There’s nothing wrong with eating fruit fresh—it makes for a tasty snack and is easy to grab on the go. But here’s another way to eat them—baked. And, baked fruit is perfect for the fall season, as a light; yet, warming dish.
What’s more, it’s pretty easy to prepare. Just bake it, season it, and you’re done. Plus, with apples, pears, and other seasonal fruits being in season for fall, it’s the perfect time to get baking in the kitchen. Plus, they can look super fancy and gourmet if you’re entertaining this holiday season.
Here are a few awesome ways to eat baked fruit—all deliciously sweet but still nutritious.
Blueberry & Brie Pastries
Food blogger Kaleigh from Lively Table shares a warm, gooey pastry recipe that integrates the sweetness of blueberries with the savory, creamy texture of Brie. And trust this—it’s a dynamic duo for those taste buds.
What’s more, it works either as dessert or snack, so you can comfortably reach for a pastry anytime of day. And, feel free to bring it to a holiday potluck or housewarming event, as it’s easy to make a bunch of pastry bites at a time.
Kaleigh uses honey, rosemary, and black pepper to boost the flavor profile. And here’s the best part: Each pastry is only 164 calories, making it waistline-friendly.
Great for both sweet and savory recipes, figs are super delicate and pair well in salads, breakfast bowls, and desserts.
And, they’re high in calcium and fiber, as well as antioxidants, says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club.
She uses small-to-medium figs (with stems removed), raw honey, fresh orange juice, and cottage cheese to make a rich and creamy honey-glazed fig recipe—perfect as a topper for oatmeal, Greek yogurt, pancakes or waffles. And, thanks to whipped cream, those savory and tart figs get a real sweet touch. Or, forgo all the extras and eat simply as is—never a bad option, right?
Another by Harris-Pincus, this baked fruit dessert is “adults only.” A light boozy treat, these peaches are soaked in a little amaretto liquor, rum, and liquor and rolled in oats for a summery, sweet treat that’s actually pretty low in sugar.
What’s more, it has that perfect balance of softness and crispiness, thanks to the addition of those fibrous oat crumbles.
To make it even more decadent, add a dollop of cottage cheese, light whip, or tart Greek yogurt, along with some extra fruit, like fresh raspberries. And, each peach half has only 89 calories! This recipe would also be great as a holiday party appetizer or dessert, too.
Baked Apple and Pear Crisp
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a warm baked apple and pear crisp to top a bowl of Greek yogurt or maple oats on a chilly fall morning. This baked fruit recipe by Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is gluten-free and vegan, as well, so it’s easy on the digestive tract. That’s right—it contains no butter.
And, you can always eat it for dessert atop a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or frozen Greek yogurt. A tip? Add fresh fruit, too, like bananas or blueberries for extra sweetness and fiber.
Almond Butter Baked Apples
Looking for a baked apple recipe that has a bit more protein and filling fats? This baked apple with almond butter recipe will do the trick. Thanks to the blogger Sarah from Making Thyme for Health, this fall dish boasts tons of seasonal ingredients and spices, like raisins, pecans, cinnamon, pepitas, and maple syrup.
A tip? Use vanilla flavored almond butter and honeycrisp apples for a crisp, sweet taste that blends well with the other ingredients. And, this is super easy to serve to guests for individually portioned desserts.
What are your favorite fruits to bake for fall gatherings? Please share your famous holiday recipes below!