These roasted figs with honey and yoghurt are one of life's simple pleasures. Deliciously sweet figs roasted until soft and jammy served with creamy yoghurt, chopped walnuts and honey. A great breakfast or dessert!
Sometimes in life, it's the simple things that are best. This is especially true of food I think. Like a really good grilled cheese sandwich or the perfectly poached egg, simple things can be amazing.
This recipe is simple, but it is one of the nicest, sweetest things I have eaten in a while. It's great for breakfast or brunch but equally good as a dessert. We like to have this for breakfast at the weekend. And I definitely recommend trying these figs with granola and yoghurt too!
Why This Recipe Works
- Roasted figs - roasted until soft and jammy with a hint of rosemary and lemon.
- Greek yoghurt - the perfect accompaniment to those sweet figs, I use low-fat yoghurt to keep this recipe on the healthy side!
- Flexible recipe - great for breakfast, brunch or dessert! But you can adjust this recipe according to your own preferences. It's easy to make this vegan and you can also avoid or change the nuts if you wish.
What You'll Need:
- Figs - Figs are in season right now and most supermarkets have them. They are quite cheap to buy fresh, so even though this dessert feels quite indulgent and rich, it's actually an affordable recipe to make. When buying your figs look for plump figs that are a deep purple colour. I used purple Turkish figs, they have a slightly thicker skin but it's still good to eat. They are also less sweet than other varieties, which is perfect for this recipe.
- Yoghurt - I prefer low-fat Greek yoghurt with this recipe but you can use plain natural yoghurt if you wish.
- Walnuts - chopped walnuts add texture to this dish but you can omit them if you prefer. Pistachios work really well here too.
- Herbs - I roast the figs with rosemary and add mint to the finished dish.
- Honey - runny honey is best for this recipe, I also add a little more to the finished dish. You can use vegan honey or agave syrup if you prefer. I would avoid using maple syrup though as it will overpower the flavours here.
- Butter and lemon - the butter is used to grease the oven dish and the lemon juice is added to the figs before you roast them. You can use a plant-based butter if you wish.
How To Make Roasted Figs
This is just a quick visual guide please see the recipe card below for detailed directions.
- Wash the figs then cut them in half lengthways. Drizzle the honey and lemon juice over the figs and toss until they are coated. Then sprinkle the chopped rosemary over the figs. Roast in the oven until soft.
- Toast the chopped walnuts in a dry pan.
- Remove figs from the oven. They should be soft. Keep the juice from the pan to add to the finished dish.
Tips For Making The Best Roasted Figs
- Wash the figs before you cook them, I leave the little stalks on. It's absolutely fine to eat the skin once it's nice and soft.
- Use ripe figs! When you buy your figs make sure they are ripe, if you can touch the figs they should feel slightly soft.
- Don't forget to preheat your oven! You don't want to be waiting around for these!
How To Adapt This Recipe
- You can use these roasted figs for a cheese board, pair with creamy goat's cheese for best results.
- Spice up your morning porridge with some roasted figs and nuts, this is a great autumnal breakfast.
- Turn them into an appetiser, add the figs to toasted bread with some ricotta cheese or goat's cheese. Use my recipe for crostini, just swap the cherries for the roasted figs.
- Make it vegan - if you're ok with figs as a vegan, then you can swap the Greek yoghurt for your favourite plain plant-based yoghurt. I recommend using agave syrup and reducing the quantity to half a tablespoon. You could use maple syrup if you prefer but I find it a little overpowering for this recipe. You can also swap the butter for a plant butter. If you are unsure whether figs are vegan or not, this article may help you decide.
Need More Breakfast Inspiration?
If you are looking for more breakfast or brunch inspiration you may like my Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes or my Sourdough French Toast. Fancy something more savoury? Try my Potato Farls these always go down a treat or Smashed Avocado on Toast.
Roasted Figs with Honey & Yogurt
- 6 large /350g fresh figs washed and cut in half
- 1 tablespoon runny honey
- 1 sprig of rosemary (1 heaped teaspoon of chopped rosemary) finely chopped
- ½ a lemon juice only
- 1 tbsp butter
- 10 /25g walnut halves roughly chopped
- 1 ½ cups /400g low-fat Greek yoghurt
- Mint leaves for serving (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 356 FGrease an oven-proof dish with a tablespoon of butter.
- Place the figs cut side up in the dish. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the figs. Sprinkle the rosemary over the figs then drizzle the honey over all the figs. Make sure all the figs are covered in the honey.
- Place the dish in the top or middle shelf and bake for 15 - 20 minutes, depending on the size of your figs, larger fig will take longer. The figs, when done, will be soft and jammy.
- Serve immediately with Greek yoghurt, chopped walnuts and a spoon of the juice from the dish.I also add a drizzle of honey and a couple of mint leaves but that's completely optional.
*This recipe was first published on Sep 28, 2017. It has now been updated with new photos, a step by step guide and more nutritional information.