Simple Sundays | Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie

Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie |

He’s the oldest teenager I know. Sleeping till noon if I would let him, creaking wearily up from his bed with a “just-leave-me-alone-and-let-me-sleep” expression, lumbering ever so slowly down the stairs, each step a major life ordeal. An old man in a teenager’s body.

Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie |

That’s our dog.

Wilbur is his name, our English bulldog, and he is a furry log, a loud snoring one. I hear his snores between floors; I’ve gotten used to them, actually. Visitors to the house may hear a rumble from the kitchen, and I forget to explain – oh, that’s just Wilbur, sleeping upstairs.

I think he needs an energy smoothie.

Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie |

Just when I think I can’t love figs any more than I already do, I find a new way to become smitten with them.

Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie |

I was at Trader Joe’s a few months ago, picking up bags of frozen fruit for our smoothies, when a new package caught my eye. Frozen figs – that was new to me! I was intrigued, since most of my figgy recipes are for my beloved fresh figs, but I bought a bag and figured I would find a way to make good use of them.

Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie |

And I did. It was after a hard workout, and I came home to refuel. I knew I wanted some extra protein that day, and pulled out the almond butter. And then I remembered the frozen figs. This Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie was born that morning, and I’ve made it many times since, with those lovely frozen figs (and sometimes a few fresh ones added in if I had any). The creamy texture is like a sweet, nutty milkshake, and insanely delicious. I admit I was surprised!

Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie |

Perhaps it is time to make Wilbur one, too. I bet he would lap it right up!

What’s your favorite way to re-fuel after a workout?

Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie |

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Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

This sweet and creamy smoothie is super nourishing after a workout - but the truth is, it tastes decadent enough to be a dessert.


1 cup almond milk (vanilla flavored)
1 ripe banana
4 frozen figs
1 tablespoon almond butter


Place the almond milk, banana, figs and almond butter in the blender in this order. Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

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by Liren Baker on July 13, 2014

49 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie”

  1. Eileen July 13, 2014 @ 4:43 pm (#

    This combination sounds so good! I can’t wait to get my hands on some fall figs now. :)

    • Liren Baker replied: — July 14th, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

      It was definitely a delicious surprise, Eileen! Hope you get to try it once you get ahold of some figs!

  2. Monet July 13, 2014 @ 8:46 pm (#

    Gorgeous. I still remember when I first tried a fresh fig. Mesmerized! I know that I need an energy smoothie on most every week day. Can’t wait to try this beauty!

    • Liren Baker replied: — July 14th, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

      I remember, too, Monet! Such a magical fruit!

  3. Matt Robinson July 13, 2014 @ 10:16 pm (#

    What an awesome idea, never would have thought of this combination!

    • Liren Baker replied: — July 14th, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

      I was so happy with this surprising combination, Matt – now I have another reason to love fig season :)

  4. Kiran @ July 14, 2014 @ 9:40 am (#

    I could devour this smoothie, all day long!

    • Liren Baker replied: — July 14th, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

      Thanks, Kiran! The good thing is, if you decide to, it’s nice and wholesome ;)

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    SO unique! Looks delicious! And beautiful pictures :)

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  8. Sarah July 15, 2014 @ 10:25 am (#

    Looks amazing! Fingers crossed for frozen figs at my local TJ’s!

  9. Denise July 16, 2014 @ 5:36 am (#

    Figs are my ultimate summer indulgence – adore them!  I have yet to splurge as they seem to be outrageoulsy expensive still out in Oakland.  That being said, I am intrigued by the frozen ones you have found at TJ, now this is a way to make summer last all year!   

  10. Amy | Club Narwhal July 16, 2014 @ 8:28 am (#

    Wilbur could definitely use a shot or two of this gorgeous smoothie! I love figs and bet they tasted delicious all whipped up. Now I’m thinking about how fig and almond ice cream might taste… :)

  11. Meredith July 17, 2014 @ 6:58 am (#

    So delicious! I need this now!

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    This wins the prize for the most amazing smoothie flavor ever. I can’t even imagine what it tastes like. My curiosity is running rampant. Of course I had to pin it. Wow!

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    Really great!!

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    You had me at fig. Now I’m going to need a bendy straw stat ; )

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  16. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 15, 2014 @ 7:14 am (#

    This is beautiful! I love almond butter in smoothies, and have picked up a bag of those frozen figs before–they aren’t good for defrosting, but smoothies would be PERFECT! 

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    I made this- I also used the Trader Joe’s frozen figs- only instead of almond milk used vanilla soy milk & added raw honey- it was sooo delicious I made it several times & had to restock to make more!  Thank you for the smoothie inspiration :)

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    Gorgeous smoothie, Liren.  Fig and almond butter…a must try and sounds so versatile to include in other things too.   That’s brill…I always think of figs as either fresh or dried, but not frozen (but why not?).  I’m going to start freezing my stash for other uses from now on.  Thanks for the inspiration…

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  42. Anne Rogers January 5, 2016 @ 8:33 am (#

    I’ve made a version of this smoothie for years and it is one of my favs! It is my favorite way to use southern-style preserved figs. They are very sweet, so only use one or two! To really help boost the anti-inflammatory power, I add a teaspoon of cinnamon and sometimes cacao nibs too if I have them! Yum!

    • Liren Baker replied: — January 5th, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

      That is so awesome, Anne! I love how it tastes almost like dessert and yet is so wholesome!

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    I have a bag of organic dried figs in the fridge. I wonder if they’d work?

    • Liren Baker replied: — March 1st, 2016 @ 11:27 am

      Hi Sherry, the dried figs would be wonderful for lending sweetness and fiber, but it wouldn’t quite be the same as frozen fresh figs. That said, you can still use them, but I would also add perhaps some frozen mangoes, peaches or pineapple to give it the smoothie consistency and frostiness! I hope that helps :)

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