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- 1/2 cup unsalted pistachios, shelled
- & roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons whole flax seeds
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pure honey (preferably raw and local)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ripe peaches
- olive oil (to brush)
- plain Greek yogurt (optional)
NUT CLUSTER PREP:
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
- In a medium saucepan on low heat, add coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Mix ingredients thoroughly and remove from heat.
- Immediately pour oil and honey mixture onto dry ingredients. Mix until evenly coated.
- Pour mixture onto baking sheet and spread in an even layer.
- Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, remove from oven, and stir. Return to oven and cook for another 10 – 12 minutes for a total of 20 – 25 minutes (or until golden brown).
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Let cool completely for at least 20 minutes.
- Once cooled, use a sharp knife to break into 1-inch square pieces.
- Heat grill or cast-iron skillet to medium heat.
- Rinse peaches under running water and pat dry.
- Cut peaches in half and remove the pit. Brush the cut side with olive oil.
- Grill (or sear) cut-side down, until grill marks appear (or browning occurs), approximately 5 minutes.
- Flip peaches and grill until soft to touch, another 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and transfer peaches to a serving dish, skin-side down.
- Accompany with plain Greek yogurt and top with nut clusters.
- If desired, top with additional honey and cinnamon. Enjoy warm.
Maria Tripodis, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is the founder of Rebel Nutrition. Through evidence-based practice, she promotes healthy habits, balanced diets, and self-confidence to help clients feel empowered to move past barriers to reach optimal health.