Monday, 24 September 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Dark Chocolate Pecan Pomegranate Clusters



It's time for another Secret Recipe Reveal Day. I love this group as each month I get assigned a blog which I usually spend many happy hours stalking before choosing a recipe to make and post on the same day as all the other SRC members.  This month I was assigned to Jeanette's Healthy Living. She had my blog on a previous reveal day so I'm pleased to return the favour. Jeanette is a stay at home mum looking after her 4 boys after working 17 years in corporate finance.  She developed a passion for cooking that is health focused but never compromising on flavour. She says she started her blog becasue she was spending a lot fo time making meals for family and friends with special dietary needs due to illness including her youngest son who has been diagnosed with multiple food allergies.  In a nutshell, her recipes are healthy, delicious and adaptable to suit different dietary needs. 


 
Her blog is beautifully laid out and easy to navigate.  I went straight to the recipe index and unsurprisingly chose 'Desserts and cookies'.  Recipes on my shortlist were Gluten/Dairy/Egg/Soy Free Vegan Quinoa Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal peanut chocolate chip cookie, Vegan Mango Panna Cotta with Kiwi, Mango and Strawberries and  Gluten Free Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie. In the end, I chose her  Easy Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters which she made for a Valentine's treat. I was intrigued as I've never used fresh pomegranate before (I made these at the same time as the pistachio and pomegranate pitstops but had to wait till reveal day to post this recipe) The only change I made was to substitute pecan nuts for walnuts as that was what I had in my cupboard.  They were really easy to make and tasted delicious! Everyone enjoyed these treats especially those with gluten intolerance.
 
As Jeanette says, this is more of an idea than a recipe. I didn't weigh the ingredients but essentially toasted some pecan nuts in the oven whilst melting dark chocolate over a pan of simmering water. I then mixed the toasted pecan nuts and pomegranate seeds into the melted chocolate and placed clusters into a mini cupcake case. Sprinkled a few pomegranate seeds on top, refrigerated for a few hours until solid and voila - quick and easy, delicious and healthy treat!  
 
 only 3 ingredients required!

 mix everything together


 love the pomegranate seeds on top!
 
 
 
 
 


45 comments:

  1. WOW, those sound so yummy and better yet so easy. I love the combo of pomegranate and chocolate!

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  2. this recipe is super delicious!!! I love pomegranate, these clusters look scruptious ;)

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  3. That looks delicious!
    I had your blog this month. Loved every bit of it. My post is live here http://chocolatesanddreams.in/entries/baking/congo-bars-secret-recipe-club-september-2012-the-more-than-occasional-baker

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    1. I'm so glad you liked my blog :) Great pick for SRC, thanks for dropping by.

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  4. Hi Ros, so fun that we've now had each other for Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! I'm glad you liked these little treats. They're so easy to make and very festive.

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    1. Hi Jeanette, everyone loved these treats! Just speaking to a vegan friend today so will be over to check out more recipes on your blog.

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  5. Looks perfect for Christmas treats too!

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  6. I love how simple and delicious these look!

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  7. Looks so yummy. I love anything with chocolate.

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  8. Looks great! My son would love this as he is crazy for chocolate and pomegranate! Great SRC pick!

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    1. Thanks! They are so quick and easy to make too :)

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  9. These look so pretty and Christmasy! Yum!

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  10. So festive & I'm amazed by the combo. Looks really yummy! :)

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    1. They were great and perfect for Christmas!

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  11. These look absolutely delicious and pretty Ros!:)

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  12. Very pretty!!!! And I bet they were yummy....on occasion if I'm making something with melted chocolate and I have extras, I'll see what I have in the cupboard and chocolate coat it (C: nuts, cheerios, fruit....yum!!

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    1. Coating anything in chocolate makes it better :)

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  13. Ohhh i've never thought adding pomegranate and pecans together :) But they sure look good and i bet they taste even better Ros ~ I'm gonna see if i can find some pomegrates here hehe

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    1. Thanks Daisy! I've not used fresh pomegranate before and it won't be the last time :)

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  14. Ah nice - it's good to see other uses for pomegranate... I never know quite what to do with them to be honest. Are you getting pomegranates already? I haven't seen any at all yet!

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    1. I'm not sure when the season is for pomegranates but they were selling them (on offer) in the supermarket. This is my first time using pomegranates so will have to experiment more.

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  15. I've never tried chocolate with pomegranate - bet it's great

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  16. Wow, that is so easy! And it looks so tasty too :D

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  17. These are beautiful! I've tried dried pomegranate and chocolate before but never fresh pomegranate. These must be delicious with a wonderful texture!

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    1. They were really good! I've never tried dried pomegranate before.

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  18. super simple and looks like a great treat!

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    1. thanks! they are great little treats :)

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