Cherries are most economic in April/May, and I hoard up on them. More than I can eat anyway.
Sometimes too many!
While they are refreshing and fun for that late afternoon snack, there are many cherry recipes I love to try when this happens…
Cherry and Avacado Salad
Mini Cherry Crumbles
Cherry and Cardamon Cake
Healthy Whole Wheat Cherry and Chocolate Muffins
Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Coffee Popsicle
Cherry Swirl, Dark Chocolate and Cherry Bits
Refreshing and Homemade Cherry Lemonade
Recently, I came across this blog: Wit and Vinegar and quite propitiously Popsicle Week just came to an end with varied Popsicle recipes.
Here is one of my favorite I’ve tried so far. As always, I adapted using ingredients in my pantry.
3/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup pitted cherries
6 tbsp unsweetened coffee
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
a dash of salt
2 squares of dark chocolate cut to bits
Process coconut milk, unsweetened coffee, vanilla extract, maple syrup and salt in a food processor. Transfer to a freezer safe dish. Add dark chocolate bits and cherry bits. Freeze for 45 minutes to an hour.
Once the mixture is thickened, scoop and transfer to Popsicle molds. Freeze for 3-4 hours to allow the molds to set. When ready to eat or serve, dip molds in hot water for a few seconds to allow the popsicle to slide out.
Enjoy on a ridiculously hot, and humid day!
I love Cherries.
Lately I have comes across many recipes for ice cream. And this one was no different. This recipe started out one way, and ended up differently as I started to improvise.
1 cup cherries, pitted, and another handful
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp honey or Maple syrup
1-2 dark chocolate squares cut into bits
Blend half cup Greek yogurt, cherries and vanilla extract. Transfer a bowl that is freezer safe.
In a separate bowl mix the remaining Greek yogurt and honey, and toppings of cherry and chocloate bits. Layer on top of the bowl. Using a butter knife to gently swirl the mixture.
Freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
My first attempt used only 1 tbsp Maple syrup as prescribed in the original recipe and I found that wanting. So I repaired the recipe by adding more maple syrup and adding the toppings. The final product was more to my liking.
Eat stand alone, with a slice of cherry cake or I even experimented making a sandwich with two digestive biscuits. Refreshing in this hot, humid weather!