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.
- 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
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.