Granola with Yogurt and Honey-Baked Figs

Aren’t figs beautiful?  Yeah, I know.  Random thoughts by Shanon.  But, they really are.  Before this post, I had never really cooked with figs before.  They just seemed foreign to me.  But, I have always loved things flavored with them.  I’ve picked them up at markets, only to put them down again, not knowing what the heck I wanted to do with them.  I was having a secret crush on them at my local market, actually-always stopping to look at them and wonder what I wanted to do with them…and when.

On a recent flight that consisted of rapid digestion of multiple food magazines that had been piling up on my coffee table, I came across this recipe from Cooking Light.  Granola?  Check.  I’ve made that before.  Greek yogurt?  Ummm, I only have TWO huge containers of it in my fridge because I am constantly worried that I may run out of it.  Figs.  Hmmm.  The directions sounded simple enough.  Another healthy breakfast combining good quality protein and fruits.  My self-imposed quest for exposure to as many fruits and vegetables as possible seemed do-able with this breakfast.  I was sold.

This is a must-do recipe.  If you are short on time, use pre-made or store-bought granola.  But, don’t skip out on the figs.  That caramelized sweetness will forever be etched in my brain as a fantastic victory recipe-one that is bound to appear on my breakfast (or dinner) table again very soon.  I hope it will be one of yours, too.

Granola with Honey-Scented Baked Figs

Servings: approximately 4 large servings

Ingredients

For the granola:

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

1 large egg white

1 and 1/8 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

3/8 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

Pinch sea salt

Pinch ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons maple syrup

For the figs:

2 tablespoons honey

Handful fresh figs, stemmed and quartered

3 cups Greek yogurt, or as much as you desire (I use 2%-it keeps me fuller for longer……)

Instructions

1. For the granola: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, combine the oats and the walnuts.

3. In another bowl, combine the egg white and the vanilla.

4. Using an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed, beat the egg whites until they are thick and foamy.

5. Add the oat mixture to the egg whites and gently stir to combine.

6. Add the brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, pinch of salt and nutmeg to the bowl and mix to thoroughly combine.

7. Spread the mixture in an even layer onto a foil-lined baking sheet (make sure to generously spray the foil with cooking spray first!).

8. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring the granola halfway through the baking time.  Remove from the oven and let cool.

9. For the figs:  Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

10. In a large bowl, combine the  2 teaspoons of honey and the remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, mixing well.

11. Add the figs to the bowl, and toss gently to thoroughly coat.

12. Arrange the figs, cut sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet.

13. Sprinkle the figs with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and sea salt, to taste.

14. Bake the figs until the juices bubble, about 10 minutes or so.  Remove from the oven and cool.

15. To assemble the dish:  Add your desired amount of Greek yogurt to each bowl. Top with granola, figs, and drizzle with additional honey, if desired.

 

Source: Barely adapted from Cooking Light, September 2011

 

September 19, 2011 - 1:19 pm

Paula @ Dishing the Divine - yogurt + granola + fruit = yummmmmy breakfast :) I absolutely must indulge in these breakfasts as often as I can before winter comes and the only available fruits aren’t good in oatmeal (oranges, anyone?!). Someone please remind me of that again and again because at this point I’m weeping a bit as I hear rumors of no more peaches and strawberries and figs!

September 19, 2011 - 9:47 pm

Happy When Not Hungry - I just bought some fresh figs this past weekend. Now I know what I’ll be making!

September 20, 2011 - 5:16 am

zerrin - Fig is my favorite fruit and this sounds like a perfect dessert for me!

September 20, 2011 - 7:07 am

Lenna - This looks amazing! I love figs, even though I rarely have fresh ones. And combined with granola? Perfect!

September 20, 2011 - 7:45 am

Jenna - I made this exact same recipe, but your pictures are far better than mine!

September 20, 2011 - 9:56 am

elly - This looks fantastic. I love figs so much, and am always looking for ways to use them. Haven’t tried yogurt yet. :)

September 20, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Tara - YUM Shanon!! I have a boatload of figs in the fridge which I bought on impulse this weekend and now I have the perfect way to use them. Thanks for sharing!

September 20, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Kelsey - This has so many of my favorite flavors going on–figs, honey, granola, AND Greek yogurt? Yes please!

September 20, 2011 - 3:19 pm

Laura - Looks great! My fig tree in the backyard is just ripening now, and I’ve been looking for ideas. Thanks!

September 21, 2011 - 2:54 pm

Shawnda - I don’t even know where to start, there are so many of my favorite things in that bowl! Beautiful pictures!

October 29, 2011 - 5:45 pm

Angel - This looks wonderful! I’ve never had figs fresh so this seems the perfect recipe to try them out. I was wondering how long the granola will keep as it would be better for me if I could make it in advance.

October 29, 2011 - 5:47 pm

srlacy - Hi Angel-

The granola will keep for several weeks if it is stored in an air-tight container. I keep mine in the fridge just to be on the safe side. I’ve had mine in the fridge now for going on a month-and it’s still great!

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