Filed Under: Dessert, Fruit, Under 20 Mins

Grilled Peaches with Almond-Mint Pesto

This unusual, crowd-pleasing dessert idea is also great with strawberries and orange sections.

July 3rd, 2007

Recipe by Leeanne Wright

"I served it to friends, and everyone thought the pesto was an interesting combination. Some really liked it, while others said they would have preferred the fruit served with ice cream or custard. My friend's two-year-old son couldn't get enough of the pesto, and I sent them home with leftovers!" –Anne Nikodem, mom of Cailey, 3, Langley, BC.
Prep Time
Prep & cooking time: 20 minutes
  • For Almond-Mint Pesto (makes 3/4 cup)
  • 1-1/2 cups washed, loosely packed mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 firm peaches, halved horizontally, pitted and cut into 4 horizontal slices
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  1. Using a food processor or blender, process mint and almonds on pulse until the mixture is roughly chopped.

  2. With the machine running, add juices and sugar. Transfer to small bowl and cover until needed.

  3. Preheat barbecue to high heat.

  4. Brush peaches with butter and sprinkle with sugar.

  5. Grill, about 4 to 6 minutes per side, until warm and lightly charred with grill marks.

  6. Just before serving, drizzle peaches with pesto.

Nutrients Per Serving

(1 whole peach with 3 tbsp pesto): 246.3 calories, 15.6 g fat, 114.5 mg calcium, 78 mg sodium, 25.2 g carbohydrates, 5.9 g fibre, 5.9 g protein; excellent source of magnesium and iron; good source vitamin C and folate.

Grilled Peaches with Almond-Mint Pesto
Photo by Jim Norton

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