White chocolate cherry cups are a delicious, greedy, healthy summer treat, rich in freshness and nourishment.
When the cherries are in season, I love to prepare this quick and easy snack, also ideal for serving as a dessert. Great with other fresh seasonal fruits (better if organic), I think the combination with cherries, yoghurt and white chocolate sauce is simply perfect.
White chocolate can be replaced with fresh cream for an even softer texture; dessert wine can be omitted or replaced with sour cherry syrup; almonds can be replaced with pistachios or cashews.
Cherries are fruits rich in beneficial properties such as vitamin C (excellent antioxidant); Magnesium (essential for the well-being of the nervous system), potassium and copper. They are also rich in levulose, a low glycemic index sugar. Cherries contain malic acid, a substance that stimulates liver activity.
Cherries, like all fruits and vegetables, should be consumed when in season to enjoy the benefits. Once purchased they should be eaten within a few days and kept in a cool, dry place.
For a perfect dessert, cherries are better not too ripe but crispy at the right point.
White chocolate cherry cups: ingredients
300 g (11 oz) rice (or soy) yogurt
1 tbsp Marsala or other dessert wine
1 tsp organic vanilla “Bourbon” powder
150 g (5 oz) white vanilla vegan chocolate, gluten free
3 tbsp almonds flakes
A handful of cherries
White chocolate cherry cups: Method
- Mix the yogurt with Marsala and vanilla. Melt the white chocolate in the bain-marie. Chill and add to yogurt. Blend in order to get a smooth cream.
- Wash the cherries and remove the kernel.
- In glass cups, place the cherries and cover with the cream. Decorate with almonds flakes. Cool 30 minutes in the fridge before serving.