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  • Makes 4 sundaes

The perfect finale to a summer cookout, this memorable, melt-in-your-mouth dessert harnesses the power of fire and ice: Two of the peaches are grilled until candy sweet; the other two are frozen along with bananas and then blended into a refreshing nice cream. Leave the skin on the frozen peaches for extra fiber and a rosy hue. Note that nice cream has a soft-serve texture; if you prefer it firmer, freeze 1 to 2 hours in a freezer-safe container.

Grilled Peaches and Peach Nice Cream


  • 4 medium fresh peaches
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans
  • Small basil leaves (optional)


  1. Thinly slice two of the peaches; peel bananas and cut into 1-inch chunks. Freeze 2 to 4 hours.
  2. Cut the remaining two peaches in half; remove pits. Grill peach halves cut sides down, uncovered, over medium-high 6 to 8 minutes or until tender and lightly charred.
  3. Meanwhile, in a food processor combine frozen peaches and bananas with chopped basil. Cover and process until smooth and creamy, stopping processor a few times to scrape down sides. (This step can take about 5 minutes.) Taste and add 1 tablespoon maple syrup if needed for sweetness.
  4. For each sundae, place grilled peach halves cut sides up in bowls. Add scoops of nice cream. Sprinkle with pecans and, if desired, small basil leaves. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup.

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Pauline4 months ago
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I’m allergic to bananas .Is there a substitute I might use

Marie-Claude Bélanger4 months ago
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Avocado might be a good substitute…

Laurie4 months ago
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Bananas are like the “base,” the vanilla that you add flavors to. The 70% water in a banana is bound up in the fiber in a different way than in most fruits (you can’t juice it!), so they are thicker and create a specific texture. You can leave them out, but the result will more resemble a sorbet than a thicker, creamier ice cream.

Monica4 months ago
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Does this recipe not require any liquid (ex. Almond milk, coconut milk) to blend the peaches and bananas?

Ruth4 months ago
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no liquid required. I have used melons or strawberries in place of the bananas. Previous recipe didn’t grill the fruit. My favorite is mango.

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Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen before moving into an editorial position within Meredith Corporation. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. Shelli loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen.

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