While we’ll soon be filling our menus with warming, hearty food to sustain us through the colder months to come, now is the perfect time to experiment with melding the flavors of late summer with early fall. I always look forward to the arrival of the first batch of black figs to the grocery store; looking for a new way to enjoy these little jewels — besides just eating them plain (which I admit might be the best way to enjoy them) or prepared like this — I whipped up the smoothie you see here, tossing them together with a handful of frozen strawberries picked locally earlier in the summer for another recipe. Naturally sweet and full of goodness, this is the perfect morning pick-me-up or, when frozen, a way-better-than-ice-cream ice cream alternative.
Fresh Fig, Pistachio & Roasted Strawberry Smoothie
Makes one large serving or two small servings
3-4 fresh black figs
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, halved and roasted at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, cooled
1 medium banana, sliced and frozen
1 cup coconut milk, or milk of choice
1 tbsp chopped pistachios
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp granola (I prefer homemade or Grandy Oats wheat-free)
1 tsp sliced almonds
Sliced fresh figs
Banana spears Honey + anything else your heart desires
First and foremost, that pistachio rim. To make it, dip the rim of your empty glass in honey and place in the freezer upside down on a piece of parchment paper for about 10 minutes. Remove from the parchment and dip the rim into a bowl of crushed pistachios. Place in the freezer until ready to serve.
To make the smoothie: after roasting and cooling the strawberries (tip: make a big batch ahead of time to have on hand for smoothies and desserts), combine strawberries, fresh figs, frozen banana pieces and coconut milk in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth. Pour into the pistachio-lined glass and top with fresh figs and more crushed pistachios.
Garnish with banana spears, sliced almonds, hemp seeds and granola (look for one with less than 5 grams of sugar per serving). Serve immediately, or pop it into the freezer for 20 minutes and enjoy it as a much healthier version of “ice cream”.
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