Summer is my favorite time of year in terms of what fruit is in season. There is almost nothing better than a fresh peach in the summer. I was at the farmer’s market the other day and saw some beautiful figs, which I have never used before, so I decided to make some spiced fig and pear sauce (similar to apple sauce). I am known for having quite the sweet tooth, but am well aware of how damaging refined sugar is to the body, so I try to make cleaner versions of treats when possible. This one is great as there are very few ingredients, it is vegan and there is no refined sugar.
Spiced Fig and Pear Sauce
3 peaches (I used white, but you could use yellow)
2/3 cup grade B maple syrup*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup lemon juice
1. Rinse fruit. Cut stems and ends of figs and half or quarter them (just depends on how big you want them to be). Then cut peaches into pieces (also personal preference on size).
2. Place all ingredients into a saucepan and simmer on medium for 40-45 minutes.
3. Pour into a container (I used a mason jar) and let cool in the fridge.
Coconut Whipped Cream
1 can full fat coconut cream
1. Place can of coconut cream in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
2. Placing it in the fridge will result in firmed coconut cream at the top and coconut water at the bottom of the can**. Scoop out the hardened coconut cream into a bowl.
3. Beat the coconut cream until it becomes fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. You can serve immediately or place in fridge until later***.
Serve cold and top with coconut whipped cream.
If you would like a sweeter coconut cream you can add maple syrup, honey, vanilla, cinnamon or a combination. Start with a little bit and add more depending on how sweet you want it, it’s all about personal preference. I prefer mine without anything added.
*Grade B means it has not been heated so it is in its purest form, it is best to buy grade B maple syrup and honey.
**You can drink the coconut water or use it in smoothies or juices.
***The thing I love about this coconut whipped cream is that it can be used for so many things. You can use it to top almost anything, including cobblers, ice cream, smoothies, oatmeal, and hot chocolate or as a frosting.