Caramelized Spiced Grapefruit with Coconut

Caramelized Spiced Grapefruit with Coconut | Living Healthy in Seattle

Here I go again, shoving more fruit in the oven for a good bake.

Or broil in this case.

The chilly weather has been prompting me to make foods hot hot hot that I would normally enjoy cold.

Because cold food = cold body.

And I am never a fan of having a cold body.

I’ve definitely heard of broiled grapefruit before–we’ll call it caramelized because broiled is not the most glamorous word–but have never put that method to the test until today.

And boy I’m sure glad I did.

I promise, it’s really not weird at all, especially when you add a drizzle of pure maple syrup for sweetness and then sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon and ginger on there too!

Hello comforting, fresh winter flavors.

Caramelize your fruit until it turns a nice light golden brown then dollop a generous spoonful of creamy coconut milk “yogurt” on top.

Introduce unsweetened toasted coconut flakes to the mix while you’re at it.

This warm, juicy dish is perfect breakfast, snack, or healthy dessert material.

P.S. If you’re not a vegan individual, honey will work just fine in the place of maple syrup.

P.P.S. Regular dairy yogurt (hello Greek!) would be tasty too if you’re a fan of the stuff.

P.P.P.S. Make sure your grapefruit does not catch fire and burn your whole house down. Watch that thing like a hawk. Mine was done after just two minutes but yours might take a wee bit longer if you have a mellower oven. (My oven has a temper, let me tell you.)

P.P.P.P.S. Since we’re on the topic of slightly weird food preparations, try a peanut butter pickle sandwich… two slices of whole grain bread stuffed with sweet, salty peanut butter and dill pickle slices. Whaaa? Yeah it works. And has apparently been a “thing” for many decades.

Caramelized Spiced Grapefruit with Coconut

Serves 1

  • 1/2 medium-large red grapefruit
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 generous pinch ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened plain coconut milk "yogurt"; for topping
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened toasted coconut flakes; for topping
  1. Set your oven to broil. Make sure the top rack is positioned on the highest level.
  2. Place your grapefruit half on a foil lined metal baking sheet. You may need to slice the rounded bottom of the grapefruit off so it can sit flat.
  3. Drizzle the maple syrup evenly over the top of the grapefruit (the cut side).
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon and ginger on top of the syrup.
  5. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the top of the grapefruit starts to turn a light golden brown. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn't burn. My grapefruit was done after 2 minutes, although the broiling time will depend on your oven.
  6. Carefully remove the grapefruit from the oven, then top it with coconut milk yogurt and coconut flakes.
  7. Cut around the grapefruit sections with a serrated knife for easy removal with a spoon.






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