August 2, 2013   By Kelly Bejelly

Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles Gluten-free

I didn’t have  fresh cherries  until I was 25 and moved to Portland.  My parents didn’t buy them for us growing up as they had to somehow feed 4 growing children on my father’s military pay.  Let’s just say I ate a lot of canned foods and rice and what fruit we ate was limited to oranges and apples.

Somehow between leaving the nest for college and striking out on my own voyage, I managed to avoid eating fresh cherries and what a mistake.

Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles Gluten-free

 

Anything fresh and in season is a dance party for your taste-buds.  You start keeping track of when fruit is at it’s ripest and eat as much of it as humanly possible during that time period.  Well, at least I do and then I start thinking what other yummy ways I can transform nature’s berry into a special treat.    Now anytime you mess with fresh cherries to make a dessert you will need a cherry pitter.  It’s fun to use and leaves a sweet massacre in it’s wake.  It will also make it an easy job.

Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles Gluten-free

This recipe is pretty simple, although you will cook the cherries before mixing them up with the other ingredients.  This will help distribute the flavors throughout the Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles recipe.

Mr. Bejelly loved this recipe so much that he ate two of them before I could take photos which is a huge no-no in the Bejelly household.  I figured that showed this recipe was pretty darn good if he was willing to risk my wrath, lol.

 

Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles Gluten-free

Cherry Cheesecake Popsicle

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Servings: 6
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
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Ingredients

  • 16 oz of fresh cherries - roughly 48 pitted.
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon power
  • 2 large extra-ripe bananas - roughly 8"
  • One 8oz package of cream cheese warm to room temp until it's soft.

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan combine the cherries, water, sea salt, vanilla and cinnamon.
  2. Cook over medium heat and after 20 minutes, mash the cherries with a potato masher.
  3. Let cook for 15 - 20 minutes and remove from the stove. Let cool.
  4. In a blender combine the cherries, cream cheese and two bananas and blend until fully combined.
  5. Pour into 6 popsicle molds and chill for 4 -5 hours in freezer.

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22 Comments

  • August 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    These sound outstanding and I definitely need to add a cherry pitter to my “kitchen wants” list!

  • Angela
    August 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Oh my heck, that looks delicious! I never dreamed of putting cream cheese in my popsicles.

  • August 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    These look totally yummy!

  • August 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I’m not a fan of cherries at all. My girls both love them though. I would rather sub strawberries in this recipe

    • August 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Strawberries would be awesome in this 🙂

  • August 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Ohhh these look refreshing..I love fresh cherries.

  • August 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a cheesecake popsicle before but I bet I would LOVE this!

  • August 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Oh wow these sound amazing!

  • August 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Ha!!!! Sounds like the rules at my house!

    I adore fresh cherries but we only get them once their in season and their price is less than HALF of what it is the rest of the year. Such an expensive fruit!

  • August 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I used to hate cherries and then I discovered sweet cherries at The Fresh Market. Life has never been the same. 😉

    I must try this recipe sometime!

  • August 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I love love LOVE these photos! Especially the messy cherry pits. 🙂 You’re right, the pitter is essential–I don’t know how I went so many years without one! These look delicious!

    • August 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you! I feel like I’m in a new area with these process shots and I’m stressing it. I’m trying to force myself to think fun and to try stuff I normally wouldn’t do. I really appreciate your comment hun!

  • August 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    That cherry pitter looks like serious business. I never had fresh cherries as a kid, either. I despised the processed, glow-in-dark kind that they put in 7-up. Once I discovered fresh cherries, I never looked back. Yummy recipe.

  • August 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    What a delicious summer treat!

  • August 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Your pops look yummy, but no cherry would survive long enough in my house to make anything with. My kid can pop off the stem chomp down the cherry and spit out the pit in a flash. Poof goes the whole bowl.

  • Angela S
    August 4, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Those pops look so creamy and delicious!

  • August 5, 2013 at 1:33 am

    These look so delish!!

  • August 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Oh, those look amazing. I bet any fruit would be good in there. I have a ton of blueberries I could use for these.

  • August 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I have to get that cherry pitter, that thing is amazing! And these popsicles look so good.

  • August 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

    OH YUM!! I really need a cherry pitter … after I get that, I will DEFINITELY make these!