Chocolate-drizzled Baked Grapefruit

For some reason, I always forget that winter is citrus season.  Maybe it has something to do with associating oranges with Florida, Florida with beaches, and beaches with summer.  I don’t know.  Whatever it is, it always comes as a nice surprise when the produce section at the grocery store lights up with the bright yellows, oranges, reds, and greens that indicate it’s time for some tangy fruit.  Texas doesn’t even really get dreary for too long in the winter, but those bright fruity colors always cheer me up in the cold(ish) months!

Baked grapefruit 1

Since I love citrus so much, and I love chocolate so much (but really, who doesn’t?), I decided to combine the two.  This is a simple dessert that is sure to delight with its exciting flavor combinations and topping possibilities.  Give it a try and get creative with it!

Chocolate-drizzled Baked Grapefruit

Prep time: 3 minutes   Cook time: 15 minutes   Total time: 18 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

1 large grapefruit, cut in half

1/4 cup melted chocolate of choice (I recommend Enjoy Life brand)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp coconut sugar

Pinch of sea salt

Optional extra toppings: shredded coconut, chopped nuts, etc.  Think sundaes add-ons!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.  Slice grapefruit in half and sprinkle the cinnamon, sea salt, and coconut sugar on the fruit’s flesh.
  2. Place the grapefruit, flesh side up, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until it is warm and soft.
  3. While grapefruit is baking, melt chocolate using method of choice.
  4. Remove grapefruit from the oven once done and drizzle the chocolate on top, along with any other toppings you may be using.  The fruit should pull away easily from the skin with a fork or spoon when eating.  Keep the skin on and use that as the “bowl” – serve warm and enjoy!

baked grapefruit 2

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