Our neighbor has an enormous fig tree which was going bonkers with fresh figs. In years past, my husband has viewed it as a nuisance that creates a pile of rotten, bug-swarmed fruit in the corner of our yard and trimmed the branches that hang over our side as much as he could. A few weeks ago, while picking tomatoes from our garden that is less than 10 ft away, I noticed some figs on the ground and had this revelation that we have a fruit tree in our backyard!
Yes, I can be dense
at times often times. Do you know how many pounds of figs you can pick from a 4-foot section of an enormous fig tree? Do you know how many marvelous things you can make from figs? Answer: a metric fuckton. (Or roughly 20 lbs, but who’s counting?)
First, I made these cookies. And then, for good measure, I made them again. Four dozen of them. And I
might have definitely ate a dozen the day I made them. I also made some smoothies inspired by the cookie recipe and Lauren made balsamic fig jam and has a batch of fig wine going.
We decided to try and weasel our way into her backyard for more figs by plying her with our fresh, delicious treats. But, instead of the profuse “Thank You!”s and “I can’t believe you made us cookies!”s that I was expecting, she acted as if I was trying to give her some old batteries and used tape and brushed me off with a “My sister picks our figs.”
Here is where I would like to go on a tirade about how many figs that tree is producing daily and how one person couldn’t possibly use all of them, let alone pick all of them. Instead, I leave you with a smoothie recipe that tastes like a Fig cookie shake. You’re welcome.
Fig Cookie Shake
Makes 4, 16oz servings
- 2 C. ice
- 2 C. fresh figs
- 1 large banana
- 1 C. vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 C. orange juice
- 1/2 C. yogurt
- 1/8 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
I add protein powder, Brewer’s yeast, and about 2 C. of spinach to every smoothie I make. This is plenty sweet enough to mask whatever supplements of greens you would like to add.
Add ice, figs, banana, almond milk, orange juice, yogurt, and spices to blender. Pulse on “crush ice” or a low setting a few times until roughly blended. Measure out any supplements or greens you want to add and set aside. Set blender to “liquify” or highest setting and feed powders and greens through the blender lid. Blend thoroughly.