We love baking ride goodies to fuel us for our cycling adventures, and we also love making recovery creations for the post-ride fill-up too. This spring, we’ve fallen in love with the highly underestimated fruit: cherries.
Having teamed up with the cherry experts, USA Montmorency Tart Cherries, we’ve learnt that not only do they taste good, there’s a wealth of nutritional and body benefits to be gained by introducing these little red orbs into your diet.
With the expert’s help, we’ve been busy whipping up a storm in the kitchen with a number of delicious cherry recipes to boost your pedal power, and soothe your aching muscles whilst remaining healthy, and easy to make. The video recipe series will cover:
- Montmorency Tart Cherry Matcha Smoothie (watch here)
- Double chocolate cherry cookies
- Tart Cherry power gummies (watch here)
- Tart Cherry Smoothie Bowl
- Basil cherry cucumber quinoa salad picnic jar
Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies: You'll need
- 1 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, whole-spelt flour or white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup refined coconut oil
- 11/4 cups unrefined sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) and line a tray with baking paper.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the coconut oil.
To the melted coconut oil, add the sugar, honey, vanilla and eggs and stir until well combined. Let sit for 5 minutes to let the sugar dissolve
Add the dry mix to the wet and stir until well combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips and dried Montmorency tart cherries.
Roll into 24, 1 1/4 -inch balls (or whatever size you fancy) and place them a couple of inches apart on the prepared baking tray. Lightly press the balls down with the palm of your hand.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until the cookies appear set in the middle. Do not over bake!
Let the cookies cool for two minutes on the baking sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
If that wasn’t easy enough, check out the short video below of us making our own in the TWC kitchen.
For further information about the health benefits of cherries, and for inspiration on how you can introduce them into your diet, head over the CMI website here.