I can't share our weather with you, but I can share this easy ice cream recipe that will help you herald in your own spring sunshine. If you are in the southern hemisphere, it can help you cling on to summer instead!
There is some debate over whether figs are suitable for vegans or vegetarians*. I was horrified when I learned, some years back, that figs are pollinated by wasps who then die and remain within the fruit. Every time I thought of eating a fig, I thought of eating dead wasp and was consequently put off. In truth, the wasps are broken down by enzymes within the fruit and so you won't be eating a wasp as such. Nonetheless, some vegans still choose to avoid figs and fig-containing products. As this post would suggest, I am not in that category, although I don't eat them regularly.
This recipe could be as simple as blending frozen banana and dried figs and transferring the mixture to a bowl. I made a figgy paste first, which I highly recommend, but you will have more paste than the ice cream requires. It could be used on top of porridge or yoghurt...or you could just make more ice cream to use it up.
Figgy banana soft serve parfaits
Makes approximately 1 cup of fig paste and 2 ice cream parfaits
Vegan (depending on your view on figs), low in fat, gluten free
Food processor required
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
For the figgy paste
1 cup / approximately 150g dried figs
1 tsp vanilla
For the soft serve ice cream
2 medium frozen bananas
Make the fig paste by combining the figs and vanilla in your food processor and blending until the mix is semi-smooth and clumping together. Transfer to a bowl or container.
Add the bananas to your food processor (no need to clean), along with 1 tbsp of the fig paste. Process until the bananas are smooth.
To create the parfaits, add approximately one-quarter of the banana mixture to a parfait glass, dot over a few small dollops of the fig paste, and then top with another quarter of the banana mix and a few more dots of fig paste. Repeat to make the second parfait.
* The packet of dried figs I bought from Lidl was proudly labelled as suitable for vegans and vegetarians, so the company either doesn't know of the fig production system or chooses to see it as irrelevant to plant-based eating.
Submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays.
What is your weather doing this week?