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Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts, Easy, Healthy, Snacks | 2 comments

Caramelized Figs with Granola and Greek Yogurt

Caramelized Figs with Granola and Greek Yogurt

Caramelized Figs with Granola and Greek Yogurt~My Invisible Crown My Invisible Crown I didn’t think I liked figs until this week.  I grew up my whole life thinking that.  When I was small one of my distant relatives had a fig bush and we (my siblings…I have 7 between all the families!) tried them right off the bush and I thought they were gross!  Now I know better than to believe what my little kid brain told me so when I walked by these beauties the other day, I had to try again.  I mean how can all those people who rave over figs be wrong?  Turns out they’re not!  To my surprise I loved the caramelized figs with granola and greek yogurt!

My last post was a lunch I had.  My Healthy Salmon Melt.  So I thought I’d continue the theme for another week.  This recipe for Caramelized Figs with Granola and Greek Yogurt was perfect for a healthy breakfast or just anytime snack.  I’m learning about figs as I go so I’ll break them down for you in case you’re not familiar with them either.

The bright green variety is called Kadota Figs and have a nutty, less sweet flavor than other types.

Brown Turkey Figs have brownish dark purple skin with green hints and are a medium sweet fig with firm flesh.

And the most common are Black Mission Figs with dark pink flesh and dark purple skin and are extremely sweet almost needing no sweetener added.

There are many other varieties but I chose the three offered (same as above) to try them all.  I think next time I will not caramelize the dark purple ones because they are so sweet.  They’d be completely fine alone. Figs in general have a super mild flavor.

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I also used in this recipe, granola from a local bakery, pistachios, wild lavender honey that I used on my pear and brie slice for my Boring Awards Antipasto.  But here’s where we get into the healthy part.  Greek yogurt (I used vanilla this time but in most dishes I use it in place of mayo or sour cream like in this recipe and this one as well).  It has zero fat and is loaded with protein.  It’s always a good choice.  Also, the chia seeds are a super duper food! They’re not just for growing weird hairy sculptures it turns out.  The health benefits are endless but I’ll name a few so you believe I’m not making it up. 1)  They’re full of healthy omega 3’s…one of the highest known plant sources…awesome!  2) The soluable fiber stabalizes blood glucose levels.  3) They give you healthy energy because of the balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber.  4) They boost metabolism and detoxification. 5)  They’re high in antioxidants, boost brain power, help with weight loss and have a high protein content.  Should I keep going?  No?  You get it then.  Eat Chia seeds!  They have a mild nutty flavor and can be sprinkled on anything you like!  I grind mine up though to help with absorption like this.   My Invisible Crown Ok…off the bandwagon and back to the food!

This is a super easy and wonderfully healthy dish.  Try it out and let me know, even if you don’t think you like figs!

To caramelize I put a couple tablespoons of honey in a heavy sauce pan and cooked to warm and make sure they were tender.  My Invisible Crown

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I removed them from the heat and poured over the yogurt, added the chia seeds and granola and some pistachios.  That’s what I had and what I like.  Use your favorite nut or leave it out all together.  If you don’t have or like figs, just take fresh strawberries and blueberries or even your favorite dried fruit instead of caramelizing.  The key in any recipe is using ingredients that make you happy!  Pile everything you like in a bowl and be proud of yourself.  Super healthy meal!

Caramelized Figs with Granola and Greek Yogurt

  • 3-4 ripe figs, halved
  • 1-2 tablespoons local honey
  • 1/3 cup granola
  • nuts to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, crushed
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt

Heat the honey in a heavy sauce pan.  Roll halved figs to cover and cook on medium heat stirring often for 5-6 minutes or longer depending on how tender you want them to be.  Add cooked figs to yogurt.  Top with granola, chia seeds, nuts and drizzle with honey. :)

What would you like to see with figs?  Another recipe coming next week!  We’ve got to take advantage while they’re in season!

2 Comments

  1. Very, very interesting. I have to be honest, I am not sold on this idea, but not because it doesn’t look appetizing. It definitely does. I’m just still easing my way into the idea of hot figs on Greek yogurt. You know? Give me a little while to let it sink in. I just might start liking the idea!
    ~FringeGirl

    • Girl I totally understand but it was really good and a super healthy breakfast! But try it with other fruits. I eat that a lot. Greek yogurt is very high in protein so it sustains you longer and has no fat. It’s one of the best things you can eat. Tons of probiotics, too!

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