Ripe, bright red cherries, bursting with a zingy sweet flavor, are one of those rare fruits that are still truly seasonal. And hence making the most of the short cherry season with delicious cherry-centric recipes becomes imperative. Cherry in flavor and texture is so versatile that it goes well with any ingredient and is also simply delectable all on its own. It’s no wonder that in ancient times, they were known as the fruit of gods, they truly have a divine balance of sweet and tart. But, if you’re following the keto diet, you might have to avoid certain fruits. Is cherry one of those?
Are Cherries Keto?
Truth be told, cherries aren’t the lowest-carb fruit. They’re relatively high in sugar, and thus not very keto-friendly. A bowl of 100g of tart red cherries contains 10.4g of carbs and 8g of sugar – which would be close to half your daily carb allowance. But this doesn’t mean you should completely leave out cherries from your diet and here’s why.
Cherries are an excellent source of antioxidants, rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, a great source of fiber, and high in vitamin C. Besides this, they’re also undeniably delicious and designed by nature for bite-sized snacking. So, what do you do when it’s cherry season and that cherry craving hits? The ideal option; portion control. One cherry contains around 1.1-1.2 grams of carbs, so if you do want to have cherries on keto, limit them to 3 to 4 or try out one of these keto-friendly cherry dessert recipes.
12 Tasty Low-Carb and Keto Cherry Dessert Recipes
If you have been eliminating cherries from your diet because you’re on keto, here’s your chance for a second bite at the cherry. These cherry recipes are infused with the juicy, tart sweetness of cherries in each spoonful, and you can enjoy them without going off your keto diet.
See also: Delicious Keto Birthday Desserts
1. Low Carb Cherry Cobbler
Stuffed with fresh pitted cherries and topped off with an almond and coconut flour crust, this low-carb cherry cobbler is sweet, buttery, crumbly, and simply irresistible.
Each serving contains 6g of net carbs, 7.9g of protein, and 12g of fat for a total of 164 calories.
Get the full recipe for low carb cherry cobbler here
(Prep time: 5 mins, Cook time: 35 mins)
2. Easy Keto Biscuits with Delicious Cherry Pie Filling
These cream cheese and almond-coconut flour biscuits are crumbly, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth tender. They’re filled with a generous dollop of juicy, mushy cherry pie filling and are the ultimate cherry stuffed treats.
Each serving (one cherry stuffed biscuit) contains 4g of carbs, 4.2g of protein, and 13.1g of carbs for a total of 165 calories.
Get the full recipe for easy keto biscuits with cherry pie filling here
(Prep time: 10 mins, Cook time: 10 mins)
3. The Best Keto Cherry Chocolate Brownies
Dark chocolate and cherry is a match made in culinary heaven and this cherry chocolate brownie celebrates that winning combination. Stuffed with rich, indulgent dark chocolate chips and frozen, sweet dark cherries this brownie is the softest, most dense, and flavorful brownie experience you’ll ever have.
Each serving (one brownie) contains 5g of net carbs, 4g of protein, and 12g of fat for a total of 168 calories.
Get the full recipe for the best keto cherry chocolate brownies here
(Prep time: 10 mins, Cook time: 20 mins)
4. Low Carb Cherry Jello Parfait
Easy to make, wobbly, and delicious, this 2-ingredient cherry jello parfait is a perfect little snack to curb your sugar and cherry cravings in one go.
Each serving (one parfait) contains 1g of carbs and 2g of fat for a total of just 17 calories.
Get the full recipe for low-carb cherry jello parfaits here
(Prep time: 5 mins + 3 hours to set)
5. Low-Carb Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
This low-carb Cherry Garcia ice cream is soft, mildly sweet, and unbelievably creamy. It has a base of creamy, sweet custard and Sugar-free amarenata cherry sauce. A final topping of bittersweet chocolate chips is the real cherry on top.
Each serving contains 8.8g of net carbs, 4.5g of protein, and 42.9 g of fat for a total of 443 calories.
Get the full recipe for low carb cherry Garcia ice cream here
(Prep time: 30 mins + 3 hours to set)
See also: Vegan Keto Desserts
6. Keto Cherry Cupcakes with Keto Buttercream Frosting
This cupcake is every cherry lover, ketoer’s dream come true. It’s stuffed with fresh, pitted cherries, that when baked melt into the cake. It is then topped off with a sweet buttercream cherry frosting. A double cherry delight with just 2g of net carbs per cupcake! Keto cherry dessert just doesn’t get better than that.
Each serving (one cupcake) contains 2g of net carbs, 5.6g of protein, and 27.9g of fat for a total of 297 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto cherry cupcakes with keto buttercream frosting here
(Prep time: 2 hours, 30 minutes, Cook time: 30 minutes)
7. Chocolate Keto Cherry Fat Bombs
A sweet cherry coconut filling covered with decadent dark chocolate, these no-bake and paleo-friendly keto fat bombs are excellent low-carb treats for when you need a pick-me-up sweet snack. They could also make for some unique keto Thanksgiving desserts!
Each serving (one fat bomb) contains 7g of carbs, 1g of protein and 16g of fat for a total of 200 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto cherry fat bombs here
(Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 5 minutes)
8. Low-Carb Gluten-Free Cherry Pie
This low-carb, gluten-free cherry pie can be the center of attraction on any summer feast table. The rich, crumbly pastry is made with almond, coconut flour and lies over a generous filling of soft, juicy cherries.
Each serving contains 16g of carbs, 12g of protein and 30g of fat for a total of 362 calories.
Get the full recipe for low-carb, gluten-free cherry pie here
See also: Keto-Friendly Desserts
9. Keto Cherry Ripe Slice with Low Carb Chocolate Cookie Base
The name might be quite a mouthful, but this dish has an even better mouthfeel. The smooth velvety texture of the cherry cream cheese is beautifully complemented by the slight crunchiness of the chocolate cookie base. The almost bittersweetness of the base combined with the zing of sour cream and mellow sweetness of cherry essence makes for one appetizing keto cherry dessert.
Each serving (one slice) contains 6g of carbs, 5g of protein, and 28g of fat for a total of 306 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto cherry ripe slice with low carb chocolate cookie base here
(Prep time: 30 mins + 3 hours to set)
10. Low Carb Cherry Clafoutis with Amaretto
This keto clafoutis is made with fresh pitted cherries, baked in a custard-like base with almond flour and milk. The end result? Golden, crumbly on the top, and moist, gooey at the center clafoutis that is indulgently custardy with little blobs of cherry surprise in each bite.
Each serving contains 5g of carbs, 6g of protein, and 12g of fat for a total of 157 calories.
Get the full recipe for low carb cherry clafoutis with Amaretto here
(Prep time: 9 hours and 15 minutes, Cook time: 35 mins)
11. Keto Cherry Cheesecake Tart
Why choose between a cheesecake and a tart when you can have the best of both in one dessert? This cherry cheesecake tart has a buttery pie crust, stuffed with delicately and velvety cream cheese filling and then topped off with unsweetened cherries for a scrumptious mini cherry dessert.
Each serving contains 8g of net carbs, 6g of protein and 21g of fat for a total of 251 calories.
Get the full recipe for keto cherry cheesecake tart here
(Prep time: 15 mins, cook time: 27 mins)
12. Cherry Almond Keto Shortbread Cookies
These ultra soft, crumbly and buttery shortbread cookies, flavored with cherry and almond extract are the best keto shortbread cookies ever. A word of advice; make extras because non-ketoers will be going for seconds and thirds of these keto cookies too.
Each serving (one cookie) contains 2.7g of net carbs, 4.2g of protein and 22g of fat for a total of 250 calories.
Get the full recipe for cherry almond keto shortbread cookies here
(Prep time: 20 mins, cook time: 8 mins)
See also: Keto Chocolate Desserts
Our Thoughts on Keto Cherry Recipes
While cherries are high in carbs and sugar, it doesn’t have to be completely omitted from a ketoer’s diet. Cherries are packed with nutrients and taste simply delicious. All you need is the right recipe and portion control, and you too can make the most of cherry season without giving up your keto diet.And, considering cherries are the fruit of love, all of the above will make for perfect keto valentine’s recipes!