The following post was originally featured on fANNEtastic Food and written by Anne Mauney| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.
Did you guys know that February is not only National Cherry Month but also National Snack Food Month? Yes| there really is a month for everything| and these months are kind of perfect together| don’t you think?
I’m a huge tart cherry fan; I’ve been telling clients for years about their anti-inflammatory properties due to the anthocyanins they contain| which is a flavonoid that contributes to the ruby-red color and distinguishing taste. They are also available year-round| as they come in dried| frozen| juice| and concentrate form. Sweet!
Besides being great for athletes looking to decrease inflammation| tart cherries are also delicious! Frozen tart cherries are awesome in smoothies| and I like pairing dried tart cherries with nuts and seeds at snack time| as the combination packs a satisfying mix of fiber and protein.
I usually pair dried tart cherries with almonds and walnuts| two of my fave nuts. So I thought ¡ª rather than just eating them whole| why not make them into little bars or balls?
You guys know how I roll ¡ª the easier a recipe is| the better. We’re all busy| right?! So I’m happy to say that this recipe could not be easier ¡ª just toss the ingredients (there are only four| not including a splash of water!) into a food processor| process| roll the mixture together into balls or bars| and eat! Love it.
These remind me of Cherry Pie ?Larabars ¡ª an old favorite of mine! The cherries made them nice and sticky (in a good way)| so they stayed together really well| making them great as a portable no-mess snack. I definitely ate a few in the car the other day on the way to a meeting ¡ª no mess or crumbs involved!
I hope you love them as much as Matt and I did!
1 1/2 cups dried tart cherries1 cup dry-roasted salted almonds1 cup walnuts1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)1 tablespoon water