A fresh, juicy in-season piece of fruit is a real treat. But sometimes you want to make a treat that’s extra-special — like this Peach Crisp recipe that packs a lot of flavor into a cast iron skillet.
The ginger and bourbon flavors in the crisp, which echo back to my favorite cocktail ingredients, also happen to pair nicely with peaches.
There is something rather irresistible about tender juicy fruit and a crisp crumb topping. And doesn’t everything taste better made in a cast iron skillet?
Make sure to let me know in the comments how you liked the grilled dessert!
Tasty and Nutritious Peach Crisp
Being a nutritionist, I strive to find a balance with food between what’s delicious and what’s better for the body.
One way the dessert is a little better for you than a standard crisp recipe is that this peach dessert uses coconut sugar instead of standard white sugar.
Unlike cane sugar, coconut sugar retains some nutrient value including minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium. Coconut sugar also has a lower glycemic index, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar quite as much as regular sugar.
Another way I crafted this dessert recipe to be better for you is by keeping the total amount of sugar lower.
Fruit is naturally sweet and full of other subtle flavors. There is just enough sweetener in this peach crisp recipe to bring out those other flavors without being cloying. For the best flavor and texture, make sure you are selecting very ripe peaches.
This peach crisp recipe also happens to be gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free by using coconut oil instead of butter. The dessert can even be grain-free by using unsweetened coconut flakes instead of oats.
This bourbon peach crisp is delicious on its own, but you can make it a little more decadent with a dollop of homemade coconut whipped cream, or even vanilla ice cream (use non-dairy if you’d prefer).
Although I prepared this dessert on a pellet smoker to capitalize on summertime and its flavors, it can just as easily be made in an oven in your kitchen.
- 2 lbs. peaches, pits removed and sliced
- 2 Tbsp. bourbon
- 1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
- 1 tsp. arrowroot powder
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup cold grass-fed butter, cut into pieces
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- Preheat your pellet smoker to 350° F.
- Toss peaches with bourbon, coconut sugar, lemon zest, ginger, arrowroot powder, and salt. Place in a 10-inch cast iron skillet.
- In a bowl mix together oats, almond flour, coconut sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, two knives or your fingers cut the butter into the mixture to form coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle oat mixture over fruit in an even layer.
- Place the cast iron pan on pellet smoker. Close lid and cook for 35-40 minutes or until peaches are tender and topping is golden brown.
- Allow the peach crisp to stand at room temperature about 10 minutes before serving for juices to thicken up slightly.
- I don’t peel peaches in this recipe for a few reasons. First, I am lazy and peeling peaches is an extra step I just don’t want to do. Second, the skin of many fruits, including peaches, contain concentrated amounts of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.
- If the texture of peach skin is a turn-off to you, by all means, peel your peaches before making the recipe. Otherwise, enjoy the extra boost of nutrition.
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What is your favorite way to enjoy ripe summer fruit like peaches? Share your recipe ideas in the comments! Thanks for reading!
- For more cast iron recipes visit the cast iron recipe section of GrillGirl.com. Learn how to make a Red, White and Blue Cast Iron Cobbler, or for something more savory, try the Smoked Poblano Peach Blue Cornbread Recipe.