An Indian Milk Shake Recipe
A fiber rich fig and cashew healthy milkshake made with dried figs and raw cashews. Organic dried Calimyrna Figs make a great addition to this sweet fiber rich healthy milkshake. This quick milkshake has the option to be made vegan with your choice of milk, unsweetened oat milk being my currently favorite. Cashew and Fig Milkshake translates to Kaju Anjir Shake in Gujarati and makes a great treat or dessert option.
Cashew Milk Shake History
My family has been drinking this vary variation of shake before my time. It is a treat that my Mom loved and made frequently when I was growing up. Cashew and Fig Milk Shake was a go-to when she would fast on certain days, which is how I became a fan of it at a young age. Try it for yourself and let me know if it converts you over.
What makes Fig and Cashew a Healthy Milkshake?
Figs are high in fiber and naturally in sugar as well. Meaning, sugar can be optional when making this recipe. With the addition of vegan milk, this healthy milkshake can really be a treat for people of all ages. Hence, it is kid friendly.
Is this milkshake Kid Friendly?
You bet! My little ones love to help make cashew and fig milkshakes because it involves counting and simply being together. They enjoy the recipe with cow's milk and like to drink it cold. When making it for my little ones, I am sure to blend the ingredients more than normal to make it more a consistent smooth texture. Let me know how your little one likes it. I would love to know.
Interested in another kid friendly dessert? Give this recipe a try with fresh fruit and cream cheese.
Where to buy dried figs?
They are readily available at large grocery stores these days. Products like Calimyrna Figs, Mission Figs, and Turkish Figs can be found at Costco sometimes, but you can always buy them here.
Black Mission Figs
This is the anjir I grew up eating. We would buy them in India and keep them in our refrigerator. The most fascinating think about dried mission figs from India is the way they dry and store them.
How do you sun dry figs?
In India they are linked on a thin rope. As the mission figs begin to dry they are moved closer together eventually forming disk like rings on the rope. They store well are very eco friendly since there is no non-compost material being used. Another reason to love certain products and buy eco friendly packaging.
When Fig season comes around, you can try to sun dry your own figs by placing them in direct sunlight with a nat/fly cover over it. The process is lengthy but worth it if you have your own fig tree.
How Should Dried Figs be Stored?
Once the package has been opened, I like to store them in an air tight container and place it in the refrigerator. They tend to last longer. Once you refrigerate dried figs they become a bit hard, but that is okay when it comes to recipes like this where you will need to reheat them to bring back some softness to them.
Can I use fresh figs instead?
I do not recommend it. The taste of the milkshake will be completely different and not one that I prefer.
Fiber and Sugar in Figs
Figs are high in sugar and fiber both. Even though it is natural sugar, it should be taken into consideration when linking it to a diabetic diet. This cashew and fig milkshake is a recipe that is to be enjoyed as a treat, even though I can replace an entire meal for it because it tastes so good!
Kaju Anjir Shake for Dessert
I love to serve Cashew and Fig Healthy Milkshakes for dessert at gatherings. They make great statement desserts on a buffet layout when you use shot glasses. Top each glass with a dried cashew for extra decor. If you have me over and make this as a treat, don't mind if I pick up an extra serving...mmk?
What does a fig and cashew milkshake taste like?
I personally think it is the best Indian Milk Shake, and my family is definitely on the same boat with that opinion. The crunch of the fig seeds and the cashews when blended to a little bigger pieces is my absolutely favorite. The tiny fig seeds are a delight to bite into when drinking the shake. Personally my favorite milkshake!
Fig and Cashew Shake Step by Step Instructions
Fig and Cashew Healthy Milkshake Recipe
Fig and Cashew Milkshake
- 2 whole dried figs (I use calimyrna figs)
- 15 whole cashews
- 1 tablespoon sugar (regular granulated sugar)
- 8 oz milk of choice
- Place the figs in a bowl with enough water for them to be fully submerged and heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (until they are soft).
- Put figs, cashews, sugar, and 4oz of milk in a blender and pulse on high for about 30 seconds.
- Add the remaining 4oz of milk and blend for an additional 10 seconds.
- Tip 1- add the shake to shot glasses for a fun mini dessert.Tip 2- drink it straight out of the blender! (I use a magic bullet to blend and it comes with ready to go cups.)