Healthy Cherry Recipes

Find healthy, delicious cherry recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Anti-Inflammatory Cherry-Spinach Smoothie

Rating: 3.5 stars 5
This healthy smoothie is not only delicious--it also boosts your daily dose of anti-inflammatory foods. It starts with a base of creamy gut-friendly kefir and includes cherries, which can lower the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein. Heart-healthy fats in avocado, almond butter and chia seeds deliver additional anti-inflammatory compounds to the body, while spinach offers a mix of antioxidants that sweep up harmful free radicals. Fresh ginger adds zing, plus a compound called gingerol, which preliminary studies suggest may improve inflammatory markers of heart disease if consumed daily.
By Jamie Vespa MS RD

Wild Rice Stuffing with Apple & Sausage

Rating: 5 stars 1
This amazing wild-rice stuffing recipe is bursting with rustic fall flavors, including rye bread, sausage, apples, dried cherries, pecans and fresh herbs.
By Lia Huber

Cherry-Cocoa-Pistachio Energy Balls

Rating: 5 stars 1
Minced dried cherries and pistachios make these energy balls a salty-sweet snack to satisfy all your cravings. Almond butter and cocoa add substance and chocolaty appeal. Serve any time of day as a snack or dessert, or pack them for a hike.
By Katherine Martinelli

Cherry-Mocha Smoothie

Rating: 5 stars 2
For a fast-paced breakfast on the go, give your blender a whirl. Heart disease doesn't stand a chance thanks to the healthy fats from the almond butter and health-boosting phytonutrients in the cocoa powder and cherries in this tasty breakfast smoothie.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Slow-Cooker Edamame-Rice Bowl with Cherries & Pecans

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
With wild and brown rice, edamame, dried cherries and pecans, this dish boasts varied textures as well as an abundance of nutrients. Wild rice is rich in fiber and protein while brown rice is high in manganese, which helps the body digest fats. Cherries are packed with antioxidants, while pecans are loaded with healthy unsaturated fat.
By Cooking Light

Black Forest Cake Roll

This diabetes-friendly take on a classic black forest cake boasts a thick cream-cheese filling mixed with antioxidant-rich cherries and is drizzled in decadent hot fudge topping.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Honey-Almond Green Beans

Pork tenderloin just got even better with the addition of a crispy layer of bacon.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Tart Cherry Nice Cream

Rating: 3 stars 5
This easy vegan tart cherry nice cream—made from only a few simple ingredients—is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth and also deliver a boost of melatonin that may help you get a more restful night's sleep.
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By Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD

Everyone Loves This Fruitcake

Rating: 4 stars 1
Ah, the maligned fruitcake. Many store-bought varieties, stuffed with unrecognizable candied bits, deserve their bad reputation--but not these wonderful cakes, made with a generous serving of dried fruit and candied orange peel in a light batter. There's only one trick: buy the best-quality, moist dried and candied fruit you can afford.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Dried Cherries & Pecans

Rating: 5 stars 6
Dried cherries and nuts give this healthy sweet potato side dish recipe a traditional feel. The addition of some bacon for lushness and Aleppo pepper for a little bite really kicks things up.
By Marcus Samuelsson

Cherry-Almond Farro Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Tossed with a minty vinaigrette, this healthy farro and cherry salad recipe can be served as a light lunch or as a side dish along with grilled chicken, duck or pork. Look for farro--a high-fiber whole grain that is an ancestor of modern wheat--with other whole grains in well-stocked supermarkets and natural-foods stores.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Black Forest Tartlets

Perfect for holiday parties, these diabetic-friendly mini desserts are filled with a great-tasting blend of pudding and dried cherries.
By Diabetic Living Magazine
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Inspiration and Ideas

Cherry Sorbet
Try this cherry sorbet recipe with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream or some more chopped cherries on top.
Pork Fajitas with Smoky Cherry Salsa
This fajitas recipe with grilled pork tenderloin, onions and peppers gets a sweet-smoky flavor when topped with chipotle-infused cherry salsa.
Quick Cherry Sauce
Rating: 4.5 stars 3

Frozen pitted cherries make this luscious sauce a snap to make. Try substituting frozen raspberries if you prefer.