Dragonfruit Fig Fruity Nicecream (vegan, dairy-free)
I used to make things. Before I became a front-end web developer and a healthy recipe food blogger, I mean.
I used to make hooked rugs; actually murals. For instance, I once hooked a 3-foot by 4-foot rug of a former boyfriend’s family log cabin in Norway off of a dog-eared photograph. And I made a co-worker’s new baby nursery a rug with each letter of the alphabet represented by a thing – “V” was a volcano, my favorite, and I used really long bits of red and orange yarn to spill out of the crater – yarn, I might add, made of recycled plastic.
And then I moved on to quilts. I made a lot actually, and even sold a few in a small craft store in St. Louis, MO. (yes, I once lived there.) But after a while I realized I was spending more
money time collecting fabrics than I was making quilts. So, with 3 large boxes of unused colorful quilting fabrics stored carefully in an upstairs closet, I discovered embroidery.
So presently, tucked safely in my dining room cabinet, I have a carefully wrapped embroidery of a giant flower bouquet spilling out of a soft grey and white basket. Is it completed? Hardly. Only the basket is. In a surge of effort, I decided to “get the boring basket part” out of the way before doing the “fun part” which I decided was all the dozens of colorful flowers. But years later, the basket is still the only completed part. I burned myself out on the basket, haha.
About Finishing Things
So why am I sharing all this? To show you how I don’t finished things? Well, that’s not entirely true. I DO finish complex web projects. I have a great reputation as a project manager who gets things done, often early. And I am great at creating recipes – for the moment, mostly for a book series due out this year. (I know, I know, dates! We are on the brink of releasing the first book publishing date, I promise!!) So I don’t think I have a fundamental problem with getting things done – except maybe with craft projects?
I thought of this chapter in my life because looking at this picture I realize it would make the perfect hooked rug. Okay, well, before I go down that road again, let me tell you how healthy it is.
Healthy Dragonfruit Fig Nicecream
Figs have sweeping nutritional properties, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium, are anti-fungal, have antioxidants and much more. Dragonfruit, or pitya, is high in magnesium, fiber, iron and antioxidants and a great boost to the metabolism so good at weight-control. Put them together, throw in some high-fiber and high-anti-oxidant berries and potassium-rich bananas (for the nicecream part of course) and you have a fruity nutritional bowl!
Eat it for breakfast or snack, or just for fun. Hope you love this recipe!
Dragonfruit Fig Fruity Nicecream
- 4 bananas ripe, cut into 2-inch lengths, and frozen overnight
- OR 2 cups yogurt for a less sweet foundation
- 6 fresh figs (scoop out the meat for this smoothie and eat the skins, haha! The skins just don't have esthetic appeal in this light-pink smoothie)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 frozen dragonfruit packet (I find the brand linked in the freezer section of Wholefoods and fine grocery stores)
- 1 cup whole fat coconut milk (frozen into cubes overnight)
Chop up the 4 ripe bananas into 2-inch lengths and freeze (not touching) overnight.
Shake up a whole fat coconut milk can and pour into ice cubes and freeze overnight.
Make the Nicecream
- Blend up all ingredients, serve immediately.
As I mentioned, I scooped the fruit out of the figs to keep the nicecream pink, but the skins are healthy which is why I ate them.
Pour the smoothie into bowls and adorn with fresh figs and fresh pitaya triangles and more...Enjoy while frozen.
Dee Dine is the recipe developer and writer behind Green Smoothie Gourmet. She shares her super healthy wholesome recipes on her blog and her Instagram that she feeds her family and friends. She gravitates toward recipes that are fast to create, plant-based, nutritious, easy, and use familiar ingredients. And chocolate is always a good idea! More about Dee.