By Heather Grace, IPJ Staff Writer
There are not many gluten free desserts that are easy to make at home and make my mouth water. This is a definite exception–a spectacularly sumptuous summertime treat… One of my favorite memories of grandma’s house growing up.
Never one to allow her grandchildren to eat junk food, my grandmother ensured every meal contained only the best ingredients. Even our desserts were that way–wholesome and good for you. Many days, our dessert consisted of fruit from the garden. Or homemade strawberry shortcake from the field nearby. But we knew we were in for a treat when we saw the peaches in the fruit bowl on the table!
Above: Grilled peaches are exceptional alone or with some vanilla bean ice cream. Juicy summery goodness!
Gluten Free Goodness: Grilled Peaches & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
This quick, simple recipe has just a handful of ingredients–four that you probably have in your kitchen right now! It’s great for impromptu summer gatherings or for a bunch or hard-to-please kids. (Best of all, it’s also a healthy gluten-free dessert!)
4 tbsp brown sugar (or to taste)
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
4 fresh peaches
vegetable oil (I prefer grapeseed or olive)
1 quart vanilla bean ice cream
Cut peaches all the way around along seam, half them & remove pit. Brush cut side (where pit was) lightly with oil. Cook pit side down on low to medium flame on the grill, until fruit has grill marks. Usually 3 to 4 minutes.
Turn peaches over and move to indirect heat. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture evenly across all peach halves. Cook on low &/or indirect heat until sugar melts and fruit is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
Immediately remove from heat & sprinkle remaining spice mixture in the center of each peach-where the pit was. This will melt best & won’t slide off the hot fruit.
Serve in shallow bowls with a scoop each of vanilla bean ice cream. Top with extra sprinkle of cinnamon/nutmeg if you like. Or for variety, try drizzling on some chocolate sauce.
Serves 8, 1/2 peach each.
** Nectarines or pears are also great on the grill! **
Somehow dessert was always better when grandma made it. Even the peaches alone are delish. And with ice cream on top? Now that’s heavenly! Peaches are in season, so try this sweet summer treat today. Yum!
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