Vegan Slow Cooking for Two Blog Tour, Giveaway, & Vanilla Fig Oatmeal

vanilla fig oatmealI call it kind of brand loyalty.  Here’s what I mean: whenever Kate Bush releases an album (and the good Lord knows she doesn’t do it often enough), I buy it.  Just as I’ll read anything Mary Roach writes, if only in the hopes that her sense of humor will rub off on me; I always end up learning a whole heck of a lot, too.  And, whenever I get wind that Kathy Hester has a new cookbook in the pipes, I get my virtual arse over to Amazon and pre-order it.  It really doesn’t matter what the subject matter is – I know it’ll be more than good.  Happily, Kathy has been steadily providing us hungry vegans with delicious, nutritious, easy, and comforting recipes and her latest book, Vegan Slow Cooking for Two (or Just for You) is another book for which to feel undying fealty.  This one speaks especially to me since besides our furry friend, Ike, there are just two in my household.  While leftovers are great, there are times you just want enough for one meal.  And you want to put the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it do the work.

Vegan Slow Cooking for Two cover

As with Kathy’s other two books (The Vegan Slow Cooker, The Great Vegan Bean Book), I gave this one a thorough test drive.  Life is rough, isn’t it?  Let’s take a look under the hood:

oatmeal cookie for 2

Chocolate Chip Cookie for Two

coconut hot chocolate

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  • Author: Kathy Hester


Breakfast prepares itself while you get your Zzzzzs!


  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped dry figs
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. orange flower water, food grade, optional
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped, or 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 1 Tbsp. each chopped pistachios, walnuts, and almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • Pinch cinnamon


The night before

  1. Spray your crock with oil to help with cleanup later or skip it and just plan on soaking your crock immediately afterward so any stuck-on oatmeal will come right off. Add everything except the topping ingredients to the slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients and store in the fridge until the morning. Cook the oatmeal on low for 7 to 9 hours.

In the morning

  1. Stir your oatmeal well. It may seem watery on top, but if stirred, it should become a more uniform consistency. Top each serving with a few teaspoons of the baklava topping, making it as sweet as you like it.


  • Recipe shared with permission from Kathy Hester and Fair Winds Press.


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 477
  • Sugar: 21
  • Sodium: 197
  • Fat: 17
  • Saturated Fat: 9
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 71
  • Protein: 14
  • Cholesterol: 0


vanilla fig oatmeal

Giveaway runs through October 9.
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112 thoughts on “Vegan Slow Cooking for Two Blog Tour, Giveaway, & Vanilla Fig Oatmeal

  1. Eric

    I have never made a cookie in a slow-cooker. I think I have seen that you can make pies in slow cookers and that seems yummy (: It’s becoming pie season!

  2. RubyShooZ

    Wow, what a great recipe. I have almost all of the ingredients that are called for and am looking forward to making it.

    The book sounds great and is something we’d use alot I think. Thanks and good luck to all who enter the “contest”.


  3. Pixie

    Nope…uh, no, never made a cookie in a slow cooker. I have 4 kids so that just wasn’t an option across the years, even if I had had a marvelous recipe for one! lol The fighting over that one cookie would not be pretty in a family of sweet fanatics. Now that the empty nest is drawing closer, I will want to try it. 🙂

  4. charj

    No. I have not made a cookie in the slow cooker, but I intend to remedy that situation as soon as I can. Kathy is so creative.

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  6. Steph

    I’ve never made a cookie in the slow cooker, and I’m afraid this information might be dangerous – I’d be tempted to set it the night before and wake up to a breakfast cookie 🙂

  7. cmb0096

    I have never made a cookie in the crock-pot, but I would love to have a recipe to give it a try 🙂


  8. narf77

    What is it with Kate Bush eh? My grouchy old curmugeon of a dad who didn’t like ANYTHING loved Kate Bush and asked my daughters to get him a C.D. of her greatest hits for Christmas! I might slowly be turning into a feminine version of my dad as I age and Cathy Hesters Vanilla Fig Oatmeal with Baklava Topping might just be my own personal “Kate Bush” moment! Gotta make this ASAP! Cheers for sharing Annie 🙂

  9. Jessica Noelle Glitterpony

    I read this as “vanilla baked oatmeal with baked lava topping.” I thought, “Ooooo!!! What is ‘baked lava topping?!?'” ….ha, yay dyslexia! 🙂 I’m pretty sure baklava topping is far tastier anyway. 😉 PS I found this post especially delightful to read. Loved it when you said that part about “take a test drive–look under the hood.” 🙂 Nice!

  10. cp

    I’ve never made a cookie in a crock pot but it would be fun to try it. I’ve got two small crock pots so I’d love t have this cook book!

  11. Chelsea

    I follow you:) Also, I’ve never made anything in a slow cooker before because I don’t have one. If i win this cookbook, I’ll totally get one though!

  12. clairesuellentrop

    Oh em jeezy, that oatmeal looks to die for. As for cookies in a slow-cooker: I’ve heard of them, but have yet to give it a try!

  13. Kathleine

    I have never made a cookie anywhere other than an oven. Slow cookers can do so much and I’ve been researching!

  14. Sophie33

    Waw, this looks like a great & tasty cook book! That figgy oatmeal sounds divine & those other tested recipes , the endresults look amazing,…I want those cookies for two! 🙂 Yummmm! x

  15. Deb Dianne

    I have not yet made cookies in a slow cooker. I have some Glutino pie crust I wanted to experiment with to make shortbread cookies, so maybe this will work.

  16. Susmitha - Veganosaurus

    I’ve always wanted to buy a slow cooker. And looking at Kathy’s books/recipes makes me want it more. We don’t get any here in India. 🙁 I wish we had special vessles which could be placed on gas stove tops and used as slow cookers.

    I can’t believe you’re continuing to blog directly after MoFo, girl! haha

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      I think you need to invent a stove top slow cooker, Susmitha! Great idea.

      Truly I would have taken a break but these past few giveaways were scheduled so what could I do :-)? I’m going to take a break after the Potluck.

  17. Heather McClees (@TheSoulfulSpoon)

    Oh my gosh! This recipe combines EVERY one of my favorite flavors ( okay, except chocolate and coconut!:) I adore vanilla, figs and cinnamon, and have really been into oats lately. My mom and I are taking a trip tomorrow to the mountains and this will be the perfect breakfast to enjoy before we go!:)THANK YOU for the inspiration!!!

  18. biggsis

    Making a giant cookie in a crock pot sounds like genius to me…. and I’m always willing to go with a genius idea!

  19. Heather B.

    I’ve never made a cookie in a slow cooker, but I’m willing to bite the bullet and sacrifice myself for the sake of my family, LOL!

  20. RG

    Yum those dishes look scrumptious! I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a cookbook before about vegan slow cooking. Thanks for the info. I’ll look into getting a copy.


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