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At 77 calories  per one cup, this is a low calorie snack with a lot of healthy punch. Cherries are also lower in carbohydrate at 19 grams per cup. We are  in cherry season in the West and Northwest. Rich in beta carotene, anthocyanins ( good for skin) and quercetin for fighting cancer, cherries are a wonderful addition to pies, tarts or a clafouti, which is a French baked dessert and easy to make. Also considered a insulin conserver, cherries also fight diabetes by using their anthocyanins to control blood sugar by pumping up insulin in the pancreatic beta cells, where insulin is formed. Not bad a for a great tasting fruit.

Cherry Apricot Clafouti

  • 2 cups cherries pitted
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of almond flour ( ground almonds)
  • 1/4 cup sugar, coconut sugar or Splenda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1  1/2 cup whole milk or 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1 /2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 apricots pitted and quartered (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Beat the eggs and milk together with the extract and 1/2 and 1/2. Add the sugar, almond meal and flour and mix together until well combined. Place the cherries at the bottom of the buttered tart pan or square baking dish. Pour the batter over the fruit and place the quartered apricots over the batter. Bake until puffed and golden, for 45 minutes.