6 Summer Grilled Fruit Desserts

These grill-worthy fruits will have you crushin' your next barbecue!

Forget limiting your grilling to patties and hot dogs; go beyond standard barbecue fare and give your taste buds something they’ll truly remember! Throwing fresh fruit on the grill is a brilliant way to take advantage of all the delicious, seasonal produce the summer season has to offer. These grilled fruit desserts might taste indulgent, but they carry a bunch of vitamins and antioxidants your typical grilled food wouldn’t.

Whether you use gas or charcoal, the heat from your grill adds fabulous flavor to your fruit of choice. This happens because the sugar in fruit caramelizes when cooked, bringing out this incredible sweetness comparable to a decadent dessert. Meanwhile, the produce latches onto that tasty grill flavor, making the lip-smacking result extra savory.

An excellent sweet-tooth satisfier, grilled fruit lets you enjoy dessert without feeling guilty. We’ve grouped together 7 fruits that taste downright fantastic when tossed on the grill. Not to mention, these juicy delights deliver a vibrant, stunning presentation when cooked up. So what are you waiting for? Scan this list for your favorites and then fire up the grill!

1. Apples

Turn this timeless classic into a decadent side dish or dessert! Slice apples into rings, and coat the fruit with some honey and coconut oil or butter, and throw on the grill. The normally crisp, tough-skinned fruit softens up when cooked, oozing incredible flavor with every melt-in-your-mouth bite.

Enjoy grilled apples on their own, or add them as delicious decoration to a larger dish like this gorgeous  Grilled Asparagus, Green Apple, and Zucchini Salad

2. Peaches

One of summer’s tastiest joys, peaches taste even more heavenly when they take to the grill! The open flames dramatically boost the sweetness and intensify the flavor of this luscious fruit. Simply slice peaches in half and remove the pits, brush lightly with coconut oil (or a cooking oil of your choice) and cook over a medium to low gas grill. For added flavor, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over peach slices before throwing them over flames. Even those slightly bruised, less-than-perfect peaches taste amazing on the grill, so think twice before you toss them out!

For a decadent, guilt-free dessert that’ll hit the spot on summer nights, whip up these Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Honey!

3. Pineapple

When it comes to grilled fruit, pineapple definitely reigns supreme. The tropical superfood tastes great on its own, but grills like none other. This tender, tough fruit is resilient enough to withstand the flames; it turns a gorgeous golden-brown color when cooked, and its sugars caramelize and intensify the fruit’s overall flavor. Pineapple makes a surefire crowd-pleaser at backyard parties and barbecues, and grilling the  tasty treat is a cinch!

Grill pineapple to perfection by checking out this easy-to-follow 3-Ingredient Pineapple Skewers recipe, or whip up this savory Grilled Pineapple with Rum Syrup and Frozen Yogurt for dessert!

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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