Sweet cherries get a flavorful topping made from dates, almonds, and nutritious chia seeds. This is a superb fresh dessert, yet it is healthy enough to serve for snacks.
- 2 pounds (about 8 cups) cherries pitted and quartered
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons orange juice divided
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 3/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Toss cherries with 2 tablespoons of the orange juice and vanilla. Spoon into an 8-inch-square dish and smooth the top.
In a food processor, combine dates, almonds, chia seeds, and cinnamon and process until coarsely ground. Pour in remaining 1 tablespoon orange juice and pulse until combined.
Spoon chia mixture evenly over the top of cherries and serve, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.
Per serving: 220 calories (70 from fat), 7g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 38g carbohydrates (8g dietary fiber, 27g sugar), 5g protein.
Be sure to check out the recipe video on YouTube for more useful tips on the recipe!
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