Fig Cream Bars with Hazelnut Date Crust
These fig cream bars with a hazelnut date crust are a perfect cool-down treat for when it’s still hot out but you’re already in fall mode!
7-9 cup food processor
8x8 cake pan
Date Hazelnut Crust
- 16 oz dates preferably with pits
- 1 cup unsalted hazelnuts
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 13oz cans refrigerated unsweetened coconut milk reserve ½ cup of liquid
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- fresh figs sliced
- flake salt optional
- maple syrup for drizzling optional
To make the crust
In a food processor, add your pitted dates. Pulse until a ball forms together. Transfer them to a bowl, then add the hazelnuts and pulse until they’re fine.
Add the dates back in and a pinch of salt. Pulse until everything is incorporated. If the mixture is too dry, add a tsp or 2 of maple syrup until it all comes together.
Transfer the mixture onto a 8x8 cake pan double lined with parchment paper. Using your hands, spread the date crust into an even layer. Cover with plastic and set aside.
To make the cream
In a blender, add the solid coconut cream from 3 refrigerated cans of unsweetened coconut milk (see notes), powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Add in 3 tbsp of the reserved liquid coconut milk blend until creamy. If it's too thick, add a tbsp of liquid at a time.
Pour the coconut cream over the date crust and freeze for 2 hours until solid. You can also make this the night before and leave overnight in the fridge to set.
- When I make this dessert, I pop my cans of coconut milk in the fridge at least 4 hours before using, or the night before. The fat separates from the liquid and solidifies at the top. That's the part that you want to use.
- Once the cream layer has set, these can be stored in the fridge after.
- This is a great desert to make the day before and just top it with the fresh figs when ready to serve.
- You can use any fruit you prefer. Berries, orange slices and and mango are all delicious.
- Be sure to line with parchment paper. It will be a lot easier to remove as a whole can cut into bars.