Feeling Peachy!

One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh produce we can get locally. Living in Canada makes it a little difficult to eat local year-round, as the temperatures starts to cool off we do not have access to a lot of fresh local produce. This is why I love to take advantage of what we can get in the summer! I love to go to farmer's markets and just browse to see what the farmers are selling that day and try some new things… but at this time of the year, I cannot leave without fresh local berries and peaches! Seriously, it’s nature’s candy!

When I came home from the farmer’s market this weekend with a basket of fresh peaches, I opened the fridge to see that we still had half our basket from the week before! I love peaches but mushy overripe peaches are not so good so I knew I had to do something to save the deliciousness!

Have an excess amount of peaches too? Try one or all of these recipes below… or just go buy some while they are still in season to try these delicious recipes!

Paleo Peach Muffins (makes 12)

 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup diced peaches (about 1 large peach)

Cinnamon Nut Topping:

  • 1/3 cup diced peaches
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (or nuts of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place paper liners in muffin tin
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, coconut oil, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract until well blended. Add in the coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt and mix until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of diced peaches.
  3. Fill muffin liners ¾ full with your peach batter and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. While baking, make the cinnamon nut topping: Mix together diced peaches, chopped nuts, maple syrup and cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. Once the 15-minute timer goes off, take the muffins out of the oven (they won't be fully cooked yet!) and add a heaping teaspoon or two of topping over each muffin.
  6. Put back in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until muffins are golden brown and cooked throughout. Let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Peachy Green Smoothie (serves one) 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 fresh peach
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 scoop unflavoured or vanilla protein powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and enjoy!

Simple Caramelized Peaches:

 

Ingredients: 

  • Fresh peaches (as many as you want)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Cinnamon

Directions: 

  1. Cut your peaches in half
  2. Brush the inside with a little coconut oil and sprinkle with lots of cinnamon
  3. Place on cookie sheet and broil for 10 minutes flesh side up
  4. Let cool for at least 5 minutes and enjoy!

You can also try slicing up some peaches for a sweet treat in your salads, topping them with a little goat cheese as a simple appetizer or throwing them in your morning yogurt or granola!

What is your favourite seasonal fruit or veggies? Comment below!