Ever heard the saying, "Fruit is nature's dessert"? While we agree that fruit is incredibly tasty and can make an excellent dessert, we also believe that certain things are better together. Take baked apple slices and vanilla ice cream. Or fresh berries with a drizzle of honey. These nine fruit dessert recipes focus on the fruit and add a little somethin' somethin'—just enough to make them feel decadent but not so much that the fruit flavor goes by the wayside.
Well isn't this recipe just peachy? Said peaches are coated in melted butter (or coconut oil) and are grilled (or roasted) until perfectly soft and extra juicy. While the fruit cools, mix together the mascarpone, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and lime juice, stirring just enough to blend the ingredients but not so much that the cream starts to thin. For a final touch and a little pizazz, sprinkle cinnamon on the cream before serving.
You've likely heard about ice cream's one-ingredient wonder: frozen banana. But did you know frozen kiwi slices do the trick too? We love the palate-cleansing tartness from added lime juice and that this sorbet takes only minutes to make (once the kiwi is frozen, of course). For a creamier version, add a few slices of frozen banana. For a tropical spin, add frozen mango or pineapple.
Fruit salad is delicious, but sometimes we want something sweeter. This recipe provides the perfect sugary antidote: vanilla dressing. Made with milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest, the dressing is reminiscent of vanilla pudding but without all those unpronounceable ingredients.
Add whatever fruits you fancy—sweet fruits like berries work particularly well—and make sure to dress right before serving to avoid soggy-salad syndrome.
Poaching may sound fancy, but it's actually incredibly easy. So easy, in fact, that all you have to do is wait while the pears simmer. We love the light flavor that poaching the pears in the chai tea gives the fruit, which also happens to pair perfectly with the cinnamon whipped cream. Pro tip: Save some of the poaching liquid, which thickens as it cools, for pouring into your serving dish or over the poached pear.
Want a taste of the tropics without even needing to venture outside? (OK, if you're using a grill, you may have to go outside.) These lime-spiced pineapple spears are just the right amount of tart, sweet, juicy, and indulgent.
Sweetened with honey and jazzed up with toasted coconut flakes and coconut ice cream (or sorbet), it's a great dessert to top off a barbecue or to bring some heat when the temperatures start dropping (just use a grill pan).
Frozen banana popsicles are great, but do you ever find yourself suffering from serious brain freeze? (It happens to the best of us.) These frozen banana bites are the perfect way to maximize chocolate and minimize the pain that can coincide with hoovering too much chill.
Make them your own by adding a dollop of nut butter below the chocolate layer, melting white or dark chocolate in place of the milk, and coating with nuts, sprinkles, or any other topping you have on hand.
Did someone say fruit fries?! Though this particular recipe doesn't actually include any frying (sorry), it does mean you get to dip like there's no tomorrow—into coconut lime dip, no less.
Thinly sliced watermelon is coated with Mexican seasoning (simple as that) and paired with a foolproof dip made with coconut yogurt, lime, and coconut sugar (though you can opt out of the sweetener). Now if only we can figure out how to make watermelon in season year round...
Craving apple pie, but it's not even 8 a.m. yet? We say don't deny yourself. But do try something a little healthier, like this apple, pear, and grapefruit salad mixed with pecans and a cinnamon yogurt sauce. Though the recipe is served cold, we say give it a quick boost in a saucepan or pop in the microwave for an enhanced cinnamon flavor and that extra warming (read: comforting) eating experience.
Why stick to frozen bites when you can enjoy entire clusters? This recipe keeps things simple with four ingredients and a measly four steps. (It takes 20 minutes to make, start to finish.)
Feel free to use whatever berries you like best—blueberry, raspberry, strawberry—and mix with your nuts of choice. Perfect for that late-night sweet tooth or even a midday snack, this dessert won't lead to a sugar crash.