The fruit that I think of as the exotic ‘forbidden fruit’. In my mind, I can imagine lovers dropping figs into each other’s open, welcoming mouthes! Very erotic to say the least.
But that’s certainly not my reality!
Instead, I snatch up two more small baskets of fresh Black Mission figs when I know that I should only buy one! What am I going to do with all of these before I leave for Italy on Saturday and before these delicate-skinned little things spoil?
Well, serendipity is a wonderful phenomenon that I firmly believe in: when you’re thinking of something, than something related to that ‘thing’ will appear.
Suddenly today while thinking of my figs, a blog email post arrived in my in-box for “Brown Sugar Roasted Figs Oatmeal” from Joy the Baker
Is that perfect timing or WHAT?
First of all, I ADORE warm oatmeal with brown sugar at least three times a week. Originally intended to help bring my cholesterol down . . . of which I’ve successfully accomplished and then some! As a result, oatmeal with brown sugar is a weekly regime in my nutrition. Plus this recipe calls for almond milk which I have also happily adopted! My husband doesn’t drink milk (if you can believe that!) so the switch to almond milk had no impact on him whatsoever.
- 8 ripe figs, cut in half
- drizzle of olive oil
- 3 Tbsps. brown sugar
- 1-1/3 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1-1/2 cup almond milk, plus more for topping (you can also use regular cow or soy milk too)
- 3 Tbsp. brown sugar for topping
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place oven rack in the upper third of the oven.
- Place the fig halves on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil.
- Sprinkle the first 3 tablespoons of brown sugar on top of the figs.
- Place in the oven and roast until the figs are soft and bubbling, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- While the figs are roasting, prepare the oatmeal.
- In a medium saucepan, bring the required amount of water to a simmer.
- Add the oats and salt and stir.
- As the oats begin to absorb the water, add the almond milk.
- Cook and stir for about 5 minutes or until the oats are cooked through.
- Remove the oatmeal from the stove heat.
- Remove the roasted figs from the oven.
- To serve: place the oatmeal in bowls, top with more almond milk, roasted figs, and the additional brown sugar.
- Serve warm immediately.