Healthy Raw Vegan Fig-Vanilla Jam for Summer’s Fresh Figs

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 27, 2014

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The bountiful fruits of summer include fresh figs from California, surely one of the most elegant ways to get your sweet on. We start to see fresh figs in mid-May, and they continue through mid-December, marching through four varieties that grace our markets as the months tick off – Brown Turkey, Black Mission, Calimyrna and Kadota.

In fact, if you’ve had a fresh fig, it’s most likely we grew it for you, because 98% of American fresh figs are grown in California (and 100% of this country’s dried figs are grown here). You’re welcome.

I was lucky enough to taste several varieties at Figology Fest, a party sponsored by the California Fig Commission to showcase fresh figs, and the recipes served were astounding, each one better than the one that emerged from the kitchen before. We had… Fig Milk Shake for Figology Fest 2014 | ShockinglyDelicious.comA fig milk shake! Figs on Parmesan Crackers for Figology Fest 2014 | ShockinglyDelicious.comFigs on Parmesan Crackers with Mascarpone and a Drizzle of Reduced Balsamic. Fig Stuffed with Blue Cheese for Figology Fest 2014 | ShockinglyDelicious.comFigs stuffed with blue cheese Fig Olive Focaccia for Figology Fest 2014 | ShockinglyDelicious.comFig Olive Focaccia (one of my favorites). I might have had three pieces. Maybe five. Fish Tacos with Fig Fennel Salsa for Figology Fest 2014 | ShockinglyDelicious.comPacific Rockfish Fish Tacos with Fig Fennel Salsa Fig and Lemon Tart for Figology Fest 2014 | ShockinglyDelicious.comFresh Fig and Lemon Tart And five more, but aren’t you full just hearing about it? Judy Lyness and Erika Kerekes at Figology Fest 2014 | ShockinglyDelicious.comHosts/chefs Judy Lyness and Erika Kerekes (above, L-R) had such fun with figs that by the end of the evening, Judy was squirting fig salted caramel sauce out of her pastry bag straight onto people’s fingers. Food bloggers…we have some fun, don’t we? The California Fig Commission threw out the challenge to bloggers – come up with your own recipe using these beauties. Vegan Raw Fig-Vanilla Jam | ShockinglyDelicious.comI took them up on it with a simple, no-cook, raw jam. Chia seeds thicken it and vanilla paste perfumes the figs. It’s vegan, gluten-free, non-dairy, grain-free, nut-free, low on the glycemic index and promises to help you win the lottery. Just kidding about that last one…I’m checking to see if you are still reading. 😉 

Raw Vegan Fig-Vanilla Jam

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 3/4 cup.

Serving Size: 1-2 tablespoons

Raw Vegan Fig-Vanilla Jam

When summer hands you fresh figs, you don’t need too much else to turn it into a no-cook jammy condiment.


  • 4-6 fresh figs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla paste (I used Heilala Vanilla Paste)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds (I used white chia)


  1. Remove stem from figs, slice and whirl figs in a mini food processor until they turn to paste, a few seconds.
  2. You should have about ¾ cup fig puree.
  3. Stir in vanilla paste, coconut sugar and chia, and taste for sweetness. Add another teaspoon of coconut sugar if you like a sweeter jam. Pack into a clean lidded jar.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow time for the chia to absorb the liquid. Jam will thicken to the right consistency once the chia have gelled.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious.

Disclosure: The California Fig Commission gave me figs, and Heilala Vanilla sent the vanilla paste, for recipe development.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Cynthia August 27, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Except most figs by nature are not vegetarian nor vegan.


Dorothy Reinhold August 28, 2016 at 4:54 pm

I suppose you are referring to the wasps that pollinate figs. Sometimes a wasp pollinates a fig and gets stuck inside the fruit and dies there. However, when you bite into the fig, you won’t be able to see the dead wasp because an enzyme in the fruit converts the wasp into protein. I guess it’s a personal decision whether to declare figs off limits for vegetarians or vegans. Thanks for bringing it up!


Mara July 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm

How long will this keep in the fridge?


Dorothy Reinhold July 15, 2015 at 9:27 am

Dunno exactly. I don’t think ours lasted longer than a week because we ate it. The beauty of this is that since you don’t have to do any rigamarole for canning, you can make just a small amount at a time, just enough to last you a week or so. It’s really just fresh fruit thickened by chia, so it lasts as long as you would think fresh fruit lasts in your refrig. Hope you try it!


Alanna July 29, 2014 at 6:19 am

Love this! This might be what I’m making with my stash of frozen figs.


Dorothy Reinhold July 29, 2014 at 7:07 am

Perfect use for them!


The Ninja Baker July 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Brilliant, Dorothy! Love the idea of infusing the figs with vanilla and coconut sugar…Even if the jam doesn’t give me super lottery winning powers =)


Dorothy Reinhold July 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Thanks Kim! Have you ever used coconut sugar? It’s really interesting.


Kelly @ TastingPage July 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

What a great idea. Looks fabulous. Must make…especially so I can win the lottery!


Dorothy Reinhold July 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I think you and Kim can arm wrestle over who will win the lottery. 🙂


Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought July 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

OMG that is brilliant. I am trying this recipe today. I don’t have coconut sugar but will try it with vanilla sugar instead.


Dorothy Reinhold July 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Any kind of sweetener you want to use will be just fine.


Tara July 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

Figs, Figs, Figs, I love them!!


Dorothy Reinhold July 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Me too! Used to hate them, now I love them. Thank goodness I grew up.


Dorothy Reinhold July 29, 2014 at 7:14 am

You DO! I want to plant one, too.


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