Cherry blossom season in South Korea is BEAUTIFUL. Streets and countrysides are lined with trees whose branches are clouds of pink and white blossoms. As the season progresses, these blossoms drop away and float down like a soft, warm wonderful kind of snow and blanket the shoulders of the roadways. But what’s even more beautiful, in my mind, is the bounty of fresh, ripe cherries that follows. Rich, deep-red cherries with shiny, glossy skins are currently lining the shelves of grocery stores, fruit stands and markets everywhere. Their fresh, tart sweetness is begging to be eaten and I am eating them in abundance! I eat them by the handful, the bowful, the bagful, and the whole darn boxful! And guess what happens to pair perfectly with juicy cherries? Rich, complex, oh-so-slightly bitter deep-dark chocolate! I was literally mid-drizzle with my chocolate syrup* poised over a bowl of fresh chopped cherries when my latest idea for Overnight Oatmeal sprang to mind. Dark Chocolate Cherry is decadently delicious and still as healthful, high-protein and wholesome as ever!
I hope I’ve been able to show you that foods that taste good can also be really good for you (and vice versa!). Like other fruits and berries I’ve featured in my recipes, cherries are high in disease-fighting antioxidants. They’re also touted for their benefits in the digestive system, and black cherry bark is used by some as a cough suppressant. Learn more about what WebMD has to say about cherries here!
And since WebMD is a wealth of information, I’ll quote them directly for their tips on helping you to choose the best cherries at the store (or market or fruit stand): “Good cherries should be large (one inch or more in diameter – that’s 2.54cm, metric friends! – GGG), glossy, plump, hard and dark-colored for their variety. Buy cherries with stems on – they should be fresh and green. Reject undersized cherries or those that are soft or flabby. Avoid fruit that is bruised or has cuts on the dark surface.”
So, there you have it folks. Cherries are not only good, but good for you!
Now, as for dark chocolate, I’m not even going to elaborate. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I’ve saved myself a few thousand words of typing (and you a few thousand words of reading):
Here’s the only reading left for you to do!
Dark Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oatmeal (High-Protein)
The fresh, tart sweetness of juicy cherries balances deep dark chocolate in this good-for-you meal that tastes anything but! The taste says decadence, the ingredients say wholesome.
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 cup (80g) rolled oats – make sure these are gluten-free, if you require
1 scoop (31g) chocolate protein powder of choice – I used Quest Nutrition Chocolate Milkshake Protein Powder*
2 tbsp (10g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup (250mL or 240g) unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup (113g) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
~1 1/2 cups (200g) pitted fresh cherries, chopped
1 + 1 tbsp (5 + 5g) dark chocolate chips
1. Stir the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add the wet ingredients, chopped cherries and 1 tbsp chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.
3. Divide the mixture into two wide-mouth Mason jars or containers, garnish with remaining chocolate chips, and refrigerate overnight. Note the recipe easily halves for single servings or multiplies for more.
Calories: 390 Fat: 10.0g Carbohydrates: 54.0g Sugar: 19.0g Fiber: 10.0g Protein: 25.0g
Enjoy straight out of the fridge – all you need is a spoon! Every wholesome bite will remind you of a rich dark chocolate dessert accented with sweetly tart cherry morsels.
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