Ann of Unrefined Vegan makes Vanilla Fig Oatmeal and a Recipe for Spooky Halloween Oats!


Ann is another wonderful friend I’m made this past year. Her recipes are stellar and she is the founder of the Virtual Vegan Potluck. She’s sharing her beautiful photos and the recipe for my very favorite oatmeal – Vanilla Fig Oatmeal with Baklava Topping on her blog today.

I will be announcing the next Virtual Vegan Potluck here on the blog, so join up or at least follow along to drool over all the goodies!

Since it’s finally my favorite month, October, I’m throwing in a monster oatmeal flashback. Your little ones will love it – in fact the not-so little ones like me will be excited about a purple monster breakfast too. So don’t be a fuddy-duddy and add a little spooky to your month!


I love purple sweet potatoes because, well, they’re purple. They taste the same as orange ones but love the extra attention, making them the narcissists of the vegetable kingdom!

Slow Cooker Purple Sweet Potato Casserole Oatmeal
soy-free, gluten-free
2 to 3 servings

**This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker that’s 1 1/2 to 2 quarts

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened So Delicious Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup chopped peeled purple sweet potato (or use a regular sweet potato)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground allspice
  • pinch ground cloves
  • pinch nutmeg
  • sweetener to taste (brown sugar is great, but agave, stevia, etc. will still work fine)


  • 2 tablespoon chopped pecans (or whole ones to make monster face)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mini-marshmallows (2 smashed with cardamom or black sesame seeds for pupils if making monster)
  • 2 tablespoon agave nectar
  • optional slivered almonds (for scary monster mouth)

The night before: Spray your crock with some oil to help with clean up later. Add everything except sweetener and toppings to the slow cooker.  Cook on low over night (7 to 9 hours).

In the morning: Stir your oatmeal well. It may seem watery at the top but if stirred it should become a more uniform consistency. If there are still chunks of potato smash them with a fork.  Add some water if it’s still a little thick. Taste and sweeten. Top with toppings and make a monster face if you’re in the mood (or just in a mood).




  1. LOL…it’s the Purple People Eater! My nephew will love this…thanks for sharing it. :)

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