Who can resist a big, juicy, late-summer peach? Not this girl.
Why not incorporate nature’s candy into a summer dessert? Using Cooking Light’s Peach Crisp recipe, I placed two sliced peaches into melted butter in a skillet over medium heat. Peel fruit before slicing, if you prefer.
This recipe is easily cut in half to serve two (as I did), or even reduce all ingredient quantities by 75% to serve 1 [i.e., 1 peach vs 4 peaches] (which I also did another evening!).
Just a little brown sugar and cinnamon will do. The peaches are already sweet this time of year, and there is no need to overwhelm them with sugar. Just enough to enhance the natural sweetness of the fruit. (This is dessert, remember, so a little indulgence in the form of butter and sugar will do.)
Add brown sugar and cinnamon to the peaches, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar melts. I really would only suggest cooking the peaches for 3 minutes, tops, or else they may get overcooked. You’re aiming for hot, soft peaches that still have a tiny bite to them.
I know I promised you that this recipe is a “crisp.” Here is where the crispy element comes into play.
Granola is the perfect topping for your peachy dessert! Pick your favorite granola to compliment the peaches. Jessica’s Natural Foods (a small, Birmingham, Michigan-based company whose Granola is now also sold in the Detroit Whole Foods Market in addition to online) recently shared a couple generous samples of delicious granola with me. While the Motor City Crunch is probably my favorite of the two (huge chunks, large chocolate-y bites – addicting!), I found their Almond Cherry Granola, which features plump dried Michigan cherries, to be a perfect compliment to my dessert recipe.
I toasted a few tablespoons of granola in my toaster oven while my peaches cooked on the stovetop. [watch it carefully or it may burn!]
Finally, simply pour your cooked peaches in a serving dish, sprinkle with the toasted granola, and top with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.
Talk about an easy dessert! I love how quickly this comes together. I actually made a fresh batch after dinner each night for three nights in a row last week, and it seriously only takes about 5 minutes to do so!
Dig in! This quick and easy spin on peach cobbler offers a simple, healthy dessert using just a handful of ingredients that many may already have on hand. Try it out.
Easy Peach Crisp
Recipe from Cooking Light
- 1/2 cup low-fat granola (without raisins)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 large peaches, pitted and sliced
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt
- Preheat broiler to high.
- Place granola on a jelly-roll pan, spreading evenly. Broil 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute.
- Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add peaches to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sugar and cinnamon to pan; cook 1 minute or until sugar melts, stirring occasionally. Spoon about 2/3 cup peach mixture in each of 4 shallow bowls. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons granola and 1/4 cup yogurt.