How many of you love, love frozen cherries but aren’t quite sure what to do with them? Cherry season doesn’t last long enough for me. What’s a person to do when you can’t find any fresh cherries? Frozen dark sweet cherries are a great substitute! The best place to find a big frozen bag that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is WalMart! I usually buy 2, 2 lb bags at around $8 each. You are probably wondering what I do with all those cherries…Cherry smoothies are my super favorite! You can bake frozen cherries with a little spice, water and corn starch and wahlah you have a yummy hot cherry dessert. Eating cherries frozen is also a great low calorie, healthy snack.
Eating cherries not only are delicious but healthy for you too. They are power packed with antioxidants, they have anti-inflammatory components and they contain melatonin to help you sleep. They may help joint pain and could also improve belly fat loss. It’s worth a search on your favorite search engine to discover all the many wow factors that cherries can become in your diet!
Cherries are said to have a Glycemic Index of 20. Oatmeal also has a low Glycemic Index. According to the American Diabetes Association foods that have 55 or below is low, 56 to 69 is moderate and over 70 is high. The Glycemic Level is an indicator how foods affect your blood sugar levels. The lower the levels the better the body manages the blood sugar levels.
I’ve listed some health benefits of Cherries with websites of authority to verify information: (As always, consult your physician!)
- According to Mayo Clinic “cherries may be a safe alternative to help your gout”. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gout/basics/alternative-medicine/con-20019400
- Cleveland Clinic Clinic stated the “American college of sports medicine showed that cherries have some of the same benefits that pricey sports drinks and recovery supplements have without all the added sweeteners”. http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/DailyDose/archive/2015/06/26/Cherries-Super-Fruit.aspx
- “The Journal of Nutrition found that cherries helped to reduce the inflammatory symptoms of gout by inflammation in the body”. http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/DailyDose/archive/2015/06/26/Cherries-Super-Fruit.aspx
- “Cherries contain melatonin which is a hormone produced in the brain’s pineal gland that is associated with better sleep and perhaps even increased longevity and reduce weight gain”. http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/DailyDose/archive/2015/06/26/Cherries-Super-Fruit.aspx
I’ve concocted an easy to make dessert that has no added sugar and is Gluten Free! I used oat flour instead of regular flour and coconut oil instead of butter. The sweetness comes natural with the cherry itself. It can be a great breakfast treat or dessert after your favorite meal. It can also be a very low cal, low weight watcher’s points snack to tide you over until your next meal. Any way you chose, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this treat warm or cold with your favorite topping of cool whip or ice cream or maybe just plain.
11 Health Benefits of Cherries
Contains 2 Old Weight Watcher’s Points per 1/2 cup serving!
- Fruit Mix:
- 4 cups frozen cherries
- 3 T corn starch
- ¼ t. cinnamon
- pinch of Himalayan pink salt
- ¾ cup water
- Cobbler Mix:
- ½ cup oat flour
- ½ t. baking soda
- ½ t. baking powder
- 2 pinches of salt
- 2 T. coconut oil organic, cold
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup light coconut milk
- non-fat Cool Whip (Optional)
- 1 T. Old Fashioned Oatmeal (Optional)
- Put fruit mixture in 2 quart sauce pan and heat 5 minutes on low to medium heat. Spoon into oven dish.
- Wisk dry cobbler ingredients and cut in cold coconut oil with pastry cutter until there a small pea sized balls.
- Mix egg and ½ c. coconut milk. Add to dry mixture until a batter is formed. You may not need all of egg mixture. You don't want it to be too runny, just sticky doughy.
- Take teaspoon and dot fruit mixture with dough balls. Sprinkle with dry Old Fashioned Oatmeal.
- Bake 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes
- Enjoy your warm Cherry Cobbler! Add Cool Whip if desired.
- Makes 10, ½ cup servings.
- Calories 84
- Weight Watcher Points per serving 2