Fig Berry Puree Recipe – Tangy, Sweet, and Festive!
Sometimes you’ve got to change it up. Mashed bananas, pureed pears, and pureed peaches can get old really quick. So, if your pureeing is in a rut, give this simple and delicious recipe a try!
Sweet, Tangy, and Festive
I loved the flavor of this puree instantly, You get sweetness from the apple juice and the figs. But, the figs also add a tangy flavor as well that helps cut the sweetness. The addition of the cloves adds a festive flair to this rich puree that could be used for either a dessert or a main course.
This recipe is extremely simple and only has 5 ingredients and you could get by with 3 if that is all you have. There are probably a few ingredients though that you’ll have to pick up on your next grocery trip.
- Strawberries – I used frozen for this recipe because they are currently out of season here. Fresh ones are better I am sure. Just cut the stems and tips off. You You will probably need a little less liquid with fresh strawberries too.
- Figs – Dried figs are available at almost any grocery store too. I got mine at Aldi next to the raisins in the baking aisle. You will need to trim off the stem that is located at the pointy end of each fig.
- Apple Juice – this is my go to liquid for fruit purees. It adds sweetness plus vitamins. Any liquid is ok including water although that sounds a little boring to me 😉
- Quick Cook Oats – adding quick oats at the end bulks up this puree so that it is more filling and sticks around longer. Just throw them in and let them cook for a minute or two.
- Spices – I added cloves to the mixture just before blending which added a real festive flavor. Other possibilities are cinnamon and even ginger.
Blender or Food Mill?
I’ve included instructions to use a blender with this recipe. But, if you aren’t a fan of the crunch of fig seeds, you may want to use a food mill instead. If you do, use the finest grinding disc your food mill offers. A food mill gives a much smoother puree and filters out those tiny seeds.
A blender is quicker and, honestly, easier. But, you will have a slightly gritty texture to the puree from the fig seeds. Kind of like the filling in a fig cookie.
I like to take simple baby food recipes and make them more adult oriented. So, I adapted this recipe from a Strawberry and Fig recipe in the book Baby Love by Norah O’Donell and Geoff Tracy (St. Martin’s Griffin, NY, 2010). You can buy it at Amazon if you are interested.
This figs in this puree add a little tang to the sweetness of the strawberries and apple juice. Finishing it off with some ground cloves adds a festive holiday feel.
- 2 lb frozen strawberries
- 8 oz dried figs
- 1 cup apple juice no-sugar added, organic is best
- 1 cup quick, 1 minute oats
- 1 tsp ground cloves
Cut the figs in half and remove any stem from the pointed end of the fig.
If using fresh strawberries, remove the top and bottom and cut in half also.
Add the strawberries, figs, and apple juice to a saucepan
Turn heat on high and cover
Once boiling starts, boil for 5 minutes stirring once
Add the oats, stir and boil for another minute
Remove from heat and add contents of the pan plus the ground cloves to a blender (CAUTION when blending hot foods. Do not fill your blender past half way or hot food could be shot from the top of it. Make sure the lid is tight and throw a towel on top for extra safety)
Blend until smooth (2-3 minutes)
So, what do you think about this recipe? Give it a try and tell me about it in the comments below! If you like it, please share it on your favorite social media!
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