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Baked Grapefruit: 3 Healthy Recipes

Bird's eye view of three half grapefruits on a beige plate and a light wooden background. One has a spoon in, one has rosemary on and one has spice sprinkles. A little rosemary and granola in the corner of the shot.
 

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Baked grapefruit brings out the sweetness of the grapefruit and adding spices such as honey, vanilla and cardamom or rosemary, honey and ginger really adds interest and comfort to this healthy fruit. This is such a healthy breakfast or snack!

 

Bake the bitter away

 

4 unbaked half grapefruits, two with rosemary, one with spice blends and one with a wet honey look

 

Grapefruit is a winter fruit, a more bitter citrus fruit than say the orange, but it’s a refreshing mix up. Many don’t like the bitterness of the grapefruit, and there in comes the baked grapefruit! Baking grapefruit really enhances the sweet, it gets juicier and sprinkling a little salt and a honey drizzle on top also helps. So if you don’t like plain grapefruit – these recipes are definitely for you!

 

So I’m giving you three recipes today. I was planning on making just one, but then I ended up liking everyone I tried so much that I couldn’t resist. Yes, I made 4 kinds (2 very similar) and I ended up eating everything for lunch the other day. Yeah, don’t blame me, it’s the life of food bloggers. We are also pro eaters.

 

3 halved baked grapefruits on a white plate, one with a spoon in, one with a rosemary sprig on and one with spice sprinkle and ginger on top and a tipped over jar of granola in the background

 

Health Benefits of Grapefruit – the Superfruit

 

Here’s a list of some of the benefits of grapefruit. I mean, doesn’t this superfruit scream January more than anything!

 

  • Good for hydration
  • Low calorie food
  • Immune boosting with vitamin A and C
  • Improves cholesterol levels
  • Lowering triglycerides
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Controls blood sugar
  • Speeds up wound healing

 

Now you really don’t have any excuses not to make these baked grapefruit recipes. 🙂

 

Halved baked grapefruit on a dark wooden tray, white bowl of yoghurt with lemon and a tipped over jar of granola in the background

 

Baked Grapefruit with Honey, Vanilla and Cardamom

 

This is a fantastic blend of flavors. It’s warming, comforting and a little sweet. There really isn’t much to call a recipe here, it’s so easy. Slice the grapefruit in half, and if you want to sturdy the fruit you could slice the edge off a little so it’s not so round anymore. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle cardamom on top, drizzle with honey and vanilla extract and then it’s time for the oven to do it’s business. Just pop it in a pre-heated oven of 400F (200C) and bake for around 17 minutes. Serve with yoghurt and granola if desired, for a healthy, nutritious and yummy breakfast.

 

Bird's eye view of a halved baked grapefruit on a dark wooden tray with a white bowl of yoghurt with lemon garnish. A sprinkle of granola on the light wooden table.

 

Honey Ginger Rosemary Baked Grapefruit

 

I think this was my favorite (emphasis on think). I am a complete sucker for anything ginger and the delicious aroma of rosemary, but I try to understand that not everyone is like me. That is also why I provided you with all three recipes today, because some people don’t like the strongness of ginger and the rosemary. This is news to me, how can anyone not like this pine like aromatic herb, right.

 

Half of a baked grapefruit, bird's eye view. A white plate and granola.

 

You may chop the ginger as finely as you like, or even grate it. Mine had a few small chunks. Cut the grapefruit in half and sturdy the ends by snipping off a small piece (optional tip). Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with fresh ginger, salt and drizzle with honey. Place a small piece of a fresh rosemary sprig (about the diameter of the grapefruit) on top of the grapefruit. You may want to add aluminum foil on top to prevent any burning, but I didn’t feel that was necessary.

 

Pop it in a pre-heated oven of 400F (200C) and bake for around 17 minutes. Remove the roasted rosemary and serve with yoghurt and granola if desired, for a healthy, nutritious and yummy breakfast.

 

Baked grapefruit on a white plate, with granola a white bowl of yoghurt and a tipped over glass jar of granola in the back

 

Baked Grapefruit with Warming Spices

 

And last but not least, the baked grapefruit with warming spices. This was the original idea I had. But then it got out of hand, as usual, and I tried several things. I wanted this one to be without extra sweetening because 1st – it’s January and many try to avoid sugar, and 2nd I felt it didn’t need it. But there’s no problem in adding a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, I say go for it if you want to!

 

Slice the grapefruit in half, and if you want to sturdy the fruit you could slice the edge off a little so it’s not so round anymore. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the fresh and finely chopped ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and salt on top. Then place them in a pre-heated oven of 400F (200C) and bake for around 17 minutes. Serve with yoghurt and granola if desired, for a healthy, nutritious and yummy breakfast.

 

Birsd's eye view of a beige plate with one small bowl of yoghurt, a drizzle of granola and a baked grapefruit. A hand scooping up a piece with a spoon. Light wooden background

 

Other healthy breakfast or lunch options

 

 

Get yourself a grapefruit and try out these easy and healthy recipes! I really hope you give them a try, and I’m all ears for any feedback. Comment either in the comment section below, or tag  me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram, and don’t forget to Pin it for later!

 

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Baked Grapefruit: 3 Healthy Recipes

Easy Baked Grapefruit in 3 healthy ways: 1. Honey, Vanilla and Cardamom. 2. Honey, Ginger and Rosemary. 3. With Warming Spices. Baking the grapefruit enhances the sweet and hides the bitter.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Breakfast & Lunch
Cuisine: American, Other
Keyword: baked grapefruit, grapefruit, healthy snack
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Ingredients

Baked Grapefruit with Honey, Vanilla and Cardamom

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup for vegan
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • pinch salt

Honey Ginger Rosemary Baked Grapefruit

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated or finely chopped
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup for vegan
  • pinch salt
  • small sprig rosemary diameter-ish of the halved grapefruit

Baked Grapefruit with Warming Spices

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated or finely chopped
  • 2 pinches cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cardamom
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • FOR ALL RECIPES: Pre-heat oven to 400F (200C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the grapefruit in half. If you want to sturdy the grapefruit, slice the edge of the fruit a little so it's not so round anymore. Place them on the baking sheet.
  • HONEY VANILLA CARDAMOM: Sprinkle with cardamom and salt, drizzle with honey and vanilla extract. Bake for 17 minutes.
  • HONEY GINGER ROSEMARY: Chop ginger as finely as you want, sprinkle on top of the grapefruit along with some salt. Drizzle with honey and place a small piece of a rosemary sprig on top. You may want to add a aluminum foil on top to prevent burning, but I didn't find it necessary. Bake for 17 minutes. Remove rosemary before eating.
  • WARMING SPICES: Chop ginger as finely as you want, sprinkle on top of the grapefruit along with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and salt. Bake for 17 minutes.
  • All taste amazing with some yogurt and granola!

Notes

Did you make it? Tag @thegingerwithspice on Instagram, I'd love to see!
 
Nutrition: Calories: 55 | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Protein: 0.5g |  Carbohydrate: 11.8g |  Fiber 0.9g |  Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 156mg | Vitamin D: 0mcg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0mg | Potassium: 104mg. Estimate for informational purposes only. Based on grapefruit recipe with cardamom and honey.
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Sarah Hilliard

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

I am excited to try this. However, I notice a typo in your recipe. It says 400 C (200F), when it should be the other way around (it's correctly stated in the body of the post, but not in the recipe instructions themselves.)

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Thank you for telling me! I will fix it asap, and I hope you will enjoy the baked grapefruits. :)

Kelly Anthony

Monday 14th of January 2019

I don't love grapefruit but I want to because of the beautiful color and the health benefits. I'm so excited to try this recipe and finally love grapefruit. I'm so glad you figured a way to cook the bitterness out of the grapefruit.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 16th of January 2019

No problem, Kelly! I really hope you can like it and benefit from this amazing fruit!

Mirlene

Monday 14th of January 2019

I have never baked my grapefruit. this is a must try. I love the herbs on top too. I like grapefruit in the morning so I will be making this soon as it is a great way to start the day.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 14th of January 2019

Thank you so much, Mirlene! It is a great way to start the day.

Madison

Sunday 13th of January 2019

The photos are stunning! Each one looks totally appetizing!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 14th of January 2019

Thank you very much, Madison!

April

Sunday 13th of January 2019

I have been enjoying grapefruit with honey and cardamom for quite some time now. But I have never tried baking it. I will do now - thanks to you!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 14th of January 2019

Such a great combination, right. Thank you so much!

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