Comforting Oatmeal bowl with berries and fig

This comforting oatmeal bowl with berries and fig provides a nutrient-dense start to your day and is perfect for the autumnal weather.

I can’t believe that it’s been over six weeks since I last had oats. The scorching weather was to blame, but now that autumn is here, I have every intention of making up for it.

A great big bowl of oatmeal is the perfect way to start the day if you ask me. No sugar crashes, no cravings, no brain fog, and no unnecessary snacking between meals, just a happy, satisfied belly and a fully-focused mind. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take that every single day!

I should warn you though that not all oats are created equal. Because they are heavily processed, instant oats will spike your blood sugar just as quickly as refined flours or grains and that sugar crash will come round just as quickly as the spike.

Rolled oats and steel-cut oats are much better choices. They have much less impact on your insulin levels and will give you the sustained energy release that you need until your next meal. The texture of steel-cut oats is my favourite, but unfortunately, they take a very long time to cook. The cook time is not a bother when I’m cooking leisurely but for breakfast, speed is always of the essence.

Rolled oats are my preferred choice for breakfast porridge because they retain a lovely chewy texture after cooking (unlike instant oats that become mushy) and keep my sugar levels balanced aka no sugar crash. For added nutrition (and let’s be honest sweetness and decadence, haha), I top my oatmeal with a mix of fruits, nuts or seeds and yoghurt.

Let’s talk nutrition


Figs are a good source of zinc, which is necessary for healthy immunity and skin. They’re also good sources of iron, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese.


Cashew nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats with known health-promoting benefits for the heart. They are good sources f protein, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.



Comforting Oatmeal bowl with berries and fig

  • Author: Somi Igbene
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 1x


This comforting oatmeal bowl with berries and fig provides a nutrient-dense start to your day and is perfect for the autumnal weather.



  • 75g rolled oats
  • 200ml unsweetened almond milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla paste
  • ½ a small banana, mashed
  • ½ a small fig
  • 1 teaspoon applesauce (optional)
  • A small handful of fresh blueberries
  • A small handful of strawberries, halved
  • 1 tablespoon cashew nuts


  1. Put the oats, milk, cinnamon, vanilla paste, and mashed banana in a pan. Bring to the boil then cook on a low heat for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Serve the porridge in a bowl. Top with berries, figs, cashew nuts and applesauce if using.
  • Category: Breakfast


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 442
  • Sugar: 22
  • Fat: 12
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 75
  • Fiber: 12
  • Protein: 12
  • Cholesterol: 0

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