Back at school, the weeks are whizzing by and we are in the full blow of autumn. Haven’t we been blessed with the most gorgeous days ? Now is the time to celebrate seasonal fruit and vegetables and the wealth of variety they bring to our plates and palates.
Although not native, figs are in season and can be found in nearly every green grocers. These beautiful deep purple fruit of the Middle East are rich in minerals and fiber and can count themselves among the most highly alkaline foods. Their subtle flavour works very well with many dishes, be it on a salad with goats cheese, baked with chicken or just as a crunchy addition to a warming bowl of creamy porridge.
My favourite breakfast combination at the moment are figs with coconut yogurt and cinnamon, adding omega 3 rich ground linseeds and soaked walnuts make it just a super delicious and nutritious start into the day.
All you need per portion is:
1-2 small figs
2 tbsp of ground lindseeds
1 tsp of chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp of sunflower seeds
2-3 walnut halves ( soaked for 1-2 hours)
1/4 tsp of cinnamon ( plus some for garnish)
2-3 tbsp of natural coconut yogurt ( alternative natural goats or greek style yogurt)
1-2 tsp of Udo’s choice Oil ( optional )
Simply mix the ground linseeds, chia and sunflower seeds together with the cinnamon and set aside ( using a jar with a lid helps mixing it well). You can either buy already ground linseeds from a shop or grind your own, which I find more economical and gives a richer flavour. The easiest way to grind the linseeds is to use a coffee grinder and you can keep any left over linseeds in a glass jar in the fridge .
Next, wash the figs and dry well before cutting them into quarters. I tend to cut them 4 times to get 8 equal sized slices ( a bit like cutting a cake). Then start with scooping 2 tablespoons of seed mix into the bottom of medium sized glass or I love using pretty jam jars, then add two layers of fig slices, one layer of walnuts, another 2 layers of figs and finally top with coconut yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon. To add some more omega richness you can add 1-2 teaspoons of Udo’ s choice oil. Enjoy !!
The Quick Figs Mix also makes a lovely light dessert which you can prepare in advance, keep in the fridge before serving.