Peach Cobbler

We have recently grown to love picking our own foods at the farmer's markets. There is something so traditional and fun about walking up to the farm stand and choosing fresh, organic produce that was grown only a few miles away. I love the feeling of having fresh foods as well as supporting local farmers. There is a farm in Queen Creek, Arizona called Schnepf Farms that is best known for their delicious, organic peaches. I had heard about the farm in years past, but I never cared to drive 40 minutes just to pick some peaches!

 Now that I am a mom, my whole mentality has changed. I want to teach my daughter to care about the food she eats and to choose real, organic foods when possible. Driving 40 minutes is nothing compared to most of the Arizona produce that reaches us by semi trucks from New Mexico and California! We decided to take the drive this past weekend, and I am so glad we did. Not only does the farm have organic peaches, they even take you on a hayride "shuttle" to the middle of the orchard so you can pick the peaches yourself! The orchard is several acres long, with peach trees as far as your eyes can see.
My daughter just loved picking the peaches off the tree. Although she is very familiar with going to the farmer's market and helping put food in our basket, this was her first picking experience. We grabbed a large box from under an awning and we filled it to the max! I didn't know how many pounds we had until we walked over to have them weighed. Turns out our little three year old had managed to pick 5 pounds worth of peaches. What on earth are we supposed to do with 5 pounds of peaches? Make peach cobbler of course!

I jump at every chance I get to make a dessert recipe.  My sweet tooth is ridiculous. Even a little pathetic. A meal is never complete until you finish your dessert. I feel a little less guilty about this one because it has fruit in it. It's healthy right? I also feel less guilt about the fact that there are no refined sugars and the flour is whole grain.  I have just recently discovered coconut sugar and I love it. The sugar is produced from the sap of the coconut palm. Although it is still sugar, it is unrefined and a much healthier option than that bright white junk at the grocery store. The maple syrup in this recipe creates a slightly sweet and satisfying glaze for the peaches. When serving this, I highly recommend using a ladle and giving yourself an extra spoonful of the maple glaze. You will surely be glad you did.

Peach Cobbler:
Serves 6-8

 For the Filling:
4 cups slices peaches
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1tbsp arrowroot powder (cornstarch is also fine)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon

For the Topping:
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 stick + 2 tbsp cold butter cut into small chunks
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2 qt baking dish. 
Place sliced peaches in a large bowl. Pour maple syrup over peaches. Add coconut sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix flour and arrowroot. Add dry ingredients to wet. Place peach mixture in a 2 qt baking dish. Add oats and 3/4 cup flour to a food processor. Pulse briefly. Add sugar, cinnamon and 1 stick butter. Pulse very briefly until ingredients have mixed.  Pour the topping onto the peach filling. Add the remaining 2 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of water to the top of cobbler. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

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