Fresh nectarines baked in a sweet cinnamon honey sauce & topped with creamy vanilla ice cream! These baked nectarines are the best summer dessert & only 4 ingredients!
I can’t get enough of these baked nectarines during summer! They’re sweet, decadent, so easy to make and the best part – only 4 ingredients! Fresh nectarines are glazed with a sweet cinnamon honey sauce then baked until bubbly and topped with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream! (OMG my mouth is watering just thinking about them…)
My family loves this recipe and it’s such an easy summer dessert! The sauce takes minutes to make and your oven does all the work for you. Plus you can easily replace the nectarines with peaches or plums OR roast a mix of all three!
Ingredients For Baked Nectarines
Nectarines: Ripe or slightly underripe nectarines work the best! (Overripe nectarines will become mushy after baking.)
Honey: Any type of honey works! You’ll need a ¼ cup of honey for the base of your sauce.
Cinnamon: Used ground cinnamon for the best results.
Vanilla extract: A little vanilla goes a long way, but it’s needed to balance out the flavors in your sauce. You’ll only need a ½ teaspoon of vanilla.
Ice cream: We love using vanilla ice cream!
How To Make Baked Nectarines
1. Make the cinnamon honey sauce. Whisk your honey, cinnamon and vanilla together then set it aside.
2. Bake the nectarines. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Then cut your nectarines in half and remove the pits. Place the halves in your baking dish cut side up and spoon your sauce over the top of each. (Reserve some sauce for drizzling later if desired.) Place the dish in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the nectarines are soft and the sauce is bubbling.
3. Serve! Top each nectarine half with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle some of the pan juices (or your reserved sauce) over the top!
Want more sauce? Double it! Sometimes we’ll make two batches and use one to bake with the nectarines and one for drizzling later!
Best part about these baked nectarines? There’s so many ways to eat them! (Don’t let ice cream have all the fun!😉) Here are some of our favorite ideas to help get you started:
- Switch up your ice cream! Vanilla ice cream is classic but a fun caramel or “peach cobbler” type ice cream would be amazing too!
- Frozen yogurt
- Vanilla Greek yogurt
- Whipped cream
- Granola (homemade or store bought)
- Candied/toasted nuts
- Berries (raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
These baked nectarines are best when eaten the day of. (We rarely have any leftovers!😉) But if you do, simply store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator. They should stay good for 2-3 days if stored properly. Any leftover honey sauce will also stay good for 1-2 weeks in refrigerator.
- Can I prep any ingredients beforehand? Absolutely! The cinnamon honey sauce can be made 1-2 weeks in advanced and stored in the fridge. Then simply spoon it over your nectarines, bake and serve!
- I don’t like nectarines. Is there a different fruit I can use? Yes! This recipe is delicious with peaches or plums too!
Why you’ll love this baked nectarine recipe!
- Simple & easy! Mix, bake & serve! It’s only 4 simple ingredients & tastes so decadent!
- A healthy summer dessert! Roasting the nectarines brings out their natural sugars which is heightened even more by the sweet honey sauce. Plus NO BUTTER in this recipe!
- Perfect for parties! It’s so easy to double or triple this recipe! Make it a fun dessert bar where each guest can grab a nectarine & top it with their favorite ice cream!
Need it gluten free? Great news, it already is!
Need it dairy free? Top it with your favorite dairy free ice cream instead!
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Baked Nectarines with Cinnamon Honey Sauce
- 3 nectarines, halved and pitted
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Vanilla ice cream (or your favorite ice cream)
- Make the cinnamon honey sauce. Whisk the honey, cinnamon and vanilla together in a small bowl then set it aside.
- Bake the nectarines. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the nectarine halves in your prepared dish cut side up. Then pour the sauce over each half filling the center and letting it drip down the sides. (Reserve some sauce for drizzling over the top later, if desired.)Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the nectarines are soft and the sauce is bubbling.
- Serve. Top each nectarine half with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and spoon the pan juices (or your reserved sauce) over the top!