Fresh Fig & Banana Smoothie (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

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This post is part of our restricted diet series from Beth of Tasty Yummies.

It is officially fig season and I love it!  We have a huge black mission fig tree here in the yard of our new home in Southern California and I am being bombarded with beautiful fresh figs every day.  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 frozen ones 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.

fig smoothie

Fresh Fig and Banana Smoothie – Gluten-Free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-Free

Makes 1 large or 2 small servings

3-4 fresh figs, washed and stems removed the halved (I used black mission)*

1 frozen banana

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds, optional

Handful of ice

Directions:

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.

For more of Beth’s recipes visit her blog Tasty Yummies.

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Comments

Annejelina -September 5, 2013, 11:29AM

I’ve always been hesitant to try things with fig in it so thank you for the inspiration <3 Annejelina

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Juliette Laura -September 5, 2013, 12:42PM

This sounds and looks delicious! I looove smoothies!

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies -September 5, 2013, 12:43PM

Don’t fear the fig @annejelina ;) Seriously sooo much good stuff you can make with figs. I have been having so much fun over here! Thanks!

Mandira Popat -September 6, 2013, 6:12AM

Does this work with soya milk?

Tiffany -September 6, 2013, 2:23PM

I just tried a variation of this… it was wonderful! I am not on a restricted diet in any way, I just love good foods. (this could, however, work for those who are restricted by dairy or vegan) I had 4 of the brown figs and one banana chopped.. I added a dash of vanilla and used coconut milk because I am obsessed with it! I had some left over since I love to cook with it often. I am not particularly inclined towards flax seeds, and don’t have that ingredient, but if that’s something you are into the texture would work with the seeds in the figs.
For practicality I use a small immersion blender because it’s easy to clean and I can blend it right in the cup. It doesn’t blend ice well, so added some water to the mix and put cubes in to cool my smoothie.

Renee @ Nourish The Roots -September 6, 2013, 4:16PM

Figs are my absolute favorite! And they’re so photogenic, too!

The Peace Patch -September 7, 2013, 6:07PM

ohgoodgolly this looks superdelicious! I love figs in any form but I do have a weakness for Sicilian fig filled cookies like my grandma used to make (but veganized). And vegan fig pop tarts. :)
Thanks for the recipe!

Bea -September 19, 2013, 5:47PM

figs figs figs! I’m in love!

here’s a recipe for miele de fichi (fig honey), I made it the other day and it’s incredible on goat cheese! ♡
http://bembea.com/2013/08/23/miele-de-fichi-mel-de-figo/

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