This yogurt and cherry red wine sauce recipe can take your desserts to a whole new level. It’s an excuse to keep cherries around and enjoy them any time, including this National Frozen Yogurt Day (February 6), National Cherry Dessert Day (May 26), and Red Wine Day (August 28).
Originally, the sauce was meant to be drizzled on strips of steak or slices of tender roasted duck; the sauce wasn’t meant to be sweet.
Someone clearly saw its greater potential and added sugar to serve the sauce with desserts. It turned out amazing. We found it especially divine with frozen Greek yogurt— a healthier sundae.
Is Our Yogurt and Cherry Red Wine Sauce Healthy?
Let’s begin with an ugly truth: this sauce is thickened with sugar, so it should be used in moderation.
1. Sugar and Calories
Per serving, the sauce contains 1 tbsp of sugar (13.5 grams), which is 25% of the daily recommended amount. In terms of calories, it’s roughly 112 calories added to whatever you’re serving it with.
At first, we gave vanilla ice cream a chance, but the two combined were super sweet— 3 tbsp of sugar per serving. After many failed attempts to adjust the ratio, we decided that store-bought ice cream should be served as-is.
Greek yogurt was our next candidate— healthy, tangy, less saturated fat, basically the healthiest dairy there is. As we each took a spoonful of yogurt and cherry wine sauce, we instantly knew the combination was a hit.
As Greek yogurt is sugar-free, each serving of the dessert yields only 1 tbsp of sugar and roughly 250 calories. These amounts constitute a healthy dessert.
Apart from the sugar yield, our cherry red wine sauce recipe also brings certain health benefits.
2. Benefits of Cherries
Cherries are frequently sought after, either to top desserts, make sauce, or eat as-is. Not only do they have a unique flavor profile, but their nutritional one also looks good.
The fruit is also proven to have a positive influence on the heart, thanks to these compounds and the high potassium content. Consumption of the fruit is linked to a reduction in risks of stroke and heart disease.
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Cherry and red wine make a perfect pairing in this delicious sauce.