IT’S OFFICIAL. Fig season is here and I’m shouting it from rooftops. If you’re a fig lover, you will adore this hearty, warm bowl of oats. It’s packed with cinnamon and vanilla flavors, sweet honey, crunchy almonds, and of course, luscious, perfectly ripe figs.
Being raised in Southern California, I was pretty spoiled when it comes to fresh fruit. In the summer the markets are always bursting with bright red raspberries, plump blueberries and blackberries, and lately FIGS. Don’t even tell me you can’t make this because figs are hard to find. If not in your local grocery store, check out your town’s farmers market. I’m willing to bet there will be an abundance especially this time of year. Oh, and if you haven’t tried a fig, you should probably/definitely reevaluate your life choices.
I mean like my “I only like apples and bananas” boyfriend tried one for the first time and his mind was completely blown. So sweet and juicy, with a tiny little bite from the seeds, they’re literally natures candy. Isn’t all fruit?
I hope you try this oatmeal! It’s the perfect gateway into the warm flavors of Fall, which is right around the corner. If you don’t like figs: 1) Don’t tell me because I’ll give you the stink eye so hard you’ll feel it through your screen. 2) Substitute blueberries or raspberries and be sad that you’re missing out on such a flavor sensation! But really, the berry/honey/almond combo is delicious too if you’d rather.
Honey Almond & Fig Oatmeal
-2 cups vanilla almond milk
-1 cup gluten free rolled oats
-pinch of sea salt
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 Tablespoon almond butter
-honey, sliced figs, slivered almonds, additional almond milk, for garnish
- Bring almond milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat
- Add oats and salt
- Stir and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking until desired consistency is reached, about 5-7 minutes
- Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, and almond butter and stir to combine
- Divide between 2 bowls and top with sliced figs, additional almond butter, honey, and slivered almonds.
- Drizzle with cream or more almond milk if desired, serve hot.