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Cinnamon Sugar Fig Toast with Ricotta

These fig toasts look fancy but are ready in just 10 minutes! Vegan ricotta and maple syrup are the perfect additions to crusty grilled toast and juicy, ripe figs. Spread with a cinnamon sugar butter, you won’t want to miss out on your new favorite breakfast!

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Fig Toast, a perfect autumn breakfast

Fresh figs always tempt me when grocery shopping this time of year. While note exactly a “practical” purchase, you can’t deny how pretty they look on, well, everything.

When Trader Joe’s was selling a large package for less than $5, I just had to treat myself! It’s been said before that I have a real passion for toast.  Thus, this decadent fig toast was born.

ricotta toast

What can I pair with figs?

Figs go very well with many kinds of cheese! Spread this toast with vegan ricotta, cinnamon sugar, and a dash of maple syrup, this 10-minute meal really feels restaurant-quality. Grilling the bread is completely optional! I used my grill pan to keep things easy. It is important to find a high-quality, crusty loaf though, as we are going heavy on toppings. I chose sourdough!

If you do not feel like making a cashew ricotta, vegan yogurt works just as well. I have not tried vegan cream cheese, but if that’s your jam by all means, go for it.

fresh fig toast

How to make this fig toast

  1. First, you’ll combine some vegan butter with a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. You’ll then spread this on both sides of a piece of your favorite crusty bread.
  2. After preheating your grill pan or skillet to high, you’ll toast up the bread until nice and crispy. While this is happening, you’ll halve some fresh figs.
  3. The final step = go wild with toppings! We’re using ricotta, maple syrup, fresh figs, and crushed nuts.

grilled toast with figs and honey

I can see this dish working well at a brunch party when you don’t want to put a lot of effort into a meal, but still want a “wow” factor from your guests. This could even work as a weekday breakfast if some ingredients are prepped ahead of time.

More tips for making great fig toast

  • Be sure your pan is extremely hot before adding your bread. It will only need to cook for 1 minute per side!
  • Slicing your bread thickly will help it support toppings.
  • For even more flavor, add a splash of cinnamon and vanilla to your vegan ricotta.
  • Any kind of crushed nuts will work, so I recommend choosing your favorites or whatever you have on hand! Granola would also do the job.

This recipe was inspired by How Sweet Eats. I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to tag @garlic_head on Instagram if you give it a try 🙂

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Cinnamon Sugar Toast with Figs and Ricotta

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These fig toasts look fancy but are ready in just 10 minutes! Vegan ricotta and maple syrup are the perfect additions to crusty grilled toast and juicy, ripe figs. Spread with a cinnamon sugar butter, you won’t want to miss out on your new favorite breakfast!


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  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 4 slices crusty bread (I used sourdough)
  • 1 cup cashews (Or 1 cup yogurt if not making ricotta)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (Omit if not making ricotta)
  • 10 fresh figs, halved
  • 4 TBS maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)


  1. Soften vegan butter slightly in microwave and add to a small bowl with sugar and cinnamon. Stir to combine and spread on both sides of bread slices.
  2. Preheat your grill pan or skillet to high. Once hot, add bread 2 slices at a time, toasting one minute on each side until golden and slightly charred. Set aside.
  3. If using, make your cashew ricotta by combining cashews in a high speed blender with a pinch of salt and a few splashes of almond milk. Run blender until creamy “cheese” forms. Feel free to skip this step if you’d rather use yogurt.
  4. Top your toasts with vegan ricotta/yogurt, fresh figs, maple syrup, chopped nuts, and a dash more cinnamon. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast

Portrait of Emily Meyers, founder of Garlic Head

About the Author

Hi, I'm Emily! Garlic Head is a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets. I am a lifelong vegetarian and 10+ year vegan, but I do not focus on labels - I focus on creating food that everyone can enjoy. I earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.  Meet me here.

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