August 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’m finally back in the States after spending most of my Summer in Taiwan. What I miss the most is having fresh tropical fruits on a daily basis. So now that I am back, I have been trying to incorporate more fruits in my diet. I bought two pounds of fresh brown turkey figs because they’re delicious, in season and I got them for $5!
California’s Fresh Figs Seasonal Chart
Chart and descriptions below from California Fresh Figs
- Fresh Brown Turkey Figs
They are a light purple to black skinned fig with pink flesh and a robust flavor.
- Fresh Black Mission Figs
They are a purple to black skinned fig with pink flesh and an intense earthy flavor.
- Fresh Kadota Figs
They have a creamy amber color when ripe with a light delicate flavor.
- Fresh Calimyrna Figs
They are large pale yellow skinned figs with a nutty, sweet flavor.
I enjoy figs in all recipes, but what I love the most is eating them fresh. I’ve been making this smoothie for a couple of days now and still have not gotten tired of it. I love figs!
Fig & Banana Smoothie Recipe
Cook Time: 5-10 min
- 3 Fresh Figs
- ½ Banana*
- ½ tbp Shredded Coconut
- 1 cup of Soymilk or Coconut milk
- ½ cup of Ice
- ½ cup of Water
- Agave or Honey to taste**
*I used frozen banana chunks. My bananas were softening so I cut them up and put them in the freezer.
**It was sweet enough for me without adding anything extra.
To Make: Add all ingredients in blender and blend
May 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
I stopped buying granola products because they never live up to my expectations. They’re often overly sweet with a slight cardboard flavor and makes me feel like I’m crunching pebbles.
I decided to make my own.
Originally, I planned on making granola bars. When I cut them, they turned out to be clusters. If you use more honey you’ll probably have some bars, but clusters are just as good. 🙂
The flavors work well together and taste delicious! Keep it in an airtight container as a snack or add some milk and have it as a cereal.
Feel free to use nuts instead of seeds, with or without coconut and choose fruits you like.
- 2 cups of old fashioned oats
- 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup of unsweetened coconut shreds
- ~1- 1 1/2 cup of dried fruit*
- 1/2-2/3 cup of honey
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- ~1/4 tsp of salt
*I used no sugar added apricots, dates, peaches, pears and apples.
Step 1: Measure the dry ingredients
Step 2: Preheat oven to 350°F
Step 3: Put the ingredients measured above on a sheet pan for 10-12 minutes till lightly browned
Step 5: Mix toasted ingredients, honey, vanilla and salt
Step 6: Mix in fruit
Step 7: Pour mixture in pan and press down (I used a 9 1/2 x 9 1/2)
Step 8: Put it in the oven at 300°F for 35-40 minutes till edges are slightly brown (check on it around 30 mins.)
Step 9: Let it cool