Brazilian Fig Torte (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

fresh figs on a wooden table

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Figs are delicious out of hand, or used as a sweet binder in recipes. Now that it’s hot outside, figs are also a nice addition to any light, simple, summer dish. This fig torte with Brazil nuts and passionfruit is no exception.

Fig Selection and Storage

Figs tend to be more popular in their dried form because fresh figs are very delicate and tend to deteriorate quickly. In other words, they don’t ship well at all. When choosing fresh figs, select those which are plump and tender, have a rich, deep color, are free from bruises and are not mushy.

Ripe figs should not be washed until ready to eat and should be kept covered and refrigerated, where they will remain fresh for approximately 2-3 days. Unripe figs should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Dried figs will keep best in a sealed jar or package in the fridge.

More Fig Recipes

fresh figs on a wooden table

Brazilian Fig Torte

A naturally sweet, simple vegan dessert featuring figs, dates and Brazil nuts.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw Vegan, Vegan, Vegetarian
Approx. Cost: $10
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 681kcal




  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. organic lemon peel
  • 1 passionfruit, pulped



  • Blend all ingredients until they form a solid mass in the food processor (it should be very fine with the occasional chunk).
  • Place mass on a plate and shape into a cake shape. You can use a mold if you want to. Have fun with the shape! You can use the end of a spoon or a chopstick to make nice fluted edges if you want. Wet the spoon if it starts to stick.


  • If the dates are very firm or dry, let them soak in a little purified water for about 15 minutes to soften. Discard any excess water.
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy, then frost the cake.
  • Decorate with lemon zest, nuts, fresh berries or passionfruit pulp.


Calories: 681kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 12gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 21mgPotassium: 968mgFiber: 10gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 8.5mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 3.5mg

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  1. We can grow figs in our zone as an annual. I have been meaning to give them a try because I think we’d really enjoy them. Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop! We’d love to have you back again tomorrow morning:

  2. Judy @Savoring Today

    Mmm, fresh figs, love them and in a torte sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  3. That fig and avocado salsa has me intrigued, but both recipes sound tasty. Thanks for sharing at Raw Foods Thursdays!

  4. April @ The 21st Century Housewife

    Both these recipes sound delicious. I love baked goods with figs. Honestly, I would never have thought of using figs in salsa but it sounds wonderful!

  5. Hanunyah @ Ranch Girl's Sweets 'N' Treats

    I found my way here from Gluten-Free Wednesdays by The Gluten-Free Homemaker. Thanks for another interesting salsa recipe for my spice-liking mom to try!

  6. Erika @ HomesteadSimple

    I just wanted to stop by and say Thank you for linking up to “Home is Where the Heart is” Our link party is a great one because of you! We’d love to have you link up this week too! The party is open now!
    You’ve been featured! 🙂

  7. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy

    Figs don’t grow around here; so can you believe I’ve never even had a fresh one?! Crazy, I know!

  8. Both recipes looks great, but I really want to try the salsa. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul.

  9. Mary Hudak-Colllins

    Amazingly, we have never tried figs here. But after reading your information and recipes, you have peaked my curiosity. Thank you for sharing in our linky this week!

  10. Sarah @ Nature's Nurture

    Mmm, figs… That fig and avocado salad sounds divine! And I come from a Middle Eastern family, so figs have always been on the table at our house, but your recipes are a very interesting change!

    Thanks for linking up with Tiny Tip Tuesday, Dawn!

  11. Ella @ Lifeologia

    How exciting to have figs – garden fresh!
    Oh the living in Southern Cali is so exotic! 😉
    I love fresh figs and can’t wait to bite into one.
    Your recipes sound divinely delicious and I can’t wait to make this soon.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Potluck Party!
    I’m happy we’ve connected 😉

  12. Figs are my Favorite! I can’t wait until they are at my local farmer’s market. Now I’m craving! Visiting from Time Out Tuesday 🙂

  13. Thanks for all the great info on figs. I’ve gotten figs in the past in my CSA box and haven’t really know what to do with them. The Avocado and Fig Salsa sounds intriguing. I’m excited to try it!

  14. Erin @SalmonAtSeven

    My fig experience is extremely limited… but these recipes look wonderful. If I ever find a friend with a fig tree, I’ll take a cutting. Otherwise, I may just try growing my own. Your fig and avocado recipe looks stunning! I would love to try.

    Hopping over from Inspiration Friday. I’d love if you stopped over to SalmonAtSeven soon. xoxo

  15. We just love Figs and your recipes are just awesome. I am looking forward to making your Torte very soon. Hope you are having a great summer week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Glad I found this through It’s a Keeper’s linky party. I linked in a salad using leftover roast lamb. Have a super week.


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