As much as I adore pumpkin flavored foods, autumn has so much more to offer — namely, fresh figs.

I don’t think I had a fresh fig until my dad decided to test his luck on a potted fig tree. With the crazy cold Pittsburgh winters, it ended up more like the fig tree testing him. If you’re not lucky enough to live in the Mediterranean or other mild, semiarid climates like California and Oregon, you’ll probably just have to buy them at the store.

Fresh figs are super fragile and often bursting with juice to the point they split open. Because of this, some stores stock figs that have been prematurely picked. So beware.

You may find a variety of dark and light figs. Black Mission, Adriatic, and Brown Turkey are three common varieties. Each will have a slightly different flavor, but any will work well in this creamy fig smoothie.

Fig Almond Smoothie

Serves 1


  • 3 fresh figs (but dried are fine too if that’s what you have)
  • 1 cup coconut milk from the carton (or milk of your choice)
  • 10 almonds
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  1. Wash figs, then add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend for 45-60 seconds, or until you reach a desired consistency.
  3. Enjoy immediately!

Also see, 12 foods you think are vegetarian but surprisingly aren’t.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.