Sunday, July 6, 2014

Breakfast/Dessert: Healthier Peach Gratin

Healthier Peach Gratin
Prep:15 minutes

4 Medium Peaches
2 Eggs
1 Maple syrup(lite)
1/2 cup All-purpose flour
1/4 tsp Salt(optional)
2 tbsp Sugar(sweetener)
1tsp Sugar (sweetener)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Granola with almonds/pecans
2 tbsp Butter(optional)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain
1/2 cup Milk 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl whisk together milk and eggs. Add flour, the 2 tablespoons sugar, the melted butter, vanilla, and salt, whisking until smooth. Set aside.
  2. If desired, peel peaches. Pit and slice peaches.
  3. Grease a 9- to 10-inch deep-dish pie plate. Pour batter into pie plate. Arrange peach slices on top of batter.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with granola. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes more or until batter is light brown and set and peaches are tender. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
  5. In a small bowl stir together yogurt and enough additional sugar to reach desired sweetness.  Drizzle with maple syrup and yogurt mixture.

     We have a fairly healthy home diet, I would say.  There are very few convenience foods in our pantry so if you were searching for any Little Debbie snacks, you would be out of luck.  Most meals, these days are made from scratch or close to it.  (which my family loves just as much!)

     The majority of our family is on a health kick the past couple of months, so since I'm the cook, the others don't have a choice!  We also have one who is trying out a vegetarian status right now, which makes me look even more diligently for healthier alternatives.  

     Trying to change up breakfast a bit and since my thoughtful husband brought home some Georgia peaches from our oldest daughter's recent college trip, naturally I searched how to revamp my normal recipes into healthier versions.   

     Taking a recipe from my Great Grandmother's cook book, I swapped out most of the butter or Lard!(some would probably have to look up the definition that word & gasp) , no crust on top, change the sugar to sweetener & the drizzled icing to yogurt. 

  The base reminds me of a custard.  I am a big fan of vanilla and I used 1 tsp instead of just 1/2 tsp.

Wedge the peaches, place in the base of the dish until you have used all four or to your desired amount.

You can omit the syrup if you wish, we had some lite syrup so, why not?   It's not always abstinence, it's moderation.  Drizzle on as much or as little as you like, although I would not cover the entire dishI think that may give you a belly ache, of sorts.

     Using the granola/pecans gives the dish a little more substance and add some fiber and protein in there.  It is a substitution for the original pie crust.  Now I seem to have neglected photographing the drizzling of the yogurt over the top, but I loved the sweet flavor it added.  Instead of a powdered sugar glaze, you can add 1 tsp to some vanilla yogurt (  I think the yogurt is sweet enough on it's own)but you can add it if you wish.

   You end up with a sweet, but healthier breakfast/dessert.  You won't have to feel guilty or sit at the table holding your belly because the heaviness of the dish made you sick to your stomach.

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