You’re going to love diving into this deliciously inviting easy baked warm fruit salad made with fresh summer fruits, dark chocolate, coconut flakes, and crunchy almonds. The kid-friendly, colorful, warm, delicious, and easy recipe can be served with brunch, dinner, or for a special occasion.
One of my favorite things about summer is the juicy and fresh fruit that becomes available. Tart cherries, juicy strawberries, blueberries, and apricots. And they’re all in this crazy delicious fruit salad which is such a great way to enjoy the hot summer season. You can also make this in autumn and winter to help you and the entire family keep warm.
I was inspired to make this hot fruit bake when I stumbled upon a fruit salad recipe by Green Kitchen Stories. I made a few changes though, including using my own choice of fruits and sprinkling with lemon instead of lime.
Why you’ll love this hot fruit bake
Let me tell you, this is not your ordinary fruit salad. Nope. This scrumptious concoction of fruits, chocolate, and nuts is baked and has a wonderful aroma. And my oh my is it divine! If you’ve never had a hot fruit salad before, you’re in for a treat.
- The fruits are softened but still have a bite. While the fruits bake in the oven, they release the fruit juices and what you get is a beautifully balanced dish that is absolutely flavorful and natural.
- If you’re conscious of your sugar intake, you’ll be happy to know that there’s no added sugar in this tasty dish. It’s not swimming in heavy syrup like honey or maple syrup. You’ll get the natural sugar from the fruit itself.
- Besides being so delicious, this fruit salad packs in antioxidants (in the cherries) and vitamin-A (apricot health benefit). Also, it promotes skin health (benefit of lemon skin health).
- Chocolate shavings on top become slightly melted and add a depth of sweet, chocolatey flavor that you never knew you needed in a fruit dessert.
- Almonds and coconut flakes are the perfect garnishing for this dish and add nuttiness and a crunch. Did you know that chocolate-covered almonds contain a little bit of caffeine? It might be worth taking a walk or doing some activity after enjoying this warm dessert.
My mouth is watering just thinking about this dish. I really hope you make this fruit salad at home. It’s not like any other fruit salad you’ve had. It will become a family favorite instantly. It’s a perfect light dessert, side dish, or snack.
What do I need to make this recipe?
Cherries: Baking cherries caramelizes their natural sugar and intensifies their bright and vivid flavor.
Apricots: These stone fruits are perfect for baking when ripe. They have a sweet and tart flavor which makes them a versatile ingredient for both sweet and savory recipes.
A mix of fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries): Their flavor becomes concentrated in the oven bringing out a sweeter, deeper, and richer flavor.
Lemon juice: Adds tartness, intensity, and fragrance to the fruit salad recipe.
Almonds: Add a delightful crunch to the warm fruit salad.
Along with these ingredients, you’ll need:
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- dark chocolate (70% cacao or darker)
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
How to make Warm Fruit Salad With Chocolate Coconut and Almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Wash then cut the fruit into bite-size pieces.
Lay out the fruit
- In a shallow baking dish, lay out the fruit on a baking sheet in an even layer and gently toss with lemon juice from ½ a lemon.
Sprinkle the rest of the ingredients
- Sprinkle with sliced almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and shave 1 oz dark chocolate.
Bake and serve
- Bake for 10 minutes or until tender, then mix together in a large mixing bowl and enjoy warm or at room temperature.
- Make sure you wash and dry your fresh fruit. Because there are already full of natural juices, adding more liquid affects the flavor of the recipe.
- Cut the fruits into uniform pieces so that they bake consistently. If some of the fruits are softer than others, cut them into bigger pieces than the firmer fruits because softer fruits will cook faster.
- Choose to bake with fruits that are firmer and underripe. Ripe fruits are hard to handle and soften faster in the oven.
- Toss the fruits before serving to make sure they are evenly covered in the pan juices.
Yes, you can. While fresh fruit is usually juicier and more flavorful than frozen fruit, some fruit may not be available, or it’s not in season so you can most definitely use frozen. But make sure the fruit is defrosted and you remove the extra water before popping it in the oven.
If you like your fruits a bit firmer, 5-6 minutes in the oven should be enough. But I enjoy the fruits to be softer, and 10 minutes is a perfect time – it allows the juices and flavors to come together beautifully.
Here are some more tasty dessert recipes to try:
Simple and Classic Tiramisu Cake with Mascarpone Cream is delicious, moist, and perfectly creamy!
Pecan Torte with Smooth Chocolate Glaze is a perfectly textured and sweet cake.
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Easy Baked Warm Fruit Salad with Chocolate Coconut and Almonds
- 10 cherries, pitted
- 4 apricots
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ lb strawberries
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ lemon, juiced
- ½ cup almonds, sliced
- ⅓ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
- 1 oz dark chocolate, 70% cacao or darker
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
Cut fruit into bite-size pieces.10 cherries,, 4 apricots, ½ cup blueberries, ½ lb strawberries, ½ cup raspberries
Lay out the fruit on a baking sheet and gently toss with juice from ½ a lemon.½ lemon,
Sprinkle with ½ cup sliced almonds, ⅓ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, and shave 1 oz dark chocolate.½ cup almonds,, ⅓ cup coconut flakes,, 1 oz dark chocolate,
Bake for 10 minutes, then mix together in a bowl and enjoy warm!
- Substitute fruit to your liking, or what you have on hand.
- While dark chocolate is healthier, and my choice for this recipe, you can also use milk chocolate.
- If you don’t like coconut, leave it out.
- Serve with yogurt or ice cream (optional)