These cherry recipes highlight the best ideas for using dried, canned or fresh cherries! They’re perfect in desserts, breakfasts and snacks.

Tart Cherry Chocolate Galette | A Couple Cooks

Got cherries? Cherries are one of the most versatile fruits to use in your cooking, as you can find them dried, fresh or canned! They also work in recipes of all kinds: they’re not just for desserts! Cherries are the perfect addition to breakfasts and snacks, too. Over here, our very favorite way to eat cherries is dried tart cherries by the handful!

Here are all the best cherry recipes to use this versatile ingredient: whether it’s dried, fresh, frozen or canned! Try our favorite baked oatmeal for breakfast, energy bars for snacks, and of course a chocolate cherry tart for dessert (because who can’t resist that winning combination?). Ready to get cooking?

And now…10 great cherry recipes to try!

Cherries nutrition benefits

Why add cherries to your life? This fruit packs lots of good stuff. Of course, if you’re using them in a dessert you’re offsetting the benefits with sugar and carbs! So make sure to use healthful preparations for cherries on a regular basis, and keep desserts for occasional treats. Here are some benefits of cherries (source):

  • Cherries are rich in anti-oxidants and can help reduce inflammation, which promotes overall health.
  • Cherries may help in exercise recovery. Research may suggest that cherry juice can help with muscle recovery and soreness (source).
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Tart Cherry Cardamom Baked Oatmeal | A Couple Cooks

Cherry Baked Oatmeal (& More Recipes!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This cherry baked oatmeal is one of our best loved cherry recipes! It’s delicious, easy and tastes like cherry crisp. Use dried or fresh cherries!


  • 1 cup dried tart cherries (or substitute fresh cherries or drained canned cherries)
  • ½ cup pecan pieces (or chopped pecans)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom (or substitute more cinnamon)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg, beaten (omit for vegan)
  • 2 cups milk (or 2 ½ cups almond milk)*
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. If desired, roughly chop the dried cherries. In a large bowl, mix the cherries, pecans, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and kosher salt.
  3. Grease an 8- or 9-inch square pan and pour in the oat and cherry mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg (if using). Mix in the milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats, and mix to combine if necessary.
  5. Over the top of the oats, drizzle the melted butter or coconut oil. (If desired, add a few more cherries to the top for presentation.)
  6. Bake 35 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  7. To serve, cut into pieces. If desired, top with a drizzle of milk and extra maple syrup. Store leftovers refrigerated.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Cherry recipes

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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