Did you know that it’s Cherry season? Yup – Northwest grown sweet cherries are usually available for 6 to 8 weeks spreading from June to August! So get some while you can! I was lucky to have been reached out to check out some cherries from Northwest Cherries. I love me some fresh in season fruit and veggies so I was all in. Besides eating them fresh, I also thought- these cherries would be so delish with some chocolate! Hence, this Paleo Cherry Brownies recipe was born.
First things first, when I got these cherries, I can already tell they were going to be so yum in my mouth. Though I love eating fruits in season, I should mention, I’m not big on eating fruit in general. Nothing against fruit itself, but because I don’t snack often, and fruit is normally a snack. However, wen I saw these cherries, I literally couldn’t wait to try one.
When I did – YUM! They were so fresh, sweet and juicy! Did you know that due to the growing conditions in the Northwest, their sweet cherries, on average has a higher fruit sugar content than cherries grown in other places? This is because of the extended hang time on the trees – where the fruit accumulates sugar. This is why these cherries are both great for straight up eating, and also perfect for baking!
By the way – cherries are super healthy for you! They are full of antioxidants, protect against diabetes (as they rank lower than many fruits on the glycemic index), promote healthy sleep (as they contain melatonin), provide arthritis relief, curb cholesterol and more!
OKAY – enough talk. It’s time to make some Paleo Cherry Brownies!
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped, pitted cherries
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9 x 9 baking pan. Combine cocoa powder, coconut flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Then, add in your liquids – melted coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla. Fold in the cherries and then the chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared baking pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when you poke at it. Let it cool completely before cutting into squares.
Note: I received cherries in exchange for this review. However, all opinions are my own!