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Oat Flour Peach Dessert: GF and Cow’s Milk Free
Oat Flour is a Peachy Choice!
Always on the lookout for ways to use non-traditional flours to make gluten free recipes, oat flour has captured my attention. To be honest, I do not particularly like pie crust so it may be more of a lack of interest that has me working on cobblers, crumbs, and other types of crusts now that it is peach season again.
Happily, I do like experimenting with a variety of not-so-usual flours and it is fun to share the news when an experiment turns into a real recipe. Along with GF flours, using the best alternatives for cow's milk products means that butter is replaced with coconut oil so there are no worries about its side effects. Almond milk or goat's milk also replaces cow's milk when necessary.
The various GF flours available today can sometimes change the taste of traditional recipes like peach pie a bit too much but oat flour is a pretty good option for many recipes. Sometimes it boils down to a simple matter--when something works well it’s time to stop exploring and enjoy the discovery!
This recipe calls for 1/4 cup of coconut flour in the filling but if I am ever out of coconut flour I would not hesitate to use 1/2 cup oat flour in it. Coconut flour absorbs fluids very well and anything that keeps my fruit desserts from being runny is a first choice. As well, part of the oat flour in the dough could be replaced with regular wheat flour if you are not in need of a total GF recipe.
Enough of the chatter--why don't we just get to the recipe for this
Peachy Dessert made with Oat Flour
Ingredients for the Filling and Dough:
- 6-8 Peaches, Small-Medium Sized
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup White Sugar, Organic Sugar from Costco is a Great Choice
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Flour
- 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
- 1-2 Teaspoons Cinnamon, Adjust Amount According to Your Taste
- 1/4-1/2 Teaspoon Ginger, Adjust Amount According to Your Taste
- 3 Cups Oat Flour
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/4 Cup Applesauce
- Preheat oven at 350º.
- Use 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil to grease a large glass baking dish. (I used a 9x13" dish the first time but like the deeper oval shaped one better.)
- Prepare the Filling:
- Wash and peel the peaches to make 5-6 cups of chopped fruit pieces.
- Stir in the lemon juice.
- In order, mix the sugar, coconut flour, salt, cinnamon and ginger into the chopped peaches.
- Set aside until dough is made.
- Prepare the Dough:
- Combine the dough ingredients, mixing each one after the other, stirring the first 4 ingredients together with a fork.
- Use a pastry blender to incorporate the coconut oil into the dry ingredients. The dough will be somewhat crumbly, but wet rather than dry.
- Stir in the egg and applesauce to make a thick, moist dough.
- Pat 2/3-3/4 of the dough into the bottom and sides of the glass dish.
- Pour peach mixture into the dough.
- Pat the remaining dough in your fingers to make a flat topping. This step can be done in sections by flattening pieces of the remaining dough. Place it (or the pieces) loosely over the fruit mixture.
- Set a timer for 25 minutes the first time you make this recipes as ovens can vary in their baking time and temperatures. Bake until the crust is evenly brown, approximately 40 minutes. My husband likes baked goods very brown and I like them lightly browned so I shoot for a happy medium.
- Remove from oven when done and allow to cool completely before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator, or wrap well and freeze for later use. Bring to room temperature before serving. Makes 8 generous servings.
Topping Off this Dessert
Optional toppings for this cobbler-like dessert range from vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce to whipped cream or store bought whipped topping. In the future I plan to serve it with the marvelous flavors in coconut milk whipped topping and cajeta sauce. When I think about pairing these two recipes on this peach dessert in the future I am tempted to stop everything and go do it now!
Please rate this Peachy GF and Cow Milk Free Dessert
Homemade Gluten Free Flour Mix
Using Oat Flour
Oat flour makes a soft dough so I have mixed it with several other flours for a firmer texture in other recipe experiments. You can check out some of those recipes in the next set of links. Because I am currently focusing on learning more about using oat flour alone a little research led me to the following links that you might also be interested in:
• A quick look at what oat flour is so you can be ready in the future.
• Compare oat flour with wheat flour to help you decide why and when to use it.
• Discovering oat flour for gluten free and easy baking is a not-to-be-missed option.
• A discussion on using oat flour when making cookies. Be warned, it’s dangerous!
• An overview of substitutions for white flour that will help you make good decisions.
• Some expert info on GF flours.
• Cooking with almond flour is a great choice.
• A rundown on how to substitute alternative flours.
• FDA food allergen info.
Oats really are Gluten Free!
Two Alternative Flour Recipes Containing Oat Flour:
NutriBullet Oat Flour
A GF Sandwich Bread:
• Check out this gluten free almond sandwich bread recipe that has flour options which can make it a versatile favorite in the GF kitchen.
Easy Coconut Flour Bread
Is Dairy Free Your Need?
Or maybe you just need cow milk free, like me. Do you know that coconut oil is healthy replacement for butter. Check out more dairy and cows' milk free recipes:
• Replace eggs the healthy, easy way--use flax seed!
• It's always a good time for chocolate and dairy free makes an easy cake recipe!
• Easy cow milk free and GF brownies.
• Zero cow's milk mashed potatoes updated for your health!