Dessert/ Side dish

Balsamic Roasted Cherries

With the balance of sweet and tart, these balsamic roasted cherries are the perfect topper for breakfast or dessert!

I LOVE cherries. I especially love them when they’re on sale! I remember the first time I bought cherries at Whole Foods and did not realize that the advertised price was per pound rather than for the whole bag. I was in college at the time, so spending $16 on a bag of cherries made my stomach churn – honestly it would still give me serious spending guilt. Luckily I now know to multiply the price by the weight of the bag, so much fewer surprises at the checkout lane 😉

While I know we all dread using the oven in the summer, these roasted cherries are well worth the extra heat! Delicious on their own, they also taste amazing in overnight oats, mixed in with yogurt, granola, and almond butter (such a good breakfast!), on pancakes, and, of course, on top of vanilla bean ice cream. They would also be perfect for topping grilled pound cake for a perfect summer-time dessert!

 The longest part of this recipe is pitting the cherries. If you have a cherry pitter then you are good to go! I unfortunately do not have a pitter, so I cut my cherries in half, then carefully used a pealing knife to cut out the pits.

I’d love to hear what you end up putting these cherries on top of!

So here’s a toast to more excuses for pancakes, ice cream, and yogurt parfaits!

Balsamic Roasted Cherries

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Cooking Time: 40 min


  • 20-oz (1.5 lb) cherries, pitted
  • 4 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract



Preheat oven to 350F and place parchment paper over a large baking sheet.


Place pitted cherries in a mixing bowl and add sugar, almond extract and vinegar. Stir well to coat.


Place cherries on baking pan in a single layer.


Roast for 40 minutes, stirring half-way through.


Remove from oven. Option to serve immediately or store in fridge and serve cooled.

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  • Reply
    August 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Cherries are my favorite fruit (ok, tie with grapefruit and peaches.) But my question is, what type of balsamic do you use. That subject is so confusing to me. Should I really buy the expensive stuff, if so, tell me it’s totally worth it!

    • Reply
      The Healthy Toast
      August 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      I use a mid-range balsamic for roasting as I like t to be a little thicker and sweeter than the super cheap stuff, but unless I’m using it for dipping bread, there’s no need to get the really pricy, fancy balsamics.

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