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Simple Sundays | Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie

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Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie | www.kitchenconfidante.com

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie

1 smoothie | Prep: 3 minutes | Cook: 2 minutes

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Comments

  1. Eileen

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

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    • Liren Baker

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

  2. Monet

    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!

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    • Liren Baker

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

  3. Denise

    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!   

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  4. Amy | Club Narwhal

    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… :)

    Reply
  5. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    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!

    Reply
  6. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    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! 

    Reply
  7. Abigail

    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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  8. cristina

    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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  15. Sherry

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

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    • Liren Baker

      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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