Fig & Bulgur Porridge- anti-cancer recipes- cook for your life

Fig & Bulgur Porridge

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 2 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 6 ingredients

In the Middle East, the cracked wheat staple bulgur is often eaten in sweet versions as well as in the more usual savory sides. Bulgur’s fast cooking time makes this naturally sweet dish an...


  • 1½ cups milk
  • ½ cup bulgur
  • 2 large dried figs, diced
  • 2 tablespoon dried unsweetened cherries
  • 2 large fresh figs, quartered (optional)
  • Almonds, toasted and sliced

Nutrition Facts


284 cals


7 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

2 g


49 g


21 g


7 g


11 g


86 mg


  1. Combine the milk, bulgur, figs, cherries, and a small pinch of salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a slow boil, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with sliced fresh figs, if using, and toasted almonds.

Chef Tips

If on a low fiber diet, make this with refined bulgur, and it will lower the fiber content. Use peeled and diced fresh apples or pears instead of fiber rich figs.

Use any type of milk for this recipe, try soy or almond milk for a dairy-free version.

Soak the bulgur in the milk the night before for a quicker cooking time in the morning.

Registered Dietitian Approved

Our recipes, articles, videos, and more content are reviewed by our Registered Dietitian Kate Ueland, MS, RD, CSO, a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society.

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