I'm often given strange looks when I tell people that I don't love fresh fruit, since apparently, it should come with the territory of being vegan or vegetarian. (Don't roll your eyes, I eat enough vegetables to make up for it.) It's not the actual taste of fresh fruit that I dislike, but rather the texture. Although most people describe things like blueberries or grapes as crunchy, I find them sort of mushy, and am turned off by the liquid that is released upon chewing. So while I will eat the occasional apple or orange, I am much more content to snack on dried fruit like figs or dates, or nix the health benefits of my fruits by turning them into pie or adding them to baked goods. Frozen fruit is by far my favorite, however, as my perceived mushiness has completely disappeared. Sometimes I eat frozen berries plain, though I usually blend them into smoothies with some ice and soymilk.
For the last couple of weeks, Sam and my family have been enjoying the height of cherry season, buying and finishing off huge bags of fresh cherries almost daily. Not wanting to miss out on the fun completely, I developed my own way to enjoy this summer treat by pureeing frozen cherries into a creamy, but still very nutritious snack. Not substantial enough to be called ice cream but thicker than water ice, I had a hard time coming up with a name for this recipe. Sam decided that I should call it "Cherry Pilaf," I think for no reason at all except that he thought it sounded funny and made no sense. I assure you, there are no grains in this dish.
Makes 2 large or 4 small servings
To make this, you'll need:
-2 cups frozen cherries (pitted, of course)
-2 tbsp cocoa powder
-4 tbsp dairy-free chocolate chips
-1/2 cup soymilk
Putting this together is really simple. Place the cherries, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips in a food processor, and pulse until the cherries have nearly formed a paste. Then, slowly pour in the soymilk, turning the mixture from paste-y to creamy. Some of the chocolate chips will get chopped up and some will remain whole, which I find gives nice texture. Serve immediately, as this will start to melt almost right away.
Alternately, by omitting the chocolate chips and adding a little more soymik, and perhaps some ice, this recipe also makes a great cherry-chocolate smoothie.