September 15, 2020

by Alyssa

Fig & Almond Butter Oatmeal

This healthy almond butter oatmeal uses fresh figs for a pop of flavor and sweetness. Vegan, high protein, and the perfect healthy breakfast idea!

Almond Butter Oatmeal Recipe

I fell in love with fresh figs a few years ago and since then have been looking for ways to use them – that isn't on toast or just straight out of the carton. I created an amazing gluten-free fig cake, but I also wanted to do something that was more breakfast-inspired.

So…oatmeal immediately popped into my mind!

I wanted to create a healthy breakfast recipe that was full of protein and healthy fats – so you'd actually stay full eating it! And that's exactly what we have with this Fig & Almond Butter Oatmeal!

Ingredients for Almond Butter Oatmeal

What You Need to Make This Recipe

Okay, so you know that oatmeal is like crazy simple to make, but I do want to walk through the ingredients so you know what to expect. And I'll also provide some substitution ideas in case you need it!

  • Old fashioned rolled oats: my favorite kind of oat since they're fast to make, but also hold their shape.
  • Unsweetened almond milk: my go-to plant milk, but you can swap with whatever you'd like (even water)
  • Maple syrup: just for some added sweetness – totally optional or swap with honey
  • Hemp seeds: for some added protein – again, optional or swap with chia seeds (just add more liquid)
  • Cinnamon: adds the perfect spice to complement the flavors (skip if you're not a fan)
  • Almond butter: another sneaky way to add protein and healthy fats – feel free to swap with any other nut/seed butter

And of course…fresh figs! We're putting them in and on top of our oatmeal bowls!

Best Types of Oats

Vegan Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Best Types of Oats for Oatmeal

Now before we get into the nitty-gritty of making this almond butter oatmeal, let's chat oats. As I said, I like old fashioned rolled, but there are so many other types to choose from.

Here's a quick overview of the different types of oats:

  • Quick Cooking/Instant Oats: as the name suggests, these cook super quickly, but also lose their texture a bit more and get kind of mushy. They should cook in about 90 seconds.
  • Old Fashioned Rolled/Rolled Oats: these are your “classic” oat – not too thick, not too thin. They cook in 3 – 5 minutes, hold their texture, and are perfect in oatmeal.
  • Steel Cut Oats/Scottish Oats: a thicker, coarser cut of the oat, these are a bit crunchy and take much longer to cook (about 20 minutes). They have a really great texture, and I love them, but you have to have patience. You can also cook them in a slow cooker if you want! Here's my tutorial for slow cooker steel cut oats.

Healthy Oatmeal Recipe with Figs

How to Add Protein To Oatmeal

One thing I like to do when I make oatmeal is to make sure I add protein (and healthy fats). Oats are carbohydrates and do have some fiber, but they won't stick with you that long unless you amp them up a bit.

Here are some ways to add protein to your oatmeal:

  • Nuts & seeds
  • Nut butter
  • Protein powder
  • Spirulina

All of these will help make your oatmeal a bit more filling and will help you digest them more slowly.

Fig & Almond Butter Oatmeal Recipe

A Perfect Bowl of Almond Butter Oatmeal

All this to say, this is absolutely the most perfect bowl of oatmeal! It's cozy, comforting, creamy, perfectly sweet and packed with nutrients.

In each bowl of this almond butter oatmeal, you'll get:

  • 16g of protein
  • 11g of fiber
  • 22g of healthy fats

It's a bowl that will fill you up, but also keep you full all morning long. Plus, it's an easy way to sneak in some fresh figs into your day!!

Almond Butter Fig Oatmeal

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Fig & Almond Butter Oatmeal

This healthy almond butter oatmeal uses fresh figs for a pop of flavor and sweetness. Vegan, high protein and the perfect healthy breakfast idea!
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 520kcal
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Healthy Almond Butter Oatmeal
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  • Add the oats and almond milk into a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Stir in the cinnamon, hemp seeds and maple syrup.
  • Continue to cook until the mixture has started to thicken, about 2 - 3 minutes. Then stir in the almond butter and half of the figs.
  • Transfer the oatmeal to two bowls. Top with the remaining figs and drizzle with some almond butter if desired. Enjoy!



Serving: 1cup | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 481mg | Iron: 5mg
Almond Butter Fig Oatmeal
Almond Butter Fig Oatmeal
Almond Butter Fig Oatmeal
Almond Butter Fig Oatmeal

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Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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