Fruit Too Ripe to Eat? Make a Simple Skillet Dessert! [RECIPE]

Ever since I moved to the Bay Area and discovered the joys of a super fresh nectarine right off the tree, a sweetness I’d never tasted in a nectarine before, I became obsessed with stone fruit fresh from the local growers. I love summer in general, but the fact that it’s also stone fruit season takes it to a whole new level. The road to our most traveled climbing destination (Yosemite) is lined with local growers selling their fresh produce, so I always insist we stop and stock up on the way home. We even have a few neighbors growing apricots, plumbs, and nectarines, and sometimes on a walk with Dexter, I snag a few from the trees. Fresh, delicious, sweet nectarines might be the best thing on earth.

nectarine skillet dessert

The First Fruit of the Season

When I saw the first beautiful white and yellow nectarines of the season at our local grocery store a few weeks ago, I bought a few. I usually like to sample before I buy (hence my preference for the little stands and farmers’ markets), so I didn’t go crazy and just got a few to kick off the season. I couldn’t wait to get home and sink my teeth into the first nectarines of the season. Unfortunately, I got distracted and promptly packed them into the fruit drawer in our refrigerator and forgot about them.


A couple of weeks later, I remembered that I hadn’t eaten them and pulled out slightly wrinkly nectarines. They weren’t moldy, and they did still have a nice sweet flavor, but I didn’t want to eat them plain like that all sad and wrinkly. And so another version of the “Single Guy” dessert was born. 

I chopped up those wrinkly nectarines, grabbed some blueberries, and tossed them into a heated skillet with a little coconut oil and started cooking. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, and suddenly I had two desserts ready to go for my husband and me! Easy as pie (or a two-person mini pie without the crust). 

nectarine skillet dessert

The Kitchen Hack of the day is this: Don’t waste the forgotten fruit!

Breathe some life back into it by turning it into a skillet dessert! As I’ve mentioned before, you can really do a lot for dessert with a skillet and some fresh (or not so fresh) fruit. Get creative and don’t waste that fruit just because it’s a little past its prime. (Just make sure there’s no mold or rot.)">
Nectarine and Blueberry Skillet Dessert
Serves 2
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min">
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
  1. 2 ripe nectarines or peaches, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  2. Handful of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  3. 2 tsp coconut oil (CWB Favorite Pick)
  4. Zest from 1/2 a lemon
  5. 8 crushed macadamia nuts
  6. 1 tsp maple syrup
  7. Refrigerated coconut milk (cold so that it's thick and scoop-able) (CWB Favorite Pick)
  8. Pinch of salt
  1. Heat a sauce pan and add coconut oil and fruit
  2. Cook the fruit on medium heat until it softens and the blueberries start releasing color, stirring to ensure that nothing sticks or burns
  3. Add crushed nuts, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt
  4. Stir everything to incorporate well
  5. Once you plate the fruit (I use small ramekins), add a scoop of cold coconut milk for topping (if your coconut milk isn't solid, just stir it in -- it will still be delicious!)
  6. Serve warm
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