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Smoothie με φρέσκα σύκα, σπόρους chia και κεφίρ - Calcium boost fresh fig, chia and carob vegan smoothie - Vegan in Athens

Calcium-boost fresh fig and carob smoothie

As a child of the summer, September, the month that takes us from the sandy beaches, the warmth and the carelessness of the summer to the lower autumn temperatures and the daily routine, was not always easy. Fortunately, however now, inspired by the wisdom life gives to each and every one of us, I think I am able to recognize and appreciate all the beauty that exists in nature and around us and to welcome changes. Besides, every day is unique and unrepeatable and as such we owe ourselves to live it. And actually September is not at all ugly! I meet my friends again, the children in school, I enjoy our happy routine and the quiet joy of our house, I attend festivals and concerts, I make big, daily walks with Petra in the woods.


There, in the forest, we discovered a great secret fig tree – a shelter for the turtles that have escaped from the fires of the last years – loaded with figs and whenever we go there I like to pick some. The other day I created a vegan recipe for a very easy and delicious vegan fig cake. Last weekend I picked some more figs which I decided to put in the freezer and today I used them to make a cool, raw, vegan smoothie for my breakfast, full of vitamins and calcium!

In order to achieve a good dose of calcium, I used ingredients rich in it, such as Chinese cabbage, chia seeds, carob powder – which also adds an extra flavor – and of course fresh figs. In addition, instead of water, I enriched the smoothie with kefir water, ensuring a good dose of friendly bacteria.

Smoothie με φρέσκα σύκα, σπόρους chia και κεφίρ - Calcium boost fresh fig, chia and carob vegan smoothie - Vegan in Athens

With all these selected ingredients, the flavor is lovingly sweet thanks to the figs and the carob, the texture is thick enough to be eaten with a spoon, its sense is cool and I think that as long as there are still figs I will enjoy it often as a morning or afternoon snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh figs frozen for at least 4-5 hours (5-6 large figs)
  • 1 cup. water kefir or vegan milk or homemade soy yoghurt, frozen
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Chinese cabbage or kale
  • 2 tbsp raw carob powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

optionally

1 tbsp fig or carob syrup or other liquid sweetener for garnishing

Smoothie με φρέσκα σύκα, σπόρους chia και κεφίρ - Calcium boost fresh fig, chia and carob vegan smoothie - Vegan in Athens

Method

Put all the ingredients together in the blender and blend for 1-2 minutes at medium speed until homogeneous. Serve in a glass, garnish with a drizzle of syrup and enjoy with a straw or spoon!

Note: Soy yogurt makes the smoothie thicker and more filling!

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Vegan autumn fig cake with olive oil – sugar-free

Figs are a fruit that reminds me of the sun, the deep smell of the fig tree leaves, the sea. This ancient, historical fruit loves to grow not only in the gardens, but also in the ravines, on the rocks and on the dry, Greek mountains. Fresh figs always bring me back to that fig tree that still exists in my grandmother’s house, where I used to climb to gather figs as a child. My grandmother was always telling us to half them before eating them to check for any small intruders decided to eat them before us. How difficult was it when I was a kid to pick out the little white intruders from the identical thousands of white filaments of the fruit!

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

For the beautiful memories they bring in my mind and their wonderful flavor, every year, when figs are in season, I enjoy them not only freshly cut, usually just under the fig tree, but also in vegan recipes such as my juicy vegan tart with figs and almonds or my fig nice-cream with blackberries. Another recipe with figs that we love very much is today’s cake with figs. This cake has the texture of a very tender and aromatic cake with sweet and juicy bites of figs hidden here and there, softened and melty through baking.

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

The figs of today’s recipe are the figs I picked yesterday from two different fig trees I found in the forest and I shared them with a turtle I met along the way. Although we were both hungry, I finally managed to save the figs I needed to make the recipe I am sharing today with you!

Turtle eating figs - Χελώνα που τρώει σύκα - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients

(for a 26-28cm diameter baking pan)

  • 1 1/4 cup plant-based milk at room temperature (I used this)
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil or oil of choice
  • 1 cup agave nectar or other liquid sweetener
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 pack (500 g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract

additionally

  • 20 ripe figs washed and halved
  • almond flakes for sprinkling

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

Method

1. In a bowl, mix the vegan milk with the agave with the mixer. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and vanilla and finally the flour while stirring well.
2. Brush with oil a round baking pan or cake mold and sprinkle with flour. You can also lay with non-stick baking paper. Apply half of the cake mix to the mold and arrange half of the figs with the cut side up. Cover with the rest of the dough and arrange the remaining figs on top. Sprinkle with the almond flakes.
3. Bake in a preheated oven at 175 oC for 45-50 minutes or until the cake is golden. The first 30-35 minutes be patient and do not open the oven door. To find out if it’s ready, insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Otherwise, if it comes out wet, you may need few more minutes before checking again.

 

 

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

Note: The skins of the figs become soft and melty with baking, so you do not have to remove them. Keep in mind that figs are good sources of calcium which is another reason to enjoy them fresh as well as in recipes like this one.

Βέγκαν πίτα - κέικ με φρέσκα σύκα και ελαιόλαδο χωρίς ζάχαρη - Vegan fresh fig cake - pie with olive oil, sugar-free - Vegan in Athens

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Ωμοφαγικά τρουφάκια με αποξηραμένα σύκα και χαρουπάλευρο - Raw vegan fig and carob truffles -Veganinathens.com

Raw vegan fig and carob truffles

Dried fruit such as figs are really sweet and thus they can be used in many recipes substituting sugar. Today I used dried figs and carob powder in order to make easy and very healthy vegan truffles which provide us with a considerable amount of calcium and beneficial fats among others. These truffles are simply wonderful, as long as we like the slightly special taste of carob. Personally I love it!

Sometimes when I make this recipe I use roasted carob powder, the flavor of which somewhat resembles cocoa, but of course if you follow 100 % raw vegan diet you can use raw carob powder as well as raw agave syrup or other liquid sweetener instead of carob syrup which is not raw.

Ωμοφαγικά τρουφάκια με αποξηραμένα σύκα και χαρουπάλευρο - Raw vegan fig and carob truffles -Veganinathens.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried figs
  • 1 ½ cups finely grated coconut
  • ½ cup agave syrup or carob syrup
  • ½ cup ground flaxseeds
  • ½ cup walnuts or hazelnuts or pistachios or Brazil nuts coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or orange zest
  • 1 cup raw or roasted carob powder
  • little extra carob powder and coconut for dusting

Ωμοφαγικά τρουφάκια με αποξηραμένα σύκα και χαρουπάλευρο - Raw vegan fig and carob truffles -Vegan in Athens

Method

  1. Soak the figs for 1-2 hours in plenty of cold water until soft and drain well.
  2. Place the figs in the food processor together with the agave syrup and process for 2-3 minutes, until a relatively smooth paste has been formed.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except from the chopped nuts and continue processing for 2 more minutes, until malleable dough has been formed.
  4. Put the mixture on the kitchen bench surface and press slightly with your hands. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts and knead until incorporated.
  5. Shape walnut size truffles with your hands and roll them into the carob powder or the grated coconut.
  6. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Ωμοφαγικά τρουφάκια με αποξηραμένα σύκα και χαρουπάλευρο - Raw vegan fig and carob truffles -Vegan in Athens

 

 

 

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