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IT’S PEACH SEASON! WOO DOGGIE!
They’re one of my favorite fruits…hence the all-caps outburst of happiness there.
We’ve been seeing local fresh peaches all over in our southwestern wanderings, so that makes this excellent timing to share one of my favorite ways to eat them. Well, besides, fresh off the tree. Because it’s pretty hard to top THAT.
I know grilled peaches aren’t anything new, but it’s one of those way-too-simple things that for whatever reason can be easily forgotten. So I’m here to put them back on your radar.
As van people, James and I are always looking for easy ways to use the foods we pick up at local farmstands. Campervans don’t have much for kitchens, and so as it goes with vanlife – things happen on a smaller scale. Which is another reason grilled peaches fit our RV lifestyle. Little effort for lots of flavor makes it a big win in our van.
So let’s talk grill marks. When done right, grilled peaches will be so fancy-looking everyone around you will sing your praises. And they should! After all you slaved over that grill for 5 minutes! So if you get tempted to shift the peaches around a bunch, RESIST. Good grill marks are the result of being peachily strategic.
Now, in this here recipe, I’ve turned the grilled peaches into dessert, because hey, life’s way too short to never eat dessert… as long as we try to keep it healthy of course (and watch our portion sizes which is our biggest healthy-eating dealbreaker). Besides grilled peaches for dessert, they are also excellent on all sorts of salads. Put grilled peaches on some arugula with onions and blue cheese crumbles and just wow. Another winner.
As for topping your dessert grilled peaches with yogurt, well there are lots of variations here. Since I tend to keep plain yogurt on hand, I simply add a little vanilla and cinnamon and it’s perfect. But if you have vanilla or some other flavored yogurt (like coconut) already in your fridge, a dollop of that would be fine, too. My point is don’t go running out to buy extra ingredients just for this recipe. Use whatever you’ve got on hand, and even keeping the yogurt plain with no vanilla or cinnamon works great too. The real star of the show here is the peaches. Do those up right and the jazz isn’t even all that noticeable… heck, leave it out all-together and you’ve still got a winner!
And without further ado, let’s get grilling!
Grilled Peaches with Yogurt, Walnuts, and Honey
- 1 tablespoon melted butter (olive or canola oil works too)
- 2 large peaches (or 3 small)
- 1 cup of plain yogurt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts
- 2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
- Fresh mint (optional)
- Preheat your grill on medium high heat.
- Cut the peaches in half and remove pits.
- Brush all parts of the peaches with melted butter.
- Grill with the cut part down for 2-4 minutes, until grill marks look dark brown and distinct.
- Turn 90 degrees, and grill another 2-4 minutes for grill marks.
- Flip peaches over onto skin side and turn heat to low.
- Let grill another couple minutes until peaches are soft to touch, then remove from heat.
- Mix together yogurt, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Top grilled peaches with yogurt mixture. Sprinkle with walnuts and then drizzle honey over the top. Finish with optional mint garnish. Serve immediately.
So there you have it. If you have other suggestions and variations for grilled peaches, I’d love to hear it… leave comments below!
See ya on the road, fellow wanderers! Maybe at a farm stand… buying more peaches! 😉