Unbelieveably Easy Fresh Fig and Almond Ice Cream

16 Aug

This ice cream is amazingly simple to make and it’s vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and guilt-free. It also tastes lovely. Don’t believe me? Just try it and see. You’re going to love me for this, I promise.

As you probably know I have a huge bag of fresh figs in my freezer (thanks Leigh) and am desperately trying to use them up. The thing is they don’t seem to be going down.  I’ve made Fig Chutney, Fig Jam, Fig Muffins, Fig Granola Crumble, and just recently Fig & Feta Sambouseks.

While I was out walking this morning with the dog, taking pictures of  figs, I felt something crunching under my feet. I  looked down and saw that I was walking over almonds (not Driving Over Lemons).  In the tree above my head I saw that the almond kernels are now hatching out of their furry jackets and falling to the ground.

I picked up as many as I could carry and took them home. The thing is I don’t have any nutcrackers but they look great in the pictures. I must buy some nutcrackers though.

Anyway, back to the ice cream. I’ve seen a few recipes recently for an ice cream made just using frozen bananas. You just freeze them and then whiz them in a blender, that’s it. So I threw a couple of bananas that were going a bit brown into the freezer.

The next day when I went to retrieve them I realised that it was going to be impossible to peel the things because the skins were frozen solid. I’m such an idiot, you are supposed to peel and chop them up first!

Thankfully I found Sawsan’s recipe which explained this in detail so I tried again (with different bananas). I added some coconut milk to get it going, grated coconut and lime zest too. You can eat it like a slushy straight away or freeze it for a few hours to firm it up.

While I was looking in the freezer I saw the huge bag of figs and wondered if it would work with them just as well. So I tried them, and it did. I used low-fat coconut milk and ground almonds for creaminess and vanilla extract for a little sweetness.  I’m sure Greek yoghurt would be lovely in this too if you didn’t want to use coconut milk.

So there it is. A simple ice cream made without an ice cream maker or all that tedious stirring every hour. Just use frozen fruit and blend it with coconut milk or yoghurt and add any other flavourings you like.

Fresh Fig and Almond Ice Cream Recipe

Makes about 1/2 litre, easily doubled, vegan, gluten-free

  • 8 fresh figs (frozen for 24 hours before using)
  • about 200 ml (1/2 tin), low-fat coconut milk, shake the tin before opening
  • 55 gr (1/2 cup) ground almonds
  • a few drops of almond extract (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • flaked almonds, toasted in a dry pan for garnish

Take the figs out of the freezer, quarter them and put them in a blender or food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Pulse to get it going then blend until well mixed and smooth. Taste, if you want it sweeter add some honey.

Eat straight away if you can’t wait or pour into an ice cream tub and freeze for a couple of hours or more until firm. That’s it. How easy is that?

Serve sprinkled with the toasted flaked almonds.

The possibilities are endless. I want to try mango and banana next time with coconut milk. If you want to add some texture with nuts or broken up cookies, (I’m thinking crushed Amaretti biscuits) stir them through after you’ve blended then freeze as usual.

Just remember to peel and chop the bananas, if using, before you freeze them…..

Things That made Me Smile Today……………..

We picked up our new cushions at the weekend for the banquette seat on our terrace.

I’m really pleased with them. The guy that made them has done a fantastic job.

I’m thinking “Ralph Lauren in Provence”….

I just wish it would cool down a bit so I could sit outside and enjoy them!

34 Responses to “Unbelieveably Easy Fresh Fig and Almond Ice Cream”

  1. greatestwealth August 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Perfect summer dessert! This made me drool a little bit.

  2. thefooddoctor August 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Thank you so much for the shout out Natalie..
    I have been seeing figs every where lately..and now I have an amazing list of recipes to try ..
    thank you so much

    • foodblogandthedog August 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      You’re welcome, thanks for the inspiration, hope you enjoy!!

  3. Miriam/El invitado de invierno August 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    I loved this idea of using figs, and they’re so sweet altogether with the coconut milk that you don’t need any sweetening, that’s great!

  4. chicaandaluza August 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Looks wonderful and as I don´t have a spare inch of space in the freezer for my oce cream maker tub, this will be perfect!

  5. Savorique August 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    This awesome ice cream recipe is another illustration that vegan / gluten-free food can taste and look great. I suppose we can use almond milk for a creamier texture?

  6. Isabelle @ Crumb August 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    I am so jealous… fresh figs and fresh almonds are both impossible to find here in Canada, and even when I do manage to find some, they’re nowhere near as good as the ones I remember so fondly from my trips around the Mediterranean.
    This sounds like an unbelievably good combination for an ice cream. Fingers crossed, I can find some half-decent figs and give it a go. 🙂

  7. tiffany August 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ve yet to make my own ice cream but this looks amazing! (I am a sucker for figs!!!)

  8. Lindsay August 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    Oh you did not just do that. I think this would be my perfect dessert!!!!!!! Must find an overload of figs!

  9. frugalfeeding August 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Looks delightful and seriously delicious. I’m loving your blogs at the moment!

  10. luvnspoonfuls August 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Sounds like such a delicious and easy recipe (my favorite) and such great flavors! I love your photos and look forward to coming back for more inspiration!

  11. kankana August 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    Nice flavor combination! and those cushions look so comforting 🙂

  12. EM August 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    One tip on the frozen bananas…I always freeze mine with the skins on. Then when I take them out I run them under hot water for about a minute and the skins come off very nicely.

    The fresh fig and almond ice cream looks delicious! I’ll have to give it a try!

  13. Maris(In Good Taste) August 17, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    This looks like the all time most perfect dessert!

  14. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide August 17, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Gorgeous. You know I do love my figs. Great photos too!

  15. Michelle August 17, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    So beautiful, the coconut milk would make this so creamy!

  16. happywhennothungry August 17, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Wow I love how simple this ice cream is especially since I don’t own an ice cream maker! Don’t feel bad… I did the same thing the first time I froze bananas. 🙂

  17. Kim Bee August 17, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    OMG this is so amazing. I love this post and recipe. The pictures are breathtaking. Totally buzzing this one. And sharing.

  18. tony ward August 17, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Off in search of fresh figs…….my quest for the day. This sounds and looks sooooo good that I think even I can make it princess. Maybe I’ll add some pecans to it as well.
    Love the look of the banquette, so inviting even if it has to be after midnight !! xx

  19. Smallpeace August 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    This sounds seriously delicious. I’m putting this on my do-try list for the weekend! Thanks.

  20. Priya Sreeram August 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    yum-yum- am bookmarking this !

  21. Celia August 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    My fam just got a new ice cream machine, and I was *literally* just wondering about making fig ice cream…Thanks for providing such a timely, delicious, and health-conscious recipe!

  22. Angie's Recipes August 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    mmmm..nutty fig ice cream..that sounds divine.

  23. cailen August 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    mmm…that sounds delicious! i adore almond ice cream : ) great blog, by the way – glad i stopped by today!


    p.s. i unveiled my new cookbook, vegetables & vodka, on my blog today – and it’s FREE to download. hope you enjoy it!

  24. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    What a beautiful ice cream and I love the combination I never had tasted or heard! I’m so envious you have fig trees! And… I wish I can take a nap at your terrace… 😉 I enjoyed reading this post Natalie.

    • foodblogandthedog August 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      There not my fig trees unfortunately, I wish they were! We only have a roof terrace so we can only grow things in pots, this year we have lots of chillis and herbs! The photos I take are from where I walk the dog in the morning, that’s where I get my inspiration from. Glad you like the cushions!!

  25. kellie @ foodtoglow August 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    That looks so scrummy – and easy! I adore figs too and will definitely make this. I will try it with the Greek yogurt as I think it gives a great texture to frozen desserts. Loved your description of hatching almonds; I could just picture it. Thanks for sharing this gem with us.

  26. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 20, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    This sounds just delicious! I love how not bad for you it is too! All the almond flavor with the figs make for an incredible dessert!

  27. Coco August 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    This looks fantastic, and I can’t believe that it is so easy AND vegan!

  28. lovefoodpinny September 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Divine recipe!

  29. Michael Beyer October 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Great flavor idea! I’m going to try adding my homemade “fig newton” cookies to a cinnamon ice cream this weekend.


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