How to Make the Best Summer DessertI have a few steadfast guidelines when it comes to summer dessert.
- When possible, ice cream should always be involved.
- Fresh fruit deserves celebration, incorporate it liberally.
- Limited time in front of the oven or stove it ideas!
How to Grill PeachesAs mentioned above, you’ll want to start with stone fruits that are ripe but just barely, with minimal soft spots. To begin, heat your grill to 400 degrees, or heat a grill pan to medium. After carefully cutting the peaches in half, you’ll remove the pit and brush both sides with olive oil or butter. You’ll place them cut side-down on the hot grill, close the lid, and cook for 4-6 minutes, making one 90 degree turn halfway through for a cross-hatching mark. Grilling the peaches caramelizes their sugars, so the final product is super sweet and honestly delicious on its own. If you’re really running low on time or energy (um…same), these grilled peach sundaes can be made with just three ingredients:
- Ripe peaches or nectarines (look for firm ones, these will hold up better when grilled)
- Vanilla ice cream
- Your favorite granola or leftover crumble topping
Love grilling? Try these recipes next:Grilled Sweet Potatoes Grilled Cabbage Grilled Flatbread Grilled Veggie Sub Grilled Street Corn
How to Make Grilled PeachesI am lucky to live in an apartment complex with access to grills, but right now those are closed due to COVID-19. I do have a grill pan, which can easily be used right in my own kitchen. If you have neither of these, a regular skillet, open waffle iron, or open panini press should all work. After grilling the peaches on a relatively high heat (to get some nice char marks), you’ll toast up quick crumble topping with oats, cinnamon, sugar, coconut flakes, and walnuts. The grilled peaches are best served warm, with a large scoop of ice cream and cinnamon sugar crispies! I hope you enjoy these grilled peaches! They’re a fun celebration of summer and I can’t wait to make them again. If you make them, please leave a rating or note in the comments letting me know! As I mentioned above, food access is an issue near to my heart. Sadly, there are a lot of racial barriers to a healthy and affordable diet. If you’re like me and looking to donate to some organizations doing great work right now, check out these wonderful options:
- Soul Fire Farm is committed to food sovereignty, regenerative agriculture, ecology, and equity in access to land, sustenance, and power in the food system.
- The Okra Project is ” a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People.”
- National Black Food and Justice Alliance “organizes for black food and land, by increasing the visibility of visionary Black leadership, advancing Black peopleâ€™s struggle for just and sustainable communities, and building power in our food systems and land stewardship.”
- Black Food Sovereignty Coalition serves as a “collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible while focusing on meeting these barriers with creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions.”
- Feeding San Diego
Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Sugar Crispies
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 8 peaches 1x
Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Sugar Crispies will be your new favorite summer dessert! Topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and oat crumble topping, this healthier treat can be made with just 3 ingredients. Ready in just 10 minutes and totally vegan!
- 4 firm peaches or nectarines
- 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
- Oil for grates
Topping (feel free to sub with 2 cups of granola)
- 3 TBS olive oil
- 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 4 TBS brown sugar
- 3 TBS chopped walnuts
- Preheat your grill to 400 or light a grill pan to medium. Oil the grates. Slice your peaches in half and remove the pits.
- Place peach halves cut side down on the oiled grill grates. Let cook for 4-6 minutes, until grill marks are visible. To achieve a cross-hatched look, rotate the peaches 90 degrees halfway through cooking.
- To prepare brown sugar crispies topping (if not using granola), heat a cast iron skillet over medium. Add olive oil once hot, along with oats, cinnamon, coconut, brown sugar, and walnuts. Let toast until golden brown and crispy. about 5 minutes. Stir continuously so it does not burn.
- To serve, scoop ice cream on top of a warm peach half and sprinkle with brown sugar crispies.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Dessert
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