Did anyone else get sucked into the one-day sale on cherries at Whole Foods last week? I mean–at $1.99/pound they were something like 75% off. And they had a team member dressed up like George Washington encouraging me to taste the sweet little things.
I bought too many cherries, I cannot tell a lie.
This is one of my happy accidents. The recipe started as a stab at an energy bite. I discovered quickly that dried cherries might work in that application, but the raw version is far too juicy. I mixed my planned ingredients together and landed on more of a syrup.
That’s when it occurred to me: “Veggie, you love flavored yogurt, but never buy it because of the added sugar. Here’s an opportunity to create all natural cherry yogurt.”
Instead of fruit on the bottom, make your own flavor and mix it in from the top. I’m enchanted. I may never eat plain Greek yogurt again.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Yogurt Mix-In
1/4 cup raw cashews
10 cherries, pitted.
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
stevia, to taste
*Add the cashews and dates to a food processor or high speed blender. Process to a fine meal.
*Add the cherries and protein powder, pulsing until well incorporated. You should have a dark brown syrup with a few cherry chunks.
*Add one tablespoon of the syrup to flavor a 6 oz container. Mix in stevia, if a sweeter yogurt is desired. One batch of the syrup will flavor 2 cups of yogurt.
What’s your favorite way to spice up plain yogurt? And what fruit or veggie have you bought far too much of lately?