Fig and Cherry Baked Oatmeal

Fig and Cherry Baked Oatmeal

When I’m coming up with new recipes for the blog, I’m torn between two things. On one hand I want to provide new and exciting recipes. It’s fun to challenge myself in the kitchens and make new and exciting recipes. I love to try old classics that I haven’t yet conquered in the kitchen. In addition, my creative juices get flowing when I bake up a mash up of two of my favorite dishes combined, like Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies. And then there are the crazy recipes I come up with out of nowhere and think sound exciting and rather tasty. I think you all appreciate new recipes and I love making and tasting them. You never know when you might discover a new favorite.

On the other hand, I have my favorite recipes and I know all of you do as well. Those things you make over and over again and can’t get enough of. We all have different favorites. For me, it’s Peach Blackberry Pie, Blueberry Buckle, and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies among others. You might also have noticed I love granola bars and Rice Krispies Treats and have shared many different variations of the two.

Fig and Cherry Baked Oatmeal

It’s tough striking a balance between these two ideals, but I do try. Take this Fig and Cherry Baked Oatmeal. Baked Oatmeal is another one of my favorite go-to breakfasts. It’s easy to make, versatile, and comforting. Plus, leftovers last in the refrigerators for a few days, so it’s perfect for those busy mornings when you have not a single second to make breakfast. But I’ve never made anything with fresh figs here on the blog.

I tried fresh figs for the first time last year and fell in love with them. They have a unique, slightly strong flavor that is a bit of an acquired taste. A taste I have grown to like more with each bite. I simplified this baked oatmeal, so it is extra easy to prepare. I recommend getting the dry ingredients ready the night before and placing them in a plastic bag so there’s no hassle in the morning.

Fig and Cherry Baked Oatmeal

Cherry season has unfortunately rolled to a close, so feel free to use frozen, thawed cherries for the bottom layer, which adds a sweet, jammy contrast to the perfectly cooked oatmeal with just enough bite left to it. The figs on top add a bright flavor that works perfectly with the cherries and vanilla bean paste in the oatmeal mixture. Oh, and this is gluten free and vegan, so long as you use gluten free oats and non-dairy milk, like I did. I know you’ll enjoy this new and exciting, yet classic and comforting favorite as much as I did!

Fig and Cherry Baked Oatmeal

Fig and Cherry Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned oats (gluten free if necessary)

½ cup walnuts

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 cups milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk, use what you love)

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

2 cups cherries, fresh and pitted or frozen and thawed

4 fresh Mission figs, quartered

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cherries in the bottom of an 8 inch square baking dish.

In a medium bowl, stir together oats, walnuts, baking powder, and cinnamon. This may also be combined in a zipper bag the night before.

Add the milk and vanilla bean paste to the oat mixture and stir to combine. Pour over the cherries. Arrange the figs decoratively on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until lightly brown and bubbling. Serve warm. Oatmeal may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. May be served cold or reheated in the microwave.

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Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

If you haven’t noticed I’m rather obsessed with the combination of peanut butter and jelly. I already have granola bars, cookies, bars, and puppy chow peanut butter and jelly recipes here on the blog. It’s a classic flavor combination that will never, ever go out of style. I forbid it!

The possibilities of new peanut butter and jelly recipes are endless. You are never going to see me stop posting peanut butter and jelly recipes here on the blog.

Luckily, Peanut Butter & Company is just as obsessed with peanut butter and jelly as me. With back to school season here, Peanut Butter & Company challenged some bloggers to create a new, unique peanut butter and jelly recipe.

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

I got thinking about the possibilities and settled on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but not just any peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Oh, no! This is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Rice Krispies treats instead of bread. That’s right! I said it. Rice Krispies treats instead of bread!

Brace yourself for the awesomeness of buttery, sticky, crunchy, marshmallowy Rice Krispies treats surrounding creamy peanut butter and flavorful strawberry jam. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the flavors and textures paired, especially the pop of flavor from the jam. This treat is going to be your new favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Plus, Peanut Butter and Company has generously offered to give one lucky reader 1 jar of Smooth Operator peanut butter, 1 jar of Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter, 1 jar of Seriously Strawberry jam, and 1 jar of Awesome Apricot preserves. Now that I’ve tried their jam, I can’t decide if I like it or the peanut butter better! So flavorful – like eating fresh fruit.

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Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Rice Krispies Treat Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 9 bars

Ingredients

1 10 ounce bag marshmallows (mini or jumbo)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

4 ½ - 5 cups Rice Krispies

½ cup Smooth Operator peanut butter

½ cup Seriously Strawberry jam

2 tablespoons peanut butter chips

Instructions

Generously butter an 8 inch square pan. Set aside.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine marshmallows and butter. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until all of the marshmallows and butter are melted.

Add the Rice Krispies a few cups at a time and stir until fully coated. Continue adding Rice Krispies until the mixture is gooey, but there is not a lot of marshmallow in the bottom of the bowl. Pour half of this mixture into the prepared pan. Press it down into an even layer with buttered hands or spatula.

Spread the peanut butter in an even layer over the treats. Spread the jam into an even layer over the peanut butter. Carefully spread the remaining Rice Krispies mixture over the jam. Press down slightly using buttered hands. Sprinkle with the peanut butter chips and press into the treats.

Cool completely in pan before slicing and serving. Treats may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

Additional cooling time is necessary

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