Berries are roasted to intensify their flavors, and topped with lime juice and coconut.

Roasted strawberries and blackberries topped with lime and toasted coconut, gluten-free dessert recipe

This is an incredibly easy dessert, and is a riff of one I had at a friend’s home last month. It’s vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, and almost everything-free except flavor-free. You may have picked up by now that I love roasted just about anything, and that includes fruits. It really intensifies the flavors, and needs little adornment for the perfect ending to a meal.


Roasted Berries with Coconut and Lime

     by Susan Pridmore

     Serves 2

       Prep Time: 15 minutes

       Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 7 strawberries
  • 6 blackberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated coconut
  • Finely grated white chocolate (optional)


Preheat the oven to 400˚F.

Slice the strawberries 1/4″ thick or slightly thinner. They should be flexible enough to layer around a small baking dish, slightly overlapping. I use a small oval baking dish that measures 5 1/2″ X 5″ as shown in the photo. Layer the strawberries around the edge of the dish with the points of the berries pointing towards the middle.

Arrange the blackberries in the center, all standing up, although I should note that you don’t really need to arrange them like this. But they will soften as the roast and may not be as attractive all slumped over each other.

Sprinkle the coconut sugar and half of the lime juice over the berries and roast for 20 minutes. They should be bubbling, and starting to almost caramelize in their juices.

Sprinkle the grated coconut over the berries and slide them back into the oven. Bake for another 10 minutes or until the coconut begins to brown. Sprinkle on the remaining lime juice and serve warm.

This is great served with shortbread cookies on the side, or with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream. And if you want to dress it up just a bit, add the optional grated white chocolate …. just enough to create a light topping on the coconut.

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As part of this Friday Dessert Series, as we kick into the weekend, I thought I’d share some other desserts I’ve seen this week that made me want to get out my dessert dishes:

Apple Blueberry Pie Cake seen on Serious Eats

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie with Caramel Sauce from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Super creamy 8-Hour Cheesecake with Roasted Grapes from Vintage Kitchen Notes

Brown Butter Strawberry Streusel Bars from une gamine dans la cuisine

Rhubarb Buckle with Ginger Crumb seen on Food 52 








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  1. TasteFood May 31, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    I love how roasted berries coaxes out their flavor and sweetness. What a nice light summer dessert.
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  2. apuginthekitchen May 31, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    I’m with you on the roasted anything, it’s wonderful. This is a perfect light dessert. I would be tempted to have a big scoop of vanilla ice cream with it which would make it a bit less virtuous. I love your fork, it is beautiful and your photo is stunning,
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  3. Christy@SweetandSavoring May 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Yes. Sign me up for this decadent roasted berries! I might even have to come back for seconds it looks so good :)
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  4. Norma Chang May 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    I would love a big scoop of coconut ice cream with this.

  5. Debra June 1, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Gotta get me some coconut sugar (and flour).
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  6. Susan June 4, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    This is such a stunning dessert Susan, perfect for summer! I could take this with a big scoop of ice cream. Thanks for sharing my link too!
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  7. Maria June 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Yum! I love coconut :) This looks so good, berries are in season here in France, I wanna try it out soon!
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