Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Coffee Fig Smoothies

Featured Ingredient: Coffee

It’s stinking hot in Southern Ontario these days. Living minus air conditioning is something Tabi and I prefer, but with our kitchen pulling double duty as a sauna we don’t have much of an appetite for laborious cooked foods. That is why our freezer is packed with smoothie cups for ready-to-go thirst quenching goodness. These coffee smoothie cups packed with figs and cashews are liquid ambrosia indeed. Using Doi Chaang coffee makes the java smoothies even easier swallow. 

You’ll be hard pressed to find a food or beverage company with a stronger social ethos. Not only has this coffee from the mountains of Northern Thailand garnered much praise from coffee tasting experts, but it’s half owned by the Akha growers. Hence the label “Beyond Fair Trade.” A couple years back, Tabi and I were lucky enough to bicycle up to the growing community which was a wonderful experience. To read more about this forward-thinking business model click here.

Ready for another Muffin Tin Mania giveaway? The fine folks at Doi Chaang Coffee would like to award one of my readers with a bag of their stellar coffee. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post that says “I want to brew up Doi Chaang” along with some way of identifying yourself such as your initials, name or email address and I will use this online tool to randomly select a winner. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday July 24th, so if you entered write the date down on your calendar and check back in then for a chance to claim your prize.

Congratulations to omarilynobrien who was randomly selected the winner of some Doi Chaang Coffee product. 

Coffee Fig Smoothie Cups

2 cups brewed coffee
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 cup dried Mission figs
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 large bananas
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place coffee, cashews and figs in a bowl and let sit for 1 hour. Place coffee mixture in a blender container along with the Greek yogurt, bananas, cardamom, cocoa powder and vanilla and blend until a smooth, thick mixture forms.

Divide mixture among 12 standard sized muffin cups, place tray in freezer and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.  

Unmold smoothie cups, place them in an airtight container, and return to freezer until ready to use. If you did not use silicon muffin cups and are having trouble unmolding the frozen cups try placing the bottom of the muffin tin in warm water for few seconds, being careful not to thaw the contents.

When ready to make a smoothie, place 1 cup liquid of choice (I usually go for milk) and 2 coffee smoothie cups into a blender container and blend until smooth. For most blenders, its best to carefully slice the smoothie cups into halves or quarters first before placing them in the blender container to help make the blending easier. 

You’ll get 6 smoothies out of 12 frozen smoothie cups. 


  1. I want to brew up Doi Chaang!

    Rebecca M.

  2. Judy Lies/ J.lies@aol.comJuly 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I want to brew up Doi Chaang!

  3. I want to brew up Doi Chaang!

    Michelle D...

  4. I want to brew up Doi Chaang!...and make your smoothie cups,they look awesome!


  5. I love coffee and this looks great! I want to brew up Doi Chaang!

    Ryan Fowkes!

  6. This sounds delicious! I want to brew up Doi Chaang! :)

    Maria G.

  7. I want to brew Doi Chaang si I can make the fig smoothies. Looking for ways to use figs before birds eat all of them.

    Shirley W.

  8. I want to brew up Doi Chaang


  9. “I want to brew up Doi Chaang”

  10. “I want to brew up Doi Chaang”
    Fabulous smoothie!

  11. When you cook with figs, do you have to peel them? From the way you buy them, sorry I don't ever buy figs. Great ideas!

  12. Nope, there is no need to peel dried figs.

  13. I made these and it turned out pretty good! I added 1/2 cup egg beaters and 1/2 cup skim milk when I put a frozen pod in the blender. Was a bit think so I added a bit more milk. Challenging to get out of the tin, but so convenient once that's done!

  14. That is great Lindsay. Yes, those egg beaters are a stealth way to add in some protein. For these, I really rely on the silicon muffin cups - they are bendable so extraction is much easier.

  15. I have made these more than a few times now. I make one change, I don't freeze the yogurt, I add it during the final blend. Excellent little recipe. Thank you.


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