16 Roasted Fruit Recipes You Need to Taste to Believe

Roasted Berries Grapes Tart
Photo: Jason Donnelly

If you never thought fruits were destined for your roasting pan, think again. Roasting fruits causes their natural sugars to melt into a thick, delicious caramel syrup. Baked fruit can easily become a lightened-up dessert option. You can also serve the roasted fruit as a side dish or a snack when you mix in a few savory ingredients. Just choose your favorite fruit and get roasting.

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Roasted Stone Fruit

white pan Roasted Stone Fruit
Andy Lyons

It doesn't matter what stone fruit you have on hand—peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots. With this recipe, you can roast them all. Aside from your fruit, you need only three additional ingredients to make it happen (butter, lemon juice, and maple syrup). These juicy roasted fruits make a great dessert, and a sprinkle of ancho chile pepper adds some heat.

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Roasted Berries and Grapes

Roasted Berries Grapes
Andy Lyons

When you make these juicy roasted berries and grapes, you can use them any way you want. We roasted the fruit with brown sugar and cinnamon to give them a warm, comforting flavor, but you can also try a combination of fresh ginger and mint instead. When they're ready, use them to top a cake, mix them with crème fraîche, or just dive right in and eat them as a snack.

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Roasted Breakfast Pears

Roasted Breakfast Pears
Karla Conrad

These roasted pears are easily tasty enough to be a dessert but healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. It's like a new twist on a parfait: Just spoon a dollop of Greek yogurt into each tender pear then top with orange peel and granola.

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Olive Oil Cake with Roasted Citrus

Olive Oil Cake Roasted Citrus
Jason Donnelly

Forget frosting! Roasted citrus is about to take over as your new go-to cake topper. The moist olive oil cake underneath definitely deserves its own shout-out, but the roasted fruit on top is a spotlight stealer. Roast a variety of tangerines, oranges, lemons, and grapefruits to give this cake a range of flavors and colors.

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Cheesecake-Stuffed Peaches

Cheesecake-Stuffed Peaches
Blaine Moats

When you're craving cheesecake but don't want to commit to making (or eating) an entire pan, turn to these easy roasted peaches. Each one is brushed with melted butter and a cinnamon-sugar mixture, then stuffed with luscious cheesecake cream before hitting the oven. This dessert is at its best when it's fresh out of the oven.

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Roasted Berries and Grapes Tart

Roasted Berries Grapes Tart
Jason Donnelly

We can't think of any better way to use up the last of your fresh summer berries than by making this creamy tart. Roast a mix of berries and grapes together with a little melted butter and cinnamon, and the result is a super-juicy mixture perfect for topping a tart. Make sure you snag a few pictures of this photo-worthy dessert before you take the first bite!

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Roasted Cherry-Almond Milk Pops

Reap the delicious, healthy benefits of tart cherries by making a delicious ice pop treat. Since freezing can minimize the flavor, roasting the fruit first will help the sweet-tart deliciousness shine through every bite. A bit of cinnamon adds warm notes and honey keeps this healthy summer treat refined sugar-free.

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Mini Roasted Apple and Pear Tarts

Mini Roasted Apple Pear Tarts
Jason Donnelly

This baked fruit recipe is a great way to enjoy a taste of fresh apples or pears without committing to making an entire pie. Use puff pastry dough to make this recipe quick and easy, then top with cinnamon-roasted apples or pears (your choice!).

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Roasted Grape and Arugula Pizza

Roasted Grape Arugula Pizza
Andy Lyons

This homemade pizza definitely goes off the beaten path by utilizing juicy roasted grapes to top off your dough. No other sauce is needed but of course, we still like piling on the cheese. In this case, we went for Brie and blue cheese instead of traditional mozzarella.

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Roasted Pear Ham Melt

Roasted Pear Ham Melt
Andy Lyons

If you need more convincing to pop your fresh pears into the oven, try this recipe—it proves they can be savory and sweet. This super-delish sandwich is surprisingly simple; layer roasted pears with slices of ham, white cheddar cheese, and pepper jelly. It's sweet, savory, and spicy all in one.

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Roasted Banana Bread

Roasted Banana Bread
Blaine Moats

Something different happens to bananas when you roast them—the skins turn black and they develop a delicious caramelized flavor. All of this makes them perfect for banana bread. As an added bonus, you don't have to wait for your bananas to turn brown on their own, so you can make this baked fruit recipe whenever the craving strikes.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Cranberries

Roasted Cauliflower with Cranberries
Andy Lyons

Who says you have to keep your roasted fruits and veggies separate? Roast fresh cranberries, cauliflower, and red onion wedges together for a side dish that's colorful and tasty. As the cranberries roast, their juices mix with the veggies so you'll taste their tang in every bite.

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Honey-Roasted Pears with Caramel Sauce

Honey-Roasted Pears Caramel Sauce
Scott Little

While honey-roasted pears are definitely the star of this recipe, they wouldn't be nearly as good without a homemade caramel sauce as a supporting player. Mix sugar with honey, pear brandy, and water (plus a vanilla bean and a cinnamon stick), then roast the pears right in the sauce to let the flavors seep in. To make sure your pears stay moist and juicy, take a quick break to baste them a few times as they roast.

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Hasselback Apples or Pears

Hasselback Apples Pears
Blaine Moats

You can give the hasselback treatment to more than just potatoes. Of course, these roasted apples and pears aren't exactly side-dish material—they have dessert written all over them. Choose between stuffing them with gooey Brie or a crumbly oat topping (hello, mini apple crisp!), then pop them in the oven to roast until tender.

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Roasted Cabbage with Pears

Roasted Cabbage Pears
Andy Lyons

Instead of trying to sneak a serving of fruit and veggies into dinner separately, just make this easy side dish that includes both. Sweet roasted pears are a great counterpart to savory roasted cabbage, especially when you top both with crumbles of blue cheese and toasted walnuts. We're definitely including this recipe on our dinner table as soon as fall arrives.

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Roasted Strawberry Sauce

Roasted Strawberry Sauce
Carson Downing

Roasted strawberries might be our favorite ice cream topper of all time. In 30 minutes or less, you'll have a naturally sweetened (we like to use honey) sauce that is obviously going to taste great on a scoop of ice cream but would be equally spooned over cake or even yogurt.

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