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Warm Summer Fruit Salad + Video

If my 15 year younger self would see me know. I am sitting here writing a text that praises a warm fruit salad. Young David would have told me that I was an idiot: “Why heat fruit when you can have it cold?!” You see, young David wasn’t very fond of warm fruit. At all. Back then, I could binge eat bowls of fresh fruit, but cook or bake it and I wouldn’t touch it. Even apple pie, the one dish that every normal person loves, made my stomach turn upside down. I sometimes allowed myself to eat the part of the crust that hadn’t been touched by the fruit, but my tongue cringed from the bare thought of warm apple in my mouth.

And now I’m all of a sudden ridiculously excited about this fruit salad that has taken a quick tour through a hot oven. What happened? I would love to say that this recipe was the game changer. But truth be told, I think I just slowly learned to appreciate warm fruit, recipe by recipe.

Apart from the fact that I used to hate warm fruit and now swear by this dessert. Apart from the fact that this recipe is dead-simple and can be prepared in no-time. And apart from the fact that it includes some of the best bounty of the season and you will get all these summer-bonanza-feelings just by preparing it. Yes, apart from all that, this fruit salad is also covered in grated dark chocolate (that melts!), coconut flakes and salted almonds (that pairs oh so well with dark chocolate). Young David might not approve, but old David thinks this is pretty darn good and would like you all to give it a try.

If you are still not convinced, we created this video for our youtube channel as a final selling point: 


The original Swedish version of this dessert is called Gino. It’s baked strawberries, kiwis and bananas with white chocolate on top. Our version is quite different, but the choice of fruit and measurements are really just suggestions here, add or subtract fruit to your liking. Peaches or pineapple would also be good baked. Or raspberries. We have used fruit in season, but baking fruit is also a great way to increase the flavours during the winter season.

Luise and I haven’t entirely agreed on the baking time. Personally I think the fruit only should be heated quickly, so it’s still quite firm. Just 5-6 minutes or enough time for the chocolate to melt. Luise however prefers the fruit to be more baked and a bit softer so the juices and flavours come together more. That’s about 10-12 minutes. But we’ll leave that decision to you (in the photos and video it’s baked after Luise’s preference).


Warm Summer Fruit Salad with Dark Chocolate & Salted Almonds
Serves 4

1 cup almonds + 1 tbsp boiled water mixed with 1 tsp salt (or store-bought salted almonds)
3 kiwi fruits
3 apricots
2 bananas, peel
10 strawberries
10 cherries, pitted
2 plums, remove stones
1 lime, juice
1 oz / 30 g dark chocolate (70% or darker)
1/3 cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F.
Prepare the almonds by placing them in a mixing bowl, pour the hot salted water over the almonds and combine until all almonds are covered. Place the almonds in a baking tray and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden and crunchy. Set aside.
Prepare the fruit by cutting them into bitesize pieces. Place the fruit in a baking dish and add the lime juice, toss to mix.
Chop the almonds and sprinkle over the fruit salad. Grate the chocolate until it covers the fruit. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and place the dish in the oven.
Bake for 5-10 minutes, until the chocolate has melted and the fruit is warm and juicy (not mushy).
Serve in bowls with a dollop thick plain yogurt or ice cream.



  1. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 19:27 | #

    Oh wow this looks absolutely lovely! Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 19:34 | #

    What a wonderful dish! I’m in between two minds about baked fruit but I’m sure this would make me a lover!

  3. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 20:00 | #

    Åh underbart! Tack för påminnelsen om det här. Brukar själv ösa på med vit choklad för det mesta. Går ju dessutom att variera frukt och bär efter säsong.

  4. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 20:03 | #

    I’ve never actually heard of a warm fruit salad before but it sounds really good. But now I think about it, baked fruit is really tasty. I think it would be really good with ice-cream!

    The Runaway Journal

  5. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 20:11 | #

    A moment of silence: I think you just might have created the most delicious recipe on earth.

  6. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 20:17 | #

    This sounds like an absolute dream!? I will totally put this up on this summers dessert-list! Thanks for a great blog!!

  7. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 20:19 | #

    You make the simplest things looks so breathtakingly beautiful and scrumptious. The perfect summer dessert!

  8. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 20:24 | #

    This sounds wonderful. I’m not a fan of crumble as I normally just eat the warm fruit and leave the crumble top so this sounds perfect! Thank you for sharing the recipe! H x

  9. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 20:56 | #

    This was a gorgeous video–fruit platters are so good I could eat one all to myself!

  10. Kate
    Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 21:18 | #

    This looks beautiful. For those of us who are still in the cold, dark winter and strawberries are a distant memory… Is there a winter fruit combination that you would suggest? Thank you

  11. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 21:58 | #

    Wow, this looks so good! In autumn, I love hot apple or plum crumble that’s served hot right out of the oven but never thought about making this in summer. You’ve just inspired me to try! Thank you!

  12. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 22:40 | #

    omg love this!! so many summer vibes <3


  13. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 23:24 | #

    This looks so comforting without all the added rubbish usually associated with hot fruit! What a great idea!

  14. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 00:24 | #

    So much colour! This fruit salad sounds lovely!

  15. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 05:51 | #

    How interesting!! I am definitely going to make this for the hubby. He loves baked fruit dishes!

  16. Brittany
    Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 08:03 | #

    Warm the fruit! Yes! It is winter here and I want fruit. Thank you! This recipe is so wonderful and the video so playful and bright.

  17. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 08:54 | #

    While making my fruit salad this morning I all of a sudden had to think about this post. So right now it’s in the oven… :-) And already the scent is wonderful!

  18. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 09:38 | #

    This looks amazing! x

  19. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 10:12 | #

    Only you guys could make something magnificent and original out of simply baking fruit. I’m a fruit cobbler fan so I think I’ll have to side with Luise on this one and bake the fruit the longer amount of time. ;-) Especially since there’s plenty of crunchy toppings.

  20. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 10:32 | #

    wow! Gino is always yummy!

  21. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 12:28 | #

    This looks completely divine and I love the video!

  22. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 13:19 | #

    Hola a ustedes, que bella familia tienen Dios les bendiga mucho.
    Me siento muy contenta de que allan hecho este post, porque en casa hago ensaladas de frutas todo el tiempo.
    Lo unico que nunca la habia horneado, aqui donde vivimos hace mucho mucho calor y mi esposo y mi bebe preferimos las frutas frias para refrescarnos.
    Pero esto es una excelente alternativa a los dulces y a satisfacer el diente dulce.


  23. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 15:21 | #

    Fantastic recipe! Baked fruit is really tasty, and our fruit trees went crazy this year and produced more fruit than we can handle. I’ll surely be making this! Thanks for the lovely idea and video :)

  24. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 15:28 | #

    Love the video! I’ll be trying out this recipe soon, it looks delicious and easy to make, thank you! :-)

  25. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 16:18 | #

    It’s like a crumbless crumble :D

  26. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 17:01 | #

    This looks amazing! Cannot wait to try it. Thanks for sharing :)


  27. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 17:58 | #

    Wow this looks amazing. I wonder if it would be good with a little rhubarb thrown in there :)

  28. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 18:28 | #

    This looks so darn amazing! I think it’s smart to warm up fruit a tad and serve with yogurt. It dresses up the beloved summer fruits and makes it even more special. What a beautiful dish. I can’t wait to try this one out!

  29. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 20:30 | #

    What a great idea to have a warm fruit salad! I totally love warm fruits, and my favorite breakfast is always oatmeal with warm apples and cinnamon. I will definitely try this tomorrow as beakfast, in stead of my oatmeal :)

  30. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 21:46 | #

    Drooling over the keyboard here… =D

  31. Bonnie Sanders
    Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 21:57 | #

    Wow! This looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  32. Posted 15 Jun ’15 at 23:16 | #

    Oh wow – I love how simple this is! And the video to go along with it is just too perfect!

  33. Posted 16 Jun ’15 at 01:21 | #

    This looks amazing! I now have an idea of what to do with all the mangoes that are in season here!

  34. Posted 16 Jun ’15 at 03:05 | #

    So beautiful! Definitely giving this a try!

  35. Posted 16 Jun ’15 at 15:25 | #

    I bought far too many (well, this is relative) strawberries yesterday and after filling my freezer until it was about to explode I just made both your recent fruit leather and the crumble from your app.

    I also would have never thought how ridiculously amazing how strawberries would taste with the date crumble on top. Especially right from the oven ❤

  36. Valeria Pestana
    Posted 16 Jun ’15 at 16:09 | #

    Reading this I’m realising it was nearly five years ago David confessed on the blog, in a crabapple crumble post filled with plenty of baby Elsa photos, that he couldn’t stand apple pie (or baked apples in general). I was in disbelief, especially because I’m was all the contrary (I couldn’t stand cold raw apples and would only have them warm and baked). These past five years seem to have vanished so quickly, however, plenty has happened along the way, for example David appreciating baked fruit, me learning to enjoy raw fruit and finally graduating, amongst other great things (your books, apps, workshops, etc) and hopefully many more to come. This post has put a few things in perspective for me on how many wonderful events can take place while time is passing by so quickly without us even realising it. Hope the next five years are filled with yet more pleasant surprises.

  37. Posted 16 Jun ’15 at 19:39 | #

    This is so interesting! I’ve had stewed fruit before, which I really liked, but I’ve never heard of a warm fruit salad. This looks delicious!
    xx Lane

  38. Posted 16 Jun ’15 at 21:03 | #

    We’ve never heard of Gino before but it looks so delicious! We have to try it very soon :-)

    x Camilla

  39. Posted 16 Jun ’15 at 22:15 | #

    10 years ago I have made a recipe like this very often, but I have forgotten about it, until now. Thank you! I have never tried it with chocolate.

  40. Posted 16 Jun ’15 at 23:03 | #

    Such a healthy version of fruit crumble, and with chocolate, too, what’s not to love?

  41. Posted 17 Jun ’15 at 03:56 | #

    I just found your blog and I am in love. This fruit salad looks divine. I love the video you created it is a nice break from the usual photos most every other food blogger (me included) uses. I am making this tomorrow. Thank you!

  42. Posted 17 Jun ’15 at 19:33 | #

    I thought this recipe was great! I enjoyed this. It had wonderful flavor and texture…a real comfort food! It got great reviews at a family gathering.

  43. Gabriele
    Posted 17 Jun ’15 at 20:47 | #

    The best (warm) fruit salad ever! We had it today the first time, and I think it will become one of our “basics” (dishes that are served at least once a week, my husband suggested we could eat it more often …).

  44. Posted 18 Jun ’15 at 00:34 | #

    I hope to be able to make videos like you guys one day! Just beautiful. Loved the music too! <3

  45. Posted 19 Jun ’15 at 00:25 | #

    This is hands down the most beautiful salad I’ve ever seen! Such a beautiful explosion of colors. Bet it tastes as good as it looks!


  46. Posted 20 Jun ’15 at 12:43 | #

    This looks so delicious! Thank you for Sharing

  47. Candice
    Posted 21 Jun ’15 at 11:03 | #

    I made this for friends last week and we all loved it, so delicious! It’s winter here in Australia, so I used lots of pears and apples instead and it was a lovely winter dessert. Thank you!

  48. Posted 24 Jun ’15 at 01:12 | #

    Okay, you convinced me with your beautiful photos, I will try tonight. Happy Feasting on warm fruit!

  49. Posted 1 Jul ’15 at 12:31 | #

    This looks amazing.Cooked fruit is the best.Lovely video!

  50. Posted 5 Jul ’15 at 11:38 | #

    I made this recipe the other day and oh my god, it was so delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

  51. Posted 2 Aug ’15 at 01:00 | #

    Thanks for this beautiful simple recipe, what more could you want? I look forward so much to trying it!

  52. Posted 3 Sep ’15 at 19:48 | #

    My last comment on this was on June 17th. Since then we had this warm fruit salad every week! At least once a week ?? … We called it “Swedish National Dessert”. – All the best, Gabriele.

  53. Dana
    Posted 30 Oct ’15 at 05:49 | #

    This recipe looks scrumptious! I have to say the only warm fruit I’ve had so far has been in apple pies, but I have a feeling I’ll fall in love after trying this!

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