Growing up, my great grandmother Ollie Copeland loved to indulge in a box of cherry cordials. I remember that I loved them, too, perhaps because she did. It has been years since I’ve bitten into the sugary, gooey center of a cherry cordial, but thinking about my great grandmother this summer I started to miss them. That’s why I wanted to recreate a healthy version of her favorite treat for this month’s Healthy Treats section: sweet chocolate covered cherries that are vegan, gluten-free and sugar free.
Cherry season in the United States range from April to August, so this month is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of this delicious fruit. Cherries are not only sweet, but they’re packed with antioxidants and act as an anti-inflammatory. It’s also a natural source of melatonin known for calming nerves and helping us sleep. Scroll down for the recipe and instructions below. I hope you have a beautiful — and sweet — August! • Jennifer Little
Chocolate Covered Cherries
12 Rainier cherries
1 bar of 88% chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 sheet parchment paper
Gather together a bowl of fresh cherries from your local market or if your area has a cherry picking farm, head out on a cherry picking adventure. I used Rainier cherries for their sweet flavor, but any variety will be delicious.
Over a double boiler, add the chopped chocolate bar and coconut oil and stir until melted. Remove from heat and let the fun begin!
If you have children, dipping the cherries in the chocolate is a great way for them to help in the kitchen. Let them cover the cherries with as much chocolate as they like and place them on a sheet of parchment paper. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden for up to an hour. For an extra garnish, you can dust the cherries with cocoa. Once the chocolate has cooled, enjoy your treat!
Written, photographed and styled by Sweden With Love regular contributor Jennifer Little of Sugar Photography ©2014. You can follow Jennifer on Twitter at @jenniferlittle and Instagram @jenniferlittle.
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