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“I don't know about you, but I love the combination of cherries and almonds! They just seem to go together. This recipe blends the two flavors with an almond-laced creamy topping. The recipe comes from the cookbook Lean and Luscious and Meatless. Prep time does not include chilling time. Can be lactose-free if you use soy yogurt.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (1 lb) can tart red cherries, packed in water
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 34 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 14 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, sliced


  1. Drain cherries, reserving liquid.
  2. Place reserved liquid in a small saucepan.
  3. Add cornstarch, 1 tsp almond extract, and 3 tablespoons sugar.
  4. Mix until cornstarch is dissolved.
  5. Add cherries to saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture comes to a boil.
  6. Continue to cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  7. Place in a bowl and chill.
  8. In a small bowl, combine yogurt with remaining almond extract and sugar.
  9. Mix well and chill.
  10. To serve, divide cherries evenly into 4 serving bowls or sherbet glasses.
  11. Divide yogurt topping evenly and spoon over cherries.
  12. Garnish with sliced almonds.

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