Cherry Almond or Cherry Chocolate Walnut Blondies? | Rachel Begun, MS, RD

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(Disclosure:  I received free samples of fresh sweet cherries from Northwest Cherry Growers. I was not paid to write this post, develop these recipes, or promote cherries)

Life is like a bowl of cherries…

cherries

…especially when you receive a box of delicious, perfectly ripe, in-season cherries from the Northwest Cherry Growers.  Thank you!!

So, after several days eating them straight from the stem for my afternoon snack, I thought “what should I make with these sweet, red beauties?”

For some reason, cherry blondies overwhelmingly came to mind.

So, I have two recipe varieties to share with you that are both gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free.  And yes, both recipes are crazy delicious.

The question is…do you prefer cherry almond or cherry chocolate walnut blondies?!!!!

It’s a hard decision.  You may have to make both recipes to decide for yourself.

CherryAlmondBlondies

Cherry Almond Blondies

Cooking spray
1 1/4 cup almond flour*
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup almond oil
1/8-1/4 cup honey (depending on how sweet you want them)
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup pitted, quartered fresh cherries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl until well mixed.
  3. Whisk the eggs until lightly beaten.  Add the almond oil, honey and almond extract to the egg mixture and whisk until well combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a batter forms.  It will be a thick batter.
  5. Add in the quartered cherries and chopped almonds and stir until well mixed.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking pan and use your fingers to create a uniform thickness throughout.
  7. Bake in the oven until lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean from the center, approximately 20-22 minutes.
  8. Let cool before cutting.

Cherry Chocolate Walnut Blondies

Cooking spray
1 1/4 cup almond flour*
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup almond oil
1/8-1/4 cup honey (depending on how sweet you want them)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup pitted, quartered fresh cherries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 oz. dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (or dark chocolate chips)

  1. Follow directions from Cherry Almond Blondies recipe, replacing vanilla extract for almond extract, chopped walnuts for chopped almonds, and adding in the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.

* I used natural almond flour, because that’s what I had in the house.  Natural almond flour is flecked with the skin so is a dark brown.  Blanched almond flour, however, is a creamy white and will produce a lighter color for the baked end product.  Both produce a delicious end result.

 

What add-ins do you like with your cherry blondies?  Please share in the comment box below!

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6 Responses to Cherry Almond or Cherry Chocolate Walnut Blondies?

  1. Rosemary says:

    Rachel these recipes look great!
    I love cherries but always find them very expensive.
    But what I did find out the other day is – I never knew why they left the stalk on. Well it actually keeps them fresher for longer.

    • Rachel Begun says:

      Hi Rosemary-
      You can also purchase frozen! Frozen cherries are great for sauces, marinades, baked goods, smoothies and more, and they are considerably less expensive. The good thing about frozen cherries is that they are frozen at their peak of flavor and nutrition, so you aren’t compromising!
      Be well,
      Rachel

  2. Patrick Grant says:

    Great Article! Have you ever tried cherries with pecans?

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