In these Roasted Vanilla Cardamom Nectarines; nectarines are roasted in vanilla and spices. Serve with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream.

This is my favorite time of year because I adore nectarines. They’re similar to peaches, as you know, just minus the fuzz… which I’m cool with. I could eat nectarines one after another after another after another… and never get tired of them.

Ever since I made this recipe I’ve been yearning to roast more fruit. So I grabbed the four nectarines I had left in my fruit bowl and devised a plan. I looked at the clock… it was 3:30pm… the girls would be getting off the bus in an hour… and even though dinnertime was roughly 5:30, I didn’t care… I was going to roast me some nectarines and saddle them up next to ice cream.

The end result being warm roasted nectarines melting the bejesus out of vanilla ice cream. I was prepared to ruin my {and everyone else’s} dinner appetite and I didn’t even care because today’s afternoon snack was going to be dessert.

Start by running your knife around the nectarine, like you would an avocado. Remove the pit, I used a spoon but you could use your fingers too.

Toss the nectarines in a large bowl and set aside.

If you don’t have vanilla sugar don’t worry! You can substitute with regular sugar or even honey. If you do go the honey route, add it to the orange juice and stir until dissolved.

Measure a half teaspoon ground cardamom and add it to the vanilla sugar. I fell in love with cardamom here… and I’ve never looked back.

Next, grab a nutmeg, uhh clove? Is that what you’d call it?

And then grate about 1/8 teaspoon into the sugar/cardamom bowl.

Next, finally give it a stir and push it off to the side for a second.

Then, to 1/4 cup of orange juice add 3/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract and stir.

Next, pour it all over  the halved nectarines.

Then toss them around and let the relax while you preheat the oven to 400° and grab a smallish oven-safe dish.

Next, place the nectarines in the dish, cut side up and pour the juice over top.

Then evenly sprinkle the cardamom sugar over top and slide these into the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

The, remove the Roasted Vanilla Cardamom Nectarines and dot each one with a little butter. This will give these jewels a little richness. Return the nectarines back to the oven for 10 more minutes.

Next, dish out one nectarine per bowl and top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or even homemade whipped cream. would be delicious!

Lastly, add in another nectarine half for fun and drizzle a little of the syrup that’s in the baking dish over top.

Oh my heavens. Warm meets cold in a glorious matrimony of all things good in the world. 


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Roasted Vanilla Cardamom Nectarines
Yield: 4 servings

Roasted Vanilla Cardamom Nectarines

In these Roasted Vanilla Cardamom Nectarines; nectarines are roasted in vanilla and spices. Serve with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 4 nectarines [slightly firm but not over-ripe]
  • 1/4 cup vanilla sugar, granulated sugar or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 scoops vanilla bean ice cream or coconut milk ice cream


  1. Cut the nectarines in half like you would an avocado, starting at the stem and circle around. Remove the pits and any remaining stem, discard and then add the nectarines to a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Combine the vanilla sugar, cardamom and nutmeg in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Add the 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla to the orange juice and stir.
  4. Pour the vanilla orange juice over top of the halved nectarines and stir. Let those sit while you preheat the oven to 400°.
  5. Place the nectarines, cut side up, in an oven-safe dish. Pour the juice over top and sprinkle with the cardamom sugar.
  6. Slide the nectarines into your preheated oven and roast for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove and dot each nectarine with a little piece of butter. Return the nectarines back to the oven and roast for 10 more minutes.
  8. Remove and let cool for a few minutes and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle a little (or a lot) of the glaze over top.


If using honey (use 1/4 cup), add it to the orange juice and stir until dissolved.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 4gSugar: 45gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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