CHERRY BERRY BLITZ RECIPE
It’s been a while since I’ve written about any recipe experimentation in the kitchen, so it’s about time I hop to it. My June newsletter really has my juices flowing about cherries, so I’ve got a fun one for you this week.
Besides being so tasty, cherries provide an abundance of nutrients and health benefits that are particularly helpful for those dealing with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, diabetes, and other inflammatory conditions. You can read a bit more about them in my June issue of Sue’s News.
For my newsletter, I did some online digging for fresh cherry recipes (I’ll suffer in the name of research, right?) and came up with several juicy options. I’ve put together the best ingredients from many of them to compile my own unique blend of favorite summertime ingredients. I happen to love the flavor blend of blueberries and cherries together.
This gorgeous — and healthy! — dessert is sure to impress guests at your next summertime picnic.
Before you get too worried, though, don’t fret about the details. Use whatever ingredients you have on hand and put in what you like – omit what you don’t. And, if it’s too dry, add a bit more of the wet ingredients. If it’s too wet, add a bit more dry… don’t make it complicated!
Here’s my recipe — Cherry Berry Blitz!
For the Crumble/Crisp Topping:
Nuts – (About 2 cups total – preferably a blend of walnuts and almonds)
Dry Oats (About 1 cup total – preferably gluten free)
Coconut (About 1 cup total – flaked, unsweetened)
Dates (To taste, depending on sweetness desired – or grade B maple syrup, raw honey, or coconut crystals)
Cinnamon – (About ¼ tsp)
Pinch of Sea Salt
For the Berry Filling:
Cherries (About 2 cups, fresh, pitted)
Blueberries (About 1 cup, fresh)
Cinnamon (About 1 tsp)
Lemon juice (About 1 TBSP, if desired)
Dates (Or other sweetener to taste if desired)
Pinch of Sea Salt
Mix dry ingredients together in a blender, food processor, or by mixing and chopping by hand. May spread the crumble mixture on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and roast in a low temp oven if desired — but, not necessary.
Mix the berry filling ingredients together and taste for sweetness.
In a serving dish, layer the filling, and the crumble on top. Chill before serving or serve warm if the crumble mixture is roasted and still warm.
Variations: serve in individual parfait glasses layering the crumble and filling mixtures. May also wish to add coconut or almond yogurt to the layers.
Do you have any favorite ways to enjoy fresh summer cherries? Do TELL!