Fig + Bourbon Caramel Ripple Ice-Cream {vegan, gf}


Swirls of fresh fig compote and bourbon caramel sauce are rippled through a creamy, cashew based vanilla ice-cream. A frozen treat to send off Summer and welcome Autumn in all it’s cosy glory.

Ah figs, glorious figs. What is it about a fig that makes them so cherished, that creates such obsession?! Perhaps it’s their relatively short season (actually seasons as there is one very short season at the beginning of summer and one larger season in late summer / early autumn). Or perhaps their charming and unique good looks, the vibrant pink-red seeded center and dusky purple skin looking like perfect little oil paintings, pulled straight from mythology from the tables of the Greek Gods.

I love to serve them as an appetiser / entrée with garlic rubbed sourdough, cashew cheese, maple, olive oil, finely chopped chives, and the usual sea salt and black pepper.  And these fig and dark chocolate cinnamon buns , from Laura at The First Mess shared on Baked The Blog  are incredible.

But for now, there’s just this seriously good (understatement) ice-cream that makes me feel as though I just fell into a pile of Autumn leaves.

I’ve basically tried to create some kind of rough replica of this Burnt Fig, Honeycomb and Caramel Ice-Cream from Maggie Beer. It was my favourite back in my dairy and egg eating days, my guilty pleasure. I’d generally eat the round little tub of ice-cream in 1 – 2 sittings. It was insane. I’d end up sick all night and the next day from eating it, but at the time I felt it was worth it (*current Bek shakes head in disapproval*).

The ice-cream has somewhat of a cult following in Australia, and for good reason, that flavour combo of caramelised figs and caramel is nothing short of perfection. I’ve added bourbon to my caramel sauce, because I can, and because bourbon also plays very nicely with figs – it’s caramel and vanilla undertones making everything taste just a little bit richer. Use a decent quality bourbon if you can, there’s only 1 tablespoon in the caramel sauce but it does make a noticeable difference to the flavour.

Fig + Bourbon Caramel Ripple Ice‐Cream {vegan, GF}

vegan, dairy‐free, egg‐free, gf, soy‐free
 A super creamy (not an icy mouthful in sight!) cashew and coconut based vegan and gluten‐free ice‐cream recipe. Swirls of fresh fig compote and sea salt caramel are rippled through a simple vanilla ice‐cream base, creating a dreamy frozen treat to send off Summer and welcome Autumn in all it's cosy glory.
Servings 6


fig compote

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup light muscovado sugar or light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 vanilla bean pod halved and seeds scraped (keep the pod, you'll use the seeds + the pod)
  • 300 g / about 2 cups packed roughly chopped fresh ripe figs
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • small pinch fine sea salt

bourbon caramel

  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut cream or full‐fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp bourbon add up to 1 Tbsp more for a stronger bourbon flavour if you'd like a little extra oomph


  • 3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked overnight in cold water or for 2–3 hours in boiling hot water
  • 3/4 cup raw granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp + 2 tsp refined coconut oil you can use unrefined however it will have a more pronounced coconut flavour
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut cream refrigerate can of coconut milk or cream overnight, scoop the thick bit off the top to use in this recipe, leave watery part behind
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum


fig compote

  • Melt the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the sugar, water, vanilla bean seeds and the vanilla pod, stir well and allow the sugar to dissolve a little. Add the chopped figs and the lemon juice and cook over medium heat until thick and jammy (about 10–15 minutes or so), stirring regularly so that the bottom does not burn (although a tiny little bit of burning can actually be a good thing for the flavour of the compote, if you're daring, let it catch a little on the bottom for a slightly 'burnt' fig compote). In the last minute, stir in the salt.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and carefully take the vanilla pod out of the fig compote using tongs. Unless you'd like a chunky compote, mash up any remaining big figgy chunks as well as you can (I don't like big chunks of fruit in my ice‐cream, if you do, leave them in!), if you'd like the compote to be extra smooth, puree the mix in a food processor or blender. Transfer to a container / jar and leave at room temperature to cool completely.

bourbon caramel

  • Place coconut sugar, coconut cream and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat and allow to cook, stirring often, until the coconut sugar has dissolved. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10–15 minutes until it begins to thicken (it will not thicken dramatically while it's still hot, but will thicken further upon cooling).
  • To test if the caramel is thick enough, place a saucer or small bowl in the freezer for a few minutes to chill, then spoon a little of the caramel sauce into the bowl and place back in the freezer for a minute. Take it out and check the consistency now that it has cooled. It should be thick and should run slowly around the saucer/bowl as you tip it around. If it isn't thick enough, continue to simmer the sauce for another few minutes then re‐test until you have the correct consistency. Once thickened, take the sauce off the heat and stir in the bourbon, then pour into a container / jar and allow to cool completely at room temperature.


  • Drain and rinse the soaked cashews, then transfer them to a blender with 1 cup water – purée until smooth.
  • Combine sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium‐high; cook until sugar has dissolved, about 4 minutes, then remove from the heat. Whisk in the coconut oil, salt and coconut cream. Heat until the mix begins to simmer and the salt is dissolved, then remove from the heat.
  • Pour the coconut cream mix into the blender with the cashew cream, vanilla extract and xanthan gum, then blend on high for 1–2 minutes until smooth and well blended.
  • Stir over an ice bath to quickly chill the ice‐cream base. Once cool, pour into a lidded container and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2–3 hours (you can skip the ice bath step and just place the ice‐cream base straight in the fridge, but it will need to chill overnight to be sufficiently chilled enough to churn).
  • Place your ice‐cream storage container (I use a loaf tin) in the freezer to chill. Transfer your chilled ice‐cream base to an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions until churned, thick and the ice‐cream has stopped moving around in the machine (mine takes about 20 – 25 minutes to fully churn).
  • Working quickly so that the ice‐cream doesn't melt, scoop 1/3 of the ice‐cream into the bottom of your chilled ice‐cream container, then spoon 1/3 of the fig compote in big dollops over the ice‐cream base, then with a spoon, drizzle over 1/3 of the caramel . Now repeat this process, two more times, so that you have 3 layers of ice‐cream and 3 layers of figs & caramel. Place a knife into the layered ice‐cream, and use it to gently ripple and swirl the sauce layers through the ice‐cream. Cover the container and place it in the freezer to chill for at least 3–4 hours, until solid.
  • Remove the ice‐cream from the freezer about 10 – 15 minutes before you wish to serve it to allow it soften and become scoopable. Ice cream will keep, frozen, for up to 1 week.

Previous ice-cream goodness:

Vegan Maple + Lavender Cashew Ice-cream

Date-Vanilla Almond Milk Iced Latte + Coffee Cashew Ice-Cream

More figs!

Fig, Swiss Brown Mushroom + Herbed Cashew Cheese Pizza

Also, some Autumn cookbooks I ‘m crushing on and planning on purchasing ASAP:

The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through The Seasons by Laura Wright

The One Part Plant Cookbook: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time by Jessica Murnane

Dishing Up The Dirt: Simple Recipes For Cooking Through The Seasons by Andrea Bemis 

Bowl Of Goodness: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes Full of Nourishment by Nina Olsson at Nourish Atelier 

Join the Conversation

  1. Oh this looks mighty gorgeous! I am bookmarking this for the Easter weekend. You have a gorgeous blog Bek 🙂

    1. Thank you so so much Sneh! If you make it I do hope you love it! I just love your beautiful blog, thank you for the constant inspiration 🙂 Hope you have a lovely Easter weekend <3

  2. Oh my goodness Bek! This ice cream looks TOO GOOD! So in love with that bourbon caramel swirl.

    1. Thank you so much Laurel!! The bourbon caramel swirl is definitely a winner, it’s so good just drizzled on ice-cream (or anything) as well! 🙂

  3. This ice cream looks amazing!!! Also I am in love with that bowl!!!! Where did you find it?!

    1. Thank you Laura! 🙂 I love it too! I found it in Melbourne at Craft, though I can’t remember who the maker was sadly.

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