Deconstructed “Fig Newton” Oatmeal

Nabisco might have changed the packaging on their Fig Newtons, but this doesn’t change the fact that they’re still a cookie and cookies just aren’t the best thing for you, especially when the ingredients include partially hydrogenated oil [slowly destroying your stomach lining], preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup. Oh, to be a kid again when I wasn’t as aware and just ate for the taste.

And that’s the thing: Fig Newtons taste awesome. I love how chewy and buttery they are. I wanted to recreate the flavor without the guilt, and thought oatmeal would be the perfect “batter”-like base. After perusing some Newton recipes I found, not surprisingly, that Fig Newtons contain vanilla, butter, sugar, eggs – your cookie basics. Thankfully, extracts exist, including vanilla extract and even butter extract. The best part? “This product has no significant nutritional value.” Why yes, I did just find a way to make my oatmeal taste like a butter cookie without the calories and cholesterol.

This is a simpler breakfast recipe. Just toss the sliced, dried figs in a teaspoon of lemon extract and sugar [I used splenda, but brown sugar might be more authentic].


hen, toss that into the oats. Done.

oh oatmeal, when will you look pretty?

The combination of the banana and the butter extract make the base taste like a cookie, and the tossed figs are reminiscent of a real Newton. It’s not a perfect match, but it’s a worthy substitute.

Deconstructed “Fig Newton” Oatmeal (Vegan, Vegetarian)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2


  • 2/3 cup Coach’s Oats (or 1/2 cup steel cut oats or 1 cup rolled oats)
  • 1 3/4 cup almond milk/water blend or liquid of your choice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla protein powder (soy protein powder will make this vegan, whey protein powder will make this vegetarian)
  • 1 tsp butter extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp sugar (brown sugar might be best)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 6 dried figs, sliced


1. Combine everything except the figs, 1/2 sugar, and lemon extract on the stovetop, bring to a boil, and simmer until thick.

2. In a small bowl, mix the figs, sugar and lemon extract.

2.  Stir in the figs at the very end, or use them as a garnish. I put half into the mixture and used half as a garnish. Finished!


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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: Tumblr:


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4 Comments on “Deconstructed “Fig Newton” Oatmeal”

  1. October 25, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    It looks lovely, an ideal breakfast.

    • October 25, 2011 at 8:50 am #

      Thanks! It really is simple. There’s nothing overwhelming about the flavors. I think that’s why I like this one.

  2. A Tablespoon of Liz
    October 25, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    It’s been ages since I’ve had a fig newton… this looks even better than the actual cookie!

    • October 25, 2011 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks! It tastes a little bit different (not as sweet and grainy), but I’ll take what I can get, haha. I’ve actually been meaning to try Whole Foods’ version of Fig Newtons that they sell in their bulk section… should probably just crumble that on top 😉

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