By Jenny Nicol
Nothing says peachy keen quite like the sweet taste of locally grown peaches!
Although most of us agree that the best way to eat a peach is raw, with a napkin to catch all the juice, there are countless ways to enjoy this delightfully versatile fruit.
Use this innovative healthy and delicious recipe for inspiration.
Peaches are rich in potassium, which regulates blood pressure, prevents muscle cramps, and maintains optimal nerve function.
Support your local farmers by purchasing in-season fruit and vegetables!
Buying recently harvested produce not only tastes better but it also helps the environment by reducing the travel distance from farm to plate.
Caramelized Maple Peaches with Coconut Whipped Cream (serves 4)
Indulge! This scrumptious dessert is naturally sweetened with the goodness of pure maple syrup.
4 ripe peaches
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon sea salt
4 teaspoons chopped pecans (optional)
1. Prepare the barbeque and set to medium-high heat.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
3. Place the peach halves cut side up on a cookie sheet and generously brush (cut side only) with the maple syrup mixture.
4. Close the lid and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the peaches start to soften.
5. Place the peaches on the grill, cut side down. Grill until tender and slightly charred, about 4-6 minutes.
6. Transfer the peach halves to plates, top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, and garnish with chopped pecans. Serve immediately.
Maple syrup is a delicious alternative to processed sugar, due to it’s broad nutrient profile and higher levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Coconut Whipped Cream (serves 4-6)
1 can of full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Chill the can of coconut milk in the fridge for at least 8 hours. When opening the can, do not shake it; you want to keep the solidified coconut fat at the top.
2. Drain the liquid (store in the fridge and use in a breakfast smoothie) and add the creamy fat to a chilled glass bowl.
3. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and rapidly whisk all ingredients together with a fork to create a thick and fluffy texture.
4. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.
Consume leftovers within 2-3 days.
Coconut milk aids fat loss, fights fatigue, and supports heart health by lowering cholesterol.