I’m so excited to have Nikki from The Clean Plate here today to share an delicious recipe with you guys! Nikki is a natural food chef in California. She offers so many amazing recipes on her blog like mango chicken curry, a paleo acai bowl and a cilantro pesto shrimp rainbow pasta. Make sure to head there and check them out! Now I personally love using fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies during the summer while I can. With that in mind, Nikki has created a seriously delish treat for you guys in this chocolate fig frosty! As summer winds down, this is the perfect treat on a hot day.
Summer days call for sunglasses, bathing suits, and cold drinks!
As a kid, I remember enjoying all the trappings of childhood summer indulgences. There were so many to choose from; 7-11 for a Cherry Coke Slurpee, McDonalds for an Oreo McFlurry, Jamba Juice for a Mango Madness Smoothie. Looking back, I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed any sugary, frozen respite from the 100 degree heat of Southern California in August.
As a Natural Foods Chef, it would be difficult for me to advocate the consumption of these industrially produced sugar bombs, but I would be remiss to not offer up some nutrient-laden alternatives!
One of my all-time favorite summer drinks was the chocolate frosty from the popular fast food chain, Wendy’s! Funny enough, the serving size on those was actually pretty reasonable at 8 – 10 oz. or so. I remember them being pretty delicious and when I was allowed to order one, I felt like I had hit a sweet, sweet jackpot! The texture was unique from all the other summer drinks/treats. Almost like a mix between an icy smoothie and creamy milkshake.
In an effort to reclaim the delicious memories of summer, I created a smoothie that is reminiscent of the Wendy’s Frosty while also imparting a good helping of quality fuel and nutrition for our active and healthy bodies! This drink works great as a meal replacement due to the fat content of the almond butter and avocado. There is also a good amount of fiber from the figs for added satiety and gut health. Make it a post-workout meal by adding your favorite protein powder to feed your muscles!
- 4 frozen figs
- 1 handful of ice
- 1/2 c. almond milk
- 1/4 c. avocado
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- 2 tsp. cacao powder
- A pinch of sea salt
- Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender* until smooth. if you don't have a high-powered blender, use a regular blender and use as much almond milk as needed to blend thoroughly.
- Optional add-ins
- - Great Lakes collagen
- - 1 scoop protein powder
- - Shredded coconut