Power Oats with Caramelised Figs and Nectarines
Cooking with seasonal fruit and veg rocks! They are not only more tasty when in season, it’s also more healthy for to eat food that is in season since our bodies have different nutritional needs in different season and by eating seasonal we can help our body to get all the vitamins & co in a natural way. (Jeez, how often can you use the word seasonal in one sentence).
What rocks even more? When the fruits are growing right in your own garden!
I have just moved to the South of Portugal and live in this beautiful place with a huge garden. Right now figs are just getting into season. In Northern Europe I have mainly been eating dried figs, I also love using them to make raw cake crusts btw. I love them but they are nothing compared to a fresh, juicy, soft fig straight from (my very own) fig tree.
There is a million yummy recipes you could make with figs, I will probably annoy with some over the coming weeks. But let’s start with breakfast, my favourite meal of the day. I love eating big brekkies, if you usually eat smaller breakfasts you could probably use half of the ingredients or share with someone which is even nicer :). The oats I prepare overnight, they soak in the milk together with the chia seeds. It’s too easy and speeds things up in the morning but you can also prepare your oats in the morning. But they won’t be as nice 😉
3-4 ripe figs
1 ripe banana
1 cup of oats
1/2 cup of chi as seeds
1 cup of milk (I use unsweetened soy or almond milk)
a couple of tsp of brown sugar or agave
handful of nuts (almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, walnuts)
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of cardamom and piment
1. The night before grab a bowl, cut the banana into pieces and mash. Add the oats, chia seeds, spices and milk to the bowl, stir and put in the fridge to soak overnight. Easy!
2. The next morning cut you figs in half. If you use agave put it in the pan first and warm up. I used sugar so I put the fruits into the hot pan first and then add the sugar. The sugar will dissolve the the fruit juices. Bake until the fruit gets lightly brown.
3. In the meantime you heat up the oats you soaked overnight in a little pan. If you want you can add more milk or water depending on the consistency you prefer.
4. Put warm oats in a bowl, get the figs and nectarines out of the pan and drizzle the dissolved sugar on top (no wastage here!) and top up with a handful of chopped nuts. Add some cinnamon on top if you like. Voila! Get yourself a good cup of coffee or tea and enjoy your morning.