Bring on the WILD Blueberries!
It’s time for the wild blueberry smoothie contest again! Last year I submitted this delicious Wild Blueberry Chai Smoothie. This year I have some great new inspirations from my recent travels to Morocco!
Throughout my trip I had fresh juice every single day – starting with fresh squeezed orange juice at breakfast. Every restaurant had a juice or smoothie of the day. Some thick, requiring a spoon, some drinkable with a straw. It was heaven.
This time of year citrus is irresistible. (I made a Cara Cara Orange Creamsicle Smoothie last January that was the bomb!) In Morocco, the tangerines tasted like orange candy. Did you know that tangerines are named after the port city of Tangier? So many were exported through its port, it resulted in the name tangerine!
A day did not go by without eating at least two tangerines.
Our guide, Oumaima, told me about a smoothie her mom frequently makes for her with dried fruit and avocado – avocado smoothies are very popular in Morocco! While berries weren’t in her description, they’re a perfect addition. Layered with a mixture of dried figs and toasted walnuts, this wild blueberry smoothie is thick and substantial.
Lucky for me, I live close to a wild blueberry barren and in the summer I gather them up and bake delicious blueberry coffee cake or vegan blueberry bars. I also freeze bags of extra for the winter months when fresh berries aren’t in season.
From all of this inspiration I’ve created this Wild Blueberry Smoothie with Orange, Fig + Walnut !
Wild blueberries are different. You can’t go out to your local plant nursery and purchase a wild blueberry bush for your backyard. They occur naturally in certain habitats – usually formed by glaciers that left behind sandy soils perfect for low forming shrubs like wild blueberries. They are smaller in size, but pack 2x the antioxidants compared to the cultivated blueberries found in your local grocer’s produce section.
Wild blueberries have a depth of flavor that I find especially important in a smoothie recipe. There is nothing worse than bland fruit in a smoothie. Since most are frozen immediately after picking, they’re perfectly suited for smoothie making – straight from your grocer’s frozen fruit section to your blender! (find nearby stores that stock them here)
Wish me luck! Here we go – Wild Blueberry Smoothie with Orange, Fig + Walnut – inspired by Oumaima, her mom and all the wonderful fresh juices I consumed while in Morocco.
This smoothie was voted TOP10 in the WildBlueberries.com Recipe Contest!
- 5 dried figs, chopped into small pieces
- ½ cup walnuts, toasted
- 1 cup wild blueberries + more to top
- 1 avocado
- 4 tangerines
- 4 dates, pitted and chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup water
- 1-2 tbs honey
- optional: a couple dashes of turmeric
- Combine toasted walnuts and chopped figs in a food processor. Blend into a fine crumble - texture should be like a grainy sand. Set aside.
- Combine all other ingredients into blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Spoon into glasses or bowls, layering the walnut/fig mixture and smoothie.
- Top with extra blueberries.
By posting this blueberry smoothie recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. This post contains affiliate links which help support Oat&Sesame.