Vanilla, Cherry & Choc Chip Loaf

fussyeater.netDid I mention how much I love cherries? I just can’t get enough of them, as you can probably tell from my last two posts. I actually made these before the brownies but forgot to post it.

Loaf cakes are so easy to make and great for using up little bits and bobs of fruit or nuts. Just what you want with a nice cup of tea/coffee.

In this recipe I used cherries that I pitted and froze. Often when cherries are in season, you tend to get a good deal. That of course means that you end up buying far more cherries than you can possibly eat. To stop them going bad and going in the bin, just pitt the cherries and freeze them. They will keep quite happily in the freezer for a couple of months or until you’re ready to use them. It can go from the freezer into the cake batter and straight into the oven. You can also put them in smoothies and sauces.

Health Benefits – Cherries

As promised this post is all about the health benefits of cherries. Low in Calories + Good Source of Vitamins & Minerals – like most fruits, cherries are low in calories. Also low GI and full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron etc. High in Anti-Oxidants – Anti-Oxidants help protect the body from the harmful…

Black Forest Brownie

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Its cherry month! I love cherries. I didn’t use to though. I think the ghastly glaced stuff really did a number on me, put me off cherries for years. I’m glad I gave cherries a second chance. Look at all that I’ll be missing out on! The taste of fresh cherries can differ quite a bit depending on the variety.

Besides their fabulous taste, cherries are full of antioxidants, melatonin and anthocyanins. Antioxidants help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals. Melatonin is the hormone that helps regulate sleep and anthocyanins help relieve pain from arthritis and gout (more details in next post). Seems there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be getting our fill of cherries while their still in season!

This recipe is exactly the same as the Chocolate & Raspberry Brownie(originally from Good Food Website), just that instead of raspberries, I used cherries. Its such an easy recipe and lends itself well to most fruits. Remember to use good quality dark chocolate for best results.