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This decadent-tasting Healthy Cherry Garcia Recipe puts summer cherries to perfect use when you want a nourishing sweet treat. The best part is, no ice cream maker required!

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I’ve always been a chocolate girl when it comes to dessert. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that my usual motto is that if a sweet treat doesn’t have chocolate, it just isn’t worth it.

But I have branched out a little, realizing the deliciousness in things like a creamy coconut custard, butter toffee shortbread cookies, and classic flavor combinations like peanut butter and jelly made into crumble bars.

This Healthy Cherry Garcia Recipe has just enough chocolate to hold my interest, without it overwhelming the recipe.

Because let’s face it, cherries also deserve a moment in the spotlight! Their season is so short-lived it warrants a celebration in the form of anything and everything cherry-flavored, including a healthy version of ice cream!

Cherry Garcia with Description

What is in Cherry Garcia Ice Cream?

Cherry Garcia is a flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It is cherry ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes.

According to Ben & Jerry’s, this ice cream originated as a fan-suggested flavor, and is a tribute to Grateful Dead musician Jerry Garcia.

Ben & Jerry’s also makes a low-fat frozen yogurt version of this flavor.

Healthy Homemade Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

This Healthy Cherry Garcia Recipe uses frozen cherries as the base with a touch of cream cheese and heavy cream.

If you prefer to cut the calories and fat a bit you could omit the cream cheese and heavy cream, and instead use 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt.

And a little dark chocolate pairs perfectly with the flavor of cherry!

Fresh Cherries

Cherries Nutrition

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, 1 cup of pitted cherries has the following nutrition information:

  • 97kcals
  • 1.63g protein
  • .31g total fat
  • 24.66g total carbohydrates
  • 3.2g fiber

Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries are rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body, and help to prevent cancer and heart disease. Additionally, the purple and blue pigments in cherries, called anthocyanins, help reduce pain related to inflammation.

Cherries are also a good source of potassium, which helps the body eliminate excess sodium, thus helping to lower blood pressure.

You can read more about the health benefits of cherries on Fox News, Health, and Live Strong.

Overhead View of Healthy Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe (No Ice Cream Maker) on White Table

Low Carb Chocolate

Just a little bit of chocolate adds so much flavor to this recipe!

There are a few good options available when you’re looking for delicious low carb chocolate:

Healthy Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe (No Ice Cream Maker) with Description

More Cherry Dessert Recipes:

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Healthy Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe (No Ice Cream Maker)

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
This decadent-tasting Healthy Cherry Garcia Recipe puts summer cherries to perfect use when you want a nourishing sweet treat. The best part is, no ice cream maker required!

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients except the chocolate to a high-speed blender and process until smooth and creamy, tamping down the ingredients as necessary. Stir in the chopped chocolate.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with a cherry.

Notes

  • Net Carbs: 6.5g per serving (1/2 of recipe)
  • To cut the calories and fat a bit you can omit the cream cheese and heavy cream, and instead use 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5of recipe | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Garcia, Cherry Garcia Recipe

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on August 27, 2018. I updated it with more information on June 26, 2020.

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About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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2 Comments

  1. Well, I halved the recipe, since there’s only one of me and I’m trying to lose weight 😛 And I used my Magic Bullet instead of my Ninja Foodi, since it’s such a small portion. As I figured, the ingredients weren’t liquid enough for the Bullet LOL So I added water to it, so avoid more calories. Now I’m drinking it 😂 It IS quite tasty. Maybe I’ll have to make a big batch, freeze the extra portions and hope that works next time.

  2. 5 stars
    Looks creamy and oh so delicious Faith. A few months back I was able to attend a cherry harvest up in Yakima Washington and it was fascinating touring the orchards and packaging plant.
    Thanks for including me here, too. :)

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