Summertime is awash in fresh fruit. Right now, fruit is less expensive and better tasting than at any other time. Roadside stands are selling it by the bushel and farmers' markets have it piled high on the counter.
To make the best of it, it's helpful to have several ideas of what you want to do with it before you get it home. Delicious low and no sugar recipes are waiting for you here to try. In many cases, you can eliminate added sugar completely. Try using stevia, agave nectar or a non-sugar sweetener, instead.
A sweet casserole made with fresh Bing cherries, but not too sweet. The casserole serves 3 to 4 people for lunch and has only 1/4 cup of sugar in it.
Try it for dessert, instead, and put plenty of whipped cream on top!
You don't always have to can jam or whole fruit. This sauce or compote is sweetened with apple juice and the fruit. The small batch can be done in an hour and makes enough for two glasses of preserves, or you may choose to freeze it, instead.
Use this sauce for ice cream, yogurt, waffles, puddings or in-between cake layers. Or, try it with turkey or pork, instead of cranberry or applesauce.
This cherry sauce can be made in any quantity and only takes a few minutes to cook. It tastes wonderful over vanilla ice cream.
You may choose to replace the sugar in this sauce with stevia or other non-caloric sweetener, without affecting the consistency, if you wish.
Any fruit can be used in quarkspeise, which is a mixture of a very thick, fresh cheese, whipped cream and sugar. Blackberries, cherries, or the sauces described above can all be delicious foils for the creamy quark.
Once again, sugar is not required for consistency, so feel free to substitute your favorite sweetener.