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Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Peaches & Cream Topping

Celebrate flavours of the summer with Peaches & Cream served with Steel-Cut Oats, a recipe that marries the rustic, comforting texture of steel-cut oats with the sunny, sweet flavors of ripe peaches. This dish is a symphony of textures and tastes, designed to start your day with a burst of freshness and a touch of indulgence. The creamy oats serve as the perfect backdrop for the luscious peaches, while the hints of nutmeg and lemon zest add layers of aromatic warmth and zesty brightness. Topped with a splash of cream or a dollop of Greek yoghurt and sprinkled with crunchy almond flakes, this oatmeal is not just a meal but a delightful experience, promising to transport you to a breezy, sunlit orchard with every spoonful. Whether you’re seeking a nutritious breakfast to fuel your day or a comforting bowl to savour on a lazy morning, our Peaches & Cream Steel-Cut Oats will elevate your morning routine into a moment of pure, flavourful bliss.

Diabetic-Friendly Aspects

Low Glycemic Index: Steel-cut oats provide a slow release of glucose, helping maintain stable blood sugar levels.

Fiber-Rich Ingredients: Oats and peaches are rich in fiber, aiding in blood sugar control and digestion.

Protein from Greek Yogurt: Adding Greek yogurt as a topping increases the protein content, which can help manage hunger and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Thyroid-Friendly Aspects

Nutrient-Dense Ingredients: Steel-cut oats and almonds provide essential nutrients like selenium and zinc, crucial for thyroid health.

Low in Goitrogens: Peaches are low in goitrogens, making them suitable for those with thyroid conditions.

Balanced Macronutrient Profile

Calories: Approximately 250 kcal per serving.

Protein: Around 8g per serving.

Carbohydrates: Approximately 30g per serving.

Fat: Approximately 10g per serving.

Elevate your breakfast routine with the vibrant flavours of summer embodied in our Peaches & Cream Steel-Cut Oats. Whether you’re starting your day with a burst of freshness or craving a comforting bowl reminiscent of warm, sunny mornings, this recipe promises a delightful experience with every spoonful.

Basic Ingredients for Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Peaches & Cream Topping

Steel-Cut Oats:

Steel-Cut Oats: The base of the dish, steel-cut oats are chosen for their texture and nutritional content. They provide a chewy, satisfying bite and are a great source of fibre and protein, which helps keep you full and energised.

Water or Milk: Water is essential for cooking oats, but adding milk (dairy or plant-based) enhances the creaminess and adds a touch of richness and calcium to the dish.

Salt: A pinch of salt is crucial for enhancing the flavours of the oatmeal, balancing the sweetness of the peaches and the cream.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla adds a warm, aromatic flavour that pairs well with the peaches and cream, adding depth to the dish.


Peaches: The star topping, peaches add a juicy, sweet flavor and a soft texture, offering a lovely contrast to the chewy oats and providing vitamins and fiber.

Cream or Greek Yogurt: Adding cream or Greek yoghurt introduces a rich, tangy element to the dish, contributing to its creamy texture and adding protein.

Nutmeg: This spice adds a warm, nutty flavour that complements the peaches and oats, enhancing the overall taste profile.

Lemon Zest: The zest adds a fresh, citrusy brightness that lifts the dish, contrasting beautifully with the sweetness of the peaches and the richness of the cream.

Almond Flakes: They provide a crunchy texture and nutty flavor, offering a contrast to the creamy oatmeal and soft peaches.

alternative ingredients

Fruits: Berries, apples, or bananas can substitute for peaches, depending on seasonal availability.

Nuts: Pecans or walnuts can replace almond flakes for a different kind of crunch.

Sweeteners: If additional sweetness is desired, honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar can be added.

Preparation Tips for Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Peaches & Cream Topping

  • Peach Preparation: If using fresh peaches, choose ripe but firm peaches for the best flavor and texture. If using frozen, there’s no need to thaw them completely before adding to the oatmeal.
  • Toasting Oats: For an added nutty flavour, toast the oats slightly before adding the liquid.

Serving Tips for Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Peaches & Cream Topping

  • Layering: Layer the oatmeal with peaches and cream in a clear bowl for a visually appealing presentation.
  • Temperature: Serve the oatmeal warm to maximise the flavours and create a comforting meal.

storage tips

Refrigeration: Store leftover oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It’s best to add fresh toppings when ready to serve.

Freezing: Freeze the oatmeal without toppings for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat, adding a bit of milk or water to adjust the consistency.

Reheating: Warm the oatmeal on the stove or in the microwave, stirring in a little extra milk or water to revive its creamy texture.

Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Peaches & Cream Topping

Servings: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


Steel-cut Oats

  • 1 cup high-quality steel-cut oats
  • 3 cups water (or a mix of water and milk for a creamier texture)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • peaches, sliced
  • cream or Greek yoghurt
  • nutmeg
  • lemon zest
  • almond flakes


  • Boil: In a medium saucepan, bring the water or water-milk mixture to a boil.
  • Add Oats and Salt: Once boiling, gently stir in the steel-cut oats and a pinch of salt.
  • Simmer: Reduce the heat to a low simmer. Add the vanilla extract. Cook the oats for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Check Consistency: The oatmeal is ready when it has absorbed most of the liquid and has a creamy yet slightly chewy consistency.
  • Rest: Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the oatmeal sit for a few minutes to thicken.
  • Peaches & Cream Assembly: Stir half of the sliced peaches into the warm oats, along with a sprinkle of nutmeg and lemon zest. Then, top the oatmeal with the remaining sliced peaches, more lemon zest, a splash of cream or a dollop of Greek yoghurt, and a sprinkle of almond flakes.
  • Serve: Enjoy this delightful bowl of Peaches & Cream Steel-Cut Oats.

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