My friend Jessica once told me her secret of putting the bananas in the oatmeal before cooking it. That way the bananas cook down and incorporate into the oatmeal and the flavor intensifies. I’ve been doing it that way ever since (in the double boiler, natch) but have taken to adding additional goodies beforehand such as strawberries, raisins, walnuts and minced candied ginger. And cinnamon. The strawberries don’t really incorporate like the bananas do, but their flavor does become richer. You don’t even need to add brown sugar or maple syrup. I suppose pretty much any fruit would do and I’ll try just about anything. But not peaches. Peaches are my favorite fruit and when one is lucky enough to find a good juicy one, it must be enjoyed in its raw state. That doesn’t stop me from slicing it up on top of the oatmeal, though. When Johnathan was here I made oatmeal with all of the above-mentioned ingredients, and threw diced raw peaches on top.