With the excessive amount of figs we are getting from our tree, I am trying to get very creative with all the different ways I can use them. I think making a fig smoothie might just be the best idea I have some up with yet, to enjoy them. A great way to enjoy a few fresh from the tree now while they are in season and it will be a really nice way to use some of the figs I froze whole, later, after the season is long gone and over. This smoothie is creamy and so perfectly sweet, without needing any sweetener at all. You could add some spices like cinnamon or cardamom if you wish, but I really wanted to fully enjoy the delicious but mild fig flavor.
What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy figs?
This recipe originally appeared on the Free People blog BLDG 25.
- 3-4 fresh figs, washed and stems removed the halved (I used black mission)*
- 1 frozen banana
- 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds, optional
- Handful of ice
- Add all of the ingredients to your blender, blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately!
- *This recipe works great with frozen fresh figs as well.
I love your series of fig recipes! And like I said in another comment, I´m really getting a bit jealous on you for having a fig tree in your garden (and I even caught myself thinking about moving to Portugal one day, just to be able to have my own fig tree 🙂 I will definitely try out the smoothie recipe as I´m almost living on smoothies these days. To answer your question: I mostly enjoy figs just raw as whole fruits or with some goat cheese, also because they are really pricey around here….
I am jealous that you have a fig tree! Sadly one would not survive a Canadian winter….
The best fig dish I made recently was to stuff fresh figs with goats cheese and then drizzle it with a little honey.
it was awesome!
This looks delicious and sounds amazing. I want it NOW!
What a beautiful picture and I’m so jealous of your fig tree! I get so excited every year when figs are in season. Love them whole, sliced in yogurt with pumpkin seeds and cinnamon, or in salads with goat cheese. I need to take a look at your other fig recipes!
My favorite way to enjoy them is in smoothies though because they add a subtle sweetness. I just posted a smoothie recipe with figs as well – mine with green figs and greens – great minds think alike 🙂
I too have fig tree envy but I have plans for planting! My Dad used to tell me about his uncle’s fig trees in his supertiny yard in Brooklyn. He had to cover them in burlap sacks every winter but they thrived. If he can do it in Brooklyn, I can do it in my tiny yard!
Really craving vegan fig pop tarts now, and your smoothie! 🙂
What a great idea! I just finished a smoothie cleanse and this would have been great. I’ll be doing this for future smoothies