What is the best part of summer? Answer: Everything. But more specifically- the sweet, tantalizing, seasonal fruit. Why WOULDN’T you imbibe in a roasted Cherry Parfait? This healthy cherry parfait can act as breakfast, dessert, or simply a sweet refreshing treat (just because). This parfait can be structured around greek yogurt, ice cream, frozen yogurt, or basically anything else your lil’ heart desires.
Roasted Cherry Parfait
Cherry Parfait Notes:
We are extremely ghetto and don’t have a fancy ‘cherry-picker tool thingy’, so we used a plastic kid’s straw/spoon to pit the cherries for our glorious recipe concoction. Don’t be jealous….
Also, by far the hardest part of this recipe is not eating all of the cherries before they make it to the roasting stage. WHY ARE THEY SO DAMN DELICIOUS? Damnit. Other than that, do NOT pit your cherries on a wood cutting board because these things stain like a mofo. We may, or may not, be speaking from very recent (& very loser-ville) experience.
Cherry Parfait Ingredients:
This recipe COULD NOT be more customizable – but we will share how we made our version of Roasted Cherry Parfait, pictured above!
- 2 cups whole, sweet Cherries; once measured, stems removed, pitted, and cut in half
- 2 tsp brown sugar, plus extra for serving/sprinkling
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- greek yogurt (serving size flexible)
- granola (serving size flexible)
- crushed almonds (optional)
- dark chocolate chunks (optional)
Cherry Parfait Instructions:
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees, along with a foil-lined baking sheet. Let them heat up together.
- While oven pre-heats: combine halved cherries in a bowl, along with brown sugar and vanilla extract. Stir to combine and coat.
- Add cherries to pre-heated baking sheet; let roast in oven for 10 minutes. If using granola and crushed almonds, add them to baking sheet for last 5 minutes of cooking.
- After 10 minutes total, remove from oven, let cool.
To serve: serve on a bed of greek yogurt, ice cream, etc. Can sweeten greek yogurt with a bit of honey first. Can also sprinkle with dark chocolate chunks, toasted coconut, extra brown sugar etc., for added crunch and sweetness.
Note: Do not overdo the extra toppings on this cherry parfait; you really want the roasted cherry to shine and act as a special treat. Store any leftover roasted cherries (HA! not likely) in an airtight container for up to one week.
What did YOU guys add to your cherry parfait?! We would love to hear!! Please leave us a comment!