This Energizing Fall Smoothie Is Delightfully Creamy—And Helps Balance Blood Sugar

Gettin’ figgy with it.

By Edie Horstman
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If you’re still holding onto summer fare, we get it. Temps are slowly dropping, but not fast enough to bid farewell to ripe tomatoes and charred, hot-off-the-grill corn on the cob. All of that to say, you’ll find fewer berries and more fresh, juicy figs on the breakfast menu. Now’s the time to tuck into autumn’s harvest—or at the very least, tap into seasonal produce. To kick off autumn’s finest ingredients, we’re sharing a fall smoothie recipe that checks all the boxes: it’s energizing, anti-inflammatory, and balances blood sugar.

The star of the show? Black Mission figs. An ode to chilly mornings, sunlit afternoons, and everything else that’s golden this time of year, you’ll want to add this smoothie to your breakfast rotation—stat.

Feature image by Michelle Nash.

Edie Horstman
Edie Horstman

Edie is the founder of nutrition coaching business, Wellness with Edie. With her background and expertise, she specializes in women’s health, including fertility, hormone balance, and postpartum wellness.

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Why You Should Eat With The Seasons

If you haven’t made the switch yet, now’s the time to start thinking about autumn’s harvest. Before we tuck into winter, fall is an opportunity to tread lightly on summer produce. Simultaneously, consider adding more root veggies, hearty salads, and whole grains to your weekly meal plan. Eating with the seasons has a myriad of benefits. First and foremost, fruits and veggies cultivated during their natural growing season have more intense flavor and ripeness. A perfect example? Crisp, peak-season apples.

Secondly, eating with the seasons is more economical. When produce is in season, it’s available at a lower price. Lastly, produce grown close to home costs less money to transport, supports your local community of farmers, and is better for the environment.

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Foods To Eat In The Fall

Until early December, farmers reap the rewards of summer’s growing season. In that sense, it’s no surprise that fall is synonymous with abundance and gratitude. Curious to know what’s in season during the fall? Here’s a short list:

  • Fruit: cranberries, apples, pomegranates, citrus fruits, figs, and pears
  • Green veggies: arugula, broccoli, spinach, kale, celery, and artichokes
  • Root veggies: onions, carrots, squash, pumpkin, turnips, and sweet potato
  • Whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, oats, and millet
  • Legumes: beans, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans.
  • Fish: sea bass, cod, sole, and haddock
  • Herbs: ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, basil, and dill

Naturally, produce peaks at different times in the U.S., so use this as a general guide to the produce you’ll find this month.

Embrace The Fall, Ayurvedic Style

We love any excuse to incorporate ancient wisdom into our modern day lives. Enter: Ayurveda. Ayurveda—an alternative medicine system—is keen on living in harmony with the seasons. This time of year, it encourages feasting on plenty of fresh, late-summer harvested fruits. Namely, fresh apples and pears. According to Ayurveda, these help “dry out” excess Pitta from the summer.

Eggplant, corn, melons, figs, and okra are also seasonal produce picks for early fall. Dates are also highly recommended. As the air becomes dry, crisp, and cool—and fruit has fallen from trees—it’s time to transition to steamed or stewed fruits and warming spices (i.e., cinnamon and cardamom).

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All About Figs

Before we dive into the ingredients for this fall smoothie recipe, let’s talk about figs.

There are two seasons for domestic fresh figs. The first season is the first few weeks in June, and the second or “new wood” season typically runs from August through October.

The most common variety is the Black Mission fig, followed by the Brown Turkey fig. Lastly, the Green Kadota fig. If you see them at your grocery store, buy them only if you plan to use them quickly. Fresh figs will spoil within 7-10 days of harvesting. In most cases, this means you have a couple of days to enjoy them at home! They’re delicious paired with cheese, on toast, in salads, and on a breakfast board.

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How to Buy Figs

As far as selecting ripe figs, you want them to be soft—to give a little with the slightest pressure, but not at all mushy or hard. Avoid figs with bruises and check to see that the stems are firmly in place. A wiggly, loose stem is a dead giveaway for a mushy fig. For this fall smoothie recipe, you can use any type of fresh fig variety!

What You Need For This Fall Smoothie Recipe

Fruit, spices, and seeds provide the base for this healthy fall smoothie. Made with seasonal ingredients, your tastebuds will delight in autumn’s goodness.


Rich in antioxidants, figs are the star of the show. They provide a subtle sweetness as well as calcium, potassium, and fiber.


Nature’s most portable snack, banana adds sweetness and creaminess to this fall smoothie recipe. You can sub banana for 1-2 pitted dates.

Milk of Choice

Use what you prefer! If you opt for cow’s milk, you’ll get a bit more protein. If you opt for non-dairy milk, the best milks for balancing blood sugar are unsweetened almond, coconut, macadamia, or hemp. Oat milk can cause a blood sugar rollercoaster!

Vanilla Protein Powder

For a grass-fed option, this vanilla protein power by Kelly Leveque tastes unbelievable. If you’re plant-based, this vanilla protein powder is a favorite! Plus, you get added superfoods.


Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is a wonderful source of healthy fats (to aid in satiation and blood sugar balance) as well as vitamin E.

Ground Flaxseed

Another source of healthy fats, ground flaxseed is a functional food worth the pantry space! This small seed has big benefits. It aids in digestion, regulates hunger cues, and can help balance hormones.

Maple Syrup

Nothing says fall quite like maple syrup! Use real maple syrup for the ultimate flavor boost (it pairs beautifully with tahini and figs). This unrefined sweetener contains antioxidants, zinc, magnesium, and more.

Fresh Ginger

Speaking of antioxidants, fresh ginger helps fight inflammation for a boosted immune system—exactly what we need in the fall! It adds a hint of spice in this fall smoothie recipe. It makes an appearance in many smoothies!


A warming spice with blood sugar-balancing benefits, cinnamon also helps lower inflammation in the body. Extremely versatile, you can add cinnamon to both sweet and savory dishes.

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How to Make a Fall Smoothie Recipe

The beauty of this recipe is it only requires one piece of equipment—a high-powered blender! Add your liquid first (it helps everything blend), then add the remaining ingredients. For an extra creamy smoothie, freeze your figs and banana. And don’t forget to leave a review in the comments—enjoy!

P.S. Looking for more inspired smoothie ideas? Here are a few that I’ve had on repeat lately:

Almond Butter Green Smoothie

Cookies and Cream Smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie

Get Figgy With It Smoothie

Serves 1

This fall-ified smoothie blends healthy fats with hormone-balancing ingredients to keep you satiated and energized.

By Edie Horstman


  • 3-4 medium figs, any variety
  • 1/2 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk (almond, coconut, cow’s, etc.)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (10-20 grams of protein)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Ice


  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend.





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