Healthy Grilled Peaches

Healthy Grilled Peaches are the perfect summertime dessert when you’ve already got the grill fired up for dinner. A simple cinnamon butter is lightly brushed over the cut peach before being grilled until it is hot, tender, and juicy! If you need even more of a treat, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

healthy grilled peaches

As much as we all love a great cookie, cake, or brownie when we indulge in dessert, sometimes we just want something that is healthier while still being delicious and indulgent. For me, that means it is time to throw some fresh fruit on the grill because that single piece of equipment completely transforms fruit in just a few minutes.

grilled peach

What type of peaches to use for grilling

Any variety of free-stone peaches are best solely because they make it easy to remove the pits without damaging the fruit. If you don’t have a free-stone variety, I suggest using a large knife to cut down along the edge of the seed on one side, then the other. Yes, you will lose a bit of fruit but trying to remove a pit from a non-free-stone peach usually results in mushed, damaged fruit.

As far as ripeness, you want a peach that is a bit firmer than one you would normally eat fresh from the fruit bowl. That extra bit of firmness will keep the peach from falling apart on the hot grill. The surface of the peach should give slightly when you push on it with your thumb.

healthy grilled peaches

What if I don’t have an outdoor grill?

No worries! You can still make these amazing healthy grilled peaches with an indoor grill pan on top of your stove. Just be sure that just like an outdoor grill, your pan is very hot before add the fruit so you get that great caramelization.

While the pan and grill will be very hot at first, it is important to lower the heat to medium after placing the peaches on the grill. If you forget this important step, your fruit will burn.

grilled peach with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

What to serve with healthy grilled peaches

For me, the obvious answer is a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It pairs perfectly with the both the peach and the cinnamon butter brushed on top. Plus, with the variety of healthier ice cream options in your grocer’s freezer section, you can still keep the calories very low.

Another great topping would be a soft cheese like brie or camembert. The saltiness of the cheese is a beautiful contrast to the sweetness of the peach. Plus, the warmth of the grilled peach softens the cheese even more and it is complete heaven!

healthy grilled peaches

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healthy grilled peaches

Healthy Grilled Peaches

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An easy 10 minute dessert that is healthy, while tasting completely indulgent!

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

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2 peaches, firm but ripe

1/2 tablespoon salted butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill or grill pan to high.
  2. Cut peaches in half and remove pit.
  3. Melt butter in the microwave then stir in the cinnamon. Brush mixture all over the cut peach halves. 
  4. Place on hot grill, flesh side down and reduce heat to medium. Grill for 4-5 minutes, then turn to the skin side and grill another 4-5 minutes until peach is hot and tender. Serve immediately with ice cream, whipped cream, or a soft cheese if desired.
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 peach half
  • Calories: 32
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 1 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 4 mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

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