We use coconut oil a lot, so much so that I buy it in large jars in bulk, but we’re always happy to try new and different brands. Some are in fact better than others. I saw a competition from Foodies100/Vita Coco Coconut Oil, where we had to use the coconut oil in a barbecue recipe for the #ReachfortheBeach Blogger challenge.
So what could I do, but drive three towns over to the nearest Tesco, which is where Vita Coco Coconut Oil is sold, pick up a jar, and head to the beach with my trusty BBQ for a gorgeous sunset dinner?
I know BBQ fruit isn’t the most original dessert idea, but how often do you have a healthy chocolate sauce on your barbecued fruit? I haven’t ever seen anyone else serve this for dessert! You can, of course, add a dollop of fresh cream or a scoop of ice cream to make a complete dessert out of this – because I tend to feel quite cheated if it’s just fruit for pudding – but if you want to err on the side of healthy, here’s some chocolate drizzled barbecued fruit for you!
You can choose your favourite combinations for the fruit skewers – we went for strawberries, bananas and pineapple – which can be chopped while dinner’s cooking, or if you want to bring it to the BBQ already chopped, just drizzle lemon juice over it to keep it from discolouring too quickly.
If you’re using wooden skewers, you’ll need to pre-soak them, but really, a set of steel skewers are the way forward. Thread the fruit through the skewers, or even better, get the kids to do it.
In a flameproof dish add two heaped tablespoons of coconut oil, a tablespoon of cacao powder and a tablespoon of your choice of sweetener. Pop it on the BBQ and it’ll fairly quickly begin to melt. Stir the sauce till it’s all well combined, then remove from the fire. The sauce will be quite thin, but as it cools down it’ll thicken up.
Place the fruit skewers on the barbecue and let them cook for about 3 minutes, then turn them over and cook for another 3 minutes.
Remove and drizzle over the chocolate sauce.
I may feel cheated when my dessert is just fruit, but even without cream or ice cream, these fruit skewers with chocolate sauce are a tasty and satisfying dessert!
- 2 bananas
- 9 - 12 strawberries
- 4 pineapple rings
- 2 heaped tablespoons coconut oil
- 1-2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon honey, natvia, sugar or other sweetening agent
- In a firesafe bowl, add the coconut oil, cacao powder, and sweetener
- Stir until all the sugar is dissolved and the sauce is well blended
- Remove from the heat and set aside to thicken
- Slice the bananas and pineapple rings into bite sized chunks.
- Thread onto skewers, alternating with the strawberries
- Grill on the barbecue for two minutes, then turn and grill for another two minutes.
- (The strawberries will soften quickly, so lift them off gently)
- Drizzle the sauce over the grilled fruit, add cream or ice cream if you wish and enjoy!