Pumpkin, Brown Sugar, and Fig Oatmeal

I’ve been doing this thing for a week or two now where I don’t buy bananas so I can’t make Cardamom Fudge Oatmeal (my favorite). It’s amazing how that forces me to make different recipes, like this one.

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This recipe might stick out to you compared to my usual repertoire because of the brown sugar. I think this is my first one with brown sugar, ever. Typically, when I want a brown sugar flavor, I just use a drop of molasses. However, I recently bought brown sugar to make (a veganized version of) Allison’s Chocolate Chip Cookies con mi novio. Since I have it, I’ve been playing around with it in my oatmeal.

I’m trying to stop using black-or-white thinking. If I’m willing to put maple syrup in my oatmeal, it’s somewhat hypocritical to take a stance against all other forms of sugar. Balance.

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I have always cut my figs into cubes or quarters. I’ve never particularly enjoyed how that looked. Does anyone else find figs rather unattractive? To try something new, I sliced mine into rounds. I think I liked that better, and it also made it better to eat. Each bite is more focused on the juicy inside, not the outer skin.

I would have loved to drizzle this with maple syrup, but alas, I was out.

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Pumpkin, Brown Sugar, and Fig Oatmeal

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/3 cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon OR pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • fresh figs, for topping

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c original almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a low boil, add oats, and reduce heat to a simmer. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend flax.)
  2. Wait a minute or two, and then add pumpkin puree. Stir.
  3. Once more of the liquid has dissolved, add brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Stir.
  4. If desired, add a handful of raisins or dried cranberries.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, sliced or diced figs, and any other additional toppings. I recommend pecans or walnuts.

Just an FYI:

This works well with a variety of nut butters.

http://www.theoatmealartist.com/pumpkin-brown-sugar-and-fig-oatmeal/

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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.

One Response to Pumpkin, Brown Sugar, and Fig Oatmeal

  1. Christine says:

    Great recipe idea! It reminds me of the Bath & Body Works scent Brown Sugar & Fig. That was always one of my favorites.

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