Cherry Ripe Bites
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5 from 12 votes

Homemade Cherry Ripe Bites with No Added Sugar

While homemade dry-roasted strawberry dust is used in this recipe, you can just as well substitute it store-bought powder or with equal amount of dried goji berries. You will need latex gloves to pit the cherries and a silicone ice cube tray to make these cherry ripe bites. Otherwise shape into a block and cut into bars or bites.
Servings: 18

Ingredients

  • 250 g fresh cherries
  • 2 tbsp dry-roasted strawberry powder* OR 2tbsp goji berries
  • 3/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 140 g dark chocolate melted

Instructions

To make the Dry-Roasted Strawberry Powder:

  • Preheat oven to 110C (90C fan-forced, 225F, gas mark 1/4).
  • Wash strawberries are remove stems.
  • Slice strawberries into 4mm thick slices and spread on a paper-lined baking tray.
  • Roast for 2-3 hours, until strawberries have dried out.
  • When dry, grind to a powder in a coffee grinder or blender.

To roast the Cherries:

  • Preheat oven to 160C (140C fan-forced, 325F, gas mark 3).
  • Cut cherries in half and remove pit.
  • Spread cherries, cut side up, on a paper-lined baking tray and roast for 20 minutes.

To make the Homemade Cherry Ripe Bites:

  • Place roasted cherries and strawberry powder in a 2 cup capacity jug. Blend using your stick blender until smooth.
  • Add dessicated coconut and melted coconut oil. Mix to combine.
  • Fill a silicone ice cube tray with the cherry berry mixture and place in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
  • Once set, remove from the mould.
  • Melt dark chocolate in a small bowl (in the microwave is fine, heating for 20 seconds at a time then mixing).
  • Dip cherry ripe bites in melted dark chocolate. Set aside on baking paper for the chocolate to set.

To store:

  • Keep Cherry Ripe Bites in an airtight container in a cool, dry place or in the fridge for upto 1 week.

Notes

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