Coconut Chai Fig Smoothie

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Coconut Chai Fig Smoothie

If you have been reading Tasty Yummies for sometime, you know since moving to California 3 years ago, my infatuation love of figs runs very deep. The beautiful, big fig tree that we were blessed with, when we moved into this home, is one of the most magical gifts mother nature has ever given to me. The fig tree is a actually a long-standing symbol of abundance, fertility and sweetness, which is obviously quite fitting. Boy, does this tree produce in abundance! The only bad thing however, is just how short the season is. It’s over in a flash. Middle of the summer and that’s it.

While we are still a month or so off from fresh figs, it doesn’t mean that I don’t crave those lusciously sweet fruits. Which is why California dried figs are the very next best thing. Available year round, from Valley Fig Growers, you can stay stocked up on your California dried figs throughout the off-seasons and continue to reap all of the many benefits of this super fruit.

Coconut Chai Fig Smoothie

Beyond being another of nature’s candies, figs are also an incredible source of calcium, a 3 ounce portion of California dried figs has 100 mg of calcium, very comparable to a same size serving of milk. California dried figs in general are fairly rich in potassium, a great mineral for controlling blood pressure. As most people consume far too much sodium by way of processed foods, often times potassium is deficient as a result, that coupled with high sodium can lead to hypertension. Figs are also a great source of dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese. They are also good energy foods, support blood formation and, when soaked and rehydrated, California dried figs are helpful to intestinal function.

Coconut Chai Fig Smoothie

For me, there are endless tantalizing flavor combinations that bring out the beautiful and inherent sweetness of figs, but one of my absolute favorites is spicy, warming chai spices paired with the fig  along with creamy coconut. These three flavors together are magical! This particular smoothie is the perfect way to start a day, but I will tell you, the sweetness from the California dried figs makes this smoothie almost more reminiscent of a dessert shake. It’s sinfully perfect – thick, luscious, creamy, spicy and sweet.

Coconut Chai Fig Smoothie

RECIPE NOTES: I suggest starting with four California dried figs and adjusting and adding more to reach your desired level of sweetness.

 

Sources:

Staying Healthy with Nutrition, The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine by Elson M. Haas, Buck Levin

The World’s Healthiest Foods 

Coconut Chai Fig Smoothie

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1 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

I LOVE figs. This sounds so delicious!

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2 Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures June 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

So jealous of your fig tree! Growing up in the Midwest, I only ever had dried figs and I thought I hated them. I finally got my hands on fresh figs a few years ago and it was a game changer! I now appreciate dried figs so much more now that I know what they taste like fresh.

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3 Dawn June 7, 2016 at 11:56 am

Hi there,
Can soy milk be used for this recipe?

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4 Beth @ Tasty Yummies June 9, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Sure, any non-dairy milk would work, but it will be less rich and creamy, without the coconut milk.

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5 Sylvie June 8, 2016 at 2:43 am

That sounds fantastic, especially with chai tea in the mix!

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6 Antonietta June 8, 2016 at 3:10 am

This looks wonderful and sounds delicious, I will try it!

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7 Jayme | holly & flora June 9, 2016 at 11:47 am

I’m so jealous that you have a fig tree nearby. I miss having one just outside my window down in FL. There’s nothing like freshly picked figs. I’d dry all of them and keep on eating them all year long.

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8 Greta June 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm

Do you use the canned coconut milk variety or like the kind from a carton? I never know which one to use when recipes call for coconut milk Thanks!

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9 Beth @ Tasty Yummies June 14, 2016 at 6:40 pm

In this particular instance either one would work, which is why I didn’t specify, though I personally prefer the taste and the richness of canned full-fat coconut milk. Hope that helps 😉 Thanks.

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10 Cat G. June 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

Oh this sounds yummy! I’m a grapefruit in the morning lady, and need Variety….LIKE NOW! hehehe Can’t wait to whip this baby up! :)

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11 Romona June 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm

Freeze the fresh figs whole and enjoy them year round. I use them in my smoothies!

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