40 Tart Cherry Pies, Cakes, Jams (and More!)

By Jess

Cherries are one of my very favorite fruits, and I’m very excited to be sharing these delicious, paleo-friendly cherry recipes with you including sweet recipes like cakes and ice creams alongside savory recipes like barbecue sauces, meat glazes, and salads.

I just love the sweet/tart combination of cherries, and these cherry recipes show you dozens of ways to add them to your regular Paleo cooking and baking.

1. Cherry and Cacao Nib Smoothie
Did you know you can add cacao nibs to your smoothie for a lovely but not overwhelming chocolate flavor? This smoothie does just that with almond or coconut milk, frozen cherries, cacao powder, vanilla extract, cacao nibs, and ice. The cacao nibs have a characteristic bitterness that’s balanced by the cherries—so good!

Paleo Cherry Ripe Bars
Photo: The Nourishing Hearth Fire

2. Paleo Cherry Ripe Bars
These bars are soft and gooey with a delicious chocolate-cherry flavor. You’ll need cacao butter or butter, raw honey, vanilla bean powder, and cacao powder for the base, while the filling is made from dried cherries, raw honey or maple syrup, coconut oil, and shredded coconut.

3. Pineapple Cherry Balsamic Chicken
I love fruits with my chicken as a sweet flavoring agent, and this recipe is also deeply savory thanks to the balsamic vinegar. Best of all, it’s super simple to make with just four ingredients: chicken, cherries, pineapple, and balsamic vinegar. You don’t even need any seasonings!

4. Cherry Ripe Ice Cream
This dairy-free “ice cream” is actually made from frozen bananas and cherries. Coconut cream helps make it extra creamy, while a delicious maple-sweetened coconut oil chocolate shell graces the top like the healthiest sundae you’ve ever had.

5. Black Forest Paleo Pancakes
These pancakes look and taste fancy, but they’re really simple to make. All you need is eggs, ghee, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and dried cherries. If you’re feeling in need of extra decadence, top them off with coconut whipped cream before serving.

Easy Paleo Cherry Barbecue Sauce
Photo: Pancake Warriors

6. Easy Paleo Cherry Barbecue Sauce
If you aren’t already making your own barbecue sauces, now is the time to start. You’ll get so addicted to the flavors you can make, like this one with fire roasted tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, molasses, frozen dark sweet cherries, maple syrup, cumin, and garlic powder. So succulent.

7. Chocolate Drizzle Cherry Jam Cakes
I love this idea! These cakes are made with coconut and tapioca flours with a nice vanilla flour, and they’re filled with a sweet, homemade cherry jam filling made with frozen cherries, honey, and lemon juice. Drizzle the top with melted organic dark chocolate and dig in.

8. Skinny Vegan Cherry Ice Cream
While this recipe is officially titled an ice cream, it’s really a delicious sorbet made from frozen cherries, vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt. It’s easy to make and is almost instant, since it’s made in your food processor with frozen cherries. The recipe calls for a brief rest before serving, but if you eat it right away, I won’t tell.

9. Cherry Surprise Cupcakes
If you love cupcakes and fruity flavors, this recipe is for you. These simple vanilla cupcakes are made with honey, coconut milk, and almond flour, and they’re each filled with a delicious cherry and topped with a gorgeous, silky chocolate ganache.

Berry Cherry Green Detox Smoothie
Photo: Whitty Paleo

10. Berry Cherry Green Detox Smoothie
I love layered smoothies. So pretty! This one is made with frozen berries and cherries, fresh mint, banana, spinach leaves, avocado, and lemon juice. The avocado keeps things creamy without any dairy or coconut milk needed.

11. Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are great because they help you feel like you’re having something more substantial than a completely liquid smoothie, but they also make it possible to still pack in lots of goodness. This one features gelatin, almonds, cherries, banana, bee pollen, and more.

12. Sweet Cherry Beef Jerky
I’m kind of obsessed with this recipe. I love flavored beef jerky as a snack, especially for when I’m going on a long hike. This one is flavored with sweet cherries, lemon juice, and almond extract, and it’s sweetened with a hint of coconut sugar (use instead of the granulated sugar).

13. Cherry Pistachio Energy Balls
These energy balls make an awesome gif if you layer the ingredients in a jar like the picture suggests. They’re made from raw almonds, pistachios, dried tart cherries, medjool dates, and a hint of sea salt. Kids really love these too, and it’s a fun family kitchen activity!

Paleo Orange Cherry Scones
Photo: The Paleo Fox

14. Paleo Orange Cherry Scones
Made with blanched almond flour and coconut flour, these scones are the exact right combination of moist and crumbly, and they’re sweetened with maple sugar and maple syrup. vanilla, orange zest, and cherries complete the flavoring process. These are an easy breakfast!

15. Cherry Berry Chia Jam
Chia jams are great because you can make them in small batches, so it’s easy and fun to try out new flavors without using a lot of ingredients. I love the combination of cherries and strawberries in this jam, and you can choose whether to sweeten it with honey or coconut sugar, or leave it naturally sweet.

16. Cherry Lime Slushie
This adults-only slushie can easily be made with a different alcohol or with no alcohol altogether to make it family-friendly. Still, you’ll need fresh lime juice, sweet cherry juice, honey, and fresh cherries with the pits removed. Blend and enjoy!

17. Paleo Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
I’m an ice cream lover, and if you are too, you’re going to want to try this delicious and super simple cherry vanilla ice cream made from coconut milk. It also contains vanilla, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt for a lovely sweetness that isn’t too overwhelming.

Boozy Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Photo: The Endless Meal

18. Boozy Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
If you’re up for an ice cream that requires a little more investment but is SO worth it, try this one. Cashews help make it amazingly creamy without any dairy (or heavy coconut milk flavor), and bourbon and vanilla create fabulous flavors. Use coconut sugar in place of the cane sugar.

19. Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream Tart
This recipe uses a shortcut ingredient in the form of delicious Coconut Bliss Ice Cream, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less elegant. The amazing cherry and fudge topping, the brownies crust sweetened with maple syrup…what more could you ask for?

20. Cherry BBQ Sauce
This cherry BBQ sauce recipe is far different from the other version I’ve shared, though both are delicious. This one uses Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, bourbon (optional), minced garlic, onion, scallions, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and more to create a flavor you won’t forget.

21. Grilled Cherry Crisp With Chocolate and Almonds
I love grilled fruit. And I love this recipe. But that’s not all I can say about it! This fabulous grilled cherry tart is made with coconut sugar, dark chocolate, and almond flour for an amazingly gooey, delicious dessert that will have you firing up the grill more often than not.

Roasted Cherry Cardamom Ice Cream
Photo: Down Shiftology

22. Roasted Cherry Cardamom Ice Cream
Cherries are a fruit that goes really well with spices (kind of like peaches and ginger). One of my very favorite combinations is cherry and cardamom, like in this amazing ice cream made from raw cashews, coconut milk, and maple syrup. The cherries are roasted! SO good.

23. Grain Free Cherry Crumble
I’d love to dig into one of these for breakfast. It’s made with a cherry filling sweetened with maple, vanilla, and cinnamon, and a crumbly topping of hazelnut meal, coconut oil, maple syrup, sea salt, and more cinnamon. I bet this is extra good topped with ice cream for dessert.

24. Cherry Walnut Summer Salad
Ah, a savory recipe! The salad is on a base of spinach or mixed greens with peach, blueberries, avocado, cherries, walnuts, and grilled chicken. Drizzle it with this silky balsamic vinaigrette made with Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper.

25. Paleo Cherry Muffins
These muffins are really simple to make, so you don’t need lots of fancy ingredients to make them. You’ll need almond flour, arrowroot flour, melted coconut oil, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, almond extract, and cherries.

Spicy Shrimp and Mango Cherry Salsa Avocado Boats
Photo: Rhubarbarians

26. Spicy Shrimp and Mango Cherry Salsa Avocado Boats
These avocado boats are filled with deliciously spicy and sticky shrimp topped with ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, garlic salt, oregano, and a spicy mango cherry salsa. The toppings made the perfect compliment to the cool, creamy, refreshing avocado.

27. Cherry Chocolate Chip Coffee Popsicles
I’m definitely obsessed with this recipe. Popsicles are kind of my thing, and I love the simplicity of these flavors that go perfectly well together, with the chunky add-ins in a smooth coffee base. You’ll need coconut cream, strong coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, sweet cherries, and chocolate chips.

28. No Bake Cherry Walnut Crumble
This crumble doesn’t even require you to fire up the oven, and it’s made with simple, easy ingredients like ripe cherries, balsamic vinegar (this is the real trick to the amazing flavor), medjool dates, toasted walnuts, dark chocolate chips, coconut cream, and maple syrup.

29. Raw Cherry Apple Pie Breakfast Bowl
This thing doesn’t look like breakfast, but it totally is (a breakfast treat, of course). To make it, you’ll need fresh or thawed frozen sweet cherries, apple, dates, and chia seeds. Top with raw almonds, dried mulberries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and whatever else you want.

Paleo Cherry and Coconut Cakes
Photo: Lau Sunday Cooks

30. Paleo Cherry and Coconut Cakes
These sweet little cakes are to die for and they are so easy to make. Best part? The base is sweet potato. Yes, you read that right! These are made with a vegetable, as well as almond flour, maple syrup, egg, and a homemade cherry jam for dipping.

31. Mango Cherry Headache Fighter Smoothie
Full of healthy ingredients to help you fight off a lingering headache, this smoothie also happens to be a delicious treat. You’ll need frozen cherries, frozen mangoes, coconut cream, lime juice, basil leaves, fresh ginger, and maple syrup if you need it.

32. Raw Paleo Black Forest Cheesecake
This isn’t a real cheesecake, of course. It’s a no-bake tart with a chocolate date and nut crust, a soaked cashew flavoring with coconut milk, vanilla, and cherries, and a delicious, gooey cherry topping. This would make a great birthday cake!

33. Frozen Chocolate Cherry Bars
These cherry bars are almost like a frozen ice cream bar. You can enjoy them all summer long and they’re packed with protein, so they’re at least providing some nutrition! The base is a cherry-rich date and nut crust with a middle layer of cherries and coconut cream.

Cherry Mint Sangria With Kirschwasser
Photo: The Clean Dish

34. Cherry Mint Sangria With Kirschwasser
We love sangria in our house as a summer afternoon treat. This one is naturally sweetened and made from just rose wine, cherries, tart cherry juice, mint leaves, Kirschwasser, and an optional extra sweetener if you need it (maple syrup would be good).

35. Cherry Orange Salsa
I’m one of those weird people who actually prefers fruit salsa to “regular” salsa, and this is one of my favorite recipes. To make it, you’ll need cherries, oranges, red onion,s green bell pepper, jalapeno, salt, lemon or lime juice, and chopped cilantro.

36. Cherry Chipotle Glazed Pork Tenderloin
This is going to be your new favorite way to make pork tenderloin: with a chipotle spiked cherry maple glaze! It’s both sweet and savory with olive oil, maple syrup, Tabasco sauce, cherries, and a handful of cilantro leaves. So easy and so tasty.

37. Salmon With Cucumber, Cherry, and Avocado
The cherries in this dish are bright and sweet, while cool and refreshing avocado and cucumber round out the flavor profile. This takes less than 30 minutes to make and is a great summer dinner when you don’t want to slave over a hot stove.

Watermelon Cherry Cooler
Photo: Kiip Fit

38. Watermelon Cherry Cooler
This drink is refreshing with both sweet and savory flavors from watermelon, cherries, basil, and mint. Lime juice gives it a slightly tart burst. If you want to rim your glasses, try either salt or coconut sugar, or a mixture of both (including the dried basil).

39. Grilled Chicken With a Warm Cherry Salad
Cherries and grilled chicken are a fantastic pair, and this recipe makes them even better with white balsamic vinegar, whole grain mustard, shallot, arugula, and olive oil. This is a sophisticated salad with a hint of sweetness from the cherries. You’ll want to eat it every day!

40. Cherry Macadamia Cookies
These cookies are perfectly sweet with a modest amount of honey and an almond flour base. They’re flavored with vanilla and lemon zest and studded with macadamia nuts and dried cherries, but if you’re more of a chocolate person, you could replace the nuts with chocolate chips!


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