Fig Oatmeal & Summer 2016 Reflections

Fig oatmeal.

Aren’t those two super beautiful words?!


I totally cheated and make a fake fig jam to top this bowl of oats. But I think that’s okay. After all, when figs are involved and it’s still summer (at least for a few more weeks), you can’t complain.

It turns out that if you smash a fig with a fork or spoon and add some flavourings (I did coconut sugar and lemon), you get a totally fake jam… that tastes like the real deal. I’m all about shortcuts in the kitchen and am basically a cheater. If it’s healthy, it tastes good and it took less than 5 minutes to make, that’s a good breakfast in my mind!


Since it’s the last Monday of August, I’m getting super reflective. This was a really good summer. Things got off to a good start with my beach vacation in the middle of May. I got home at the beginning of June and got right to work with the Food Entrepreneur Summit, which I’m still beaming about. It was such an amazing time. At the start of July I moved into my dream apartment and I’m still really enjoying living here. July and August were both filled with lots of hard work, drinks with friends, and of course, lots of healthy yet delicious food. In July, I visited my grandma in Kingston, which is a three-hour drive away, and enjoyed bunless burgers, fries and chocolate pudding sorbet (that seriously tasted like chocolate pudding!). And on Thursday I’m heading back there for a few days. The weather has been really nice here in Toronto, save for a few ridiculously hot days, but that just makes me super thankful for the invention of A/C. I couldn’t ask for a better summer season.

But in the meantime, I’m going to make this Fig Oatmeal as much as I possibly can. It’s my goodbye to summer.

How do you usually enjoy figs? What did you do this summer?

Fig Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 fig
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  1. Cut your fig in half. Save half.
  2. Take the other half and chop into small pieces.
  3. Add the chopped fig to the oats and water in a small bowl.
  4. Microwave for 2 minutes.
  5. Take the rest of the fig and smash with a fork or spoon until gooey and jammy.
  6. Add the coconut sugar and lemon juice.
  7. Serve the oatmeal with the topping.


Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  1. This looks divine, Aya! I totally feel you with taking shortcuts in the kitchen. I love making a quick jam by cooking down some berries and thickening with grass-fed gelatin and chia seeds.

    Sounds like you had an amazing summer! And you got lots done too 😉 which is always a bonus, right? Thinking I need to do some reflection on my summer before high school starts again… which is in less than two weeks! Yikes!

    1. Thank you so much, Clover! I’ve never thought to add gelatin to chia jam but that is a really good idea.

      Thanks! A productive summer = a good one. Hope you enjoy your final two weeks of summer. Eat lots of your cookie dough nice cream (which I can’t wait to make).

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