Apple, Fig and Vidalia Onion Breakfast Crisp

Conversation between Justin and I
“I thought this was going to be really weird cause there are onions in it, but now I can’t quit eating it.” – him
“That’s why I didn’t tell you there were onions in it when you asked what it was. I wanted you to just try it.” – me
“Well, you left evidence of your onion usage on the kitchen counter, so I knew.” – him

Several years ago, my dad made a vidalia onion pie. It sounded weird, but it tasted really similar to apple pie. I have a large bag of dried calimyrna figs in the pantry that I needed to use up. So this recipe was born. The figs are very remniscient of raisins, but a little crunchier due to the seeds. If you can’t find or don’t want to buy figs, you can substitute raisins. This recipe is vegan and gluten free. I’m not vegan or gluten free, but somehow a lot of my recipes turn out that way. You can easily substitute ghee or butter for coconut oil and any kind of milk for almond milk. You can also use just about any variety of apple. I would recommend not substituting a different type of onion for the Vidalia though. Vidalia onions are naturally sweeter and add a great savoriness without making it really ‘oniony.’ The chia seeds are totally optional. You can use another kind of seed or none at all if you rather. I was trying to add some texture and a little protein/Omega-3s.

Apple, Fig * Vidalia Onion Breakfast Crisp

3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and diced
1 Vidalia Onion, diced
1 teaspoon Salt
2-3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
7-10 Dried Figs, diced
1 tablespoon Ginger, finely minced
2-3 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/4-1/2 cup Brown Sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
2 cups Oatmeal
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted
3 tablespoons Almond Milk
More Cinnamon and Brown Sugar, to taste (I used 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp brown sugar)

In a large pan over medium heat, add the coconut oil, apples, onion and salt
Cook until the apples are soft, stirring occasionally — about 10 minutes
Add the figs, ginger and cinnamon and cook for 4-5 more minutes, stirring occasionally
Stir in the brown sugar and pour into a pie pan or a square baking pan
In a medium bowl, mix together the oatmeal, chia seeds, melted coconut oil, almond milk and the additional cinnamon and brown sugar
Pour over the apple mixture and spread evenly with a spoon
Bake at 400 for 15 minutes
Allow to cool for 5 minutes, enjoy!

Apple, Fig and Vidalia Onion Breakfast Crisp


2 Comments Add yours

  1. dapperdolly says:

    Oh wow I have to remember this – awesome recipe and I can well imagine why once started it has to be finished in one sitting!


    1. kallieschaefer says:

      It was great! My husband is already asking me to make it again.
      Hope you try it and like it! 🙂


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