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Tasty Dried Cherry Recipes

cherry granola 3 (1280x854)Teresa Bergen, RFT’s Vegan/Vegetarian Editor, recently traveled to Door County, Wisconsin, where she fell in love with the state’s tart cherries. (Read Teresa’s story “Door County, WI: Cherries Galore.”) She also brought back plenty of dried cherries and these delicious and easy-to-make cherry recipes. (You can buy dried cherries in the bulk section of most grocery stores.)


Cherry Granola

Recipe courtesy of The Cherry Marketing Institute.

Yield: 8 cups

• 2 cups dried tart cherries

• 4 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked

• 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

This recipe for cherry granola is chewy and delicious.

This recipe for cherry granola is chewy and delicious.

• 1/2 cup sunflower kernels

• 3/4 cup honey

• 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine oats, pecans, and sunflower kernels in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine honey, melted butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over oat mixture, and stir until all ingredients are well-coated. Spread mixture on 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring mixture every 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Stir in tart cherries. Cool mixture completely.

Store tightly covered at room temperature up to 1 week.


You can shape these cherry pie 'balls' anyway you'd like.
You can shape these cherry pie ‘balls’ anyway you’d like.

Tart Cherry Pie Snack Balls

Recipe courtesy of Anne Mauney,

• 1 1/2 cup dried tart cherries

• 1 cup dry roasted, salted almonds

• 1 cup walnuts

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

• 1 tablespoon water

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process about 1 minute, or until ingredients are in small, relatively uniform crumbles.
Form mixture into balls or bars.

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Teresa Bergen, RFT Vegan/Vegetarian Editor

Teresa Bergen, a freelance journalist who lives in Portland, Oregon, has been a vegetarian for more than 30 years. Her travel articles have appeared in India Currents, Yogi Times, The Circumference, and the Catholic Travel Guide. She’s the author of Vegetarian Asia Travel Guide. In addition to being a vegetarian and a journalist, Teresa is a yoga and group exercise instructor and personal trainer. She's also's Vegan/Vegetarian Editor.