Frozen Cherry Bon-bons
Dark cherries, yogurt, and dark chocolate are all nutritious foods that offer several health benefits when consumed as part of a balanced diet.
Antioxidant-rich: Dark cherries are packed with antioxidants, including anthocyanins and cyanidin, which help fight oxidative stress and reduce inflammation in the body.
Anti-inflammatory properties: The antioxidants in dark cherries have been shown to reduce inflammation and may help alleviate symptoms of conditions such as arthritis, gout, and exercise-induced muscle soreness.
The compounds in dark cherries, such as flavonoids and potassium, have been associated with reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes.
Dark cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep patterns. Consuming them or tart cherry juice may help improve sleep quality and duration.
Yogurt contains live cultures of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. These bacteria help maintain a healthy balance of gut microbiota, which is important for digestion, immune function, and overall gut health.
Yogurt is a good source of calcium, essential for strong bones and teeth. Some varieties are also fortified with vitamin D, which aids in calcium absorption.
Yogurt is a protein-rich food, which is important for muscle growth and repair and provides a feeling of satiety.
The probiotics in yogurt can enhance nutrient absorption in the gut, ensuring that your body effectively utilizes the vitamins and minerals from other foods.
Antioxidant content: Dark chocolate, particularly varieties with high cocoa content (70% or higher), is a rich source of antioxidants, including flavonoids and polyphenols, which can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
The flavonoids in dark chocolate have been associated with several cardiovascular benefits, such as improving blood flow, reducing blood pressure, and lowering the risk of heart disease.
Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, known as “feel-good” hormones, which can promote a sense of well-being and improve mood.
The flavonoids in dark chocolate may have positive effects on brain health, including enhanced cognitive function, increased blood flow to the brain, and a potential protective effect against age-related cognitive decline.
When combined, the health benefits of dark cherries, yogurt, and dark chocolate create a synergistic effect, contributing to overall well-being.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 1
- Total Time: 11 minutes
- Yield: 6-8 1x
2 cups frozen cherries
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
One tablespoon honey (optional)
Place the frozen cherries in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop the cherries into smaller pieces, or leave them in chunks if you prefer a more textured dessert.
Add the Greek yogurt to the cherries. Blend until smooth and well combined. If you prefer a sweeter dessert, add honey to taste and blend again.
Pour the cherry and yogurt mixture into a shallow dish or individual serving cups. Smooth the surface with a spoon or spatula.
Place the dish or cups in the freezer for at least 2 hours, or until the mixture is firm.
In the meantime, prepare the dark chocolate drizzle. Melt the dark chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between intervals until smooth and melted.
Once the cherry and yogurt mixture is firm, remove from the freezer. Drizzle the melted dark chocolate over the frozen dessert.
Serve immediately and enjoy the delightful combination of frozen cherries, creamy Greek yogurt, and decadent dark chocolate!