Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream
July 25, 2019
Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream is an easy fresh summertime dessert you can make on the grill in about 5 minutes. (Dairy Free – Vegan and Gluten free)
Why you are going to love Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream
We have brushed the nectarines with a little maple citrus glaze while grilling. Topped the delicately sweet grilled nectarines with a dollop of creamy, dreamy dairy free whipped coconut cream and caramelized crushed nuts. Juicy, sweet and slightly tart from the citrus.
Creamy from the coconut cream and a little crunch from the toasted nut is what makes this dessert so special. Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream is a flavor explosion with loads of different textures for the great mouth feel. We bet you can’t stop at just one!
How to Grill Fruit?
You can essentially grill any fruit you like. Some grill better than others and caramelize nicely. Have you tried our Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad? Here are some tips for success…
- Grill your fruit away from the direct flame on a higher rack and on medium heat
- Slather a little glaze, light tasting oil or sugar on top to help with the caramelization
- Pick firmer stone fruits not overly ripe or otherwise they will turn into mush
- Take your grilled fruit off a little sooner than you think as they continue to cook after you have pulled them off the grill.
What are the best types of fruit to grill?
Examples of fruit that are delicious on the grill are pineapple, stone fruits, bananas, watermelon, cherries, pears, grapefruits, lemons and limes. Grilled lemons and limes are fantastic served on the side of grilled fajitas or a Middle Eastern Party Feast.
Helpful Tips for making the best Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream
Something magical happens when you grill fruit as all the natural sweetness intensifies. You can serve your Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream hot off the grill, room temperature or chilled. If you want to keep your light and fluffy coconut cream from melting, we suggest you chill your grilled nectarines briefly before putting on the topping. Be sure to check out our recipe for Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream.
Farmer’s Market Finds
The Farmer’s Market is busting at the seams with fresh nectarines, peaches and plums. We love these delicious stone fruits and when they are in season, they are naturally sweet and delicious. Peaches, nectarines or plums all work well in this recipe.
Grilling and Chilling
You are going to love Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream because you can cook it on the grill with your other BBQ items. This keeps your mess consolidated to outdoors and that is always a good thing. You might even be able to persuade the grilling master to throw on the stone fruit for you on the grill while they are grilling your Wasabi Bloody MARRIED Flank Steak, Tropical Thai Swordfish, Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs or even Super Easy Grilled Asian Eggplant. Win- win!
Summertime Desserts for a Crowd
After a fun day of grilling and chilling, you may like to serve these fun and easy desserts as a sweet ending to your day.
Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups (vegan and gluten-free, dairy- free)
Rainbow Fruit and Yogurt Layered Ice Cream (vegan, gluten-free, dairy free)
Tropical Maja Blanca (make ahead dessert, gluten-free, vegan)
Avocado Ice Candy (make ahead dessert, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free)
Berry Boozy Ice Pops (dairy-free)
Candied Spiced Nuts
1In a small sauce pan add whole mixed nuts of choice, organic coconut sugar or sugar alternative of choice, cinnamon and dried red pepper flakes and turn on the heat to medium and cook until sugar is melted, and nuts are well coated. Remove nuts from heat and place on a sheet of waxed paper to prevent sticking. Allow to cool. Wash that pan immediately or get soaking. You can thank us later. Once your nuts are cool, you can place in a sealed baggie and crush with a rolling pin or a heavy pan. Just lightly crush. Set aside.
2Make your glaze. In a small bowl, add maple syrup or honey, lemon juice, lemon zest and oil and mix well.
3Preheat your grill to a medium heat. Cut your nectarines in halves or in quarters. Brush with glaze. Place on grill away from direct heat if possible and grill first side flesh side down for about 2 minutes or until nice grill marks. Brush with a little more glaze and flip over the other side and grill for another 2 minutes or just until you have nice grill marks. Your nectarines will continue to cook even after you have removed them from the grill so best to pull them off sooner than leave them on too long.
4Allow your nectarines to cool to room temperature of place in the refrigerator to chill. Place a dollop of homemade whipped coconut cream on top of each nectarine wedge, sprinkle with a little crushed candied spiced nut. Garnish with a little fresh mint leaves, if desired and enjoy.
1You can use any stone fruit you desire for this recipe such as peaches, plums, nectarines or apricots. If you do not have a dairy issue feel free to top with a little vanilla ice cream instead of coconut whipped cream. Please see our recipe for Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream for a step by step recipe and tutorial. Feel free to use either honey or maple syrup as a part of your glaze. We just happened to be out of honey. If you want to keep vegan and paleo, use maple syrup. We like our grilled nectarines to keep their firm texture so we only cook until we have nice grill marks on both sides.