Top off a romantic meal with a tiny treat! CHOCO-POM-BONS


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A romantic Valentine's meal is not complete without a tasting of chocolate at the end. Chocolate is synonymous with romance and the perfect way to end your special meal. These treats are rich but healthy… good for the heart and soul! You can serve one tiny Pom Bon in a small bowl. (This bowl is one I bought in Sicily and is typically used for an individual serving of olives or olive oil.) Add a nice glass of champagne if you want, and that's all you need for dessert. These are easy to make ahead and will keep up to a week in the refrigerator.  Here's how I put them together.


After making the chocolate mixture, form a ball and use your thumb to make an indentation in the middle. Add 4-5 pomegranate seeds, then cover. Your Valentine will find a sweet and crunchy surprise in the middle! (See the video below showing how to make the task of removing the seeds a little eaiser.)


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Using a sifter, dust the finished pom-bons with raw cacao powder and serve individually like I did above, or on a platter if you're having a party! 


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See the surpise in the center--


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Don't forget to check out the video at the end of this post! But for now, here's my recipe.


CHOCO-POM-BONS


4 pitted medjool dates

1 T. water

1 16-oz. jar unsalted almond butter (either raw or roasted)

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder 

3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, ground fine

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 T. powdered greens like Green Vibrance (optional)

1/4 cup cacao nibs (optional)

Pomegranate seeds

 

Place oats in a blender or food processor and grind for a few minutes. (I don't like to see large grains of oats in mine, but it's really up to you. You can even skip this step if you want.) Put oats aside and reuse the blender or processor for the dates.

 

Combine the dates and water to make a smooth paste, about the consistency of the almond butter. Place the date paste, almond butter (use smooth or chunky, whatever you prefer), and honey in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended. Almond butters vary in the oil content. If yours is too dry, add a little healthy oil (like flaxseed or sunflower seed) after you've mixed in all of the dry ingredients to achieve a good consistency. Or, if it's too moist, add more flax seeds.

 

Blend in raw cacao powder, ginger and optional nibs and powdered greens. Stir in the oats. From a ball and then make a hole in the ball with your finger. Put pomegranate seeds inside and cover the hole. You may dust with more cacao powder, if desired. Refrigerate. 

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HOW TO REMOVE POMEGRANATE SEEDS

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