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Chilled Cherry Dessert

Prep: 20 minutes plus chilling
Serves: 4

4 cups pitted fresh sweet cherries
1 cup vanilla yogurt plus additional for garnish
1/2 cup white grape juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 pinch cinnamon
1 splash Triple Sec or Grand Marnier liqueur (optional)
Toasted slivered almonds (optional)

1.In blender or bowl of food processor with knife blade attached, purée cherries 5 to 10 seconds or until cherries are coarsely chopped. Scrape down bowl, and add yogurt, juice, honey, cinnamon and liqueur, if desired. Purée 5 to 10 seconds or just until combined (mixture will be slightly chunky).

2.Transfer mixture to large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving.

3.To serve, pour into glasses or bowls. Garnish each with yogurt and almond slivers, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 

173 Calories, 3g Fat (1g Saturated),
8mg Cholesterol, 31mg Sodium,
35g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 4g Protein

Dietitian’s tips:

For a dairy-free treat, replace the yogurt with 1 banana. It gives the same thick, creamy texture! Adding a banana provides a great source of vitamin C and is another way to get in two fruit servings!


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