Light Cherry Almond Crumbles Baked In Jars #DessertsInJars


Light Cherry Almond Crumbles baked in jars. There’s something magical about eating warm baked fruit on a cold winter evening. Any weather really! While I love fresh fruit and have a sweet passion for fruit smoothies, when I reach for a dessert I am partial to fruity ones.  I haven’t blogged in a week which is strange for me.  This light cherry almond crumble is from a book called “Desserts In Jars” by author Shaina Olmanson! A beautiful book filled with tips and recipes for gorgeous desserts you can create using glass jars. I was super excited to receive the book and I can’t wait to try out many yummy recipes. The first dessert that popped up at me was this cherry almond crumble. Its super simple to make and very light. I was a little apprehensive about actually baking in the jars, but they turned out perfect. Add a little whipped cream or ice cream and you can turn light cherry almond crumble into rich! I could not find fresh cherries so I used high quality frozen cherries and they tasted great. I can’t wait to try this with fresh cherries though once they comeback into season.  There’s something very special about creating desserts in jars! Almost like you’re creating a special individualized treat for someone and the nice thing is you can personalize it for each person. You can create a gluten -free treat for the gluten-free eating child or make one vegan for your vegan guest. The possibilities are endless. Not to mention the pretty picture it makes on your dining table. I will be be scouring the stores for mason jars just so I can create more treats. They are reusable too, so very environmental friendly. I will give away one book and who know? You could be the lucky winner!!



Nutrition Wise!

Cherries contain a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants! Packed with vitamins A, E and K, and all of the B vitamins except vitamin B12, they’re a great source of vitamin C. Cherries have also been touted for their soothing sleep inducing properties. It may not be a bad idea to have a portion for dinner :)!!  Almonds are full of heart healthy vitamin E and healthy fats. Combine the two and you have a sweet healthy treat!




Light Cherry Almond Crumble

Serves 9
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
By author Shaina Olmanson


  • 1 & 1/2 Cups flour ( I used whole grain)
  • 1/2 Cup sugar ( I used brown sugar)
  • 1/2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Ounces almond paste
  • 1/2 Tsp almond extract
  • 8 Tbsp ( 1 stick) cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 5 Cups sweet cherries (pitted and halved) (I used frozen cherries)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
  • 2 Tsps cornstarch


Make your own almond paste by soaking almonds in water, removing skin and blending smooth.


Make the crumble. Mix together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, egg almond paste, baking powder and salt. add butter pieces and use a fork to mix until the mixture is crumbly.
Press 3 rounded tablespoons of the mixture into bottom of the jars.
Make filling by mixing together cherries, sugar and cornstarch. Divide the mixture among the jars, filling each jar just below the lip. Mix the sliced almond with the remaining crumble and add 3 rounded tablespoons of crumble to each jar to cover cherries. Pack the crumble mixture down lightly down to keep in place,
Place the jars 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet . Bake 25 minutes till top of the crumble starts to turn a golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet. Serve warm or cold.


Giveaway ( Open to US residents only ) !!

All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite fruit to cook with and what you like to do with it !Contest closes December 24, 2012 at 11:59 PM CST.

For other additional entries ( optional) :
1. Pin any picture from this post to your favorite Interest board.  Please leave me a comment that you pinned the picture.
2. Tweet about this recipe and giveaway.  Please leave  me a comment that you tweeted the post.

3. You will receiving 3 Bonus entries if you participated (and used our hash tag) during the live chat with Shaina Olmanson on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8pm EST on Twitter. Please let me know in a separate comment that you did participate.

As a BONUS – there are 10 other blogs sharing recipes and have cookbooks to giveaway too!  That is 10 sweet chances to win and fabulous odds!  We are all posting on different days this week so be sure to check out the published posts as they go live on the day listed below.



  • Pam Clark from The Meltaways will be warming us up with the Spiced Hot Chocolate Mix with Cinnamon Marshmallows
  • Heather Gonzalez is the girlichef who can’t wait to share Orange White-Chocolate Cheesecakes with Cranberry Sauce



  • Jaime Rippy the blogger behind Mama Mommy Mom couldn’t resist the Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crust
  • Renee Dobbs from Magnolia Days had so much fun preparing Monster Mix Cookies


  • Jen Martinez form Juanita’s Cocina is raving about the Basil Strawberry Lemonade Granita… oh yeah
  • Lane Richeson from Supper for a Steal loves the twist on an old favorite Strawberry Shortcake

You can watch the Dessert In Jars book trailer and check out Shaina’s fun food blog, Food for My Family, for more family friendly recipes. If you would like to purchase this book for yourself or to give as a gift this season, you can purchase Desserts in Jars here.

Have a holiday season and have some fun creating Desserts In Jars!!



About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........


  1. These look amazing and I love that you included the nutritional value of these desserts! What a gorgeous dessert to serve for the Holidays!

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Thanks ! Enjoyed making it & it did taste yum ! Will be making it again am sure quite soon. Thanks for hosting Isabel 🙂

  2. My favorite fruit to cook with are peaches to make a delicious peach cobbler! Your dessert in a jar looks fabulous!!!!! mmmmm!

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Thanks ! Your campfire bars are so tempting 🙂 Am scared to hop over to your blog to see them coz I’ll get hungry 🙂 ! Peaches would be great !!

  3. Sue, I love these. I have plenty of little jars and this will be perfect ! So beautiful. So glad they have frozen cherries. My fav fruit to cook with are bananas !! I like making banana bread 🙂 ! I am entering BTW !!

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Comes out really good with frozen cherries !! And I did not have to remove pits ! Good huh ? !! Love bananas too ….who doesn’t ? 🙂

  4. I pinned it 🙂

  5. Not on twitter, so can’t tweet it… but another comment, so hopefully it counts 🙂

  6. My mouth is watering !!!!!!!!!!!! Just that ! My fav fruit to cook with are berries ( any kind ) I make berry pies ! Does that count ? Didin’t know abt the chat or I would have joined !

  7. The cherries and almonds sound spectacular together, Sue! I love to cook and bake with many different fruits (not necessarily at the same time!)

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Good answer ! So many fruits to choose from and they sure make healthy desserts! You are entered in the giveaway Cindy. Thanks for stopping by !

  8. These sound so amazing, Sue! Cherries are my all-time favorite fruit, so these are on my list once I can get my hands on some good ones again. 🙂

    • Sunithi Selvaraj, RD says:

      Love Cherries too. Can’t beat fresh, but frozen comes in handy for smoothies & baking !! I loved your dish too BTW 🙂

  9. Apples would be my choice, there are so many different recipes you could choose from.
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  10. I tweeted

  11. I love peaches ! Peach cobbler and your dish looks terrific 🙂

  12. Pinned

  13. Tweeted

  14. I love cooking with rhubarb, it’s so tangy and flavorful! My favorite thing to make with it is a buttermilk coffee cake.

  15. Lia Simpson says:

    Apples Caramelized in brown sugar and butter

  16. Lia Simpson says:
  17. Apples are so versatile. We can cook them with brown sugar and raisins to serve with pork, make apple pie or apple crisp for dessert, or make apple bread.

  18. My favorite fruit to cook with are apples and I like to make pie with a homemade caramel sauce and roasted pecans.

  19. It looks so yummy!! I want to try it as well. By the looks of it, it tastes so good and overflows with healthy nutritional advantages. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. It made me drool! 🙂


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