The perfect summer dessert that requires just a few ingredients, these Honey Baked Plums are sprinkled with a paleo walnut crumble combining the sweetness of honey with the delicious crunch of walnuts.
We are getting fancy here on the blog today. Well, fancy for me.
But before we get into this crazy delicious recipe for Honey Baked Plums, I’d like to flashback to my younger self and share one of my favorite memories of my childhood with you.
I grew up in a divided home – with my mom living in LA and Daddy living here in NorCal, which meant that I traveled a few times a year to visit Daddy and stay with him. The summer months were my longest visits as I had no school, which meant that I got June, July and August to be with Daddy. My grandparents lived right up the street from Daddy, so during the summer months I spent a lot of time over there as well, which is where some of my favorite memories occurred.
You see, my grandparents had about a 1-acre property that was blessed with green fields, fruit trees, grape vines, goats and even bunnies [each of my cousins and I had a goat and a bunny!]. This is where I believe that my love for fresh fruits began.
On their property my grandparents had:
- apple trees
- peach trees [both original and white]
- a fig tree
- red grapes
- green grapes
- and two plum trees
You see where I’m going with this now? 😉
During those few months in the summer I would eat soooo much fresh fruit. My cousins and I spent most of our day outside, which meant snack breaks involved plucking the nearest, freshest plum, fig or peach from the tree.
This Honey Baked Plum recipe pays homage to those summer days.
I also really, really, really love plums.
During the summer months my fingers and face were either coated in one of two things – Shasta soda or plum juice. These Honey Baked Plums only contain one of those two things though 😉
So let’s dive into this recipe!
These Honey Baked Plums are just that – plums baked in a simple honey drizzle. As sweet as plums can be the skin also tends to be a bit tangy, which I feel makes a great contrast to the sweetness of the flesh as well as the honey. Now of course if you don’t like the plum skin you can go ahead and peel that off before baking them, but I vote to keep them on. It also makes the finale product look pretttttyyyyy.
Now for the walnut crumble. As much as I love my oats [and I reallyyy love them] I have found myself falling more and more in love with nut toppings and crumbles over oat crumbles. Not only do they give that awesome crunch but I also feel that they hold up better and contrast wonderfully against soft fruit.
The fact that this walnut crumble is made with nut ingredients also makes it paleo, which means that I had to of course pair my Honey Baked Plums with coconut whipped cream. It keeps the dish dairy-free and paleo but if you prefer regular whipped cream [or even ice cream!] than go for it! I served the extras from this recipe with banana soft serve and it was divine. A little hint – drizzle that delicious plum/honey juice from the pan over your ice cream. DIVINE.
- 4 plums, halved and pits removed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 2 tablespoons almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine the coconut oil and honey in small bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds to melt. Stir to combine.
- Lay the plums open-faced in a baking dish. Drizzle plums with honey mixture.
- In another small bowl, mix together the walnuts, almond flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract until combined.
- Sprinkle crumble evenly amongst the plums.
- Bake plums for 20-30 minutes or until juices run out and fruit is soft.
- Serve with coconut whipped cream or ice cream.
Are you a plum fan?