These Cinnamon Fig Overnight Oats taste just like a Fig Newton! Made without dairy or refined sugars these cinnamon fig overnight oats are vegan and gluten-free.
Fig Newtons were one of my favorite cookies when I was younger.
I know that may sound weird, but remember my story about my grandparent’s house and their fruit trees? Well amongst the bunch was a fig tree, which was why I was partial to fig flavored anything. In fact I still am, however it has been a longgggg time since I’ve had a fresh fig.
You see, my grandparent’s fig tree produced large, juicy figs. The ones at the stores that I find are small and hard. Nope, not really interested in paying for that, so sadly it has been a while since I’ve tasted one of those delicious fresh figs. The memories of them remain however, and so does my love for them.
And my love for overnight oats continues to grow as well.
This is only my 3rd [I think?] overnight oats recipe on the blog, but I make a basic version at least once a week. It’s just so easy to throw the ingredients together the night before, plus I love all of the different flavors and versions that can be created! I know I am going to eventually go back to warm oats when the weather cools down but for now I am enjoying these cold, creamy overnight oats 🙂
Alright – on to these incredible Cinnamon Fig Overnight Oats
As I mentioned above, I tend not to buy fresh figs from the market as they don’t live up to my fig standards. Now that I live in farm country however, I am planning on hitting up a few farmer’s markets once they come into season to see if maybe the product is better out here. Until then though, I’m going to be making these cinnamon fig overnight oats with dried figs.
I know dried fruit is nowhere near as delicious as the real thing, but guysssss these oats may just change your mind.
A word to the wise, do yourself a favor and stir the dried figs into the oats to allow them to set up overnight. They get all sorts of juicy and plump, which makes these cinnamon fig overnight oats that much more delicious. The fig flavor also permeates into the milk, which then gets spread throughout the entire batch when you stir them. Yep – pretty fantastic!
To keep these oats dairy-free and vegan I made them with almond milk and sweetened them with stevia [just a drop or two] but feel free to use raw honey or maple syrup if that tickles your fancy! I wanted to keep the fig flavor pure which is why I used a non-flavored stevia, but I bet another sweetener would be just as delicious!
I know that most people add yogurt to their overnight oats to boost the protein content, but I kept the base of this recipe simple with just oats, milk and chia seeds. Since I use my overnight oats as a pre-workout meal I need more carbs than I do protein, but if protein is something you are looking for just go ahead and swap out some almond milk for 1/4-1/2 cup of greek yogurt [or non-dairy option].
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 dried figs, chopped
- few drops stevia or 1 teaspoon honey/maple
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let sit in the fridge overnight.
- Divide oats between two bowls and top with more fresh cinnamon and figs.
- If you want more of a protein boost simply swap out half the almond milk for greek yogurt!
- You can also add half a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder.
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