Fig & Ricotta Oatmeal

What do you do like to do with fresh figs? I like to put them on steel cut oatmeal with Kite Hill almond-based ricotta.

Whenever my husband sees fresh figs he starts raving about his favorite sandwiches that he ate growing up, which apparently had fresh figs, ricotta, honey, and a little bit of black pepper. Never having eaten figs myself and inspired by his nostalgia, I tried my own twist on this idea. Yum.

I added a few “sweet” flavorings, including citrus zest, vanilla, and almond extract. Almond extract is the BEST. It makes things taste like dessert, even if they aren’t sweetened. It is a very strong flavor, so the key is to use just the tiniest amount. The flavor works great in this context. Enjoy!

For the more dessert-inclined folks in my following, I also created a similarly themed, date sweetened tart that my family immediately devoured.

Fig & Ricotta Oatmeal

Grain | Protein | Fruit
Servings: 1
Recipe From: Katie’s Conscious Kitchen



  • 4 oz steel cut oats*, cooked or another grain or hot cereal of choice


  • 1.5 oz nut-based ricotta or 3 oz dairy ricotta
  • 0.5 oz walnuts, pistachios, or sliced almonds to garnish


  • 6 oz fresh figs sliced or chopped


  • drizzle of honey optional
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp orange or lemon zest
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
  • pinch of salt


  • In a saucepan (I find a nonstick saucepan works best for easy cleanup) combine 1/4 cup steel cut oats with 1 cups of water (1:4 ratio), or make larger batches of oatmeal ahead of time and reheat with a little milk or water. If you have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, making steel cut oats in it is a breeze.
  • Stir the seasonings into the oats after cooking.
  • Stir the ricotta into the oatmeal or serve it atop the oatmeal, whichever pleases you more.
  • Top with figs and nuts.
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  1. Sandy Christiano

    Omg, we just bought a house with a fig tree. I can’t wait to try this!

  2. Lorelei

    Thank you for the recommendations for BLE-friendly “sweet “ seasonings. The breakfast looks sophisticated, delicious and healthy! I’ll be looking forward to fig season in the Northeast.❤️

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