Are you looking for an easy and simple way to use up those in-season plums, you have got to check out this recipe for Simple Maple Roasted Plums. Made with only 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes of prep time, this is a clean-eating dessert you are going to love.
Why Roast Plums?
Roasting plums does several things. First, it uses the natural sugars in the plums to an even sweeter flavor and more concentrated.
It also intensifies the flavor and changes the texture.
It will also help to extend the life of your plums. Roasted plums hold well for at least a week or even more.
- Ripe plums- this is really important. You don't want the plums to be mushy, but they need to be ripe!
- Maple Syrup- You could also use other sweeteners, but I was keeping this recipe clean.
- Vanilla- it only take a little, but is well worth it!
- Salt- Just a touch of salt is all you will need.
How Do You Roast Plums?
Start by prepping your plums. Wash them, cut them in half, remove the pit. Now, you can either roast them in halves or cut them in wedges as I did.
Then spread them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You don't have to use parchment, but it makes for a really simple cleanup.
The Maple Syrup Mix
You can use only maple syrup for roasting, but I also like to mix in a little vanilla and a dash of salt.
Make sure you use pure maple syrup. No, Mrs. Butterworth's won't work. 🙂
Pour the mixture over the plums. I like to carefully mix them too. Just to make sure all are coated.
Notes For Roasting Plums
It is best to start with ripe plums. If your plums are a little past prime, that is okay too!!
Make sure you use pure maple syrup. Trust me, the fake stuff is going to ruin this dish!
Be careful not to overbake. You still want your plums to have some substance. If you bake them too long they turn to mush. If you accidentally cook them too long, don't stress. You can always blend them up. They will make a delicious maple plum sauce!
Baking the Plums
The plums are roasted at 400 degrees. Depending on what size your plums are cut into, this will take between 10-25 minutes. The plums should be tender, but not mushy.
I like to test them with a fork. You will be able to tell right away if the plums are tender, they are ready to go. You will also notice the plums have released so much liquid and mixed with the maple syrup combination.
Ways To Serve The Maple Roasted Plums
There are so many ways you can serve these plums. I love how versatile they can be!
They are delicious chilled. Then you can top oatmeal or any other breakfast porridge with them. They are really good over yogurt and a little granola as well.
How about on your toast? I like to spread the toast with a little mascarpone, then top with the roasted plums..yum!!
Or you can use them my favorite way- as an ice cream topping! We love it over plain vanilla or even butter pecan. I mean, you can hardly go wrong with this combo.
What other sweetener can I use?
You really can use any sweetener you want. Liquid sweeteners are the easiest- honey, agave, etc. But you can also much the plums with granulated or brown sugar as well. Just know they will be granular until the plums start roasting and release their liquids. Make sure and mix every 5 minutes or so to blend the granular sweetener.
How long will the roasted plums hold for?
The great thing about these roasted plums is they hold really well. You can store these in the fridge in an airtight container for over a week, at least!
More Healthy Desserts
- Superfood Chocolate Disks
- Dark Chocolate and Dried Cherry Cookies
- Thick Raspberry Sauce
- Chocolate Orange Energy Balls
- Roasted Cherries
- Chocoate Coconut Energy Balls
Simple Maple Roasted Plums
- 4-6 plums
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut plums in half, then remove pit. You can either roast in halves or cut into sections like I did. Pour onto baking sheet
- Add maple syrup, vanilla and salt into small bowl or jar. Mix.
- Pour the Maple syrup over the plums. You can also do this all in a bowl and mix well. If you do it on the pan like I did, just make sure and mix so the maple syrup mix coverers everything.
- Place in oven and roast for about 15-30 minutes. Test the plums with a fork. You want them to be tender, but not mushy.
- Remove from pan and they are ready to.
- I love to serve these while they are still slightly warm. They are perfect over ice cream ( I prefer a butter pecan or vanilla), they are also really good over oatmeal or other porridge. They are delicious on their own as well.
- Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!