Gluten Free Living – 2014
Gluten Free Peach Surprise is amazing. You’re not going to believe how extraordinary this dessert turned out! I made it from the same basic recipe as my Cherry Surprise recipe. Except instead of using canned pie filling, I made up my own peach pie filling with peaches from our peach trees out back. Not only that, I used a gluten free flour and coconut oil so the recipe is both gluten free AND vegan!
If you are gluten intolerant, there are some really terrific gluten free flours available these days. I’ve tried lots of gluten free products over the past couple of years, but Cup4Cup is one that really delivers. It wasn’t available when I initially posted this recipe in August 2014, but it is available today (May 2018). It’s an excellent blend of flours that provide optimum results for gluten free baking.
Gluten Free Peach Surprise is a lovely dessert I made for our Sunday school class fellowship a couple of weeks ago. I had promised our hostess (who has severe Celiac Disease), that I would make her a gluten free pasta dish, a gluten free pasta salad, and a gluten free dessert. Because we had so many peaches ready to pick off our peach trees, I whipped up three peach desserts to take with me as well.
I decided to make one more gluten free for her so I chose to make one of my tried and true recipes with gluten free flours to see how it would turn out. It was spectacular. Not only that, this dessert out of the four I brought that day was the one everyone raved over the most. When they found out the recipe was both gluten free and vegan they were all amazed and many people lined up to get a piece. Several people came back for seconds. Everyone loved Gluten Free Peach Surprise.
Well, guys and gals, over the past two weeks I’ve made 38 different desserts with our peaches so far. I have two more cobblers I’m making tomorrow for a friend who wants her future son-in-law to sample them for his wedding. He doesn’t want a Groom’s Cake but, instead, wanted either Peach Pie or Peach Cobbler.
So she thought of me and asked me if I would consider making some stuff for their wedding. Tomorrow’s efforts will conclude my peach baking efforts for this summer with 40 different treats! Yes, I know, you will be sick and tired of peach desserts after I’m finished. I’m sorry….well not really! :), but I’ve got some of the most amazing desserts to share with you over the next two months.
I’ve made pies, cobblers, bars, cookies, muffins and cakes and they all turned out so tasty. If you’re looking for ways to use up peaches over the next month or so, then stay tuned. You will have your choice from lots of fantastic recipes.
Gluten Free Peach Surprise is wonderful. The crust layer uses gluten free flour, oatmeal, coconut oil, brown sugar and coconut. This mixture is used both for the crust and the topping. Then I cooked fresh peaches and made them into a pie filling and syrup. I also added almond extract. After spreading the thickened peaches on top of the crust layer, I sprinkled hazelnuts over top, before crumbling the remaining topping over the peach mixture. While I served Gluten Free Peach Surprise plain, you can also serve this with whipped topping or ice cream.
If you’re looking for a spectacular peachy dessert for your next backyard barbecue, block party, family reunion, or tailgating party, then by all means you’ve got to try Gluten Free Peach Surprise. You will have everyone raving over this dessert like I had raving over mine! You can watch the amazement cross their faces as they realize this scrumptious dessert is vegan AND gluten free!
Gluten Free Peach Surprise is a fabulous dessert. Lots of peaches and hazelnuts are peeking out from a thick, delicious streusel.
Every bite of this spectacular dessert is so satisfying.
Everyone who tried this dessert kept raving over the wonderful flavors.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Pamela’s was the only readily available gluten free flour at the time. I highly recommend Cup4Cup or other gluten free flours as Pamela’s mix is not a one-to-one ratio for regular flour. It’s also harder to work with than GF flours available now.
Begin by making peach pie filling. Place white sugar, cornstarch cinnamon and almond extract into a saucepan over medium heat.
Add water and peaches.
Boil and cook peaches about 3-5 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
Make crust layer: Place gluten free flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, coconut, and coconut oil in a large mixing bowl.
Stir ingredients to combine.
Grease a 9×13″ baking dish. Press about half to two-thirds of the streusel mixture into the prepared dish.
Spread peach filling over top of streusel crust. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. (Or you can use the nuts of your choice).
Sprinkle remaining streusel mixture over top of peach layer.
Bake at 350 about 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Gluten Free Peach Surprise is both gluten free AND vegan.
If you want to make this dessert even healthier, you can substitute honey for sugar.
Gluten Free Peach Surprise will certainly surprise all of your guests! They won’t believe a gluten free and vegan dessert tastes so wonderful.
Here’s the recipe.
GLUTEN FREE PEACH SURPRISE
(My own concoction)
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 4 ½ cups fresh peaches
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 cups [url href=”http://www.pamelasproducts.com/products/baking-mixes/pamelas-baking-pancake-mix/” target=”_blank” title=”pamela’s products”]Pamela’s baking and pancake mix[/url]
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- Combine ½ cup white sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add almond extract and water slowly to combine.
- Stir in peaches.
- Boil and cook over medium heat about 3-5 minutes or until thick.
- Combine coconut oil with oatmeal, baking mix, brown sugar, and coconut.
- Spread about 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 9×13” baking dish.
- Spread peach filling over top.
- Sprinkle nuts over top of peaches.
- Crumble remaining oat mixture over top of peaches.
- Bake at 350° about 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Everyone will come running when they smell this lovely peach dessert coming out of the oven.
If you love peachy desserts, you’ll go crazy over this one!
Gluten Free Peach Surprise is spectacular. But don’t take my word for it. Try it yourself!
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