Fresh figs in cashew cream with toasted coconut [Vegan, Raw]

Few people can devour a basket of figs like me. They are one of the most pleasurable foods. At peak ripeness, there are few fruits that can beat them. I just love figs' firm outer flesh, soft insides with an understated sweetness, and the crunch of the seeds. Perfection. While delightful on their own, this is a recipe that keeps figs center stage while bringing in an amazing supporting cast of flavors. Combining fresh figs with this cashew cream is a delicious simple breakfast or, when sprinkled with a few semi-sweet chocolate chips, an fantastic dessert.

This recipe is adapted from Tea Cup Tea. Makes 4-6 servings.

© Jaymi Heimbuch

10 ripe figs, halved
1 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup agave syrup (or honey, for a non-vegan version)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut

For a dessert version, also use:
Semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Soak your cashews in filtered water for at least 6 hours or preferably overnight.

2. Drain cashews and place them in a blender or food processor. Add salt, agave syrup, olive oil and vanilla. Blend until entirely smooth, 1-2 minutes on high. If too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time until the creamy consistency you prefer.

3. Place a couple dollops of the cashew cream in a bowl, top with sliced figs. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, toast the shredded coconut. Sprinkle over the figs. (For a dessert version, sprinkle chocolate chips over the top as well.) Enjoy!

© Jaymi Heimbuch

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