... because hey, we gotta live a little bit!
I have a sweet tooth. I am trying to tame it, and there are very few sweet things that do not "trigger" me (aka send me into a binge of oblivion). I have discovered that for myself and many others, certain sweets trigger while others, in moderation, do not.
Triggers: cookies, cakes, sweet baked goods of any kind that combine flour with fat and sugar. Ice cream that has candy or cookies in it. Pies or other starchy, fatty fried items like donuts.
Non-triggers: plain puddings, agave nectar, fruits, dark chocolate.
I think, for me, it is the deadly combination of refined flour, refined sugar, and fat that flip me out. When I was doing the South Beach Diet, there was a recipe in the book for fruit dipped in dark chocolate. Apparently that was ok in moderation, even on a low-refined-carb diet plan. That is where I learned how to treat myself with dark chocolate dipped fruits when I wanted a little something sweet.
Thus, my creation: dark chocolate pomegranate clusters (with walnuts):
I like to make these in the winter when pomegranates are in season. I love pomegranates, and they are SO good for you, as I discussed in this post. They are rich in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants as well as TASTE. Combined with the omega-3 fatty acids of walnuts and heart-healthy, antioxidant rich dark chocolate, these clusters make a wonderful little treat that I enjoy when I want a little something sweet that seems so rich and indulgent, yet is very nutritious and won't trigger me.
Just melt some good quality dark chocolate in a glass dish. Then rough chop a handful of walnuts and toast them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Mix those into the melted chocolate. Then use a spatula to gently stir in some pomegranate arils that you've patted dry *thoroughly* (if they are wet, the chocolate will seize; still tasty, just not as pretty.) Don't over mix or squash the juice out of them. Just fold until they are covered and drop by *small* spoonfuls into wax paper. Refrigerate until firm. You can then eat them from the fridge or freeze them for later use.
Notice, I have no special measurements. Just use lots of pomegranate, a small handful of nuts, and enough melted chocolate to *just* cover them. You want mostly fruit, not mostly chocolate.
When you take a bite, the sweet-tart, cold pomegranate juice bursts into your mouth, and that along with the crunch of the toasty walnuts and the richness of the chocolate is just heavenly. One or two little morsels is plenty for those times you just want a bite of sweetness after dinner.
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