Peach, Walnut, and Flax Oatmeal

If you took a peek into our deep freezer in October, you would see it overflowing with preserved food from the growing season. We do a lot of canning and dehydrating, too, but freezing is a wonderful option for a lot of foods that maybe won’t make it through the tougher canning process.

And just as full as our freezer is in October, by the time March runs around, it’s pretty much an empty cave. We’ve worked through all the harvests of the previous year, and it’s ready to be defrosted, cleaned out, and filled up again (starting first with strawberries in May). When it comes to fruit, we always make sure to pop some in the freezer for easy smoothies and breakfasts. We’re finally working on our last bag of frozen peaches that we pick yearly from a local sustainable orchard. Having frozen peaches (and blueberries and strawberries and black raspberries) has been such a wonderful gift during the cold winter months, because it means I can do things like make fruity oatmeal even when fruit isn’t in season.

Peach, Walnut, and Flax Oatmeal

If you would have asked me last week if it was still oatmeal season, I would have pointed down to my shorts and flip-flops and told you I was putting away my oatmeal spoon until Fall. But alas, Spring in Indiana is a fickle, fickle lady, and I’m back into my sweaters and wool socks today. So, oatmeal season is still holding on!

Oatmeal and I have a complicated relationship. I love the way it tastes, but I almost always feel hungry an hour of eating it. Making a bowl of oatmeal that keeps be satiated requires a balance of fat, protein, and whole grain carbs (the oats have that covered). So often, bowls of oatmeal are just carb—and, honestly, sugar—bombs, but I really try to make sure to cover all my nutrient bases in my bowl.

Peach, Walnut, and Flax Oatmeal

This bowl of oats gets a good chunk of healthy fat and plant-based protein from ground flaxseeds, toasted walnuts, and almond milk or coconut milk. You can use whatever milk makes you, and your gut happy—cow’s, goat’s, soy, rice, hemp, whatever! You can even use all or part water if you’re trying to make this a lighter breakfast, although, it won’t be nearly as creamy and delicious.

A word on flaxseeds: make sure you grind them! Whole flaxseeds have a nearly impenetrable coating on them that isn’t fazed at all by stomach acid. Meaning they go through your digestive system whole without giving you any of their awesome benefits. You can buy pre-ground flaxseed at most supermarkets (check in the refrigerated health food section—that’s where it should be, ground flax should always be stored in the fridge or freezer, because it goes rancid quickly at room temperature). Or, do what I do, and buy a whole mess of whole flaxseeds from the bulk bins, and grind as you need them in a clean coffee grinder (I got mine for a whopping $15).


Peach, Flax, and Walnut Oatmeal

Peach, Flax, and Walnut Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Use fresh, canned, or frozen peaches in this oatmeal to have a fruity breakfast treat any time of year.


  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free oats to make the recipe gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup chopped peaches
  • 3 cups milk of choice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup, butter, etc. for topping


  1. Place walnuts in a small skillet over high heat. Toast, stirring frequently, until just fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the oats, flaxseed, peaches, milk, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, or until the oatmeal is thick. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Serve topped with the toasted walnuts, warm maple syrup, and butter (or whatever other oatmeal toppings you love).


Use whatever milk you like, but if you're using a plant-based milk, make sure you use unsweetened and unflavored.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 15g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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  1. This sounds absolutely delicious and all of the (5) kids LOVE oatmeal. I was wondering how this would do as a bulk item? Make a giant batch and keep it cold in the fridge or maybe even freeze it.

    Two of mine are lactose intolerant so I would use almond milk.

      1. Hi, Kerry! This should keep in the fridge for a few days if you’d like to make a big batch and reheat each morning, as needed. You may need to thin it a bit with more milk or water to get it back to the consistency you like. Let us know how it works out for you if you try it!

  2. I want to try this, but I’m in Florida, and spring is fickle too, but that’s because we skip right over it and go to summer. Hot oatmeal usually doesn’t appear again until October. I’m going to have to tuck this recipe away though for when the craving hits.

  3. That looks so yum! I’m right there with you on the oatmeal = hungry an hour later. Once I realized I needed to add some fat and protein it was much more satiating. I use coconut oil and I’ll add some nutbutter, too. I’ve been chopping in some apple with walnuts and it’s delicious…for some reason, I always forget about peaches. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  4. This looks so good! Do you know if ground flax seeds are the same thing as flax meal? I bought some last week thinking it was but now I am second guessing because it was straight off the shelf and the bag didn’t say anything about refrigeration.