Figs are one of my absolute favorite fruits. Their in season window is short, but oh so sweet. Nothing is more delicious to me than a fresh fig bursting with flavor (except maybe plain dried mangoes because they are my favorite addiction), but since they have such a short window fresh figs aren't available much of the time.
Enter frozen figs. These babies can be enjoyed year round in a variety of ways, but this is one of the easiest and quickest I've found. No waiting for them to thaw, or soaking them in bourbon (add that to your old fashioned to make it extra fancy). Simply blend and consume.
This smoothie is made extra fancy with the addition of rosewater, which has numerous skin and health benefits. Rosewater is rich in flavonoids, anti-oxidants, tannins and essential vitamins like A, C, D, E and B3. It enhances moods, helps relieve stress and depression, improves skin texture, and is even said to have anti-aging properties. Growing up with Iranian neighbors, I fell in love with it's unique taste at a young age, and love it even more today. If you've never had it before though, I recommend adding it a little bit at a time so you aren't overwhelmed by the flavor. It can definitely be an acquired taste! Also feel free to go heavier on the cardamom. I'm not a huge fan of the flavor so I usually go easy, but you do you!
2 frozen bananas
4 large frozen figs
2 handfuls almonds
2 shakes cinnamon
2 shakes cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoons rosewater (I used this kind, given to me by an Iranian friend)
2 cups coconut milk
Add all ingredients to blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth. Divide into two cups. Enjoy!