2 cups frozen pitted sweet cherries, thawed
2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup reduced-fat all-purpose baking mix
1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup egg substitute or 2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the cherries in a 9-inch pie plate. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of the nutmeg over the cherries.

2 In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, the baking mix, yogurt, milk, egg substitute, and vanilla until smooth. Spoon the batter over the fruit.

3 Bake for 40 minutes, or until the cake is richly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts

PER SERVING 181 calories, 2g total fat (0.5g saturated), 1mg cholesterol, 2g dietary fiber, 36g carbohydrate, 5g protein, 272mg sodium

Clafouti is a traditional home-style French dessert made with a batter that closely resembles pancake batter—which is why we based this recipe on a store-bought baking mix intended for pancakes. Since most such baking mixes are pretty high in fat, we used a reduced-fat version. You could also make this dessert with other fruit: Try a combination of 1 cup cherries and 1 cup peach slices. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the fruit (in addition to the nutmeg).

Many of the recipes in this book contain off-the-shelf foods to help keep recipe prep effort to a minimum – a benefit for your arthritic hands. However, some foods – like canned beans – can hike up sodium levels. If you are carefully watching your sodium, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for Arthritis Health, edited by John A. Flynn, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 20 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 06 Apr 2015