Summer cooking means access to two wonderful things: fresh fruit and grills. And luckily, these two elements of summer collided somewhere along the way, resulting in grilled – sometimes caramelized – fruit.

Sometimes charred fruit can be messy, burnt and not worth it. When grilling fruit, keep in mind to coat the grill or the fruit in some kind of fat to reduce sticking and create a firm exterior. Also, for the smaller fruits such as sliced bananas and strawberries use tin foil to prevent them from falling through the grid, or use a grid topper if you have one.

Here are three simple grilled fruit desserts for the summer.

Grilled Strawberry Parfait

  • Prep Time:4 minutes
  • Cook Time:2 minutes
  • Total Time:6 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 4 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon granola
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Step 1

Slice strawberries lengthwise.

Photo by Grace Bodkin
Photo by Grace Bodkin

Step 2

Using a grill topper, grill strawberries for 2 minutes, flipping halfway.

Step 3

To assemble, add yogurt to a dish and top with grilled strawberries and granola. Drizzle with honey.

Grilled Banana Peanut Butter Nutella Sandwich

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:4 minutes
  • Total Time:6 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cookie
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon nutella

Step 1

Using a grill topper, grill bananas for about two minutes, flipping halfway.

Photo by Delissa Handoko
Photo by Delissa Handoko

Step 2

Layer cookie, peanut butter, bananas and Nutella. Pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds for some oozing-action.

Grilled Honey Balsamic Grapefruit

  • Prep Time:3 minutes
  • Cook Time:4 minutes
  • Total Time:7 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon butter or oil
  • 1 pinch brown sugar
  • 1 pinch fresh basil

Step 1

In a small bowl, whisk balsamic vinegar, honey, butter and brown sugar with a fork. Pour onto sliced grapefruit.

Step 2

Grill grapefruit for about 2 minutes, or until caramelized.

Step 3

Top with basil and enjoy.