A decadent dessert that’s healthier for you too! They’re sweet, easy to make and absolutely amazing topped with creamy vanilla ice cream!
Imagine biting into a warm juicy nectarine slathered with cinnamon and honey and followed up with cool creamy vanilla ice cream… Doesn’t that just get your taste buds tingling?! 😉 Because it definitely does mine! And that’s exactly why I had to share these easy baked nectarines with cinnamon honey sauce today! It’s an incredibly simple recipe using only 4 ingredients and is the perfect way to use up your summer stone fruit!
Easy desserts have been my jam lately and this recipe couldn’t be more simple. All you need are 4 ingredients and a baking dish and you’ve got yourself one delicious treat for summer! (Plus don’t forget the ice cream too!)
- Nectarines: I usually prefer using nectarines or peaches for this recipe but any type of “stone fruit” will work too. Lately I’ve been loving the stone fruit selection at Sprouts because they have such a wide variety and it’s all grown on family-owned farms! Click HERE for more of their tips on stone fruit!
- Vanilla Extract
How to pick ripe nectarines
Picking ripe fruit can be a beast sometimes… (Can we all agree?) But thankfully with stone fruit, most follow the same rules when it comes to determining ripeness.
- Ripe: Look for fruit that has a strong aroma and gives in slightly when you squeeze it
- Overripe: Fruit will be mushy and have wrinkled skin
- Underripe: Fruit will be very hard and still be slightly green around the stem
How to make cinnamon honey sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Simply mix these ingredients together in bowl and spoon them over your nectarines right before baking them. (Sometimes I’ll double this recipe so I can drizzle a little bit over the ice cream too!😊)
What else can I use instead of nectarines?
The great thing about this recipe is that it works for all different types of stone fruit too! So if you aren’t able to find nectarines – no problem! Here are a few other favorites of mine that work well for this too! (Note: Because some of the fruit listed below are smaller in size, they don’t need to bake for quite as long as the nectarines do. Still bake them at 350 degrees but use the baking times listed below instead.)
- Apricots: Bake for 15-20 minutes
- Plums: Bake for 15-20 minutes
- Pluots: Bake for 15-20 minutes
- Peaches: Bake for 25-30 minutes
I LOVE serving these with vanilla ice cream but you could also try topping them with a few of these ideas too!
- Vanilla yogurt/greek yogurt
- Salted caramel ice cream (or your favorite ice cream flavor)
- Sweetened marscapone
- Caramel sauce
- Candied/toasted nuts
- Berries (raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
I can’t wait to hear what you think of these baked nectarines and if you try anything different with them too! Hope you’re all having a great day!
More recipes like this:
- Fresh Cherry Crisp with Cinnamon Crunch Topping
- Cinnamon Peach Banana Bread
- S’mores Skillet Dip
- Chocolate Dipped Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches
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Baked Nectarines with Cinnamon Honey Sauce
- 3 nectarines, halved and pitted
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Optional: vanilla ice cream, vanilla yogurt, etc.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the nectarine halves in your baking dish cut side up. Whisk the honey, cinnamon and vanilla together in a small bowl. Pour the sauce over your nectarines. (Make sure to fill the center and let the sauce drip down the sides.)
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream or yogurt and any extra cinnamon honey sauce!