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fresh figs with date caramel
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Fresh Figs with Date Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Pistachios

Fresh Figs with Date Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Pistachios are a salty, sweet and healthy treat that literally everyone will love. Vegan + Paleo
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate recipes, dessert, fig, fresh figs, paleo recipes, vegan, vegan dessert recipes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 187kcal
Author: KC Cornwell


  • food processor


For The Figs

  • 12 fresh figs halved
  • 1 batch date caramel {see below}
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate chips dairy-free/Paleo if desired
  • 4 oz. pistachios chopped
  • flaky sea salt

For The Date Caramel


Make the Date Caramel

  • First, check to see if your dates are moist and pliable (slightly squishy). If so, move on to the next step. If not, soak them in warm water for 8-10 minutes, then drain and proceed.
  • Add the dates and vanilla bean paste to a food processor. Pulse, stopping to scrape down sides occasionally, until the mixture begins to form a paste and a few bits remain. Add a scant pinch of salt, set the processor to run on low, and slowly pour in a thin stream of very warm water until the mixture becomes a thick, creamy paste.
  • Scrape down the sides again and taste to see if the date caramel needs more salt. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, if it lasts that long!
  • *To make topping the figs easier, I load the date caramel into a disposable pastry bag.

Assemble the Figs

  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a Silpat, and place the figs on it cut side up.
  • Top each fig with a dollop of date caramel - I usually use a pastry bag, but you can use a small spoon too.
  • Add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and heat in microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring thoroughly between each 30 seconds, until chocolate is just melted. Immediately drizzle chocolate over figs.
  • Before the chocolate begins to set, sprinkle chopped pistachios over the figs and add a bit of flaky sea salt to each fig.
  • Allow chocolate to fully set (about 30 minutes in a 75 degree F room, or 10 minutes in the fridgand enjoy.


Can be stored in the fridge for 1 day in a covered container.


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg