Enjoy these Roasted Oranges with pistachios and coconut whipped cream as a light, summery dessert!
Two fruit dessert recipes in two weeks? Without chocolate?
Who am I and what happened to the real Kat!
Don’t be alarmed friends, these lightened-up bright and fresh dessert recipes are 100% the result of the ever increasing temperatures that we’ve been facing lately. This past week the temperature in my house reached 82 degrees at one point – 82 freaking degrees y’all…in my house! I was not a happy camper, especially since I work from home and am stubborn and didn’t want to turn on the AC. It’s still only May – we can’t be forking over hundreds of dollars on air conditioning this early in the year!
That being said, I do feel for you who are still in the colder temps. While I don’t want high heat yet, I also don’t necessairly want cold. Gosh – I’m such a pain in the arse, aren’t I? 😉
But let us turn our attention to these vibrant, beautiful Roasted Oranges, shall we?
The inspiration for this recipe actually came months back, when Daddy’s orange tree was dropping her precious fruit daily and I was racking my brain to try and figure out a new and inventive ways to use them. Of course I could use the juice and zest in baked goods – however I felt bad for the rest of the fruit. Anyone else ever feel bad for limes and lemons? No one ever wants them for their actual fruit – only their juicy goodies.
And now I feel like I’ve taken this just a step too far. Whatever. Roll with me here.
So I was trying to figure out a way to use the entire fruit, other than tossing it into a smoothie, when I finally remember baked grapefruit. Now if I’m being 100% honest – I’m not a fan of grapefruit so I’ve never actually tried the baked thing. I did however, experiement with baked plums before [and can’t wait to make that recipe again this summer!] so baked fruit is a dish that I really enjoy.
My question with the baked oranges was – what do I top it with?
If you’ve never put an orange and a pistachio together, you need to stop what you are doing right now and give it a try. I swear it is one of the most incredible combos – one I’m kicking myself for never trying before!
I considered topping these roasted oranges with more of a traditional oat crumble, however when my eyes landed on the jar of pistachios in my pantry I knew there was no other choice to make. The subtle flavor and slight crunch pairs so perfectly with the bright, orange flavor – I’m so in love! Ok so maybe its lust, but when it comes to food is there really a difference?
But why stop just with pistachios when you can take it a step further with coconut whipped cream?
Seriously friends, these Roasted Oranges were meant for summer. I can imagine many a BBQ with these beauties as the final touch on a perfect meal. What better way to finish off a day than with a light and bright dessert? And I know that the recipe says the coconut whipped cream is optional, but that is 100% not true. Whipped cream is never optional, friends!
I’m a fan of chocolate, you should all know that by now, but if I keep falling in love with these fruit desserts my chocolate consumption might be headed to a low that it’s never been before.
Then again, I could always start eating chocolate for breakfast instead 😉
- For the Oranges:
- 2 oranges
- ¼ cup chopped pistachios
- 1 tablespoon almond flour
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Coconut whipped cream
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together the chopped pistachios, almond flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil and cinnamon.Set aside.
- Cut the two oranges in half. Use a knife to separate the segments by slicing between each segment and the membrane along its two longer sides.This makes eating the oranges easier after they're baked.
- Place each orange half in a cavity of a muffin pan. You can also use a rimmed cookie sheet but the oranges may tilt and loose their topping.
- Sprinkle oranges evenly with topping, pressing topping slightly onto the orange.
- Bake oranges for 10-15 minutes or until tops are slightly browned.
- Remove oranges from oven and allow to cool before topping with coconut whipped cream. Serve with extra chopped pistachios, if desired.
Do you enjoy baked or roasted fruit by itself? [IE. not in pie form!]