Grilled Peaches with Cardamom Yogurt & Chai Spiced Pecan Granola
During the summer, I want to be outside and spend less time in the kitchen. I'm also looking for light desserts. This dessert is like a hug on a nice cool summer night cuddled under a blanket while sitting around a fire pit. Warm!
Because the granola can keep in an airtight container for 2 weeks and the yogurt can be made ahead a few days, this dish can come together in no time. Just throw the peaches on the grill to heat them through.
Let me tell you that I had leftovers for breakfast. I mean it's yogurt, fruit, and granola. I see no problems.
The grilled peaches warm up the peaches and take ripe peaches to the next level! There's a few peach orchards in my area, and I love going out to pick fresh peaches. It's nice to connect with my food in such an intimate way. I appreciate it more. But when I pick my own, I'm not walking away with 5 peaches. I need to have at least a half a bushel. Then I'm trying to figure out how to use all these peaches. I'm making preserves like my grandmother would make and am giving them away as gifts. I'm having them as snacks, making salsas, and cooking them with fish. But grilling them is great for a perfectly ripe peach.
Hot chai tea is always so comforting. I used the flavors of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon to flavor the granola. I don't make my chai tea with star anise because I'm not a fan of licorice flavors but you can add them to your granola if you like. The granola adds some great texture to the dish but you can use this granola as a snack, cereal, or topping for yogurt.
The yogurt for this dish comes together in 3 ingredients. That's right. Three! It's plain low-fat yogurt, honey, and ground cardamom. It's so simple. I've started to lean towards buying plain yogurt and flavoring it myself. There's hundreds of flavored yogurts but there may be something that I've got an idea for that's even better than the refrigerated aisle.
Plain and simple, this dessert/breakfast is a great option for using those ripe peaches.
Grilled Peaches with Cardamom Yogurt and Chai Spiced Pecan Granola
3 Ripe Peaches
2 Cups Plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 tsp Cardamom
1 tsp Honey
Chai Spiced Pecan Granola
2 Cups Old fashioned oats
1/4 Cup Coconut oil, melted
1 Cup Pecan halves
1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1 tsp Cardamom, ground
1/2 tsp Ginger, ground
1/4 tsp Cloves, ground
1 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Maple syrup
1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 tsp Lemon juice
To make the granola, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients. In a small bowl mix together all the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
Spread the mixture in a 9 x 12 in glass container and bake for 20 minutes. Stir mixture and continue to bake for 15 - 20 minutes more until oatmeal has become toasted and the spices are fragrant. Allow to cool. Granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
To make the yogurt, combine the yogurt, honey, and cardamom in a bowl. Mix until evenly combined. Yogurt can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
To grill the peaches, preheat your grill to medium heat. Cut peaches in half and remove the pits. Rub canola oil on the cut side of the peaches. Place the cut side of the peaches down onto the grill grates. Grill for 5 minutes and then turn cut side facing down about 90 degrees to get crossmarks on your peaches. Grill for an additional 5 minutes.
Serve peaches warm topped with spiced yogurt and granola. Enjoy!