It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting colder, and the summer’s bounty is finally in season! No longer do I find myself craving ice-cream as I do in summer months, now I want something warm, delicious, nutritious, something that makes me feel like I’m at home.
My favorite types of fruits and veggies are in season during late summer and early fall here in the North East. Tomatoes abound and peaches are at their sweetest; many stone fruits are actually at their peak from June to late August in other parts of the country but really make their appearance in famers markets in my area in August. What’s wonderful about fruits like plums and peaches is that their sweetness really comes out when they are baked and their juices create a delicious natural syrup. I usually bake them when I have let them get just a bit too ripe to save them from going bad!
Stone fruits are both delicious and nutritious and a wonderful sweet treat for anyone who is having a sweet craving but trying to watch their weight. Peaches are low in calories, high in fiber, vitamin C (keep those fall colds at bay! ) and vitamin A (great for your skin). Plums are also low in calories, high in vitamin C and vitamin K (for maintenance of healthy blood clotting) and they are high in antioxidants. For anyone with low iron, make sure to eat up these fruits because they increase the absorption of iron into the body.
This gluten free, *vegan (if you add coconut sugar instead of honey) recipe is not only nutritious and delicious, it will really help your sweet tooth and help you on your weight loss journey. Whole Foodie Booty Bridal Approved!
- 2 apples
- 2 peaches
- A bowl of plums (approximately 8-10 plums)
- 1-2 teaspoons raw honey
- Vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Spray a ceramic baking dish with coconut oil
Core/de-pit and finely chop
Combine all fruits together in ceramic baking dish
Place in oven and make for approximately 30 minutes, take out and test by putting a knife through the apple (the hardest of the fruits to start), it’s ready when the knife easily slides through and doesn’t meet resistance
Drizzle with 1/2 capful of Organic Vanilla Extract and raw honey approximately 1 teaspoon (local fruit and honey is preferable) then sprinkle with cinnamon and mix
* You can use coconut sugar as a vegan alternative
Turn off oven and place the fruit back in while oven cools, this will really seal in the flavor
Serve in a bowl alone or top it with unsweetened full fat greek yogurt or a sprinkling of crushed dark chocolate