Grilled Peaches with Basil-Peach Nice Cream

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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.

By Shelli McConnell,


  • 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)


  • Thinly slice two of the peaches; peel bananas and cut into 1-inch chunks. Freeze 2 to 4 hours.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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What can be substituted for bananas? I don't like the banana flavor. Thanks


Mango works way better than banana


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


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.

Marie-Claude Bélanger

Avocado might be a good substitute...


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


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. Enjoy.

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Shelli McConnell

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 DotDash Meredith. 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. McConnell loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen. Find her on LinkedIn.
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