This hearty fig and orange oat bread is filled with fresh figs and orange zest. It makes for a delicious addition to breakfast or a great snack!

A few weeks ago I went to a taping of The Chew.

From the absolute last row of the studio, we watched them make grilled cheeses, burgers and milkshakes without getting to enjoy a single bite.

The taping started at 9am and we were out of the building by 10:45 standing on the streets of New York and completely ravenous.

This hearty fig and orange oat bread is filled with fresh figs and orange zest. It makes for a delicious addition to breakfast or a great snack!

Since we had absolutely no idea where we could get the soda shop episode food we just watched at that time of the morning, we headed to Eataly instead knowing we would definitely be able to find something there to make our growling stomachs happy.

Within minutes, I was standing in front of the bakery section faced with the decision of what $8 loaf of bread I was going to bring home.

Somehow, I made a decision (without drooling all over the display case) and a fig and orange loaf ended up in my bag.

In what can be explained as nothing other than divine intervention, I managed to not attack it on the 80 minute train ride home and actually waited until I got back inside my house, in my kitchen and took out a plate like a civilized person.

Nothing beats homemade bread and this fig and orange oat bread is no exception!

What happened next is probably not even fit for internet consumption.

It might have been the most intense moment I’ve ever had with a piece of food, we’ll leave it at that.

The bread lasted all of 18 hours in our house and we finished it off by the time lunch rolled around the following day.

Needless to say, it needed to be recreated.

Hearty, chewy and full of flavor, this fig and orange oat bread is a delicious addition to your breakfast.

Which brings me to this fig and orange oat bread.

I’ve made oat bread before and I love its heartiness and humbleness so that was one thing I definitely wanted to mimic in my version of this fig and orange loaf but I definitely made the recipe my own in a few ways.

Eataly used dried figs, I used fresh.

Eataly’s didn’t have walnuts, I added some.

Theirs was in the shape of a loaf, I decided to go the soda bread looking route (which it kind of is anyway sans the whole yeast thing).

I’m pretty sure we used a different combination of flours too. But the fig and orange flavor is what made that bread and that’s exactly what makes this one.

It’s hearty and dense and if you rip off a warm piece straight out of the oven with some butter and honey (or some Fig Preserves!) you might find yourself sitting over the finished photo shoot inhaling an entire section of it by yourself.

Although, you probably don’t take pictures of your food, so maybe not.

Love this fig and orange oat bread?

Try some of these other homemade bread recipes: Sweet Potato Raisin BreadMuesli Bread or, Dark Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Dutch Oven Bread.

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Fig and Orange Oat Bread

Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
This hearty fig and orange oat bread is filled with fresh figs and orange zest. It makes for a delicious addition to breakfast or a great snack!


  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, *see note
  • 1 cup chopped fresh figs
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • oats for topping


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and flour a baking sheet, set aside.
  • Combine flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in buttermilk.
  • Loosely combine with a spatula.
  • Add figs, orange zest and walnuts and fold in with a spatula.
  • Once dough starts to come together, transfer to a floured countertop and knead together until it forms a ball.
  • Transfer ball of dough onto the baking sheet and with a sharp serrated knife, make an "X" in the top, slicing about 2/3 of the way through the dough.
  • Brush the top of the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle oats on top.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown on the top and center is no longer raw/doughy.
  • Best served warm with butter and honey.


Buttermilk can be made using regular (or almond) milk and adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Let sit for a few minutes to "curdle" before using.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 11gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 561mgPotassium: 345mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 163IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
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  1. Fresh figs > dried…not so sweet, but so much unique flavor. I’d have been gobbling up the bread as I took my shots, too…and while I edited. And every opportunity thereafter…