Roasted Fig Oatmeal

Since my most recent loss of routine, I’ve adapted quite a lackadaisical approach to cooking as well. By that, I don’t mean that I eat boxed macaroni and cheese everyday. No, quite the opposite actually. I’m having more fun in the kitchen.

For a while now I have had the same routine of going to Publix every weekend with my grocery list and most of my meals planned out for the week. Lots of things were on an automatic cycle as I rotated through my go-to recipes. It was just easier for me since I was so busy, and not to mention on a strict budget which I was adamant about sticking to. The budget is still intact, however I’m a little more lenient.

But now that I’m not so busy, I stopped worrying so much about planning when it came to meals. Now I’m trying to really just go with what sounds good. My favorite thing to do now is to stock up on the essentials, like eggs, basic veggies and fruit, chicken, ground turkey, oatmeal, rice, etc. and then while at the store, I stick a few fun items in my cart if they are on special. I say “fun items” because half of the time I don’t have any idea of how I’ll use them. And if you’re anywhere near as cool as I am (sarcasm, if you didn’t catch it), then you find joy in figuring it out along the way.

This past week, my favorite impulse buy was two cartons of fresh figs.

Figs – if you can get over the awkward tentacle-esque interior, they are one of the most decadent fruits you will ever eat. It’s just a bonus that they’re so high in fiber. California figs are in season from late June to September, meaning right now they are trying to get rid of all the early season crop. And wouldn’t you know it, Publix had them on sale this week.

 

Roasted fig oatmeal

figgiesWhat you’ll need to have

  • 3-4 small figs, halved
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, dry
  • 1 cup vanilla soymilk (or almond)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • Hefty dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar

What you’ll need to do

  1. Wash figs and remove stems. Discard any that are too squishy.
  2. Cut figs in half and place cut-side-up in a glass baking dish and drizzle with honey (I just did a quick sweep across each row of figs)
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes
  4. For oatmeal: in a small pan, combine oatmeal, soy milk, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt
  5. Bring to boil over medium heat and reduce to simmer until cooked
  6. Serve in bowl, topped with brown sugar and roasted figs

figoatsFigs will keep in an airtight container in refrigerator for 3-4 days. I actually roasted a big batch of figs the night before and topped the oatmeal with cold figs, which cooled down the hot oats nicely. And they are delish eaten straight from the container too!

 

Nutrition   |   Calories: 400   |   Fat: 7g   |   Protein: 14g   |   Fiber: 10g

 

 

What’s been your most favorite impulse purchase lately?

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18 thoughts on “Roasted Fig Oatmeal

  1. I know exactly what you mean about “fun” impulse purchases! My most recent fave has been an on-sale jar of Nutella…. whoops. I’ve always wanted to try cooking with figs but I don’t have the first clue how to eat them! This sounds yummy and easy though 🙂

    • I think I maaaybe had one once before buying them this time, but I couldn’t remember so really, I had no idea! I just washed it off and bit into it hoping it wouldn’t be awful… they’re good raw but even better when roasted.

  2. Love this recipe! I am completely obsessed with figs right now. Even though it’s hot again in NYC, my office is freezing so I’ve been bringing hot oatmeal everyday to eat for breakfast.

    • Well I don’t count calories but I figured I should put my degree to use at some point hah. And I can’t/won’t buy Nutella, I just see it as being a really bad situation hahah. I can’t remember the last time I ate it.

  3. I’m way to OCD to handle that much freedom in the meal plan, haha. But it does sound nice.
    I rarely eat figs but this oatmeal sounds like a good reason to start! Look delicious.

    • Somehow I knew you’d love this one. It’s vegan, minus the honey! Def could sub brown sugs for the honey when you’re roasting. Totally made it JUST FOR YOU.

  4. this sounds delicious! i’ve been getting into figs more and more recently, i think im going to have to give this recipe a try! my most recent impulse buy were oreos- which i bought with the intention of baking with them- but then i ate them all before i had the chance. ahh, such is life 🙂

    • Seriously you don’t even have to eat them with oatmeal, just roast them and eat them… hot or cold! SO good. Oh and fun fact about oreos?! They are VEGAN! Not that it changes the fact that they are cookies, but still 🙂 I fall victim to their lure as well

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