Grilled peaches with brown sugar pecan crumble

Grilled sweet peaches topped with a brown sugar pecan crumble and fresh mint.

Grilled peaches

We have a serious problem in our house revolving around fruit. Ulysses likes all his stone fruits (and pears) crunchy. As in, not ripe at.all.

This makes my blood boil.

He will happily bite into a peach and it will CRUNCH it’s so under ripe.

Me? I’m a normal person and prefer my fruit sweet, juicy and soft to the touch (aka: ripe). I go to the store twice a week to restock produce, usually buying 4-5 of whatever stone fruit looks good, put them in the fruit bowl on the countertop and prepare to wait the 1-2 days for them to get to that perfect juicy, ripe state.

Grilled peaches

Except they hardly ever make it that long because Ulysses comes along, snags the still hard as a rock fruit and devours it.

It’s seriously one of the most trying things in our marriage (right behind the whole toilet seat thing).

I feel like I need a secret hiding spot for my fruit. But that would probably just result in molding peaches and nectarines shoved behind something in a cabinet somewhere.

Grilled peaches

So this was an attempt to meet somewhere in the middle. You don’t want the peaches super ripe because then they’ll fall apart on the grill and the grilling softens them up a bit anyway. The heat brings out the sweetness though and then the brown sugar pecan (and coconut!) mixture takes it from summer fruit to summer fruit dessert.

Grilled peaches

I’d still like to be able to just bite into a ripe peach in my house but I’d say this is a decent solution for now.

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Grilled peaches with brown sugar pecan crumble
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A light summery dessert of grilled peaches with an easy brown sugar, pecan crumble.
Serves: 3-4
  • 3 peaches, (about 1 day before peak ripeness) halved and pits removed
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh mint, sliced for garnish
  1. Heat a grill or grill pan and grease the slats/pan with any kind of oil (I used coconut oil spray on a grill pan)
  2. Once hot, add peaches to the grill, open side down.
  3. Grill for about 5 minutes until peaches have softened a little and have nice grill marks on them.
  4. Flip, and grill on the other side.
  5. While peaches are grilling, combine the brown sugar, coconut flakes and pecans in a small bowl and mix together,
  6. Remove peaches from grill, sprinkle with the crumble mixture and top with the mint.
  7. Enjoy warm (vanilla ice cream would be a great addition!)


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  1. 1

    hahaha! We have the same problem in our house… Kinda. My brothers eat SO much fruit that I hardly ever get to it just because I don’t eat 5 apples a day. It’s ridiiiiiiiiiculous. We should get our own separate fruit bowls.

  2. 2

    I do the exact same thing– I buy fruit and then let them sit for a few days so they can ripen up. So much better that way! :)

    P.S. Your pictures look like they are straight out of a magazine.

  3. 4

    Ah! I just got goosebumps thinking about biting into underripe fruit. Eek! Although, I have been eating cherries that could probably use another day or so. I have a million peaches & apricots in my fridge right now, so this a perfect way to use them up. :D

  4. 5

    These look gorgeous. I’m tempted to whip some up and put a dollop of soy ice cream on them!

  5. 6

    Aaron does the same thing with unripe fruit! It drives me nuts. I know EXACTLY what you mean about the crunching. I’m always telling him “You know that’s not ripe, right? It shouldn’t be crunchy.” He doesn’t care.
    P.S. Your photos are particularly stunning in this post. :)

  6. 8

    My husband eats almost 100% of his fruit with salt on it… seriously… that makes me want to gag.

    These look yum! I especially like the addition of mint.

  7. 10

    Looks yummy. I have a similar problem…but it’s one of my cats. I can’t let the peaches sit out to ripen because he will steal them. He loves peaches. He comes running into the kitchen if I am cutting an extra juicy one up. Strangest thing.

  8. 11

    We also have the same problem but I buy his and hers fruit so we are both happy. He knows not to eat mine or he’ll get yelled at! The biggest problem for us, however, is that he always leaves the water pitcher on the counter because he likes room temp water but I like mine cold. It drives me absolutely insane.

    These peaches look divine and your pictures are gorgeous!

  9. 12

    Beautiful photos!

  10. 13

    My mom is exactly the same! She will only eat crunchy peaches and pears. I have to take my fruit out of the fridge to separately ripen while her fruit stays crunchy inside the fridge. *sigh* But anyway, this dessert looks absolutely delightful for the summer!

  11. 14

    These look so delicious! I’ve been on a huge peach and nectarine kick this summer and am always looking for new ways to use them. Love it!

  12. 15

    Wow! I love this recipe! I never tried grilled peaches before. It looks so delicious and healthful. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks a lot! :-)

  13. 16

    I just had grilled peaches for the first time last weekend. Ohmahgerrrsh – so good!

  14. 17

    Hard peaches = totally nasty. He’s crazy ;) But this does seem like a nice middle ground.

  15. 18

    I love grilled peaches. I’m totally with you on the fact that peaches must be ripe. You don’t get that delicious sweetness when they are still hard.

  16. 19

    LOL men… they are so difficult at times ;) At least you found a good solution though… for this problem anyway!

  17. 20

    Love this! What a perfect summer dessert. Definitely not too heavy and cloying for summer. Yum!

  18. 21

    Underripe peaches? Oh noz. This is not okay!! But, these grilled peaches? Totally okay.

  19. 22

    I adore visiting your site and salivating over beautiful food and photography. Love grilled peaches.

  20. 23

    I love the simplicity of this recipe. I love fruit for dessert. Particularly warm fruit desserts. Lol: “Me? I’m a normal person and prefer my fruit sweet, juicy and soft to the touch (aka: ripe).”

  21. 24

    This looks delicious. I should give it a try except that my husband doesn’t eat fruit and also he burned down our grill. Yup. But with the heat the way it’s been maybe I can just lay them out on the grill in the sun and that’ll do the trick.


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