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.
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?
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.
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*
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups loosely packed spinach (or sub 1/4 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
- Place spinach, banana, figs, milk, and ice in the blender.
- Cover and blend until banana/figs/ice is processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
Easily multiplies for additional servings.
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:
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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?