Cinnamon Fig Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Do not fear cinnamon! I often add just enough in my recipes to give it a warm, cozy taste, but whenever I add more, I never regret it. For this particular recipe, I took a deep breath and added a full 1/2 teaspoon. It looked like too much for a moment: it even turned the oatmeal! However, after one bite, I knew I had made the correct choice.


I highly recommend going with the full 1/2 teaspoon. You’ll never know unless you try. If you must, you could always start with a 1/4 teaspoon and slowly add more until you think you have enough…but that would make you a wimp. 🙂


Some people don’t like putting in the effort to make steel-cut oatmeal for only one serving, so I included the instructions for both a single portion and a big batch for four.

Are you a cinnamon fan, or do you think just a dash is enough?

Cinnamon Fig Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: serves 4-5

What you'll need:

  • 2 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 10-15 black figs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk and water to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Let cook for about 15 minutes. During this time, dice all but four of your figs into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add diced figs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to four or five bowls. Dice remaining figs onto each serving. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).

Just an FYI:

For a single serving, use 1 cup liquid and 1/4 cup steel cut oats. Use about 4 fibs, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and just a pinch of salt. The cooking process will be pretty much the same, but it will likely have a shorter cooking time.



About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

6 Responses to Cinnamon Fig Steel-Cut Oatmeal

  1. Requin1989 says:

    Haha I don’t fear cinnamon. I usually “sprinkle it on” (aka shake the container like a man woman) without even measuring it XD I don’t love the stuff but when I do use some, I go all the way lol

  2. That sound delicious. I love cinnamon (mine is also from TJ’s) and use a couple of dashes of it in my oats and coffee.

  3. Mommy Sarah says:

    I also love cinnamon and put a sprinkle in my oatmeal no matter the recipe! I see you use 1 c. liquid to 1/4 c. steel cut oats. My container’s directions has a 1.5 c liquid to 1/4 c. oats ratio and I can tell a difference if I cut back to the 1 c. Much creamier with the added liquid!

  4. Shonalika says:

    Haha, I’m a cinnamon addict! I usually throw liberal amounts into every bowl, adding more than the amount stated if following a recipe and a stupid amount if not. My favourite chocolate porridge recipe is in fact a cinnamon-y one, which I’ll post eventually:p I’ve come to this site for ideas so many times, but I thought it was about time I stopped “lurking”! Thank for all your wonderful recipes and inspiration:)

  5. I adore cinnamon, especially with anything banana or apple related. I’ve been known to use 1 tsp of cinnamon for one bowl of oatmeal before 🙂
    By the way, I love your stack of bowls in the pictures!

  6. Charlotte says:

    I luuuurve cinnamon. It goes into everything I make. I just made chili with cinnamon and everyone was surprised at how well it fit into the flavor profile 🙂

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