Sweet Cherry Topping

Makes 8 servings.


16 ounces (about 3 cups) frozen dark cherries, slightly thawed
⅔ cup Splenda Granular
¾ cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons orange liqueur or brandy
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon almond extract
1-2 tablespoons orange peel (thin strips)

Sweet Cherry Topping


1. Place cherries in a medium saucepan. Add Splenda, water, and cornstarch, and stir.
2. On medium heat, cook slowly for 5 minutes or until cherries are warm. Turn heat up and bring to a low boil; cook, stirring just until mixture clears and sauce is thickened.
3. Stir in liqueur and cook 1 minute.
4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, almond extract, and orange peel. Cool slightly and spoon into container.

Nutritional Info (per serving):

Calories 50
Fat 0g (0 saturated)
Carbohydrate 9g (sugar 8g)
Fiber 1g
Protein 1g
Sodium 0mg

Diabetic exchange = ½ Fruit

Additional comments:

Food gifts are a delight to give, and of course to receive, during the holidays. This fantastic topping makes it easy. Made with healthy frozen dark cherries and no-added sugar it, it’s a beautiful and thoughtful gift for anyone watching their health (even you!). Spoon it over your favorite reduced-sugar ice cream or frozen yogurt, on top of pancakes or waffles, or over a plain cake to dress it up holiday style. (This will keep well for up to two weeks if stored in the refrigerator.)

Marlene Koch, RD, is a registered dietitian who has specialized in delicious food and healthy lifestyles for over twenty years. Marlene holds a degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Los Angeles, California. Marlene is a best-selling author of healthy, low-sugar cookbooks. Marlene is a frequent guest on TV, radio and websites such as iVillage and dlife.com.
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