Four ingredients and five minutes are all that's needed to make this healthy tart cherry cream cheese yogurt dip recipe. Bring a little zip to that plate of fruit! 47 calories and 2 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP. Thank you to The Cherry Marketing Institute for helping me to share this recipe with you.
There’s nothing better than the sound of my kids playing with their friends outside once the nice weather arrives. Soccer penalty kick competitions, scooter races and water gun fights lead to laughter, joking and harmless smack-talk. After hours of running around and burning off energy, those boys are famished.
I always have veggies, crackers and cheese, and popcorn on hand, but sometimes we like to mix things up a little. The house with the good snacks gets to be the hang-out place for the kids!
When I’m brainstorming a new snack idea, there are a few pre-requisites. It has to be quick, it gets bonus points if it’s healthy and preferably it’s gluten-free. A couple of my boys’ friends have Celiac disease or gluten intolerances, so I always try to have snacks on hand that they can eat.
We always have a supply of Montmorency dried tart cherries in our pantry, which we either eat straight or stir into mixes such as Curry Spiced Nuts with Dried Cherries. And if we’re whipping up smoothies, tart cherry juice is one of our favorite ingredients, particularly when blended with mangoes.
Montmorency tart cherry juice and concentrate is very versatile, both in smoothies or as a glaze for roasted vegetables. It has a lovely sweet-tart flavor and each time I drink it, I feel as though I just ate a handful of fresh fruit. This time I decided to use it in a healthy fruit dip that I knew the kids would love!
Four ingredients and five minutes later, I served up the dip with some apple and banana slices. The kids practically sprinted to the kitchen when I told them the dip was ready and the bowl was polished off in minutes. Yep, a huge hit!
Other healthy gluten free snacks:
No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites (use gluten free oats)
Greek Avocado & Feta Stuffed Cucumber Cups
Tart Cherry Cream Cheese Yogurt Dip Recipe
- 8 ounces Neufchatel cheese or low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
- ⅔ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons Montmorency tart cherry juice
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- Place the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. With a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides as necessary, about 2 minutes.
- Add the Greek yogurt, tart cherry juice and maple syrup, and beat until smooth.
- Serve with apple and banana slices.
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Easy peasy and sounds delicious, can't wait to see more cherry recipes!
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
What a seriously awesome snack! I want to do this with both the juice and some chunky frozen tart cherries too for some texture. 🙂
Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips
My boys would love this as an after school snack!
This is a great idea! Exactly the kind of snack I would make for my boys too!
Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
Ooooh I love tart cherries! This is one that my kids and I would fight over!
amanda @ fake ginger
This looks and sounds incredible! I'm forever looking for ways to get my kids to eat fruit and this will help!
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
What a beautiful dip, and a creative way to use fresh cherries. I agree, the kids like to hang out where there's extra good food. 🙂 Also...am I remembering correctly...did you pick up that cute little bowl while we were at a kitchen shop in OR all those years ago?!
Those flavors sound delicious! I would love to try this!
Katerina @ Diethood
The best way to serve up fruit! And cherry-anything is just plain amazing!
I'm always serving my kids sliced fruit for snacks, and I could use a different dip recipe. They would love this!
eat good 4 life
Love the color in this and how easy it is to make. So fun!
Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
I need to try this asap!!! looks amazing
Laura| Petite Allergy Treats
Love adding tart cherry juice to recipes! Such a great way to add antioxidants and tons of fruits for the kids!
This is so beautiful! I love that shot with the cherry juice and the cheese!
Justine | Cooking and Beer
Tart cherries are my FAVORITE! This dip looks like something I need to make ASAP!