Friday, January 22, 2010

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters

... 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):

dark chocolate walnut pomegranate clusters 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.

pomegranate recipe
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.

Enjoy!
chocolate pomegranate

30 comments:

Pink Panda said...

can you send me some?

pretty please.

screwdestiny said...

What a great idea! I want to get me a pomegranate now just so I can make some of these.

BlueRaspberry said...

I dont eat chocolate - but I can see that they look de-lish! My daughter will love them though.

BR

notfernsblog said...

Ohh, those look too good to be true! If only I had some pomegranates...perhaps they'd work with cranberries?

Run, Heat, Run said...

Thanks, Lyn. I'll be going to the store after Zumba.. haha. :)

M said...

Oh my goodness those look gorgeous!!!
What a brilliant idea.

Andra said...

Thanks for this! I just dissected two huge pomegranates to have in the fridge for breakfasts with Greek yogurt. I have chopped walnuts in the freezer, I may make a batch for a Saturday evening treat. YUM!

Ms. PJ Geek said...

ooh..I saw that in the title and immediately assumed a trip to Trader Joes was in order..when cherries are in season and cheap I made this same treat

Tiffany said...

Wow, these look awesome! Hubby would enjoy them as well. Guess I'll have to go raid the neighbors' pom tree :)
Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

South Beach Steve said...

Good golly this looks great!

Ria said...

OMG - those look absolutely amazing. I am going to try making them later today.

Me said...

Chocolate! Yum!
That is my biggest weakness!
These look delicious! I might try with some other fruits, but the nuts are a great idea!

BrendaKaye said...

Wow...those pictures are amazing! Actually, it is because of your blog that I tried pomegranates last year. Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

Those are gorgeous! What a nice little gift idea, too.

M said...

That looks awesome! Thank you for your kind words in my latest post. I'm following your blog now.

NSGIRL said...

Wow! They look delicious! I just might have to try & make me some of those for a nice treat!

Julia said...

Looks great - I love pomergranates.
You can buy choc covered pomergranate too by Brookside for when it's not in season.

Julia
http://juliasjourney-finally.blogspot.com/

Martine said...

They look delicious. I know and understand about the sweet tooth. I don't know if it is mind over matter but when I have green tea it does help with curbing the sugar cravings, as well when I increase protein in my meals I have little or no sugar cravings. Martine

Anonymous said...

Hi I just found your blog. I have 130 lbs to lose. I need help. Are you on WW?

MsMagnetism said...

Mmmmmm. Those look SOO yummy.

I'll probably never make them because unlike you even dark chocolate causes cravings with me so I'm better off just staying away from it..But I'll be dreaming about these yummy looking treats tonight!

SnappyMom said...

These look wonderful! I love dark chocolate, and this is a great way to stretch it further. mmmmm!

Anonymous said...

ohhh my father made these a couple of months ago, minus the walnuts, and they were great. cool to see you like them, too!

have you ever made yogurt cheese? i'm making some in the fridge right now, and it's only halfway finished, and it's still amazing. i heard of it awhile ago and put off making it because, well, it sounds gross... but it's not, it's fantastic. i've seen recipes calling for non-fat yogurt and for full-fat yogurt, but i use 2% and it seems perfect. it tastes like full-fat, full-cream, full-dairy ridiculousness, but it's not - just slightly concentrated 2% yogurt (so i suppose 3, 4 percent milk fat, max).

there's lots of recipes/info about this online, but essentially all it is:

buy 2% (my favourite) organic yogurt, made without gelatin. "balkan style" 2%, if you can find it, is especially good.

put a few pieces of cheesecloth over a strainer.

put the yogurt in the strainer.

put the strainer over a pot.

put the whole thing in the fridge.

after about four hours, you'll have an extra thick yogurt you can mix with agave for something that tastes WONDERFULLY like cheesecake. i just tried this and it's great.

after about 12 hours, you'll have something that is more dense, like cream cheese. you can mix it with salt or garlic or whatever and treat it as if it IS cream cheese.

Tammy said...

These look divine! Thanks for sharing! :)

balancedanne said...

These are amazing!!! Thank you for the recipe! I made them yesterday morning after reading your blog post. I was out of walnuts and substituted pecans. Outstanding! I love the way they burst in your mouth. They were also a big hit with my boyfriend and roommate! Thanks for another great recipe!

Karen In Tennessee said...

Again, Lyn, you have described me perfectly...but until now I never "got it" about why sometimes I eat sugar with no problem and other times I find myself awakening from a sugar coma, slumped in an alley surrounded by Snickers wrappers not remembering anything from the previous 48 hours. But I think you are right (at least about me)...its the combination of sugar, fat, and flour that sends me off the deep end into Bingeworld. Great insight...and I think this will help me!!! THANKS!

Dana (www.eatsleepgetfit.com) said...

omg so trying this!

Deb said...

Wow. Those look amazing!

All Women Stalker said...

Dark chocolate is the best! Soooo yummy.

Certifiably Fit said...

Those look AMAZING! totally stealing this idea from you.

Kirsten said...

Yummmm. Looks good.
For the holidays, I make Chunkies to take along to family gatherings. Usually Semi-Sweet chocolate, but maybe I'll try dark, with walnuts and raisins.

Bravo!