Grilled Peach Sundae

Nothing says summer like peaches! Our fresh, juicy, healthful, sweet, and crunchy grilled peach sundae is a great way to enjoy this delicious fruit. Seasonal ripe peaches are grilled (or roasted) with hints of honey, cinnamon, and thyme. They are topped with creamy, nutrient-packed, easy-to-make vanilla “nice” cream and crunchy, fiber-rich oat crumble. You can enjoy the peaches, “nice” cream and oat crumble on their own, but when combined, they create something extraordinary. This dessert (or breakfast!) will satisfy your sweet tooth with no refined sugar, and it can be made vegan or gluten-free. Our grilled peach sundae is a fun twist on a classic summer staple but includes anticancer, immune-supporting ingredients. Enjoy!

Nutritional Highlights

Peaches: A good source of soluble fiber to feed the beneficial bacteria in our intestinesThe skin and flesh are high in vitamin C for immune and collagen support as well as carotenoids (antioxidant) which has anticancer effects. Also peach polyphenols have been shown to reduce the growth and limit the spread of cancer cells. Since peaches are 80% water, they can help with hydration.

Olive Oil: A rich source of monounsaturated fatsolive oil contains antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. Olive oil also promotes gut health.

Maple Syrup/Honey: A sweetener that is an unexpected source of essential minerals for bone health and provided antibacterial properties. Provides more nutrient value than regular table sugar. This means that it will raise blood sugar slower than regular sugar. It also contains polyphenols to reduce inflammation and support a healthy immune system. The darker the maple syrup, the higher the level of antioxidants. Raw honey will have higher levels of nutrients and help fight against seasonal allergies. Note: Be sure to read the food label when shopping for maple syrup and honey carefully. Many stores sell “maple-flavored syrups,” which are higher in refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup.

Cinnamon:  It has been shown to enhance motor function and normalize neurotransmitter levels. It can help improve insulin sensitivity and maintain stable blood sugar by interfering with numerous digestive enzymes that slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in the GI tract.

Thyme: Contains a range of protective vitamins such as Vitamins A, C, and K, and packed full of antioxidants that help reduce oxidative stress in the body. Such antioxidants are lutein, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin which are known to reduce the risk of cancer, prevent age-related macular degeneration, detoxify the body, improve digestion, reduce stress and support liver health.

Bananas: The riper the banana the more nutrients, so make sure to eat them when they are yellow, not green. High in magnesium and potassium to help with muscle recovery, increased blood circulation and building lean muscle.  Bananas have been shown to increase serotonin (“the happy hormone”) production. They reduce bloated feeling and as pre-biotics, they support a strong digestive system by providing food for our “good” bacteria.

Oats:  Full of soluble fiber (beta-glucan), which has been shown to slow digestion, increase satiety, and bind to cholesterol to excrete it from the body. Oats also have plant chemicals that act as antioxidants to reduce the damaging effects of chronic inflammation.

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