What better way to replenish the body with a healthy Fig Smoothie post a workout or a hectic day at work. It has the goodness of fresh figs, bananas and acts as an instant energy provider. This Banana Fig Smoothie recipe uses just 3 ingredients, is also plant-based and super easy to make. So, quite a delicious bonanza there!
About this Fig Smoothie
When fresh figs are in season, make this delish and healthy smoothie. I do add one banana as it makes the smoothie more flavorful giving a creamier consistency.
In fact when strawberries are in season, you can add strawberries instead of bananas in this Fig Smoothie recipe.
I also usually make my fruity smoothies and shakes with vegan or plant-based milks since some fruits and dairy milk are incompatible and can cause digestion problems.
Mostly I prefer almond milk and coconut milk in fruit-based smoothies. As this recipe of Fig Smoothie also contains banana, I have used coconut milk in it.
The fresh figs that I used for this Fig Smoothie were quite sweet. So, I haven’t used any extra sweetener in the recipe. However, you can add a sweetener as per your preference.
Some healthy sweetener options are honey, jaggery, palm jaggery, maple syrup, coconut sugar, unrefined cane sugar and evaporated sugarcane juice.
Smoothies, Milkshakes and Fruit Juices are wholesome and nutritious drinks. Thus, should be included in our day-to-day diets. Smoothies are one such way of including these drinks as they are very easy to prepare and get done in less than 10 minutes.
How to make Fig Smoothie
1. Rinse 6 to 7 fresh figs a few times in water using a colander. Drain all the water. Trim off the upper stalk part of the fig, if it is hard. Chop each fig into four parts.
Transfer the chopped figs in a blender or mixer jar. Remember to use fresh figs that are sweet and ripe.
You do not need to peel the figs. However, if you like, you can choose to peel them.
2. Peel and slice 1 medium-sized banana, add them in the blender jar. Instead of bananas, you can use strawberries or any other berries. You can also skip bananas and add 6 to 7 figs more.
3. Add ½ cup lite coconut milk or thin or medium consistency coconut milk and 1 pinch ground cinnamon. Adding ground cinnamon is optional.
You can also add a pinch of ground ginger powder, ground green cardamom powder, ground nutmeg or ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract. Or can skip any flavoring entirely.
4. Blend till fine and smooth. To thin the consistency, you can add some more lite coconut milk.
5. Pour Fig Smoothie in a glass or drinking glass jar and serve.
Yes of course. Rinse and then soak the figs in warm water for 30 minutes to an hour or until they have softened. Then blend them with banana and lite coconut milk.
I have not added any sweetener, as the sweetness of the bananas make up for the sweet taste. But feel free to add your preferred choice of sweetener. Maple syrup, raw sugar, coconut sugar, palm sugar – all work well in the smoothie.
If it suits your digestive system, you may use dairy milk to make the fig smoothie.
No. I would not suggest making the smoothie and then storing or refrigerating it. Fruit based smoothies are best had as soon as they are made. Storing or refrigerating changes the color, flavor and taste. Since this recipe is made with coconut milk, storing it can make the smoothie go rancid.
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Fig Smoothie (Banana Fig Smoothie)
- 6 to 7 figs – fresh
- 1 banana – medium-sized
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon (cinnamon powder) – optional
- ½ cup lite coconut milk
- Rinse in fresh water a few times and then quarter the fresh figs. Transfer them in a blender or mixer jar.
- Peel, slice banana and add them to the blender jar. Instead of bananas, you can use strawberries or other berries. You can also skip bananas and add 6 to 7 figs more.
- Add lite coconut milk or one having a thin or medium consistency.
- Sprinkle ground cinnamon. Adding cinnamon is optional. You can also add a pinch of ground ginger, ground green cardamom powder, ground nutmeg or ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract. Or choose to skip the flavorings entirely.
- Blend to a smooth and fine consistency. To thin the consistency, you can add some more lite coconut milk.
- Pour Fig Smoothie in a glass and serve.
- You can use dairy milk instead of coconut milk.
- Use figs that are fresh, ripe and sweet.
- If using dried figs, soak them in warm water until they soften. Later add the soaked figs, banana and coconut milk to a blender to make the banana fig smoothie.
- This fig smoothie recipe can be doubled or tripled.
Nutrition Info (Approximate values)
This Fig Smoothie post from the archives first published in December 2017 has been republished and updated on 7 May 2022.