Fig & coconut dessert “sushi”

Sushi has always been my favorite thing to eat. And it inspired this unique dessert.

I know that raw fish isn’t everyone’s speed but this raw dessert is much less controversial. It’s Paleo and vegan. You can even serve it to a raw foodist.

After eating sushi I always want dessert, but the desserts served at Japanese restaurants don’t do it for me.

Motivated by my sweet tooth, I came up with this idea and had so much fun creating it. I felt like a kid at play, or an artist at work as I replaced the traditional elements of a sushi roll with sweet counterparts.

Raw fish was replaced by black figs! Sushi rice became a mix of shredded coconut and coconut cream. Instead of a seaweed wrap I used coconut wraps made from coconut meat, salt and coconut water. I love these versatile wraps that you can use for sweet or savory dishes. You can buy them here.

For the condiments, I replaced pickled ginger with thinly sliced apples and blended fresh green figs to imitate wasabi (without the spice of course).

It was almost too pretty to eat. And I loved how healthy it was, just fruit and coconut.

It’s definitely a conversation piece to serve for a dinner party.  And once you buy the wraps and the coconut creme, it’s easy to make. A bamboo sushi mat makes it a breeze to roll the sushi too (they’re not expensive and you can buy them here.)  A sushi mat is not necessary, you can figure it out with parchment paper or plastic wrap underneath.

Here’s how to make dessert sushi in 3 easy steps.

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And if figs are out of season, you can use the fruit of your choice in the center.

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The full recipe with proportions and instructions can be found in my guest post for one of my favorite bloggers, Lauren from Empowered Sustenance.

Have fun making this. I sure did.

Get the full recipe here.



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