I love summer fruit, especially stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, and cherries. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. The other night I was craving a peach cobbler but didn’t want to go through the whole process of making one.
Enter the Summer Fruit Compote.
2 large ripe peaches
2 large ripe nectarines
1 large plum
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
a small splash of filtered water (optional)
oat milk ice cream (optional, but *don’t* use dairy ice cream)
Wash all the fruit and chop it up into small pieces. You can leave the skin on or take it off, whichever you prefer.
Place the chopped fruit into a small pot on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. While the fruit is heating up and breaking down, you can smush the fruit a bit or leave it in bigger chunks. If you’d like this to have a more stew-like consistency, add a small amount of water.
Add in the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and stir often to help blend, allowing the fruit to break down a bit more.
Once it looks like your preferred consistency, remove from heat and set aside, allowing it to cool to your desired temperature.
Next up, grab a bowl and spoon in some of the compote. If you’d like to add a bit of granola here, go for it. You can eat it just like this or add in a non-dairy ice cream alternative, sprinkle a bit more granola on top, and enjoy!
Note: *Don’t* use any dairy with this recipe, as mixing dairy and fruit is a big ol’ no-no for optimal gut health. (This includes eating cheese with fruit, ice cream, yogurt, whipped cream – you get the idea.) Fruit and dairy eaten together will trash your gut, but don’t worry! There are so many really yummy alternatives out there that you won’t even know the difference.
Modifications: You can totally apply this same principle to almost any fruit. Have a surplus of berries? Awesome. Try making a compote with strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Use this recipe as a starting point and then get creative. Want a zing? Add in some lemon zest. Feel heated? Ditch the cinnamon and replace it with mint. The options are endless.