Roasted Peaches with Coconut Yogurt & Cinnamon Lavender Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free)
New York has been experiencing a string of 90 degree+ weather this week and Zack is in London this week, which means things have gotten a little weird around the Moody Mitchell household. I’ve been having scrambled eggs and Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies for dinner; I’ve been having sing-a-long sessions with my cat. All of this is to say, when I was stuck without ideas of what to make next for the blog, my friend’s suggestion didn’t seem at all strange to me. Music-themed food. A feast for your ears; a song for your tongue. Immediately, my cheese-cracker filled mind shook off its heat-filled haze and sprang into action. American Pie. Strawberry Fields Forever. Lemonade. It’s said that creativity functions best within limits, and I had my (bass and beat-filled) edges of inspiration. The only natural place to start?
Why, the 2001 classic by the inimitable band 112: Peaches and Cream. One of the music videos from the golden era of TRL, when music videos made up the bulk of MTV programming and Teen Moms were, for the most part, not making millions of dollars to glorify their poor parenting on national television. The video itself is a beautiful mix of terrycloth tracksuits (they luckily don’t say JUICY across the butt, but they’re not far from it) and well, peaches and cream. Real ones, splashed juicily across the screen as a thinly veiled (or, let’s be real, not veiled at all) metaphor for a number of things that shan’t be talked about on a decent blog such as this.
So let’s talk about something else instead – let’s talk about my version of peaches and cream. They’re not quite as dirty as 112’s version, but to call them sex on a plate wouldn’t be an exaggeration. These peaches are roasted, which makes your entire house smell – I kid you not – like fresh-baked cookies. They get sweeter, juicier and even more delicious, especially when topped with a dollop of yogurt (I used coconut), which is our stand-in for the aforementioned cream. The tangy, creamy yogurt is then topped with crunchy Cinnamon Lavender granola, which is maybe the best granola I’ve ever eaten (please don’t limit it to this recipe. Eat it with milk like cereal. Eat it on its own as a snack. Just eat it). The result? A melange of flavors and textures that create a dessert and/or breakfast that will absolutely wow you. Yes, I said breakfast. Because this baby is packed with nourishing ingredients, and it’s refined sugar free, packed with fiber, good fat and probiotics and (if you use coconut yogurt) dairy free.
Stay tuned for more #musicmunchies. And tell me any songs you want me to create a recipe for!!
- 2 cups oats (gluten free if necessary)
- 3/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
- 2 tsp culinary lavender (you can find culinary lavender in many baking stores and high end grocery stores, and quite inexpensively online - this is my favorite brand)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 4 ripe, firm peaches, halved and pitted
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup yogurt of choice (I used coconut)
- To make the granola, preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, lavender, cinnamon and salt; stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Add coconut oil and maple syrup and stir until everything is evenly coated. Spread evenly on a parchment-lined pan; you want a few pieces touching, so you get those yummy clumps! Bake for 18 - 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until golden brown. Let cool, while you bake the peaches.
- Turn the temperature up on the oven to 400 degrees (don't worry; it'll all be done soon and this recipe is worth it). Place the peaches in a baking sheet with a significant lip; you don't want the juices or coconut oil spilling out into your oven. Pour the coconut oil and vanilla into the pan and rub all over peaches before placing them cut side down. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until slightly soft and browning on cut side.
- Let peaches cool a bit before topping with yogurt and granola. Makes 8 1/2 peach servings.