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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.


  1. Posted 13 Sep ’11 at 22:52 | #

    Amazing!! That is a sophisticated ice cream if I’ve ever seen one

  2. Posted 13 Sep ’11 at 23:02 | #

    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

  3. Rosie Kourian
    Posted 13 Sep ’11 at 23:03 | #

    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 :)

  4. Posted 13 Sep ’11 at 23:06 | #

    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 :)

  5. Posted 13 Sep ’11 at 23:07 | #

    That is the most beautiful ice cream I’ve ever seen. So beautiful I could doggy paddle straight through it.

    • Posted 19 Sep ’11 at 22:07 | #

      I second Bev’s comment. Yum!

  6. Posted 13 Sep ’11 at 23:27 | #

    Your ice cream is so pretty! Blackberries are my favorite fruit. Lovely!

  7. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 00:02 | #

    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

  8. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 00:02 | #

    The colours! Oh the colours! Coconut with figs and berries, I must try that! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and recipe.

  9. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 00:49 | #

    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
      Posted 2 Mar ’14 at 05:09 | #

      Whoa. Where is that recipe? Sounds amazing!

  10. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 01:55 | #

    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!

  11. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 02:19 | #

    Oh my gosh! This looks incredible. I will definitely be trying this soon. Thank you!

  12. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 02:30 | #

    What a beautiful and delicious sounding ice cream. The combination of fig, coconut and blackberries sounds amazing!!

  13. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 02:33 | #

    this ice cream looks over the top amazing. i am in awe right now!

  14. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 05:15 | #

    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. :)

  15. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 05:20 | #

    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?

  16. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 06:41 | #

    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/

  17. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 08:17 | #

    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!

  18. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 10:04 | #

    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

  19. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 10:56 | #

    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.

  20. Helen
    Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 11:42 | #

    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! ;-)

  21. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 11:47 | #

    Loooks lovely & delicious … Great pictures ! Love the color
    Thank you so much for sharing such lovely recipe and pictures !! <3
    Happy to follow you :)

  22. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 14:32 | #

    This looks absolutely delicious!
    A great combo of flavours and lovely pictures.

  23. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 17:01 | #

    Splendida ricetta, ciao

  24. Posted 14 Sep ’11 at 17:23 | #

    Yum!! Figs, coconuts, blackberries!! Sounds heavenly,beautifully done. I love how this is vegan too!

  25. Posted 15 Sep ’11 at 23:52 | #

    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.

  26. Posted 16 Sep ’11 at 05:02 | #

    beautiful! I am all for unique ice cream flavors and this one is at the top of the list.

  27. Posted 16 Sep ’11 at 20:40 | #

    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!
    Enjoy and have a super weekend! :D

  28. Hjördís
    Posted 17 Sep ’11 at 14:27 | #

    That sounds to good!!!
    But I dont have the ice cream maker…can I still do Ice cream???
    I LOVE ice cream :)

  29. Posted 18 Sep ’11 at 09:19 | #

    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.


  30. Posted 18 Sep ’11 at 09:20 | #

    One more thing: serve in glasses with goji berries and/or chopped dark chocolate!

  31. Posted 19 Sep ’11 at 21:45 | #

    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

  32. Posted 20 Sep ’11 at 19:09 | #

    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.

  33. Posted 23 Sep ’11 at 09:41 | #

    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!

  34. nicole
    Posted 23 Sep ’11 at 18:55 | #

    this looks wonderful cant wait to try it, yummy………….

  35. Posted 24 Sep ’11 at 20:49 | #

    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

  36. Posted 6 Oct ’11 at 04:36 | #

    This ice cream looks and sounds divine. I can’t wait to try it!

  37. Posted 7 Oct ’11 at 15:03 | #

    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.

  38. Kate
    Posted 18 Oct ’11 at 18:40 | #

    Lovely, fresh flavor of nature’s wonders

  39. Posted 4 Dec ’11 at 17:53 | #

    looks yummy and delicious! need to try this! thanks for the recipe! bookmark this post for later try!

  40. Posted 6 Jan ’12 at 22:18 | #

    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!

  41. Posted 18 Apr ’12 at 17:21 | #

    Recently found your blog and I just love it, great recipes, fantastic photography and I have complete & utter blog envy. Will definitely be making this gorgeous ice cream.

  42. sadia
    Posted 28 Jun ’12 at 16:07 | #


    what a taste….yummy .:)

  43. Marie L
    Posted 18 Mar ’13 at 20:54 | #

    Is it possible to use frozen figs? If ripe figs are un-purchaseable.

  44. Posted 11 Jun ’13 at 05:24 | #

    when is the world going to catch on the fact that agave nectar is extremely unhealthy for one? as a matter of fact it is worse (slightly) than HFCS. Vegans use stevia instead …it’s natural, alkalizing, no calories and safe with diabetes.

    • misskizzi
      Posted 15 Aug ’13 at 07:10 | #

      wow that’s interesting, i rarely use agave but i typically steer clear of foods im not educated properly on.. i’ve heard these claims before and wasn’t sure between agave and stevia.. i’d lean more to stevia especially if it alkalizing.. do you have any links.? to help me learn more.? i understood agave was obviously from an agave plant but i thought it wasn’t processed say like refined white/brown sugars.?

  45. Aubrey
    Posted 25 Aug ’13 at 04:15 | #

    I Just made this for a birthday party, it is so unique. I loved the combination. thanks for the great recipe!

  46. adele
    Posted 28 Aug ’13 at 12:20 | #

    hi, this recipe looks amazing, however i have 500g fresh strawberries i have to use up as they are a little over ripe. Do you have any suggestions for altering this recipe so i can use the strawberries, maybe coconut or almond milk? I’m not lactose or gluten intolerant, just looking for healthy alternatives :)
    Its getting warmer here in Australia an i can’t wait to get my ice cream maker out!

  47. Andres Pereyda
    Posted 22 Jun ’14 at 04:17 | #

    Do I have to serve it in a rusty half-chromed loaf pan, or is that optional?

  48. Rachel U.
    Posted 13 Sep ’16 at 23:11 | #

    Thanks so much for this recipe! We made this over the weekend and we loved it. We used agave and a can of coconut cream – we realized we got the wrong thing but the texture and flavor ended up being great! My cat was sad she couldn’t try any of it :)


  49. Georgina Terrana
    Posted 26 Oct ’16 at 03:18 | #

    I just love all your recipes, always amazed at how, what seem, such unlikely combinations come together so beautifully! I would love to see more vegan ice cream recipes from you guys! :)

  50. Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 12:31 | #

    It’s an awesome combination of fruits and it looks amazing too. It seems like that I need to find an occasion to make this soon :D

  51. Siobhan
    Posted 23 Feb ’18 at 14:34 | #

    Hate to break it to you, but figs aren’t vegan. They aren’t even vegetarian. Wasps pollinate figs, often getting stuck inside them. And in order to make the fig edible, it needs to have a dead female wasp stuck inside. But as the female wasp dies inside, an enzyme from the fruit breaks down the body into protein.

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