Warm cherries topped with luscious ricotta cheese and toasted almonds makes for a rich-tasting--yet calorie-conscious--treat.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2007


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat cherries in the microwave on High until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Top the cherries with ricotta and almonds.



Healthy Heart Variation:
To reduce saturated fat even further, use nonfat ricotta in place of the reduced-fat ricotta.
133 calories, 0 g saturated fat.

Nutrition Facts

154.6 calories; protein 6.2g 12% DV; carbohydrates 21.5g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3.3g 13% DV; sugars 15.2g; fat 6.1g 9% DV; saturated fat 1.8g 9% DV; cholesterol 9.6mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 193.1IU 4% DV; vitamin c 8.1mg 14% DV; folate 11.6mcg 3% DV; calcium 117.5mg 12% DV; iron 0.8mg 4% DV; magnesium 35.6mg 13% DV; potassium 344.6mg 10% DV; sodium 30.8mg 1% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV.

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Rating: 2 stars
Bland - My modifications I use equal amounts of sour cream ricotta and cream cheese and zest an orange into the mix. A drizzle of strong/reduced coffee on top with a few chocolate shavings made it pretty pretty good. Pros: quick easy to doctor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Add lemon juice to the cherries only cook them long enough in the microwave to defrost them and add a teaspoon of sugar. It then tastes like your eating cherries that have that burst of sweet tart flavor they have when fresh with a nice creamy counterpoint from the ricotta. Pros: can taste really good with a little bit of modifications Cons: needs to be modified Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Was kind of bland used cinnamon and a few other things to intensify the flavor and wasn't much better. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is a pass we were looking for a healthy desert and this was not it. Now we have no desert at all because it was so bad. Oh well...T&E forever! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I have done this before but I mixed in a little bit of protein powder. It isn't going to taste like a "real dessert" but it isn't bad. Plus the protein powder adds some needed flavor to the ricotta and some added protein to the whole dish. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I read the not so positive comments and decided to "doctor this up a little". I mixed the ricotta cheese with a tsp of vanilla and some splenda (a remembrance from the south beach diet). Also "marinated" the cherries in a couple of TBS of Amaretto. I didn't even microwave the (frozen) cherries but this would only make it better. I thought it was delicious! Of course adding a little Reddi whip improves it as well. Still relatively healthy Read More