This Mission Fig Smoothie is a creamy frosty treat tastes like a spicy vanilla milkshake with figs adding their exotic sweet flavor, and creaminess coming from a touch of nut butter and not one but TWO surprise hidden vegetables. Make one for yourself, make a pitcher for a brunch table, or use it in a festive parfait jar as I did with upside down ice cream cones.
Mission Fig Smoothie
Sweet figs are awesome in a smoothie.
So are spices.
So are oats.
Put them together and you have a creamy healthy milkshake.
Then...how about add in zucchini and cauliflower. Whoa, I just fell over in shock.
Nope, haha, but maybe you did?
Actually with all the spices and figs and flavors going on I promise you don't taste either veggie. But if the idea of cauliflower (it does have a powerful smell) doesn't appeal to you in a milkshake, toss in crushed ice instead. I won't judge.
How Nutritious is This Fig Smoothie?
Oh my gosh, where do I begin?
I used mission figs here, and kept the skin on. These add fiber, about 5 gms per fig. And they provide important minerals including potassium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A and K. And they are anti-bacterial which is awesome for your gut-health.
Finally figs are also a good source of magnesium and calcium which are harder to find in foods.
Figs are high in sugar, though, so feel free to reduce the amount if you wish. However, they have half the amount of sugar medjool dates contribute so figs are a good swap in date recipes if you want to reduce sugar but keep a close flavor.
How Nutritious are Rolled Oats?
Adding the rolled oats makes this smoothie a meal-replacer with the gluten-free oats adding protein and healthy fats.
Rolled oats - and I use certified gluten-free - are among the most nutrient-dense foods in the world.
High in fiber and protein, they are known to support weight-loss, balanced blood sugar and reduce the risk of heart disease. Specifically they are high in essential vitamins and nutritents such as iron, zinc, folate and B vitamins.
The Spices Here are Nutritious Too!
I added pinch of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ground ginger.
These spices not only contribute a spicy vanilla-like milkshake-y quality, they also contribute nutritional support. Specifically they support digestion, balance blood sugar, and even boost metabolism.
The Nutrition of Zucchini & Cauliflower?
Cauliflower and zucchini are both high in fiber, which supports weight-control and benefits digestion. Both also contain important minerals.
Cauliflower also provides antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against disease, and has choline, so essential for learning and memory.
So this smoothie can help you think!
Zucchini, you've probably heard, is super nutritious, full of things like vitamins B6, riboflavin, folate, C, and K, and minerals, like potassium and manganese. Read more about why you should eat zucchini (even if it's hidden) here.
But, and this is a big but, you must buy organic zucchini. The EWG here can give you the facts, but in short that veggie sucks in pesticides like there's no tomorrow so you want to buy organic so you are eating zucchini that never saw a pesticide. Also try to buy local organic, even healthier!
It's my first time using ice cream cone tips. Enjoy! Are you on pinterest? Perhaps pin this image..
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Mission Fig Smoothie
Healthy Fig Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk (or your choice)
- 6 mission figs stemmed and halved
- ½ cup zucchini frozen
- ½ cup cauliflower rice or chopped finely, steamed OR use crushed ice
- ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 2 tbsp nut butter
- pinch of cinnamon
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- pinch of ground ginger
- Cook the cauliflower and let it cool. I often use pre-riced cauliflower and steam in the microwave. Or you can just chop up fresh cauliflower and steam or boil on the stove for 10 minutes or until it is soft. You want it blendable.Chop the zucchini into pieces. You can ether peel or leave it on. If you leave it on, you might see green flecks in your smoothie.
Make the chocolate sauce
- Melt the coconut oil if it is solid by sitting the jar in a pot of just-boiled hot water. Then stir the chocolate sauce ingredients together in a measuring cup for pourability.
Make the smoothie
- Blend the fig smoothie.To assemble these jars as I have, layer with plant yogurt, chocolate and berries. Top with more chocolate shavings. Hope you enjoy this filling smoothie!