With all the cherries coming in I just had to figure out a way to use them in a dessert. This decadent Black Cherry Chocolate Tart is perfect!
Cherries and chocolate make a perfect combination and this no-bake, grain-free chocolate crust is so easy and quick! Your family will devour this treat!
Although most of the calories in sweet cherries come from sugars, the glycemic load is low and there is some omega-3 fat. The most important thing about cherries is the huge amount of anti-oxidents and various anthocyanins.
The most nutritional benefits come from tart cherries which are harder to find, as most cherries in the market are sweet. Tart cherries are mainly used for baking and may be found frozen, canned, dried, or as juice. Fortunately, standardized extracts of tart cherries are available for those with conditions like gout and arthritis that may benefit from tart cherry juice.
Both sweet cherries and tart cherries have been found to significantly reduce inflammation. This recipe is bases on using sweet cherries. If you do use tart cherries you may want to adjust the amount of sweetener you use.
I used this handy dandy cherry pit remover which I received from my mother-in-law who has a multitude of neat kitchen gadgets from Germany. This one is very cool and in mint condition and it works great for cherries and small plums! (I guess I will have to make a plum pie at some point!)
This cherry tart has just the right amount of crunch which is enhanced by the addition of the layer of chocolate over the crust. Portion control is the operative term here. Enjoy!
Ingredients for Jam
Instructions for Jam
Ingredients for Chocolate Crust
Putting It All Together
Tip: Remove the crust from the outer rim BEFORE filling. For easy removal from the outer rim, let the tart come to room temperature before removing it.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Freezer time: 30 minutes
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