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A Valentine’s Day Sweet Treat – Easy Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters Recipe

by Jeanette on February 11, 2012 · 18 Comments
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Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters

Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters

Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day and I’ve been collecting cheery and bright ideas on my Valentine Pinterest Board the past few weeks, some healthier than others. Since February is Heart Disease Awareness Month, I wanted to come up with an easy Valentine’s Day treat that is not only sweet but heart healthy. I got this super easy idea from Lexie’s Kitchen and added heart healthy nuts to them.

Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters

Chock full of heart healthy walnuts (high in omega-3 fatty acids) and pomegranate seeds (or arils) which contain antioxidants with heart-protecting benefits, these dark chocolate clusters make the perfect treat for your loved ones. Not to mention that dark chocolate also has protective effects for the heart.

For more heart healthy recipes, check out my Heart Healthy Pinterest Board

A Valentines Day Sweet – Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 16-18 clusters, depending on size

A Valentines Day Sweet – Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters

This is more of an idea than a recipe. Use your imagination.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Directions

  1. Melt chocolate in double boiler. Make chocolate clusters one of two ways: (1)Mix walnut pieces and pomegranate seeds in with chocolate and put spoonfuls of chocolate mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet; (2) line mini-muffin tin with paper liners. Spoon a little melted chocolate in the bottom of the liner. Sprinkle a few walnuts and pomegranate seeds on top, then drizzle more melted chocolate on top. Sprinkle another layer of walnuts and pomegranate seeds on top, and finish with a drizzle of melted chocolate.
  2. Place in refrigerator until firm.

Notes

I tried making these chocolate clusters with black walnuts as well as regular walnuts. Black walnuts have a unique flavor. They are stronger tasting and have a little bit of a fruity flavor that paired nicely with the pomegranate seeds and chocolate.

http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2012/02/a-valentines-day-sweet-treat-dark-chocolate-walnut-pomegranate-chocolate-clusters.html

This recipe has been linked up to the #chocolatelove event hosted by Mis Pensamientos.

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Comments

  1. These are so pretty and delicious looking.

  2. Love the ones in mini muffin cups — they look so organized! I might have to make a tiny exception in my diet to sneak in one of these treats for Valentine’s Day.

  3. These are coming to my home. I love the touch of decadence with all the other goodness.

  4. I am fine with healthy desserts — so long it is doused with a great amount of chocolate. That looks amazingly drool-worthy Jeanette. Happy V Day :)

  5. They’re just so pretty. The red and the dark chocolate are are perfect complement, not only in the photo but I’m sure in taste too!

  6. These look so yummy. I am very ready for my Valentine’s chocolate so if I don’t get any this year, I am going to make these. :)

  7. Lovely! I’m thinking these would be delicious with pine nuts too.

  8. What a great idea! I love Pinterest for that :) I don’t have any Pom arils around but I do have some leftover organic dried cranberries. Might have to throw these together tomorrow!

  9. Oooh, these seem delish! I imagine the bursting pomegranate seeds are amazing in this. Can’t wait to make these!

  10. i saw these the other day and i knew i have to come back to leave a comment.
    they make such a sweet treat and love the addition of pomegranate seeds!

  11. WHo could say not to a fruity-nutty-chocolatey cluster? I couldn’t! Must give this a try! Thanks for sharing…

  12. this is my kind of chocolate!!! i LOVE dark chocolate. mmmmm. i’m sure the pom seeds add the perfect touch of sweetness too. sending some #chocolatelove to you! ps – what type of dark chocolate did you use?

  13. I love pomegranate! im so trying this! thanks for sharing.

  14. Cemile Usta says:

    I love pomegrates, yesterday, I tried your recipe without wallnut, yummmmm http://www.pinterest.com/pin/230950287114938124/

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