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.)
Recipe courtesy of The Cherry Marketing Institute. choosecherries.com
Yield: 8 cups
• 2 cups dried tart cherries
• 4 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
• 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
• 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.
Tart Cherry Pie Snack Balls
Recipe courtesy of Anne Mauney, FannetasticFood.com
• 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.