Similar to peaches and cream, this recipe for Grilled Peach Yogurt Bowls is full of fresh and cooling summer flavors. With crunchy pistachios and a drizzle of honey (or maple syrup), it’s a refreshing snack that’s satisfying any time of day!
This recipe is inspired by Yasmin Khan‘s book Fresh Figs – which I highly recommend!
Can grilling improve the flavor of fruit?
When a fruit is grilled or toasted over high heat, the naturally occurring sugars will caramelize through a process known as the Maillard reaction. This process intensified their sweetness and can even bring some slightly smoky notes that will add depth and complexity. Grilled peach recipes are some of my favorites! If you find yourself with a batch of less-than-perfect-tasting stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums, etc), grilling will help draw those sugars forward.
How Long To Grill Peaches
These fruits do not need long on the grill to be fully cooked – it’s best to grill peaches for 1-2 minutes per side, over high heat. This can be dependent on the ripeness of the peaches and their size. More ripe fruit will “melt” more easily when cooked, so be sure to keep a watchful eye and check after 1 minute. However, in order to achieve characteristic char marks, try not to jostle the peaches very frequently.
How to Cut a Peach for Grilling
For peaches and other stone fruits that are the size of a baseball (around 9 inches/24 cm in circumference), carefully slice the peach down the center, remove the pit, and grill each half. This method also works well for plums and apricots.
For peaches larger than a baseball, slice around the center, remove the pit, and chop each half into 2-4 wedges.
How to Grill Peaches on the Stove
The easiest way to grill peaches without an actual grill is with the use of a “grill pan,” or griddle. This is what I use and it works well. However, if you have neither of these items, this recipe can still be made in a traditional skillet.
- Heat your grill pan or skillet to high.
- Place peaches (no need to oil) face-down on the surface. If you’re using a grill pan, let cook 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. If using a skillet, cook 3-4 minutes.
- Flip peaches to the other side and cook 1-2 more minutes.
Ingredients Needed for Grilled Peach Yogurt Bowls
- 4 TBS orange juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon or cardamom
- 1 TBS grated fresh ginger (optional)
- 2 ripe (but still firm) peaches
- 5 fresh Italian figs
- 1 cup plain yogurt, vegan as needed (Kite Hill Unsweetened Plain Almond Milk Yogurt is my favorite)
- ½ cup mixed nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, and pistachios
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 TBS wildflower honey, or maple syrup
How to Make Grilled Peach Yogurt Bowls
- In a large bowl, combine orange juice, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and ginger if using. Slice peaches into wedges and slice figs in half. Add to the orange juice mixture and stir to coat.
- Add peaches and figs to a hot grill or grill and cook for 1-2 minutes per side, until slightly charred. Remove from the grill and place back in the juice mixture while you prep your other ingredients.
- In a medium serving dish, plate yogurt. Add grilled fruits to the side of the dish. Roughly chop whatever nuts you’re using. Sprinkle the yogurt bowl with as many nuts as you’d like. Top with blueberries and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
What are the best kinds of peaches for grilling?
Yellow and white peaches that are slightly ripe but not mushy are best for grilling. Their size is traditional and will hold up well when sliced, giving them a large surface area for cooking. I do not recommend using donut peaches for this recipe (but those are delicious when eaten on their own!).
Tips for Customizing this Recipe
- Swap out peaches for whatever stone fruit you have access to: nectarines, apricots, and plums all work well.
- To make this more of a dessert recipe, simply switch out the yogurt for vanilla ice cream.
- Any kind of finely chopped nut will be delicious in this recipe. My favorites are slivered almonds, pistachios, and walnuts.
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