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

  • Delicious, I am a big blackberry and coconut-fan! I haven´t really written down my ice cream creations, but I once made a cinnamon-spiced coconut-soy ice cream: Boil fresh or candied ginger in soy-milk, add cinnamon, maybe anise and cardamon as well. Add coconut milk (you don´t have to use soy milk at all, if you like the coconut milk taste a lot), some dried (the juicy, fresher ones) dates. Sweeten with more honey if you like. Great with Apple Crumble!
  • looks yummy and delicious! need to try this! thanks for the recipe! bookmark this post for later try!
  • Kate
    Lovely, fresh flavor of nature's wonders
  • I made your ice cream recipe the other day, it was so yummy! Thanks for the idea. I don't have an ice cream maker, so I just put it in a dish in the freezer and it did the job very nicely.
  • This ice cream looks and sounds divine. I can't wait to try it!
  • Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! As we are about to enjoy the warm summer months here in Sydney, this ice cream will be a perfect treat! I adore fresh figs and can't wait for them to be back in season :-) Big hugs to all three of you! xx
  • nicole
    this looks wonderful cant wait to try it, yummy.............
  • Brilliant! I am so envious of all the fresh figs I am seeing on everyone's blog...how I wish they grew here! You are totally convincing me to get an ice cream maker!
  • I love figs, I can very well imagine combining them with coconut. From my side, I very much enjoy basil ice cream, just a very basic recipe with not many more ingredients than basil, but with a very strong focused taste - delicious, to combine with sweet and non-sweet food.
  • Hi, I don't know what I love more about your blog: the fantastic pictures or the yummy recipes... I will definitely follow you and not to mention try one of those delicious dishes :D
  • One more thing: serve in glasses with goji berries and/or chopped dark chocolate!
  • Looks devine!!! I make lots of soft serve icecream in my food processor! This one of our favourite recipes: 400 g frozen rasberries 400 g frozen mango 1 ripe avocado 1 table spoon flaxseed oil agave syrup to wanted sweatness (about 3 table spoons) Optional: A little bit of licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) powder Mix everything well. At the end, ad a few drops of boiling water to get that perfect soft icecream texture. ENJOY!
  • Hjördís
    That sounds to good!!! But I dont have the ice cream maker...can I still do Ice cream??? I LOVE ice cream :)
  • This sounds divine! But.... I don't have an ice cream machine? Is there any way for me making the ice cream anyway? My favorite sugar-free ice cream is my Healthy Elvis. Vegan, no sugar and absolutely fab! http://lillamatderiven.blogspot.com/2011/05/healthy-elvis.html Enjoy and have a super weekend! :D
  • beautiful! I am all for unique ice cream flavors and this one is at the top of the list.
  • Wow, that is easily the most beautiful ice-cream I've ever seen! Beats a tub of supermarket ice-cream in the eye-candy test, that's for sure! I bet it tastes way better too.
  • Yum!! Figs, coconuts, blackberries!! Sounds heavenly,beautifully done. I love how this is vegan too!
  • This looks absolutely delicious! A great combo of flavours and lovely pictures.
  • Loooks lovely & delicious ... Great pictures ! Love the color Thank you so much for sharing such lovely recipe and pictures !! <3 Happy to follow you :) http://www.spicytangy.com/

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