Healthy almond butter baked oatmeal with fresh figs is perfect for meal prep or serving guests at weekend brunch.
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ cups almond milk
2 eggs or flax eggs*
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
5–6 fresh figs, thinly sliced
Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly grease an 8×8 or similar sized baking dish with avocado or coconut oil. I use a smaller 7.5×5 Staub baking dish.
Mix together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, maple syrup, almond butter, eggs (flax eggs), and almond milk until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the oat mixture. Let stand for about 5 minutes so the oats have time to absorb some of the liquid.
Pour the mixture into the baking dish and top with the sliced figs. Place in the oven for 40-50 minutes. The larger your baking dish the less time it will take for the oatmeal to set. Check after 35-40 minutes. It’s ready when the top starts to brown and the middle is set. You can test this by poking the center with a toothpick or knife. It will come out clean when it’s ready. Remove and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
While the oatmeal cools, coat the back of a spoon with maple syrup and coat the top of the figs and baked oatmeal. While this is optional it locks in moisture and enhances the flavor of the figs.
Serve with a splash of milk or top with yogurt or nut butter of choice. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Vegan option: Replace the 2 eggs with flax eggs. To make the flax eggs, combine 2 tablespoons of ground flax with 5 tablespoons of warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes to gel before combining with the wet ingredients. Or simply add two tablespoons of ground flax to the bowl of dry ingredients. Both options work wonderfully.
To Reheat: Reheat a single portion in the microwave for 25-20 second or on the stove-top with a splash of almond milk. To reheat the entire dish, covered with foil, and place in a 350F oven until warmed through, 15–20 minutes.