My husband loves chocolate and pomegranate seeds, so I made pomegranate chocolates for a holiday treat. Whenever I plan a holiday meal, I serve a bite-sized sweet treat.
To make it simple, I combined fresh pomegranate seeds and vegan dark chocolate to make pomegranate chocolates that melt in your mouth.
Vegan chocolate for pomegranate chocolates
Vegan chocolate was difficult to find when I first transitioned to a plant-based diet. However, I've found a variety of vegan chocolate chips on the shelves in my local grocery store.
I'm shocked by the variety of vegan chocolates and other products available. I'm also grateful I don't have to shop at multiple stores or order unique vegan products online.
Also Read: Is M&M's Vegan-Friendly?
My favorite vegan chocolate chips
- Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (mini chips, regular chips, and chunks)
- Gefen Vegan Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips
- Haddar Vegan Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips
- Lily's Sweets Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
- Paschas Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Chips
Making vegan pomegranate chocolates is easy; it takes less than 20 minutes.
Once the chocolate is melted, place a small spoonful of chocolate in each mini-muffin wrapper. Then, roughly spread around the muffin wrapper. The chocolates look better when they aren't identical or "neat."
Next, while the chocolate is melted, add a Tablespoon of fresh pomegranate seeds. Finally, place the chocolate and pomegranate seed mixture in a mini-muffin pan, where the chocolates will chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Once chilled, the mini-muffin wrappers are peeled off to reveal beautiful pomegranate chocolates.
Store on a plate covered in the refrigerator until serving.
The health benefits of eating pomegranate seeds
Even though chocolate is not typically a healthy food, pomegranate seeds are!
According to Healthline, the pomegranate's skin is thick and inedible, but there are hundreds of edible seeds within. Each seed is surrounded by a red, juicy, and sweet seed covering known as an aril.
The seeds and arils are the edible parts of the fruit — eaten either raw or processed into pomegranate juice — but the peel is discarded.
Pomegranates have an impressive nutrient profile — one cup of arils (174 grams) contains (2):
- Fiber: 7 grams
- Protein: 3 grams
- Vitamin C: 30% of the RDI
- Vitamin K: 36% of the RDI
- Folate: 16% of the RDI
- Potassium: 12% of the RDI
The pomegranate arils are also very sweet, with one cup containing 24 grams of sugar and 144 calories.
However, pomegranates shine in their wealth of powerful plant compounds, some of which have potent medicinal properties.
Not only are these bite-sized pomegranate chocolates delicious, but they also look beautiful on any dessert tray.
If you love bite-sized healthy vegan desserts, try these tasty recipes.
- Chocolate Vegan Pudding
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- Vegan Vanilla Pudding
- Simple Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Vegan Pumpkin Crack Dip
- Pumpkin Spice Bread
- Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies
- 9 ounces vegan dark chocolate chips I used Enjoy Life Brand
- 8 ounces pomegranate seeds
- Place the vegan chocolate chips in a glass pyrex measuring cup in a microwave.
- Microwave using the melting setting, identifying chocolate, and stirring as directed. If you don't have these options, microwave the chocolate at level 5 for 3 minutes at a time, stirring in between until it is melted and smooth.
- Using a double boiler, place a small amount of water in the bottom portion of the double boiler. Add the chocolate chips to the top pan, being careful not to get water in the chocolate chips (which will ruin it). Bring the water in the lower pan to a boil, reduce heat, and stir the chocolate chips to melt.
- Once melted, using a spoon, place a small amount of chocolate in the mini-muffin paper cups and spread around roughly to cover most of the inside of the paper cup. The chocolate cups do not need to be full or neatly done.
- Add a Tablespoon of pomegranate seeds and place inside a mini-muffin pan to chill in the refrigerator.
- Once all 24 cups are filled, cover the muffin pan and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Then, remove the pan from the refrigerator and peel the wrappers off the pomegranate chocolates,
- Place on a plate, cover, and store in the refrigerator until servings.
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂