Chocolate-covered Cherry Macaroons – GF, CF, RSF, DF, Vegan, Raw

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The best of both worlds—raw macaroons and chocolate covered cherries!

I intended to do an anti-candida friendly version of Hail Merry’s raw chocolate macaroons. Then, as usual, things took a twist. The fresh cherry provides a tart juiciness that perfectly offsets the dense chewiness of the raw macaroon filling.

It’s got cherries, chocolate, chia seeds and coconut! Today’s recipe is brought to you by the letter “C”. 🙂

Originally I added dried cherries to bump up the flavor so that the (reduced) sweetness wouldn’t be missed. Then it occurred to me that I could add chia seeds for additional protein. After that it was a no-brainer to soak the chia seeds in unsweetened cherry juice. It was good but the cherry flavor was muted by the coconut chia mixture.

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Cherries coated in the macaroon mixture

I kept channeling my mom’s love of chocolate-covered cherries—the ones that have the overly sweet white stuff that gushes out when you take a bite. So I decided to skip the dried cherries and wrap the macaroon filling around a fresh pitted cherry.

I left the stems on. I think they look cute and it made it easier to coat in the chocolate.

Are cherries out of season?

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I pitted the cherries thru the side so that I could keep the stems on.

Frozen cherries would also work. I would wrap them in the macaroon filling while frozen. It’ll just be less messy.

You could also skip the cherry and have a just a macaroon filling. You’ll want to adjust the sweetness to compensate though.

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Chocolate-covered Cherry Macaroons - GF, CF, RSF, DF, EF
 
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Anti-candida diet friendly chocolate covered cherry macaroons
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Serves: 32
Ingredients
  • 1 lb fresh cherries, pitted
  • 80g (1 cup) shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 17g (1.5 tbsp) chia seeds
  • 2 tbsps unsweetened cherry juice
  • 1.5 tbsps coconut oil
  • 4 tbsps coconut sugar
  • stevia, to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground vanilla powder or extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 113g (4 oz) unsweet baking chocolate
Instructions
  1. Soak the chia seeds in the cherry juice for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the chia mixture, coconut, coconut oil, 2 tbsps coconut sugar, vanilla, and salt into a food processor and process until well mixed, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  3. Taste the macaroon mixture and add stevia for additional sweetness, if necessary.
  4. Take one tablespoon of macaroon mixture and press it around each pitted cherry.
  5. Chill in the freezer or fridge.
  6. Melt the baking chocolate over low heat and add 2 tbsps of coconut sugar. The chocolate coating will be ready once the sugar has dissolved.
  7. Dip and swirl each macaroon coated cherry in the chocolate and rest on a parchment covered baking sheet.
  8. Chill in the freezer or fridge. Store in an airtight container, in the fridge or freezer.

 

Bonus: Chocolate-covered Cherries

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Juicy chocolate covered cherries

I took the leftover chocolate and dipped pitted cherries in them sans macaroon filling. OMG. They’re even better than chocolate-dipped strawberries. I swear! Cherries are inherently juicier. Biting into a chocolate-covered cherry has all of the goodness of the boxed chocolate-covered cherries but without the nasty oozy sugar sludge inside.

Please keep these in the refrigerator. I don’t know how long they’ll stay fresh in there. Good luck keeping them longer than a day! I know I’ve found a reason to grab one each time I opened the fridge today. Thankfully they’re made of healthy in-season ingredients.

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52 Responses to Chocolate-covered Cherry Macaroons – GF, CF, RSF, DF, Vegan, Raw

  1. Rattlebridge Farm--Foodie Friday says:

    I love cherries. I love chocolate. Combine the two, and life is good!

  2. Sara says:

    Looks and sounds yummy! I can almost taste the cherries now…

  3. You are so right! Chocolate and cherries are a great combination. I love how you left the stem on. That would be a big help in dipping them. How did you get the pits out? Thanks so much for sharing this with all of our Let’s Get Real readers.

  4. Crystelle says:

    What a fabulous treat. I am so glad you post healthy eats…. And the coconut/chocolate/cherry combo sounds scrumptious! I will have to give it a try….. 🙂
    xo, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  5. Oooh that looks neat. Thank you for sharing. Hello from Simple Lives Thursday.

  6. otilia says:

    these look so good! pity the cherries here are already gone 🙁 maybe next year.
    thank you for linking up with #fridayfoodie x

  7. Claire says:

    I love cherries, i love chocolate, I love them together, yum yum 🙂

    Great recipe 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to the weekend blog hop 🙂

  8. Coombemill says:

    These look divine and so original!

  9. Combining chocolate, coconut, and cherry sounds like a dream come true. What a delicious recipe, Jillian!

  10. mummytries says:

    These look awesome! My girls would love them 🙂 #recipeoftheweek

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I love cherries and chocolate. So delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Marla says:

    Love this recipe. Yum. I must save one. Had always loved cherries and this is a great way to add extra protein and so healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop.

  13. masha says:

    Genius idea, I love it! And thank you for making it candida-unfriendly. 🙂

  14. BlueBearWood says:

    Oh my goodness they sound wonderful. We eat loads of cherries in this house but never do anything with them #recipeoftheweek

  15. They look absolutely delicious and what with using cherries – it makes them totally healthy and calorie free… that’s what I will be telling myself when I give this recipe a try!x

  16. Super dooper recipe!! Funny I came across it on #recipeoftheweek and you mention it being for anti candida. Since I am on a low sugar diet at the moment this is perfect! Thanks!

  17. Mmmm these look & sound utterly delicious! I love the idea of a sweet treat that isn’t so sweet.
    Thanks so much for sharing this over at Healthy Vegan Fridays – don’t forget to link up =)
    I have pinned this recipe on our Pinterest Board.

  18. Diane Balch says:

    Coconut cherries and chocolate sound like a great combination. Pinned thanks for bringing these by foodie friday.

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  20. Marla says:

    Hi Jillian,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features on this weeks Real Food Fridays Blog Hop. Thanks so much for sharing with Real Food Fridays.

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  22. These look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

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  24. These look fantastic! I’ll be featuring your recipe at Savoring Saturdays when it goes live at 7 pm on Friday. Congrats and I can’t wait to try these!

  25. CJ Huang says:

    I’m liking how you made these with fresh cherries. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us – you’re featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I’m looking forward to what you share this week. 🙂

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  30. Michelle says:

    Chocolate covered cherries are something I always look forward to. Your macaroon addition is a fun twist! I like the stems intact too…practical and looks good too!

  31. What a great idea – I’m not a big fan of cherries on their own but I’d happily chomp through these. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – sorry I’m a bit late over! Have Pinned this post and scheduled in a tweet. New linky just went live for this week 🙂 x

  32. G’day! These look healthy and delicious!
    Saw them via #TheSouthernSpecial party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  33. Chocolate, coconut, and cherries? I am hooked! I plan to make them soon!!

  34. These looks so amazing!! Chocolate covered cherries are my FAVORITE! I used to buy them in those boxes all the time, but these look way better and healthier. Yay! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from the creative exchange link party. 🙂

  35. WOW, these look amazing!! Cherries have been on sale like crazy recently, so now’s the time to make this recipe! Thank you for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!!

  36. Miz Helen says:

    Your Cherry Chocolate Macaroon will be a very special treat! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  38. Jenny says:

    We buy this at Christmas, but this year I will be trying your recipe! I would love for you to share a project on my Meet Up Monday Blog Party!

    http://jennymaire.blogspot.com/

  39. This might be the most interesting thing I have ever seen done with cherries. Cherry season is going on up here in MI. I might have to try this. Thanks for linking at The Yuck Stops Here to help #stoptheyuck. Hope to see you again this week.

  40. Lisa says:

    These look SO good! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I hope you can join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/08/try-new-recipe-tuesday-august-12.html

  41. Genie says:

    Oh my! Those look so good. Definitely wouldn’t have to worry about spoilage at my house.

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  44. They look great! I love that you added the chia seeds.

  45. Wonderful! I can’t wait to try this at the weekend, thanks for sharing x

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