Cherry-Almond Ice Cream Sauce

Cherry-Almond Ice Cream Sauce

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

This homemade ice cream sauce is easy to make and will delight your taste buds. Tart cherries are cooked with amaretto and brown sugar until thickened and bubbly, and then further flavored with a touch of almond extract. It tastes so good you may never want to buy that store-bought chocolate sauce again!

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar or brown sugar substitute equivalent to 1 tablespoon brown sugar (see Tip)
  • ½ teaspoon ½ to 1 teaspoon cornstarch (see Tip)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened pitted tart red cherries
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto or water
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups low-fat or light Neapolitan, mocha almond fudge or fudge nut sundae ice cream


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  1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cornstarch; set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet or saucepan, heat butter over medium heat just until melted. Remove from heat. Add cherries, brown sugar mixture and amaretto. Return to heat. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Stir in almond extract. Cool about 20 minutes. Serve warm over ice cream.
  • Tips: If using a sugar substitute, we recommend Sweet'N Low® Brown or Sugar Twin® Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: same as below, except 178 cal., 28 g carb., 73 mg sodium, 9 percent calcium, 1 percent iron.
  • If using fresh cherries, use ½ teaspoon cornstarch; if using frozen cherries, use 1 teaspoon cornstarch.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup ice cream and about ¼ cup sauce
  • Per serving: 191 calories; 6 g fat(4 g sat); 1 g fiber; 31 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 18 mg cholesterol; 24 g sugars; 1,283 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 96 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 74 mg sodium; 140 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (26% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ other carbohydrate, 1 fat, ½ fruit

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