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Fresh Fig Smoothie with Ginger

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Fresh Fig Smoothie with ginger green smoothie

If you can get access to fresh figs they work really well in a smoothie.  If you don’t like your smoothies too sweet this is a great smoothie for you.  The figs paired with the ginger make a great combination.

Fresh fig smoothie with ginger

Fresh Fig Smoothie with gingerOur figs here can be very hit and miss.  Occassionally I’ll get a gorgeous fig that tastes amazing and I think ‘This is what figs are supposed to taste like’ but most of the time they are tasteless and have been picked unripe.  Even though the box says ‘ripe and ready’ on it, it very rarely is the case.

The problem with figs is that they don’t ripen once they’ve been picked, so if someone has decided the fig is ready to be picked and it’s not really ripe, you’ve got yourself an unripe tasteless fig!

So the taste of this smoothie will depend on your access to tasty ripe sweet figs.  The sweeter the figs, the better the taste of the smoothie.

The figs I used to create this smoothie weren’t actually the best so I added in some sweetener in the form of dates, and despite this the smoothie is still not overly sweet, but it made a change from the very sweet smoothies I usually makes.
If you need to sweeten your smoothie up further if you’ve used unripe figs you can add more dried fruit or banana.  If you want it extra creamy you can include milk rather than water, but figs make a smoothie extremely thick so you’ll probably need to include more milk than you would do water.

Green SmoothieThe original smoothie was created by the Purely Twins.  They used frozen figs which would make this smoothie beautiful and refreshing.  If you don’t use any frozen ingredients you can leave this to cool down in the fridge but bear in mind, the longer this smoothie is left the thicker it will get. So you might end up with a pudding rather than a smoothie which wouldn’t be a bad thing.  You just need to eat it with a bowl and spoon.

Feel free to water it down if it’s too thick for you.

The purely twins also added basil to their smoothie but I chose to leave that out.  However if you’re a big fan of basil, feel free to give it an aromatic twist with some basil.

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Benefits of figs

FigFigs are full of fibre so they are a good way to lose weight as they will keep you fuller for longer and they are great for your digestion and keeping you regular.

If you can only get hold of dried figs you may enjoy this Fig Pie Dessert Smoothie which is very sweet and filling, and also very thick!

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If you want to start the challenge yourself it’s never too late. Just do it in your own time and I’ll be here to support you if you need it.

Fresh Fig Smoothie with gingerI can’t wait to hear about everyone’s experiences on the challenge.  I’ll do another follow up post next week where I’ll let you know how I got on this time, and in the meantime follow me on facebook where I’ll share daily updates about how my challenge is going and you can let me know how yours is going too.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

Are you a fan of figs?  What do the figs taste like where you live?  Do you ever use them in other recipes?

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Fresh Fig Smoothie with Ginger Green Thickie

Fresh Fig Smoothie with ginger green smoothie

This fresh fig smoothie isn’t overly sweet but it depends on how ripe your figs are. The added ginger gives it a lovely edge.

  • Author: Katherine Kyle
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Drink


  • 3 Cups Water (If you are drinking this straight away substitute one cup of water for ice)
  • 1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. (Or any other mild greens)OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powder for an extra healthy green boost.
  • 2 Tablespoons Flaxseeds (or any other seeds).
  • 3 Dates (I used mejool dates. Or any other dried fruit which can also be pre-soaked for a smoother blend)
  • 1 Cup Oats Or one cup of Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Figs (8 medium figs)
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger


  1. Blend the ingredients in the order listed. 
  2. Blend the greens and liquid first and then blend the rest of the ingredients.  This creates more space in your blender.
  3. Add more water if required to thin it out.
  4. Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.
  5. If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending. 


  • The calories shown are for half of the ingredients listed as this smoothie serves 2. 
  • If you want less calories add less oats.


  • Serving Size: 500 ml/ 1 pint/ 20 oz
  • Calories: 448
  • Sugar: 57g
  • Sodium: 45mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 96g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Protein: 10g


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  1. Oh goodness, I meant to buy figs yesterday and I totally forgot! You can imagine how much I am regretting it now after seeing this! Hopefully I can get them still next week so I can make this. They seem to be abundant for such a short period of time!

    How are you by the way??? Long time now talk, and I know that’s completely my fault….my busy life has totally gotten the better of me! I will aim to fix that soon!

  2. Hi, i am in love with your website, and just bought a smoothie maker because of you! XD
    the thing i am really curious is; is it posible to lose some weight if your smoothie calories exceed 400?

    please guide me well in this my new-smoothie-obsession! =p

  3. Nurul, the recipe as given is for a ‘Green Thickie’; Katherine’s thickies are intended as a meal replacement and contain greens (spinach), protein (oats and flaxseed meal), fiber and carbohydrates (oats and sugars in dates and figs), etc. So, if you have one serving for any meal, you have only a 400 calorie meal.

    If you have one serving each for three meals, 1200 calories for the day. Plus one serving as a snack, 1600 calories for the day, which is not bad at all and would probably allow some weight loss.

    I haven’t yet made any of Katherine’s recipes as such, but am thinking they ‘look’ a bit sweet for me and I don’t know that I could manage one for every meal, or for more than one meal. How sweet I will find them remains to be seen.

    If you’re thinking snack only, on top of hearty regular meals, perhaps you’d really better think again!

  4. Hi Katherine,

    How about using soaked dried figs instead of dates? Or would a fresh/dried fig smoothie be a bit too much?



    • Hi RM. Yes using dried fits instead of dates sounds perfect! They make the smoothie slightly thicker though so you would need to add a bit more water. :)

      • Thanks, Katherine!

        Found a punnet of six perfect figs reduced to €2 in M&S yesterday. Delighted. Want to make this smoothie but finding it hard to resist popping them in my mouth… ;-)

        • Ha ha. That’s great. I love it when I find a bargain. I rarely buy figs as they are almost always unripe here. I make smoothies more often than not as the fruit really doesn’t taste so nice. If it tasted nicer I don’t think I’d drink quite so many smoothies!

          • Me too :-) I rarely buy fresh figs because they are so expensive here (Ireland) so I was doubly thrilled. Much of our fruit is unripe too but I’ve found a few places that sell ripe fruit, which has transformed my taste for it. When I was a kid everything was sour except bananas!

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