15 Healthy Cherry Recipes for Summer

15 Healthy Cherry Recipes for Summer | healthynibblesandbits.com

Oh, yes. MORE cherries! I can’t get enough of them, and I know you’re not tired of cherries either. Most of the time, I devour cherries by the bowl. For instance, I learned yesterday that when I’m super nervous about my basketball team’s chances of closing out a must-win game, I will chow down on a HUGE bowl of cherries. Eating cherries gets rid of the heebie jeebies. Put that on a t-shirt.

There are so many fun and creative ways to incorporate fresh cherries into healthy recipes, though. That’s why I’ve rounded up some delicious cherry recipes from this blog and my talented food blogger friends. Cherries are in season NOW, so be sure to go get yourself a bag and try these delicious recipes!

A quick note: if you’re planning to cook these recipes with fresh cherries, I highly suggest investing in a good cherry pitter. I can’t stress enough how much time a cherry pitter will save in the kitchen. To pit cherries without a cherry pitter, check out my video tutorial.

Cherry Almond Smoothie

Cherry Almond Smoothie // Hungry Girl Por Vida

Start your summer days off right with this delicious cherry almond smoothie! Cindy uses frozen tart cherries for the smoothie, but you can definitely sub it for fresh ones, too. (Also, where does Cindy get those cute paper straws??! I have a serious obsession with many of her food props.)

Chocolate Covered Cherry Baked Oatmeal | Eats Well with Others

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Baked Oatmeal // Eats Well With Others

You know when there’s chocolate for breakfast, I’m there. This gluten-free beauty from Joanne is a great make-ahead breakfast and doubles up as a fantastic dessert. I don’t know about you, but I want to dig in right now.

Cherry Almond Dutch Baby

Bourbon-Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby // Floating Kitchen

I love the way Liz describes the Dutch baby: “It’s like a giant pancake, except without all the flipping. In fact, you can probably make this even if you’re still half asleep.” I’m ALWAYS half asleep in the mornings, which means I have no excuse but to make this delight for brunch this weekend.

Cherry Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins

Cherry Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins // Hip Foodie Mom

Those. Chocolate. Chunks. Alice knows the way to my heart. These muffins get a nutty boost from hazelnut meal, and I can’t wait to add the muffins to my breakfast rotation.

Barley Salad with Cherries

Barley Salad with Cherries // Recipe Runner

Cherries are the perfect way to add some sweet flavor to our savory dishes. I love how Danae pairs cherries with barley, almonds, and goat cheese. This salad is ideal for lunches on the go!

Cherry and Peashoot Kale Salad with Date Balsamic Vinaigrette | The Roasted Root

Cherry and Pea Shoot Kale Salad with Date Balsamic Vinaigrette // The Roasted Root

I’ve actually NEVER eaten raw pea shoots before. Stir fried pea shoots with garlic is a common dish in Chinese cuisine, which is what I grew up on. When I saw Julia’s pea shoot salad and date-sweetened vinaigrette, I was so intrigued. We all need to make it soon.

Super Summer Detox Salad

Super Summer Detox Salad // Well Plated by Erin

You all know I love colorful salads, and Erin has created a stunning one! This salad is a great way to reset after your foodie vacations this summer.

Cherry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce | Healthy NIbbles & Bits

Cherry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce // Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Finally, a barbecue sauce that is not loaded with sugar! It’s naturally sweetened with cherries and pear juice and is one of my favorite sauces!

Rainier Cherry Limeade Slushie | Cooking and Beer

Rainier Cherry Limeade Slushie // Cooking and Beer

When it comes to recipes, Rainier cherries sure do not get enough love. Justine has made a great refreshing beverage to help us cool off this summer! NOTE: This looks 10x better than what you get out of the slushie machines at 7-Eleven.

Cherry Vanilla Infused Bourbon | Floating Kitchen

Cherry-Vanilla Infused Bourbon // Floating Kitchen

For those of you who fancy a bit of cocktails, Liz’s infused bourbon is for you. I’m ready to action this with my huge bottle of Maker’s Mark because, well, I’m a bit of a lush. Cherries and bourbon are a match made in heaven. Am I right?

Healthy Chocolate Cherry Mug Cake | Fit Foodie Finds

Healthy Chocolate Cherry Mug Cake // Fit Foodie Finds

My obsession with cooking in a mug should come as no surprise to you all. I usually make savory meals in a mug now, but mug cakes is where it all started for me! I love Lee’s healthy chocolate cake, and the cherries are a fantastic touch!

Black Forest Mousse - decadent, rich, and creamy vegan delight that's ready with FIVE ingredients only! | healthynibblesandbits.com

Black Forest Mousse // Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Hands down, one of the best homemade mousses that has come out of the HNB kitchen. It’s incredibly easy to make AND it’s dairy free!

Cherry Pomegranate Limeade Popsicles | Chef Savvy

Cherry Pomegranate Limeade Popsicles // Chef Savvy

Just look at the beautiful color of these popsicles! I haven’t broken out my popsicle moulds in a year, and Kelley’s fruity delights remind me that I need to dust them off and put them to good use.

Boozy Roasted Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream | The Roasted Root

Boozy Roasted Cherry Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream // The Roasted Root

Yes, more booze and cherries. Are you starting to notice a trend in my taste? Julia’s vegan ice cream looks so creamy and seductive with perfectly bourbon-ed cherries (‘bourbed out cherries?) and huge chocolate chunks. Seriously, Julia should open an ice cream shop called Boozy Creams. Bad name? I’ll work on it.

Peach Cherry Blueberry Crumble - vegan + gluten-free! | https://healthynibblesandbits.com/

Peach Cherry & Blueberry Crumble // Healthy Nibbles & Bits

A delightful gluten-free and vegan dessert that features some of my favorite summer fruits! It’s best served warm with a huge scoop of ice cream. Trust me on this one.

That’s all for the round-up! Be sure to check out all of these delicious recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them!

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14 thoughts on “15 Healthy Cherry Recipes for Summer

  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    SO much yes! You know how I love my cherries. I want everything here. And stress eating cherries is at least way better than stress eating an entire box of cheez-its, which is what I would do. Thanks for the love!

  2. Robyn @ simply fresh dinners

    Beautiful round-up, Lisa, and I’m loving that detox salad! Your new blog look is fantastic and the theme I bought recently is quite similar. Now I just have to get the courage to do the transfer, lol. I think you’ve given me hope.
    Cherries are such a summer favourite and I can’t wait to start cooking with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Oh, I can’t wait to see the new look on your blog (when you’re ready, of course!). Cooking with cherries is a ton of fun! Definitely cook with them more often!

  3. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    Oh my goodness, this is such a fabulous round up, Lisa! I don’t know where to start.. maybe Liz’s Dutch Baby, this weekend. I’ve been drooling over it since she posted! Also eyen your cherry BBQ sauce (can’t get enough BBQ sauce :D). I’m heading to the farmers market on Saturday, hoping to score some cherries! Thank you for this, Lisa! Have a beautiful weekend!

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