Figgy Green Monster Smoothie (Tastes Like Cake Batter!)

With my Green Monster madness going on recently, I’ve been coming up with some pretty interesting concoctions. Seriously, I have about 3 recipes queued up over here. Anywho, none had more interesting, or shall I say a surprising, taste than my latest – Figgy Green Monster Smoothie.

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It’s a fig smoothie that tastes like cake batter.

The smoothie had zero elements that I would normally use to make a cake batter flavor and yet it tasted like cake batter! Ok, maybe it’s just me. You guys know I like to make my cake batters on the healthier side. But I honestly took the first sip after blending this smoothie up and thought…hmm…cake batter?

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I came up with the idea to make a fig smoothie because my friend who has a fig tree brought in a bunch to give me. Score! Unfortunately, even without teaching Zumba, my schedule has been hectic, so I haven’t exactly had a bunch of free time to experiment with a cool recipe.

So…What could I do quickly with figs? Why not put it in a smoothie, right? And as it turns out, figs in a smoothie are a good thing.

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Figgy Green Monster Smoothie (Tastes Like Cake Batter!)
 
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Have figs and don’t know what to do with them? The easiest thing you can do (besides eating them plain) is blend them into a delicious and healthy smoothie. Since I’m on a Green Monster kick, I decided to add spinach to mine to make it green. This Green Monster smoothie had an unexpected cake-batter-like flavor.
*Vegan if you use vegan milk*
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1½ – 2 cups loosely packed spinach (or sub ¼ cup frozen spinach or fresh/frozen kale)
  • sweetener of choice, to taste, optional (you can add with the other ingredients or blend and taste first and add in at the end)
  • 1 banana (a frozen banana will give you a thicker consistency, but non-frozen works, too)
  • 4 figs, stems removed, halved
  • 1 cup milk of choice (dairy, non-dairy, vanilla non-dairy, etc.) – I used vanilla soy
  • 2 cubes ice
Instructions
  1. Place spinach, banana, figs, milk, and ice in the blender.
  2. Cover and blend until banana/figs/ice is processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
Easily multiplies for additional servings.

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Here’s a GM smoothie recipe that was actually designed to taste like Cake Batter…Nom!: Cake Batter Green Monster – Peas and Thank You

You may enjoy some of these other Green Monster smoothies:

*Click here to read my Green Monster 101 post* (it explains what a GM is plus some ingredient and blending tips)

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Enjoy! :)

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Reader question: Figs were an ingredient that I never really expected to put into a smoothie. What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve put into a smoothie? Did you like it?

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Comments

  1. Janee says

    I love and appreciate your blog, but, another green monster post? I feel like this is the 3rd in a month.

  2. says

    whoa. i’ve been wanting to try figs – never knew what to do with them! i’m sold… i looooove green monsters, but sadly mine are just the usual :)

    • says

      Most people seem to recommend pairing figs with prosciutto, which actually doesn’t sound that great to me. hehe.

      My friend has offered me more figs, so I’ll have to come up with something new if he does! lol

      • Christina says

        Figs and prosciutto are wonderful the wow factor is crazy with the opposing flavors of sweet and salty. you should try it it’s a total indulgence.

  3. says

    everytime I bake cake i land up digging my finger and scoop some of those batter and eat. This looks lovely and is it taste like cake batter .. bring it on!

  4. says

    I love figs in my smoothies! I’ll have to try this one. My usual mix is grapes, figs, ice, vanilla and cinnamon – it’s pretty heavenly too :)

  5. shivani says

    this is like heaven sent thing for me..its my frst day o’turnin vegan..n i found dis!!hope it tastes good

    • says

      Nice Shivani! Good luck with your new veganism. There are lots of fabulous vegan blogs out there, so I’m sure you’ll find plenty to make. I hope you like this smoothie recipe! :)

  6. suzie blair says

    Could I use dried figs in this recipes. I always have those on hand. I love your green smoothies, thank-you for all your work.
    Suzie

    • says

      Hi Suzie! Glad you like the green monsters! :) I’m not sure if the dried figs would yield the same flavor, but you can definitely use dried figs in a smoothie, in general. A lot of people use dried dates as the natural sweetener in their smoothies and desserts. I’ve been meaning to develop a couple recipes trying that out. But, back to your question, I’d soak the dried figs in water for at least 20 minutes and up to overnight. Then chop them up a bit and add them to the other smoothie ingredients and blend up. HTH! Diana

      • suzie blair says

        Thank-you, I will try that, but I will also look for fresh figs to give that a try. I tried fresh figs once, but they had not taste, so I was concerned. I did not know which one to pick and the person who helped me must not have known either. Any hints on how to choose a good fresh fig. Thank-you,
        Suzie

  7. Jen says

    Just wanted to thank you for this recipe, I have made it a few times now and it is excellent! I have a fig tree and was looking for ways to use them in my smoothies with little luck until I found this gem :) My husband even asked for seconds, and he usually makes gagging faces at me when I am drinking my green smoothies. Only note on the recipe is that I used unsweetened almond milk so the first time I added some vanilla with the stevia drops and it was perfect, the second time I forgot to put in the vanilla and it was still really good but I think the vanilla definitely helps give the “cake batter” flavor so I would recommend! I also added chia seeds the last time I made it, I like them in all my smoothies. Thanks again, so great!

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