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.