HEALTHY POMEGRANATE CHOCOLATE CANDY CUPS

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HEALTHY POMEGRANATE CHOCOLATE CANDY CUPS (4)

Who loves chocolate candies? This is what I called  healthier chocolate candy treat or my Healthy Pomegranate Chocolate Candy Cups. The combo of fresh anti oxidant-rich pomegranate seeds + 85% dark chocolate + crushed salted and roasted pistachio and toasted coconut chips is simply a BOMB!

I am already thinking about Christmas! I know it is early but let’s be honest Christmas is already everywhere in any store. So hard to not feel the Christmas spirit already ! I love Christmas anyway it is my favourite time of the year because it is all about food and family. But this year I want to build an homemade advent calendar for my girl full of healthy home made chocolate candies. This recipe will be one of them I am sure! What I love the most about this recipe is the juicy texture that release the pomegranate seeds when you eat those cute cups. It reminds me the famous mon cheri candied cherry chocolate – without the liquor of course. The good thing is they store very well even if it contains fresh fruits. I kept mine up to 2 weeks in a plastic jar in the fridge without seeing any change in taste or texture.

HEALTHY POMEGRANATE CHOCOLATE CANDY CUPS (1)

The combo of salted roasted pistachio and pomegranate is absolutely delicious and the colour are simply the one I love for Christmas.

HEALTHY POMEGRANATE CHOCOLATE CANDY CUPS (2)

Well if you also wonder how to de-seed a pomegranate in less than a minute with no mess  ? This is how I did it. I simply draw lines on the top of pomegranate using a sharp knife. Then I break the shell following those lines. I used a teaspoon to scratch the seeds out of the shell and discard the white parts. I simply rub the seeds into absorbent paper to remove the white parts easily without using any water. It is a very easy 10-minutes guilt free treat for christmas and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.

HEALTHY POMEGRANATE CHOCOLATE CANDY CUPS (3)

Ingredients

  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2/3 cup Dark Chocolate, 85% Cacao, or sugar Free Milk chocolate if prefered
  • 24 Mini Baking Cups with dots
  • 1 Large Mini Muffin Pans of 24 Cups
  • 1/4 cup Roasted and Salted pistachio or Unsalted Pistachiosif prefered
  • 3 tablespoons Toasted Coconut Chips

Instructions

  1. Using a mortar and pestle crush the pistachio until it forms a powder with some bites of pistachios to keep some crunch. Set aside into a bowl.
  2. De-seed the pomegranate following the pictures above and place the seeds into a bowl. Make sure you discard all the white parts that stick to the seeds. The easiest way to do this without water is to gently rub the seeds into a piece of absorbent paper.
  3. Place the baking cups into the mini baking cups tray.
  4. Arrange the pomegranate seeds into each cups filling the cups up to 3/4.level withpomegranate seeds.Sprinkle crushed pistachios, quantity as you like.
  5. Melt the sugar free chocolate – or 85% dark chocolate. I simply microwave my chocolate into a bowl for 30 seconds, two times, stirring between.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate into each cups to almost cover all the seeds. You can add more chocolate if you like but I like the colour of fresh pomegranate seeds on top of the cups.
  7. Sprinkle some toasted coconut chips on the top, make sure they did into the melted chocolate to hold and add extra crushed pistachios to decorate.
  8. Refrigerate until the chocolate harden,.
  9. Store in a plastic airtight container up to 2 weeks in the fridge.