Grilling Month: Staff Favorites – Sweets

No grilled summer feast is complete unless dessert is also served hot off the grates. Fresh fruits and even cake (yes, cake!) are the perfect sweets for tossing on the grill. And what better way to enhance those grilled desserts than with the nutty flavor of peanut butter. From delicious dips to peanut butter pound cake, there are plenty of options for grilling up peanut butter sweets. My suggestion? Start with these:

Grilled Fruit Satay with Pineapple Coconut Peanut Sauce – Chicken isn’t the only thing that can be skewered and set over the embers. This simple recipe offers a tropical fruit and peanut butter dip with a taste so exotic you might want to serve it out of a coconut and throw in a mini paper parasol.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Grilled Banana Split – Pull out the banana boats and get ready for this twist on a traditional treat. Grilled bananas caramelized against the grates are then topped with peanut butter yogurt, berries, and honey. It’s an excellent way to enjoy the fresh fruits of summer. And if it doesn’t sound indulgent enough, top it with a scoop of peanut butter ice cream instead.

Grilled PB&J Burrito – You’ve probably heard of, and hopefully have had a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich (and if you haven’t, stop reading now and look up a recipe to try). Well this take on it calls for the ingredients to be wrapped inside a flour tortilla and finished off with some grill marks. Try it for dessert… or lunch.

Grilled Peanut Butter Pound Cake – I’ve saved the best for last. Our friends at PB&Co. shared this wonderfully rich, and amazingly over-the-top recipe for peanut butter pound cake…grilled! Need I say more? The smell alone is enough to make your mouth water. Top it with vanilla ice cream and call it summer on a plate.

So save room on the grill for dessert, and keep the peanut butter handy. With these recipes and more, summer never sounded so sweet.

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