Cherry Clafoutis – gluten-free

Before I share the recipe, I’d like to tell you the reasons I love this recipe so much…

  • It’s DELICIOUS!
  • It tastes both deluxe and comforting!
  • It’s not chocolate  (I love chocolate desserts, but they keep me up at night, so it’s nice to have an alternative)
  • It’s gluten-free
  • It’s dairy-free (or make it with butter if you prefer to go with a bit of dairy for more richness)
  • It’s protein-rich
  • It’s pretty low glycemic (meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar levels) due to the protein and healthy fats from the eggs and almond flour.
  • It’s not overly sweet, but still sweet enough.
  • I make it with maple-syrup – to skip the highly-refined sugars (which make me feel jangly).
  • It’s delicious served warm and also great the next day for breakfast or a snack!
  • The name itself is really cute (and my husband loves it), pronounced “cla-foo-ty”
Here’s the complete recipe:
This recipe is based on Elana Amsterdam’s Apple Clafoutis recipe from her book The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.  I love her recipes, they are simple and delicious. I tweak them to suit my family’s dietary likes and needs.
I decided to create a cherry Clafoutis because it’s the first kind of clafoutis that I fell in love with when I had it in France. It was 1999, I was pregnant with my first child and I fell in love with the creamy, subtly sweet delicious cherry clafoutis.

 

VOILA!

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 4 cups of fruit: I use 3 cups of frozen cherry’s (unsweetened) and 1 cup of fresh blackberries (you can get very creative here!)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (I use Native Forest canned coconut milk because the cans are BPA free)
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil (it depends on your preference for dairy vs dairy-free)
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract (or 1 tsp of vanilla powder or scrap a whole vanilla pod for an amazing flavor!)
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • dash of sea salt

 

HOW TO:

 

  • Oven to 350
  • Grease pie plate with coconut oil or butter and dust with almond flour
  • Place fruit in pan
  • In blender mix: eggs, maple syrup, coconut milk, butter or coconut oil, vanilla
  • Add into blender: almond flour, salt, cardamom.
  • Blend
  • Pour the custard mixture onto the fruit
  • Bake for approximately 55 min – until the top is golden brown and the custard is set.
  • Let cool for 30 min.
  • It’s delicious served warm, and also great at room temp.
I serve it with a drizzle of whipped canned coconut milk.

 

VARIATIONS:

 

  • FRUIT: You can use almost any other fruit in this recipe! I like cherry because the very first Clafoutis I ever had was in France and it was cherry – which is the classic way.  Elena Amsterdam makes hers with apple. I can imagine it would be delicious with raspberries!
  • SWEETENERS: If you want this to be even lower on the glycemic index (less blood sugar boost) I can imagine using rice-syrup. However, I would add a little extra, because rice syrup becomes less sweet when you bake it.
  • FLOUR: I haven’t tried this with coconut flour. I think it would be kind of nice to have a nut free version, but be aware that coconut flour soaks up more moisture than other flours.

I’d love to hear about your variations!

 

ENJOY!

 

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Nina Manolson, MA, NBC-HWC, board certified Health Coach and Psychology of Eating Coach believes that every woman deserves to feel good in her own body. She helps women create a healthy and positive relationship with their food and body so they can love their body and life!  She’s the founder of NinaManolson.com and NourishedWomanNation.com 

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