You guys. Roasted cherries. Sweet, juicy cherries roasted with a sprinkle of brown sugar, and then layered with creamy Greek yogurt and crunchy granola. There is so much flavor and texture packed into this little bowl. Breakfast just got real fancy.
Around here, weekday breakfasts need to be speedy quick. It’s not that I don’t have plenty of time to eat breakfast — I do wake up a couple of hours before work every day to either fit in a workout, catch up on some reading, watch an episode of Friends (or two, because yes, I still love it!), and savor my morning cup of coffee. Plenty of time, it just takes me a while to get hungry, and by the time I am — I’m rushing out the door to work, jar of overnight oats and/or granola bar in hand.
Really good breakfasts, the kind where you can take a few moments to savor each bite, are so wonderful on the weekends that I crave that same feeling during the week. And these brown sugar roasted cherries, with their beautiful deep purple color and bright tangy flavor, bring a little bit of Sunday morning laziness to my everyday. Did I mention that they’re make ahead-friendly? Oh yes! They check off multiple boxes on my rushed morning meal list:
- Make ahead? Check.
- Less than 5 minutes in the a.m.? Check.
- Super yummy? Check.
- Portable? Check.
- Fresh and seasonal? Check check.
Who wouldn’t want to start their Thursday off with a big bowl of sweet cherries roasted to caramelized perfection, a scoop of thick tangy Greek yogurt and crunchy granola loaded with almonds? If you’ve got a couple of extra minutes, maybe layer it up into a mason jar for an extra f-a-n-c-y parfait? Yes, please and thank you!
I have to tell you that I’m a huge HUGE fan of roasting all of the foods — vegetables, meats and now even fruit. Set the oven to 350 degrees, toss with a few spices and other yummies and just let them do their thang. Step away, put up your feet, read a good book — and before you know it, what you have is beautifully concentrated flavors — the kind that just make me want to do my happy dance all over the house.
And the smaller the pieces and the more delicate the food in question, the shorter the roasting time. These little cherries? In and out of the oven in just 10 minutes or less!
Don’t have fresh cherries on hand? You can definitely use frozen — just defrost them in a bowl of lukewarm water and then dry before roasting. Not a huge fan of cherries? (GASP! Just kidding..) Swap them out for peaches, strawberries, blueberries — or maybe even bananas! Oooh man, I haven’t tried this with bananas, but my my tastebuds started watering just imagining golden, sticky brown sugar roasted bananas. Making a mental note to try that one sometime soon. 🙂 Just be sure to keep a close eye on your fruit as it roasts so that it doesn’t go beyond perfection to… well, something a little less perfect and a little more burnt — this has happened to me more than I care to admit, and it’s always so so sad.
Seriously though, cherries are where it’s at right now! Especially here in Michigan. Our local farmers market (and our fridge) is bursting with them — bright red to deep purple, tart to sweet. K and I have been keeping a carton or two on hand for snacking recently, and when we can’t seem to eat them fast enough — this recipe is my new favorite solution.
You’re gonna want to keep a batch in the fridge ALL the time. And why stop at yogurt? Spoon your beautifully roasted cherries hot over a scoop (or two) of chocolate ice cream, serve them with pork chops instead of applesauce, or toss them in a green salad.
Warm and comforting, bright and tangy with just the right amount of sweet — when spooned over yogurt and topped with granola, these brown sugar roasted cherries give me slow-cooked weekend flavors in the time that I can spare on busy weekday mornings.
- 2 cups cherries, pitted (thawed if using frozen)
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup granola (whatever’s your fav!)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, toss the cherries with brown sugar to coat. Spread in a single layer on the parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes, until softened and caramelized.
- Spoon over Greek yogurt and sprinkle with your favorite granola! Making them ahead? Let the cherries cool to room temperature and store in a sealed container in the fridge -- they should keep for a few days, if they last that long!