I admit I’ve been super lazy to post of late, seeing that I’ve been lacking in the inspiration department. I had my January posting schedule all sorted out in November already, but with my work chopping and changing my hours I’ve been a bit morose. The one thing that’s sure to pep me up is fresh ingredients, especially from a garden. Last week I got a monster zucchini that totally rocked my socks (will post soon!), and yesterday whilst Man-thing was gallivanting in the garden he called me out to pick figs from our tree – they actually ripened!! 😀 😀 Ergo, bask in my first experiment with my very own garden-fresh figs: fig newton smoothie!
This was my breakfast this morning out in the garden and I can absolutely say I was smitten. Smoothie bowls are usually my nectar of choice, but I want to make some granola to go with my next fig-themed smoothie bowl, so this was the best and tastiest thing on short notice.
With the nuts for protein, molasses for iron, and a hearty dose of lettuce and cucumber for greens, this smoothie is an all-rounder. I see the words “cleanse” and “detox” bandied around quite a lot this time of year, and whilst I’m not a big fan of the idea (though the recipes I’ve seen in round ups are divine), you could say this is a pretty healthy way to start the day. Certainly I had energy enough to spend at least four hours in the kitchen baking and carrying on. 😀Ingredients (serves 1 – 2):
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 head crisp lettuce
- 2 medium ripe figs, sliced and frozen
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced and frozen
- 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup oats soaked overnight in 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup walnuts or nuts of choice (“softer” nuts that blend well are better than harder nuts like peanuts. If you want to use almonds or cashews soak them overnight).
- 1 TBSP flax powder
- Optional: 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 3 droppers NuNaturals Liquid Vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 packet NuNaturals Stevia (or sugar of choice to taste)
- Chop your lettuce roughly, then blend with water until broken down.
- Add the cucumber, blackstrap molasses and nuts and blend until smooth.
- Add your oats and the rest of the ingredients except the stevia and blend until smooth.
- Taste and add stevia if desired.
- Serve chilled.
I know a lot of people get annoyed when they see smoothie analogs for other types of dishes like apple pies or cookies or what not, but this isn’t supposed to taste “just like” fig newtons – rather, it contains a lot of elements that are present in those delicious cookie bites: vanilla, spices, and of course figs. YUM.
All in all I’m just so extremely thrilled that we have our very own fig tree and that it actually gives fruit! It was one of the big selling points of our new house for me, but a lot of people I know have had issues with their fig trees not blossoming properly. Happiness = extreme! I’ve got a whole list of things I want to try with figs, but I suspect the birds will munch all the rest the second they go ripe. Already some have burst open and are swarming with bees and other critters. Oh well, I don’t mind sharing 😉Oh, and apparently today is Bean Day, so to celebrate I’ve got a selection of my favourite bean-based dishes for you to try out. 😀