Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

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Coconut Cherry Clafoutis makes the most of cherry season. It’s a quick dessert, made even more delicious with the use of alternative flours and rich coconut milk which also helps to make the recipe dairy-free.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Cherry season must surely be my favourite fruit season. I am tearing through punnets of them like nobody’s business and the ones at the farmer’s market at the moment have been especially juicy and sweet. My fingers are constantly painted red with cherry juice but I have no regrets. They are utterly irresistible. The cherries that I’m not throwing down my gullet at every opportunity however have sought sweet solace in this beautiful clafoutis. It’s basically like cherries baked into custard, absolute perfection at the end of a long lazy Sunday barbecue.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

There was a bit of banter on the recipes during my research over whether to pit or not to pit the cherries. It wasn’t much of a battle for me though as I am head over heels for my cherry pitter plus the fear of cracking a tooth whilst I’m supposed to be treating myself seemed unfair punishment. Also we have a toddler so to pit is the child friendly option. It’s true that the cherry pits can add an extra layer of flavour, intensifying the almondy tang of the cherries but I’ve made up for that by using flavourful gluten-free flours, fresh lemon zest, warming vanilla and of course rich coconut milk.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

It’s a lovely quick dessert to knock up on a whim as long as you have your cherries to hand so even though you do have to put the oven on during a balmy summer day, there’s no slaving away beforehand. The cherries are just slung into a baking dish, the custard batter is whisked together in five minutes then it’s baked.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

I love this dessert, warm from the oven bedecked with a handsome dollop of ice cream. Since this is a deliberately dairy-free dessert then I would possibly go for a dairy-free coconut ice cream but it’s up to you. If there is no ice cream to hand, then I can vouch that your Coconut Cherry Clafoutis is perfectly acceptable naked with just a light dusting of icing sugar. It’s really all about the cherries anyway.

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Coconut Cherry Clafoutis is a delicious dairy-free and gluten-free dessert which makes the most of cherry season
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 253kcal


  • 500 g cherries
  • 30 g sweet rice flour
  • 20 g gluten-free oat flour
  • 75 g soft light brown sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 medium eggs lightly beaten
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar


  • Pre-heat the oven and grease a 25cm baking dish with coconut oil.
  • Remove the stalks from cherries and pit them, then lay them into the greased dish in one layer.
  • Sift the flours together with the sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle and whisk in the eggs until thick and smooth.
  • In a measuring jug stir together the lemon zest, vanilla extract and coconut milk then pour into the rest of the batter whisking well until smooth.
  • Pour the batter over the cherries then bake for 35-40 minutes until the clafoutis is set but still a little wobbly in the centre.
  • Dust the icing sugar over the top and serve warm. Amazing with ice cream.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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