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Warm Up Your Dessert with Roasted Fruit

posted Jan 22, 2016, 8:31 AM by

For the past few weeks, we’ve focused on vegetables and proteins, but did you know that you can also roast fruit?  Well, you certainly can and the best part is that you don’t have to add any sugar to do it!

Roasted fruit is a simple, warm, and delicious way to enjoy fruit during the cooler months. Apples and pears are in abundance and are the perfect texture for roasting (and aren’t we all a little tired of eating them raw by now?)  Roasting these fruits is very simple:

1.       Preheat oven to 375oF

2.       Wash & dry the apple or pear

3.       Slice in half or place whole fruit on a baking sheet.  If slicing in half, add a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice and roast skin side down (flesh side up).

4.       Bake until the fruit and skin being to soften. 

5.       Slice carefully and serve with plain or vanilla yogurt.  A drizzle of honey, chopped nuts, or granola will round this out to be a nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert.

You can also roast fruit using a similar method as our roasted vegetables, but instead of tossing with oil and spices, simply sprinkle sugar over uniformly chopped fruits.  For this method, we recommend apples and pears, peaches, plums, pineapple, and/or figs.  Once the roasted fruits are cooked to the desired texture and flavor, you can finish them with a drizzle of maple syrup, honey, or freshly squeezed citrus juice. This roasted fruit mixture can be served as a side dish at a breakfast or brunch, as a topping for yogurt, hot cereal, pancakes or waffles, or just enjoyed on their own. 

For something a little more decadent, try our Vegan Apple Crisp or this broiled grapefruit.