March 6, 2016

Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice

Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice Recipe by Anna Johnston -

Imagine if Jesus and Julia Childs planted a tree blessed by Ghandi at the top of Mt Everest and watered it with pure unicorn blood until maturity where it sprouted into a glitter explosion of pure amazingness. That’s what this Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice is!

Who would have thought that hauling my butt to the top of Australia would have uncovered a new passion, sure as heck not this little piggy with an elastic tummy that has been known to put away sickeningly large amounts of food. But since conquering Kozzie I have been on the lookout (see what I did there) for more mountains close to home to climb, and returned to food my body, mind and spirit love best. 

Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice Recipe by Anna Johnston -

I know, I know… Exercise is not normally a word we foodies use, but for me, finding a healthful diet and regular fitness routine in order to be able to do said walks, is a whole ‘nother’ thing.

Eating healthy used to be a chore, especially when my world is filled with so much deliciousness – double roasted pork belly, bowls of creamy cheesy pasta and salted caramel custard doughnuts topped with golden syrup to name a few. But truth be told, the ol bod performs best when I eat ‘clean’, which basically means fresh and seasonal foods that are not loaded with processed ingredients.

Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice Recipe by Anna Johnston -

Friends, no more need you think eating healthy means going without, let me tempt your taste buds with this completely raw, vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and absolutely DELICIOUS and DROOL WORTHY Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes

Walnut Fig Base

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds
  • ½ cup dried figs
  • ½ cup medjool dates (pitted)
  • ½ tbsp water
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Vanilla Coconut Macadamia Cream

  • ½ cup macadamias
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • Fresh fig slices to decorate

Step 1: To make the base, add all ingredients into a food processor and process until the mixture sticks together when pressed between the fingers.
Step 2: Line tray with cling wrap, baking paper works a treat too.
Step 3: Spoon mixture into tin and carefully but firmly to form a completely flat and even base.
Step 4: Pop into the freezer while you make the vanilla coconut macadamia cream.
Step 5: For the coconut cream, add macadamias to the food processor and process for a few minutes.
Step 6: With the food processor still running, slowly add the coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla bean paste. Keep processing until the mixture becomes very smooth and creamy.
Step 7: Add desiccated coconut and pulse to combine.
Step 8: Pull the walnut fig base out of the freezer and fill with the coconut macadamia cream layer.
Step 9: Put back into the freezer to set for 2 hours. You can keep the slice in the freezer until serving (all 15 minutes to let defrost and the cream to soften).
Step 10: Decorate with fresh figs, slice carefully with a sharp knife and enjoy this delightful treat with your family and friends

Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice Recipe by Anna Johnston -

I’d love to know, what are your thoughts on the raw food movement? And what fabulousness are you creating with figs (or seasonal fruits) at the moment?  

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Tami - October 3, 2017 Reply

I love figs and coconut so I can’t imagine not loving this! Your photos are making my mouth water!

    Anna - October 3, 2017 Reply

    Glad ya enjoyed Tami, it was VERY popular in my household too. 🙂

Elizabeth - May 7, 2016 Reply

Seriously, this looks amazing and the great thing is that you could really put any fruit that is in season on top!
I did actually go for a walk this morning, so I suppose that counts 🙂 LOL
I was inspired by you, so Mr N and I are looking to climb Mount Warning…. so I’m keeping up with all the ShenANNAgan’s 🙂
Have a fabulous weekend love!
Liz xx

    Anna - May 7, 2016 Reply

    Oh it was incredible Liz, one of the tastiest and prettiest desserts I have ever made. Made all the more special because it is good for you too. 🙂
    That is fantastic that I inspired some mountain walking, although not entirely happy that you are headed up a mountain that pre warns you? Why is it named that?
    I hope your weekend is filled with much deliciousness too. Hugs. xo

Michele - April 25, 2016 Reply

Hi Anna, I am really enjoying the move to raw food, I literally just made some nut butter with chia and sunflower kernels. Yummo. Figs are my favourite food in the world, its possible the Greek in me haha. This looks seriously gorgeous. I am on the hunt for a dehydrator now and went to Gumtree, the stores up here in Cairns stock 30 different kinds of blenders and smoothie makers and 1 kind of dehydrator. Thanks for your blog its fab

    Anna - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Oh that is fantastic to know Michele, I will be hitting you up for delicious raw recipes. And yum to home made nut butter, I wish I could taste it. Haven’t had a whole lot of success making my own butter, guess the real deal made its mark on my tastebuds for life. Lol! Good idea hitting up Gumtree for a dehydrator, seems the super smart way to get one, a quarter of the price too, I imagine. Glad you are enjoying my blog. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment. 🙂

Sabrina - April 22, 2016 Reply

What a great combination of flavors!! The vegan test kitchen I work for would go nuts for this recipe!

    Anna - April 22, 2016 Reply

    You work in a vegan test kitchen? That is COOOOOOL! Let me know how it goes, should you put it to the test. 🙂

Jem @ Lost in Utensils - March 31, 2016 Reply

All my favourite ingredients in one slice. Jesus, Julie and Ghandi would be stoked!

    Anna - March 31, 2016 Reply

    I reckon you are right Jem! 🙂

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mjskitchen - March 23, 2016 Reply

The first sentence sold me! This looks freaky awesome!!!!! Wish I could find figs this time of year. Pinning for the fall.

    Anna - March 24, 2016 Reply

    AWESOME! 🙂 And it is crazy delicious, let me know what you think when you get your paws on some delicious figs.

kellie@foodtoglow - March 18, 2016 Reply

Sounds so delicious, Anna! I am a cancer health educator, and also blog vegan and vegetarian in the UK, and since I got a power blender last year I have been having fun making up raw treats similar to this. I must try fresh figs in one soon. I have pinned, yummed and stumbled. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - March 18, 2016 Reply

I simply love your introduction to this piece! Awesome!! They look great too. i’m not a huge fan of fig… but I reckon this might convert me 😀

THE HUNGRY MUM - March 16, 2016 Reply

I am team coconut all the way. I love everything about and add it lavishly to my baking. The Hungry Dad says he hates it but after years of watching him scoff lamingtons, iced vo vos, coconut tea cakes etc I know that he loves it too. Superb recipe!

    Anna - March 17, 2016 Reply

    It has only been in the past few years I joined team coconut, guess when the coconut oil fad became apparent, and like you, it is used in a lot of my baking, even some savoury foods in place flour or oil. Yarm. 🙂 Hahaha, yup… does indeed sound like The Hungry Dad is allllll about the coconut. Lol. Hope you make this beauty, even just to admire its prettiness.

Sue - March 15, 2016 Reply

Anna I laughed out loud at the plant being watered with the pure blood of a unicorn. You are so funny. A delicious looking post with gorgeous photos!

    Anna - March 17, 2016 Reply

    Teehee…. glad you got a giggle, when you taste it, I am sure you will agree with my words. Lol!

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - March 15, 2016 Reply

Healthy and delicious — with a combination of flavors that is to die for.

    Anna - March 17, 2016 Reply

    Yep, you can go back for seconds with this slice and know you are doing good things for your body. And the combo of flavours is DELICIOUS, so much yum.

Bam's Kitchen - March 14, 2016 Reply

Anna, this dessert looks heavenly and so healthy and the great news is I can have it too as it is gluten free, dairy free and egg free. Yeah!! I feel so much better too when I eat healthy. Sharing !

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    It is lovely Bam, it really, really is! Plus its practically health food with all the goodness in the slice. 🙂

Elizabeth - March 12, 2016 Reply

Oh heavens this sounds utterly amazing! I need this in my life!

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    It’s the business Elizabeth, freezes really well too so you can enjoy figs even when they are not in season. 🙂

Liz - March 12, 2016 Reply

I try to eat clean, too, except for a few tiny indulgences 🙂 I’m all for healthy treats—this combo sounds fabulous!!!

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    You feel so much better when you do stick to the clean foods huh, Liz?! Luckily with delicious recipes like this one, you get to feel like you are eating naughty food, and its soooooo not. Hope you make this recipe, it is super YARM!

Sarah - March 12, 2016 Reply

Bahaha this is why I love your blog. I’m definitely interested in watering all my plants with pure unicorn blood now to see if they can be as fabulous as these figs…. I want to eat all of this!!!

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    Teehee, thanks heaps Sarah, you da best! 🙂 I just googled unicorn blood, turns out it is something one can buy. Ha! 🙂 The slice is totally delicious, it freezes great too so you can enjoy figs even when they are not in season. #boom

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy - March 11, 2016 Reply

I only recently discovered a love of figs, so I will definitely be making this!

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    I’m with you on the recent discovery of figs too Dannii, I had no idea just how crazy delicious they are, especially when served with these ingredients. 🙂 Hope you enjoy.

Daphne Goh - March 11, 2016 Reply

Your photos just look too delicious. Yum! Will definitely give this a go.

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Daphne! I wish my photos were edible, but if you are going to make it, you’ll soon know just how delicious it is. 🙂

Evelyne CulturEatz - March 11, 2016 Reply

Unicorn blood lol, seriously? hi hi. Wow the bars do not look ‘good for you’ at all, I could eat the whole pan. Love figs too.

    Anna - March 11, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha…. made you smile right?! 🙂 I really wanted to emphasis just how delicious and delightful this healthy snack is. Hope you get to make this yumbo eat.

Elizabeth - March 11, 2016 Reply

Amazeballs, I’m not a fan of raw food, but even I want to throw this in the Thermi and blitz away! How good do those figs look???? We are coming to the last of them here so it’s a bit sad… But that is the point of good seasonal food!
Oh and the exercise thing is great! Mr Normal has been showing me some of the amusing bush walks in and around Brisbane! Then we went for breakfast! It is such a surprise that there are these gorgeous places to walk so close to the city!!
Thanks for sharing!
Liz xxx

    Anna - March 11, 2016 Reply

    Why thank ya lovely lady! I appreciate your delightful words. 🙂 And I so look forward to hearing what you think of the recipe. The figs seem to be going STRONG here in the Berra, hoping I can stretch it out another couple of weeks, got a tonne of delicious recipes I wanna make. 🙂

    Exercising in the form of bush walk is possibly one of my all time things. I bet you have some beautiful walks in your neck of the woods, when I get around to that visit, you must take me on a walk. Hope you are well my friend. Mwah! xo

Serina aka Ms Frugal Ears - March 10, 2016 Reply

This looks sooooo fabulous. And healthy. And easy. Thank you for sharing.

    Anna - March 11, 2016 Reply

    It is ALL those things Serina, I do hope you make it, so much deliciousness. 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - March 10, 2016 Reply

We actually like to exercise. Good thing, because with the way we eat, we’d be enormous if we didn’t! Gotta exercise so you can eat. Anyway, figs? Yes. Love ’em. This looks super — thanks so much.

    Anna - March 10, 2016 Reply

    I enjoy exercising too John, it makes food taste even better, especially after a big workout or mountain climb. The figs are the business, love em too, tasty and beautiful. 🙂

Krista - March 9, 2016 Reply

I first read the intro to this while I was at my friend’s house and promptly burst out laughing. 🙂 I love it!! You always make me smile. And this looks gorgeous!

    Anna - March 10, 2016 Reply

    That is BRILLIANT! I am so pleased my description of this delicious and healthy snack made you giggle. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - March 9, 2016 Reply

Anna – I could get down with this recipe! Oh gosh, can I ever! This is amazing! I’m a fig lover so bring it on!

    Anna - March 10, 2016 Reply

    Oh goodie Pamela! Please do let me know what you think. Totes agree when it comes to figs. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - March 8, 2016 Reply

Man you totally sold me based on the description in the first paragraph you funny thing!! 😛

    Anna - March 10, 2016 Reply

    Teehee! Yup, it’s pretty darn magical. 🙂

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - March 8, 2016 Reply

I’m like you, the thought of not eating that pork belly or cheese pasta would make me sad. We are eating really healthy foods for a while but I’m never giving up my favourites. That said, I think this vanilla, coconut and fig slice couldn’t possibly fit in the healthy department. 🙂 It looks fabulous!

    Anna - March 10, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha…. no way in heck Id be saying no to pork belly or cheesy pasta, a healthy balance of all the foods. This slice does fit nicely into the healthy department, but its good, its really good, so no issue. 🙂

Norma Chang - March 8, 2016 Reply

This sure looks decadent love that you sliced the fresh figs crosswise, so pretty.

    Anna - March 8, 2016 Reply

    Thanks heaps Norma, and yes, I cut the figs to get maximum coverage, such a beautiful fruit. 🙂

Rosemary - March 8, 2016 Reply

Unbelievable. You had me at “figs” and then when you add “coconut”…pure bliss. This looks incredible. Your pictures and description are amazing. Will have to try this one. Love raw food. Nothing beats eating just the pure product. Looking forward to more raw recipes.

    Anna - March 8, 2016 Reply

    AWESOME! I do hope that you enjoy the slice, I think it is TOTALLY delicious and yummy and that perfect amount of sweet.

Ana O - March 8, 2016 Reply

That clever and funny intro sold me of this dish! Now I’ll have to wait until the summer and cross my fingers if I want to find fresh figs

    Anna - March 8, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha! I am glad you enjoyed the intro, I know that you’ll dig the actual slice just as much. 🙂 My fingers are crossed for fresh figs in your neck of the woods.

Brenda Tolentino - March 8, 2016 Reply

This looks absolutely scrumptious without being too sweet. I love anything with dates and this recipe looks simple enough for me to make!

    Anna - March 11, 2016 Reply

    It is a winning recipe all round Brenda, super delicious, minimal time to prepare, not overly sweet, and super healthy too. 🙂 Let me know what you think.

Mabel Kwong - March 7, 2016 Reply

First time I’ve heard of this, Miss Anna! You are very creative indeed with your recipes. It sounds so fresh and healthy, and from the recipe it certainly sounds that way. Coconut milk and macadamias – I love both of these but I’ve never tried them together like that. Sounds like a wonderful combination.

Generally I prefer my slices thin. Sure, some can say a thicker slice is more mean and more morsel, but I like them thin because I get to put the whole thing in my mouth – making it for easy eating and less mess to clean up 😀

Hope you are well big sis. Lots of hugs your way and have a good week <3

    Anna - March 10, 2016 Reply

    It’s ohhhhh so yummy Miss Mabel! And I thank you so much for always being so kind and thoughtful with your comments. BIG squishy hug. Mwah.

    If the coconut and maca combo doesnt float your boat, you could try cashews, that works amazing too.

    Yeah, I prob could have cut smaller slices, but its just so dang tasty and I wanted it all in my face. 🙂

    I am great my beautiful little sis, love and hugs headed your way too. xox

Elissa - March 7, 2016 Reply

That looks fantastic! I saw figs at the Farmer’s Market this weekend but they must be nearly at the end of the season – I might have to get in quick to make this with the figs! Or maybe sliced stone fruit like nectarines as an alternative topping?

    Anna - March 8, 2016 Reply

    Thanks HEAPS Elissa. 🙂 I am hoping we get a good few weeks still so I can make all the other delicious recipes too. But…. nectarines or stone fruits would be great too, especially if you topped with some edible flowers. Let me know how you go.

hassan - March 7, 2016 Reply

Y u u m m y y y!!
Hi Anna

    Anna - March 7, 2016 Reply

    Sooooooo YUMMY Hassan! I hope you enjoy the slice. 🙂
    And… Happy Hello’s to you too.

Tandy I Lavender and Lime - March 7, 2016 Reply

I’m a firm believer that everything in moderation is good for you so I could never follow the raw food diet. This I’m sure I would enjoy

    Anna - March 7, 2016 Reply

    TOTALLY agree Tandy! A little of everything works a treat, although a lot of this slice…. actual goodness for your bod. Hope you enjoy.

My Inner Chick - March 7, 2016 Reply

A M A Z I N G!!

Sweet just like “YOU!” xxx

    Anna - March 7, 2016 Reply

    Nawh! Your comments do make me smile Miss Kim! 🙂
    Thank you so much. Hope you enjoy the recipe too.

Eileen | The Food Avenue - March 6, 2016 Reply

Anna! Why must you constantly post such delicious recipes?! I’m never going to have time to make them all 🙁

    Anna - March 7, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha! The very same thing could be said for you Missy! 🙂
    But, this recipe is super quick to prepare, literally 15 minutes until this beauty is in the freezer setting.

Rose - March 6, 2016 Reply

This looks beautiful! Do you get the sweetness from the honey?

    Anna - March 7, 2016 Reply

    Hey Rose, you could use honey in place of maple syrup, and yes, that would assist with the sweetness. But I think the dates give a natural and yummy sweetness, as does the coconut milk and vanilla.

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