Sunday, August 12, 2007

0 Recipe #12: Corey's Peach Cobbler

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As promised, here's the recipe for my peach cobbler (i.e., the healthy version), which doesn't contain any fat or added sugar. Enjoy!

Corey's Peach Cobbler

4 peaches (or nectarines)
4 tbsp. cinammon
1/2 tbsp. nutmeg
1 c. orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. oatmeal (plain, unsalted oatmeal flakes)
lowfat/light non-dairy whipped topping

Instructions: Pit fruit & slice into wedges. (I like to leave the skins on because they add to the flavor of the dish & are nutritious to eat.)

There are two ways to make this dish; you can either make it in a pan or in a glass dish. If you make it in a pan, you need to add all of the ingredients (except the whipped topping of course) to the pan. Reduce the liquid in the pan by about half, & stir until the sugars caramelize. This makes a really sweet treat with a compote-like consistency. I like to serve small portions in little glass custard dishes with a dollop of light non-dairy whipped topping on top.

If you prefer, you can also cook the ingredients in a glass dish. Pour all of the ingredients into the glass dish (except the whipping topping) & bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-15 minutes or until crisp. Watch to make sure the apples & pears don't burn on the bottom. Serve with a dollop of light non-dairy whipped topping & enjoy!

Alternate Preparations: You could also try this recipe with apricots.

To make this recipe vegan, simply leave out the lowfat/lite non-dairy whipped topping or replace it with one that's truly dairy-free. Now, I bet some of you are probably wondering, "But wait, doesn't 'non-dairy' mean truly 'dairy-free'?" Nope. :) Please note that most non-dairy toppings still contain caseins/sodium caseinate, which is a milk protein derivate, thus making these products not truly vegan. One truly vegan whipped topping is called "Hip Whip" and can be ordered online from The Mail Order Catalog for Healthy Eating.

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