This Recipe is a Peach!

Baked PeachesI have a real sweet tooth. Living a healthy lifestyle does not automatically delete a sweet tooth turns out! Therefore, modification became a part of my world. Modifying brownies, cookies, muffins, and on and on and on. Finding ways to include treats in my day that won’t derail me I now consider a hobby.

So, when I land on a winner, I can’t wait to share it with you! Right now when peaches are a deal at the grocery store, I brought home several that were still hard and began the process of waiting for them to be just right. I got impatient. My husband was coming home after being gone for a week and I wanted to make something new and those peaches were my target. After looking at enough peach cobbler recipes that I was certain I had gained weight just reading the ingredients, I decided that maybe simple was better…baked peaches. There were plenty of options online for baked peaches too, so I  gathered up a fresh mindful of ideas and headed into the “lab”, or some of you may call it the kitchen. The result was soft, sweet, warm, tangy peaches with just a touch of crunch. With a dollop of cool whip on top, the dessert was a home run!

But before I get to the specifics, let’s just talk about the glorious peach for a moment. A large peach is less than 70 calories, contains 3 grams of fiber and no fat. Peaches are a low-glycemic food, in other words, they break down slowly in your digestive track in order to help maintain consistent blood sugar levels. Peaches are a good source of Vitamin A and C and rich in potassium, calcium, and antioxidants. So seriously, no need to remove the skins, you can cut them up to top your yogurt, in your cereal, in your salad, on top of cottage cheese, add them to your entrée or protein shake…or just lean over the sink and bite into their juicy loveliness! But…save a few for this recipe and enjoy after your healthy meal!

peach pic2Baked Peaches

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 large peaches
  • cinnamon
  • 4 TBSP Brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup pecans*

Directions:

  1. Wash peaches and cut in half, removing the pit, do not remove skin
  2. Place peaches, cut side up, in baking dish
  3. Sprinkle peaches with cinnamon
  4. In center of peach, place 1/2 tsp. of butter and 1 tsp. of brown sugar
  5. chop pecans* and sprinkle over peaches
  6. Fill baking dish half full of water
  7. Bake peaches at 375 degrees F x 30 minutes
  8. Serve warm with a dollop of light whipped topping

One peach half prepared as above contains approximately 154 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Due to the addition of pecans and butter, there are also 12 grams of fat, only 2 of which are saturated.

* I used pecans I had prepared as sweet nuts. Here is the recipe for Sweet Nuts:

Sweet Nuts (These are great as a snack all on their own, or incorporated into salads, muffins, cookies, or trail mix)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups nuts
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Splenda/sweetener

Directions:

  1. Beat egg white and mix in nuts to coat
  2. Combine cinnamon and Splenda and sprinkle over nuts and mix to coat
  3. Spread nuts out on foil lined baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F x 20 minutes, allow to cool
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One Response

  1. It looks so delicious! 🙂

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