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May
10

Fig Smoothies

So this morning my mom had a great idea…let’s make a fig smoothie!  Ummm…figs?  Did she just say FIGS?  My favorite “F” word next to “free.”   Methinks it’s a brilliant plan!   So here’s how we made them…  (NOTE:  there’s no exact measurements, it’s all to taste)

::ONE::  If you know you want this in the morning, you will have to prep a little the night before.  Start with dried figs and soak them in water.  You’re going to use the concentrated water in the smoothie, so don’t use too much water–just enough to cover them.  We used dried figs because they are available year round and it’s May, so fresh figs are not in season.  If you do happen to have the fresh variety, use them and add a little apple juice to puree them to the consistency you want.  Apple juice, in small doses, gives you natural sweetness without compromising flavor since it’s very subtle.  ::TWO::  After the figs become pretty soft, dump the whole bowl (figs+water) into a blender with sugar.  Again, I am not using exact measurements, so sweeten to your own taste.  If you don’t want to use sugar, which I probably won’t the next time I make this, try my favorite natural sweetner–HONEY!    Honey… Figs…mmmm.  ::THREE::  Once you get it all in the blender, puree it until it’s smooth; the consistency should be that of baby food–maybe a smidge thicker, but you get the point.  Since this is a smoothie, we need some dairy!  ::FOUR::  So we used whole milk because my dad likes his smoothies extra creamy.  Use as much or as little milk as you’d like based on the consistency you want.  Blend away!   

..::VARIATIONS::..  So I mentioned using honey instead of sugar, but there are other changes/additions you can make for health reasons or to give this smoothie an extra kick.  If you are more health-conscious, then I suggest using low-fat or fat-free milk.  They now have skim milk that is so creamy that you really wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between skim and whole.  One the opposite end of the calorie spectrum, you can add a few scoops of ice cream instead of/with the milk for something a little bit more indulgent.   Also, you can add ice to the milk to make this into more of a milkshake.  One  final tip–add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to this for a great late summer/fall drink.   ENJOY! 

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