Peaches are amazing any way you eat them, but baked peaches are magical. Try out my recipe for Baked Peaches and you’ll have a smile on your face every time you eat them. This recipe works well with plums and apricots as well. You’re Welcome!
How To Make Baked Peaches
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine honey and orange juice in a square baking dish then place peaches, cut side down, in the dish. Roast for about 15 minutes then turn the peaches over and roast for an additional 10-15 minutes until they are tender and juicy.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine canola oil, whole wheat pastry flour, maple sugar, and chopped nuts. Spread on a small baking sheet and bake, tossing once, until golden brown. This will take approximately 5 minutes. Set aside until the baked peaches have finished cooking. Serve your Baked Peaches drizzled with the pan juices and topped with the nut crumble and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt! Yum!
All about Peaches
Peaches are stone fruits, which means they have a large pit (or stone) in the center. Other stone fruits include nectarines, plums, apricots, dates, cherries, and mangos. Peaches can be classified into 2 categories—cling or freestone. Clingstone peaches have a pit that does not easily separate from the flesh when cut in half. These peaches are usually used for commercial purposes. The flesh of Freestone peaches, however, easily separates from the pit, making this type easier for us to eat fresh! Peaches are also classified by the color of the flesh and the ripening time. Due to all of these variables, there are over 700 varieties of peaches worldwide! Try out different varieties of peaches to see which is your favorite.
When choosing peaches for my Baked Peaches recipe, look for some that have a firm and fuzzy skin, gives in when you squeeze with gentle pressure, and are free of blemishes. If all the peaches in the store are hard, you can store them in a paper bag to speed up the ripening process! Once ripe, store at room temperature and use within 2 days.
Peaches are a delicious, sweet, and nutritious addition to your diet! It is recommended by the USDA that we get between 1-2 cups of fruit per day. Research shows that people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of chronic disease. One small peach counts as ½ cup of fruit, contains about 60 calories, and 2g of fiber. Fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, may reduce the risk of heart disease, and provides a feeling of fullness. I recommend leaving the skin on for my Baked Peaches recipe, because a lot of the fiber and nutrition is found in the skin! Peaches also contain a good amount of Vitamin C, which helps us fight infections and stay healthy, Vitamin A, which is needed for healthy vision and skin, and Potassium, which is good for your heart!
“Growing Peaches.” Extension Utah State University, https://extension.usu.edu/yardandgarden/fruits/peaches.
“Nutrients and Health Benefits.” ChooseMyPlate, United States Department of Agriculture, www.choosemyplate.gov/eathealthy/fruits/fruits-nutrients-health.
“Peach.” Have A Plant, Produce for Better Health Foundation, https://fruitsandveggies.org/fruits-and-veggies/peach/.
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 4 large peaches halved and pitted
- 1 ½ teaspoon canola or sunflower oil
- ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tablespoon maple sugar
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped nuts your choice, I like almonds or walnuts
- Plain greek yogurt