Figs may be my favorite and, sadly, most fleeting summer fruit up here in Portland. Their juicy, jumbly bodies appear in the stores in late July and have become less and less available. I still buy them like a mad woman, squirreling some in the back of the fridge, eating other right out of hand, skin, stem and all. They are dripping with flavor and sensuality, I've loved them since first reading of their powers in Greek mythology as a little girl.

I've found figs do best at peak ripeness without much adornment. This raw cashew cream comes together in moments and is a velvety respite from the tang and sweetness of a perfectly jolly fig. In my fantasy life, I have a personal chef to make all vegan, raw foods to make me a super human. This dessert or snack is the closest I'll get to that idea, and it's the ideal ending to an early Autumn supper. Enjoy this simple pairing with any cup of tea. I've got rose petal infusion on the brain and have been sipping this type all day.

Figs & Cashew Cream
serves 4-6 for dessert 

10 ripe figs, cut in half
1 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews
1 scant cup of water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey or agave syrup
1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup large coconut shreds
dark chocolate bar, shaved (optional)

Cover cashews in water and soak for 6 hours or overnight. When ready to make dessert, strain the soaked cashews. In a blender place cashews, scant one cup water, vanilla, salt, agave and coconut oil into the vessel. Blend for about 2 minutes at high speed, until completely smooth. Taste and add more sweetness or salt, if desired. Set aside.

Meanwhile, slice figs and toast coconut shreds in a medium, un-greased pan for about 4 minutes, until coconut is slightly brown and fragrant. Shave a chocolate bar or cut chocolate into very small pieces to garnish dish.

When serving, spread cashew cream onto base of a pretty platter, arrange fruit on top of cashew cream and finish with toasted coconut and chocolate. Serve chilled or room temperature.


  1. This looks beautiful. I only tried figs for the first time this summer and it was instant love.

  2. Figs and rose petal tea sounds like a wonderful idea!

  3. Figs are my favorite, too, and I find myself gorging on them during this brief time. What a luscious photo, Leela!

  4. I just found your blog through A Year in Food, excited to run into another pdx blogger. I usually make a big batch of fig jam at the end of the end of summer. I'll have to try this one though, it looks amazing!

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  6. Hmmm, how about also placing the figs in the oven and then placing some cashew cream in the middle? Will definitely try this!

    this is what I mean:
    replacing the cheese with cashew cream for the vegan option mmmm!

  7. اليك خدمات منزلية متقدمة تساعدنا علي الارتقاء بشركة ركن البيت في مدينة الدمام من خلال اعمالها المتميزة التي تقدمها في مجال النظافة والقضاء علي الحشرات فخدماتنا متنوعة مثل شركة تنظيف بالدمام التي تكون متخصصة في اعمال النظافة العامة التي تتمثل في المنشأت الكبيرة والصغيرة بجميع انواع واليك خدمة متميزة ايضا وهي شركة تنظيف فلل بالدمام التي تكون لديها كل الامكانيات المثالية التي تساعدنا في تنفيذ خدمات نظافة الفلل المستعملة والمفروشة بواسطة فريق فني لديه كل الامكانيات التي تساعده في تقديم ذلك ولديك خدمة ايضا نظافة الشقق بواسطة شركة تنظيف شقق بالدمام وعمل التنظيف اللازم لها بواسطة فريق لديه اعمال التميز والتنفيذ في تقديم الخدمات المخصصة في اعمال النظافة واليك خدمة مثالية نقدمها في القضاء علي الحشرات الصغيرة بواسطة مبيدات طبيعة تساعدنا في ذلك فتعاملك مع شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام لديها امكانيات متميزة تساعدك علي ان تخلصك من الحشرات لان تجد كل ذلك الا من خلال ركن البيت التي لديها كل الامكانيات في البحث عن شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام التي تقوم بالرش بواسطة فني مختص معه الادوات اللازمة للقيام بذلك وعطائك الضمانات اللازمة علي ذلك واليك خدمة نقل اثاث منزلية تساعدك في الوصول الي مكانك الجديد بواسطة شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام التي لديها كل الامكانيات والسيارات التي تساعدك علي تحقيق ذلك


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