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. Don't let the process of carving a pineapple overwhelm you. Be sure to check out our post on How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple as pineapples are just gorgeous grilled with a little coconut whipped topping on the top!
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)
Easy Mango Sticky Rice (vegan and gluten-free)
Mini Apricot Tarts (Dairy free)
Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream
Candied Spiced Nuts
- 4 tbsp pecans
or nut of choice
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
(or sugar alternative of choice)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp dried red chili pepper
- 4 nectarines
(sliced either in half or quarters and stone pit removed)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- homemade coconut whipped topping
- Crushed candied nuts optional
- Fresh mint leaves (optional) optional
- In 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.
- Make your glaze. In a small bowl, add maple syrup or honey, lemon juice, lemon zest and oil and mix well.
- Preheat 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.
- Allow 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.