Fig, Coconut & Blackberry Ice Cream

Are we the only ones fantasizing about crazy ice cream combinations with only natural ingredients? We know that there is a whole world of healthier ice cream recipes out there just waiting to be revealed, and with our brand new ice cream maker (thank you uncle Sven, we love it!) we are going to start exploring it. This was actually our first try with the machine and we stumbled upon an interesting combo right away.

Have you tasted fig ice cream before? You probably have. We actually hadn’t tried it, but considering our love for this sweet and juicy fruit we imagined it would make a buon gelato. We used coconut milk instead of cow milk or cream, which was one of the ideas that we have fantasized about. It was exactly as good as we imagined it, and since we made it without eggs it is also vegan!

This is somewhat of an ice cream for grown ups (even though we hate that expression). The flavors are pretty fruity and complex, not at all like a standard sugar and cream recipe. Make sure to use ripe figs (preferably mission figs), they taste sweeter.

Have you got any favorite ice cream recipes of your own, without heaps of sugar? Leave a comment, we would love to know what it is.

Fig, Coconut & Blackberry Ice Cream
Makes around 4 cups (1 liter)

This recipe is not super sweet, that is how we like it. Taste it while it cooks and add more honey if you prefer.

10 fresh ripe figs
6 tbsp water
lemon zest, from 1 lemon
1/3 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened

fresh ginger, 1 inch (2,5 cm), minced (optional)
1/2 cup (1,2 dl) honey (vegans use agave nectar)
2 cups (5 dl) coconut milk
lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon
2/3 cup (1,6 dl) fresh blackberries

lemon balm

Start by removing the ends from the figs. Cut each fig into 8 pieces. Put them in a saucepan, add water, lemon zest, coconut flakes and ginger. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until the figs are tender. Add honey and around 10 blackberries. Continue to cook for about 15-20 minutes (you might want to lower the heat a bit) until it reaches a jam-like consistency. When it’s done, remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Use an immersion blender or food processor to quickly mix it together with the coconut milk and lemon juice. Don’t mix too hard, it’s nice with some fruit pieces here and there. Chill well in the fridge (otherwise you will have yourself a fig milkshake, we have tried that…) before you put the mixture in an ice cream maker for about 25 minutes or however long your brand of ice cream machine suggests. Serve with fresh blackberries and a few leaves of fresh lemon balm.

55 Comments

  • Helen
    This sounds really amazing! But I need HELP! How can I make this without an ice cream machine.. Unfortunately I don't have a nice uncle Sven! ;-)
  • Looks amazing! Will try. What kind of ice cream maker do you use? Mine is a crappy budget version which doesn't really have the power to blend the ice cream mixture. Must buy myself a new one with a powerful motor.
  • This looks beautiful, so rustic and delicious. I didn't think you could actually make an ice cream with fig, blackberry and coconut. Such an original combination. Plus the figs look amazing, such a vibrant purple! Thanks for the recipe! =D
  • Oh how amazingly beautiful! Lo-oove the figs<3 My favorite right now is my Raw Sea-buckthorn ice cream with lots of cardamom and a hint of honey & nutmeg. It flirts a bit with fall but still has the sense of summer!
  • I never in a million years would have thought to combine figs, blackberries and coconut in an ice cream! I tried my first fig the weekend before last and have been disappointed that I can't find any around here. I would love to do more experimenting with natural liquid sweeteners like honey, agave and maple syrup in ice cream but making ice cream is so time consuming. So far I've made a couple of recipes that call for 3/4 cup raw sugar, which is more than I'd like, but sure makes tasty ice cream! Here's my recipe for fresh mint ice cream if you'd like to take a look: http://cookieandkate.com/2011/light-mint-ice-cream-recipe/
  • looks SO SO good! I've been wanting to make some dairyfree ice cream and havent had the time but my goodness, could you just be my neighbor?
  • I'm all for the fig and coconut combination. And, I have to say, a fig milkshake doesn't sound too terrible either, though there is something about this ice cream that especially screams end of summer. I'm getting my spoon ready. :)
  • this ice cream looks over the top amazing. i am in awe right now!
  • What a beautiful and delicious sounding ice cream. The combination of fig, coconut and blackberries sounds amazing!!
  • Oh my gosh! This looks incredible. I will definitely be trying this soon. Thank you!
  • Sounds exactly like my kind of ice cream! I love my ice cream maker and have experimented with tons of fruit, low sugar, and almost always dairy-free recipes (for my tummy's sake:) I once made mint chocolate chip using only dates as the sweetener; you must try using dates!
  • That looks delicious! I love the color. Once I made a coconut milk- and cashew-based ice cream with sweet basil and vanilla bean, sweetened with agave nectar, and served with balsamic-marinated strawberries. It was the best ice cream I ever, ever ate.
    • Josie
      Whoa. Where is that recipe? Sounds amazing!
  • The colours! Oh the colours! Coconut with figs and berries, I must try that! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and recipe.
  • oh YUM! the pictures are stunning, and I can almost taste the ice cream just looking at them. I made a similar recipe at the beginning of summer, an apricot and coconut milk ice cream. I don't have an ice cream maker, so I did it by hand! here's the link: http://thechocolatefigsf.com/journal/2011/6/12/apricot-coconut-milk-ice-cream.html
  • Your ice cream is so pretty! Blackberries are my favorite fruit. Lovely!
  • That is the most beautiful ice cream I've ever seen. So beautiful I could doggy paddle straight through it.
  • Fabulous ice cream, I absolutely love the recipe because I adore figs, especially those dried, figs are such a great and healthy replacement for sugar. Well, I did my ice cream today also, and was thrilled because in my favourite shop with healthy food they got recently raw cocoa beans, so I bought them & made vanilla ice-cream with it. Thank you for inspiration :)
  • Rosie Kourian
    heyy Luise, David ... This looks and sounds luxurious! I myself LOVE fresh figs and can never get bored with them! So, I really AM doing this recipe! Thank you for the inspiration and the wonderful post! P.S. Try peach and lavender as a combo :)
  • This looks delicious! I love fig anything and will surely have to try this. Last week I tried fig and walnut ice cream and the match was also a success! I made ice pops recently with mango and coconut milk. They were dreamy and I highly recommend the combination. Although they were ice pops I first made it as an ice cream last summer (sans ice cream maker, so a rather choppy one): http://paperdollparade.blogspot.com/2011/08/home-to-ice-pops.html

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