Barbecued Fresh Cherries Recipe

Barbecued Fresh Cherries make a marvelous dessert for camping or just for a night of grilling!

One of the things that always strikes me as funny when speaking to people who do not eat clean, is that many cannot fathom the idea of fruit as a dessert. “That’s diet dessert“. “Fruit is a snack, not a dessert“. “Fruit??! For dessert??!!

Clean Eating Barbecued Fresh Cherries sitting in a white bowl with fresh, uncooked cherries laying around the base of the bowl.

Yes people, fruit can make an amazing dessert! Let’s take a look at cherries for example…

These barbecued cherries have a deep, rich, full flavor with a hint of chocolate. This is delicious by itself, but it’s also wonderful over ice cream or plain Greek yogurt (there’s a snack idea if you really cannot fathom fruit as anything other than a snack!)

If you are a cherry lover like Mini Chef, cherries don’t last long in their natural state. They are little globes of sweet magic! But if you happen to have a lot of them, this is a wonderful way to use them up before they go bad!

You can freeze this into small portion sizes once cooked. Keep it well wrapped and it will last for up to about 4 months.

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Barbecued Fresh Cherries Recipe

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Clean Eating Barbecued Fresh Cherries

Clean Eating Barbecued Fresh Cherries Recipe

These cherries make a wonderful summer time dessert for camping or grilling in the back yard.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 lb. cherries (pitted & destemmed)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (or oil of your choosing)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. almond flour
  • ½ tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Once your cherries are pitted, put them in a cast iron or other grill-safe pan with the oil and pour the honey and vanilla over them.
  • In a bowl, mix together the almond meal and cocoa powder.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the top, cover with aluminum foil and place on the grill.
  • Cook for at least 30 minutes (it might need more time based on the temp of your grill). It’s done with you have bubbly juice in the pan. Cool slightly and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. Wow Tiffany! Those cherries look amazing!

    Question: to use the chopstick to put the cherries, just push it through, I’m guessing?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rebecca – Yep! Insert it in the stem end after removing the stem. Works great! You can also set the cherry onto of a plastic water bottle to collect the seeds in that if you want. Makes clean up easier!