Slow Cooker Vanilla Fig Oatmeal Topped with Baklava Filling

Slow Cooker Vanilla Fig Oatmeal Topped with Baklava Filling

It’s day 9 of Love Your Oatmeal Week – which I am renaming to “Love Your Oatmeal Celebration” – so I sound a little less crazy! I am however a little obsessed with oatmeal and I think it’s the continued success of all my crazy flavor ideas that’s keeping me motivated. I was actually excited for this morning to come when I went to bed last night. Not an easy feat on a work night!

If you don’t have orange flower water it’s fine to leave it out. It adds a very subtle sweet flavor and aroma. Before buying any, make sure it’s food grade, which most Middle Eastern stores carry. I was unable to find food grade at my local Whole Foods.

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You can leave off the topping altogether or just use a teaspoon or two of your favorite nut. Depending on how sweet your figs are you may need to add a little sweetener if you make it that way.

As seen on The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter

Slow Cooker Vanilla Fig Oatmeal

Serves: 2 or 3

**This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker that's 1½ to 2 quarts
  • ½ cup steel-cut oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened So Delicious Coconut Milk (only 50 calories a cup!)
  • ½ cup chopped dried figs
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon food grade orange flower water (optional)
  • ½ vanilla bean scraped or ½ teaspoon vanilla paste or 1 teaspoon vanilla
'baklava' topping
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • pinch of cinnamon
The night before:
  1. Spray your crock with some oil to help with clean up later.
  2. Add everything except baklava filling topping ingredients to the slow cooker.
  3. Mix together the 'baklava filling' in a small bowl and store in the fridge until the morning.
  4. Cook on low over night (7 to 9 hours).
In the morning:
  1. Stir your oatmeal well. It may seem watery at the top but if stirred it should become a more uniform consistency.
  2. Top each serving with a few tablespoons of the baklava filling, making it as sweet as you like it.



  1. says

    Sounds amazing! I just bought some organic dried figs at Costco yesterday. I’m going to have to make this soon. Have you ever tried soaking your oats before to remove the enzyme inhibitors (phytic acid)? It make your oatmeal more digestible and allows your body to more readily absorb all the nutrients in the grain.

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