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Stuffed Peaches: A Sweet and Savory Treat (Includes Dairy-Free Option)

A plate of stuffed peaches ready to eat.

If you're looking for a new way to enjoy fresh peaches, try this deliciously easy stuffed peaches recipe. Simply cut fresh peaches in half, remove the pit, and stuff with tangy goat cheese, fragrant basil, and a drizzle of honey to create a flavor explosion in your mouth. Looking for a dairy-free option? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered.

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Peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits. With each juicy bite, I’m transported back to my grandmother’s kitchen, sitting at the small table by the back porch, digging into a slice of her peach cake topped with freshly whipped cream.

Unfortunately, a February heat wave followed by two late-spring frosts have wreaked havoc on Georgia’s signature fruit – so much so that the Peach State lost more than 90% of this year’s crop. As a result, it may be hard to find beautiful summer peaches at farmer’s markets and grocery stores this year, especially in the southeast.

 

A half eaten peach hanging on a peach tree
This is what happens when the woodland creatures beat me to the peaches. Photo Credit: Sage Scott.

Lucky for me, my peach trees are producing fruit like crazy. And I’ve become a fruit ninja who swiftly picks the peaches before they are fully ripe so my family can enjoy them before the deer, squirrels, and possums eat their fill. But don’t worry, our mischievous woodland creatures have their own VIP section high up in the peach trees, beyond the reach of my ladder. 

A young possum in a peach tree with fruit in his mouth.
Photo Credit: Sage Scott

If you can find peaches this summer, these stuffed peaches are a fast and easy alternative to peach goat cheese salad. Instead of dicing the peaches, you simply cut them in half, remove the pit, and add the same flavors that traditionally go into a peach salad. They’re perfect for breakfast, a snack, a fruit-forward side dish, or a light summer dessert.

    

In This Article

What are Stuffed Peaches?

Stuffed peaches are a delightful treat that takes the fruit to new heights by filling it with a variety of delicious ingredients. This amazing peach recipe fills the center of each peach half with tangy goat cheese, fragrant fresh basil, and a drizzle of honey to create the perfect balance of sweet, creamy, and savory in each bite. But the stuffing variations are endless. Use this recipe as a starting point to experiment with different fillings and toppings to suit your taste.

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The ingredients needed to make stuffed peaches: fresh peaches, goat cheese, basil, and honey.
Photo Credit: Sage Scott

Key Ingredients and Substitutions

These are the key ingredients you need to make these delicious stuffed peaches. And if you are an alpha gal who follows a dairy-free or vegan diet, don’t worry! I have a modification for you below.

A bowl of fresh peaches on a counter
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Fresh Peaches

When selecting fresh peaches, look for fruit in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red. You’ll want to avoid pale or green peaches, as they may not be fully ripe.

To determine if a peach is ripe and ready to be stuffed, gently press the fruit. It should yield slightly to pressure without feeling mushy. If the peach feels too firm, it may need a few more days to ripen fully. Simply place the fruit in a brown paper bag and give it a few days to mature.

Sage Advice: Looking for more delicious ways to enjoy fresh peaches? Try this peach clafoutis recipe. Crepe-like and golden brown on the outside and flan-like and creamy on the inside, it’s a deliciously unique peach dessert.

A log of goat cheese, or chevre, on a wooden counter
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Goat Cheese

Goat cheese, or chevre, is a creamy cheese made from goat’s milk. It has a distinct, tangy flavor that makes it a popular ingredient in both savory and sweet recipes. To stuff these peaches, you can use plain goat cheese or experiment with flavors like honey goat cheese or lemon goat cheese. 

Chevre’s distinctive taste may not appeal to everyone. If you’re not a fan, substitute goat cheese with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, or whipped cream cheese. Most of these soft cheeses are made without animal rennet and are naturally vegetarian. However, if you are an alpha gal who can tolerate dairy, I recommend carefully reading the label to ensure you’re selecting a vegetarian cheese to reduce the risk of reaction to animal rennet used in some cheeses.

If you’re an alpha gal who avoids dairy products, make a vegan-friendly stuffing by substituting your favorite cashew cheese or another soft vegan cheese instead of goat cheese.

Basket of basil leaves
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Fresh Basil

Fresh basil adds a pop of green color and a burst of aromatic flavor to stuffed peaches. You can place an entire, medium-sized leaf atop the cheese in the center of the peach half or cut the basil leaf into thin strips lengthwise and sprinkle it on top.

A honey dipper in a glass bowl of honey
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Honey

You may be tempted to omit the honey when making this recipe. After all, ripe peaches are typically plenty sweet. However, the little drizzle of honey over the top of the cheese-and-basil-stuffed peaches adds a unique boost of sweetness that rounds out the flavors in this dish.

For those following a vegan diet, you can drizzle agave syrup or sprinkle a little maple sugar or coconut sugar over the peach halves instead. 

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How to Make Dairy-Free Stuffed Peaches

For a dairy-free version of these stuffed peaches, use these ingredients and then follow the same instructional steps in the regular recipe below:

  • 4 ripe peaches, cut in half and pitted 
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup soft vegan cheese, like dairy-free goat cheese, vegan brie, dairy-free ricotta, or cashew milk mozzarella
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
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How to Make Vegan Stuffed Peaches

For a vegan version of these stuffed peaches, use these ingredients and then follow the same instructional steps in the regular recipe below:

  • 4 ripe peaches, cut in half and pitted 
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup soft vegan cheese, like dairy-free goat cheese, vegan brie, dairy-free ricotta, or cashew milk mozzarella
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup
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Chevre and Basil Stuffed Peaches

Bursting with the fresh flavors of summer, these Chevre and Basil Stuffed Peaches combine tangy goat cheese, aromatic basil, and sweet honey in a delightful treat. Serve up these easy-to-make stuffed peaches as a breakfast, snack, or light dessert.
5 from 135 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 58 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ripe peaches cut in half and pitted
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup chevre goat cheese
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions
 

  • Place the peach halves on a plate, cut side up, and sprinkle the fruit with a little salt.
  • Put one scoop of cheese in the center of each peach, about 1 ½ teaspoons per peach half.
  • Top each peach with a basil leaf, either whole or cut lengthwise into strips.
  • Drizzle honey over the peach halves, and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 peach halfCalories: 58kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 36mgPotassium: 96mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 339IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword alpha-gal friendly, basil, dairy-free, fresh herbs, fruit, goat cheese, peaches, vegan, vegetarian
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18 thoughts on “Stuffed Peaches: A Sweet and Savory Treat (Includes Dairy-Free Option)”

  1. 5 stars
    Made these stuffed peaches dairy-free and they turned out soooo well! They smell so good and taste incredibly delicious. Definitely making these on repeat!

  2. 5 stars
    This stuffed peach is what I am always craving. It was so delicious and my friends also loved it! Such a great treat to make!

  3. 5 stars
    These were so dang good! I served them at brunch with my best girlfriends and they all loved it too. Will definitely be making this all peach season, it is that yummy.

  4. 5 stars
    I was really craving a sweet and savory recipe and found these stuffed peaches on Pinterest. They turned out great- loved the goat cheese too. I drizzled some honey on top and it was soooo good.

  5. 5 stars
    My aunt raises dairy goats and gifted me some of her homemade chevre. Admittedly I felt some pressure to select a recipe that would do it justice but when I came across this I knew it was the one! I never would have thought to combine these ingredients on my own, but wow it was tasty. What a classy treat!

  6. 5 stars
    Being dairy-free, I’m always on the lookout for tasty options. Made these with vegan brie, and I really love the flavor. This recipe is a keeper!

  7. 5 stars
    So timely that I bought some from the market so I served these stuffed peaches for our snack and the whole family loved them! Oh, and it’s so nice for you to have your own peach tree in your place!

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