save even more time, that will do the trick!
Preheat your oven to 400 F. Place your peaches in a 9 x 13 baking dish and toss with the lemon juice, 3 tblsp of honey, a pinch of salt, and cinnamon until all the peaches are evenly coated. Spread them out evenly in the dish or whatever you have on hand that is on the smaller side.
In a saucepan, warm the applesauce and remaining honey or if you’re using butter, melt that with the honey over low-medium heat until all the butter melts or all the liquids are warmed and well combined.
In a bowl combine the flour, oats (if you’re not using your own granola) blueberries and a pinch of salt, as well as the almond flakes and/or coconut if you are using those. Add the butter (or applesauce) and honey mixture to the dry ingredients and combine until clumps form. Spread this mixture evenly over the peaches and place in the oven for 45-50 minutes.
The granola will brown before 45-50 minutes have passed, so check it after 10 minutes or so and cover it with foil if it’s browning. Remove the foil five minutes before it’s done so the oats can re-crisp. Cool to room temperature and then place it in the fridge for breakfast…or dessert! Top it with yogurt or ice cream. Enjoy!