From the early Romans to the current health-conscious, figs have stayed a beloved fruit. Here is a fresh fig milkshake with rose syrup that is vegan, gluten-free and summer perfect.
The past few days was a good break from work to get our newly moved place organised. Once the hectic work was over, I made a list of things I wanted to do as a part of relaxing. Unfortunately, fate had other plans, that kept me busy and awake for long-distance calls.
During this time, still eating healthy was important. So quick shakes, smoothies and salads were the mainstay and worked well with the summer heat. All’s well now and it’s back to work. I still had to tell you how amazing the fig shake tasted. So here it is.
Why are figs very interesting?
- Figs trees belong to the family of Ficus (Ficus carica)which also includes mulberries!
Usually, you see figs in deep purple colour or fresh green, both are sweet and flavourful with crunchy seeds.
- The fig trees do not have showy flower. The fruit is a syconium, so a collection of flowers inside the fruit.
- As a unique co-evolution, every species of the fig is pollinated by a unique species of wasp.
- Fig has been cited in most historical documents from various cultures. Early Olympians were given figs for energy. Romans considered figs to be antiageing. In India, the fig tree is considered as the abode of the holy trinity(Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva).
- The figs ripen slightly on the tree before being harvested. Once harvested, they are a tender fruit that ripens very quickly. (Source)
What to gather up for this fresh fig milkshake?
Fresh figs- with a mild sweetness fresh figs are the key ingredient. Simply was, remove the stalk, slice up and blend. If using dried figs the colour of the milkshake changes. Also, you will need to rehydrate the figs to blend them smooth.
Rose syrup- I love the fragrance of rose in milkshakes. It is entirely the feel good factor. Is it entirely necessary, no!! It is fun though. If you don jave rose syrup, that’s ok use maple syrup.
Plant-based milk – since we alternate between plant milks, I like soy milk in this recipe. If you are not using sun butter, use almond milk in this recipe. It tastes wonderful.
Sun butter – add up on the protein factor and the thickness of this milkshake. If you don’t like it to be thick, avoid the sunflower butter. Click here for the sunflower butter recipe.
Fresh fig milkshake
- 1 Fruit Knife
- 1 blender
- 2 figs chilled
- 1 tbsp rose syrup
- 1 tbsp sun butter
- 2 cups full cream milk / plant based milks I have used chilled soy milk
- Trim the figs and slice them
- Add this to a blender with the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend till smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy.
When can you have this figs milkshake?
In just one word, anytime!! The smoothie is brilliant as a morning on the go smoothie or an after school snack. We had it as supper we did not have a good dinner and it made up to keep us full.
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