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Wednesday
Dec072011

Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters

Simplify your holiday treat making with this easy two-ingredient recipe for Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters.Welcome to Day 10 of Home for the Holidays ... Gluten-Free Style. I have had a blast following this event and being a virtual guest in the homes of 25 food bloggers. Yesterday, over at Cook IT Allergy Free, Kim treated us to a Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Roll Cake and tomorrow the talented Brittany over at Real Sustenance will share one of her favorites—which I am sure will be divine. It has been a pretty tasty event!

If you have just joined us, here are the must-know details:

WHO: 25 gluten-free bloggers and host, Shirley of gluten free easily.
WHAT: Each sharing one recipe that means "home" and "holidays" to them.
WHEN: November 28 – December 23, 2011
WIN: Nearly 100 prizes are being given away—books, apps, magazine subscriptions, a shopping spree and the grand prize ... a Vitamix blender!!

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My mom, me, the best stepdad and dad anyone could ask for, my sister.When I reflect on Christmases of my childhood, "simplicity" comes to mind. There was nothing excessive about them—simple gifts, simple food. In retrospect, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. "Simple" meant we could be out the door by 10 and spending the rest of the day at Hapuna Beach! And yes, Santa does travel to Hawaii by canoe.

This year I thought I would follow in the footsteps of my parents. I have scaled back on the demands I would usually place on myself. The wrapping of gifts, the cooking, the baking, the getting ready for company. This year, we are going back to "simple"—and I can't wait!

Today I am sharing a two-ingredient recipe for chocolate pomegranate clusters. It's one I make with my boys—a tradition we have started and one that now means "home" and "holiday" to me.

If you love pomegranates like my boys do, you'll love this recipe. You take a bite ... sweet, decadent chocolate melts in your mouth ... and then, that burst of bright and tangy pomegranate juice. They are quite the delight and oh-so pretty! The husband calls them chocolate covered bugs. Boys! 

Oh and read Shirley's post here. She's actually toured a pomegranate orchard and has quite a few pomegranate recipes on her blog.

Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan

Makes: 20
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup CHOCOLATE CHIPS (Enjoy Life® are gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free)
1 POMEGRANATE (I used POM Wonderful®)

Directions:

1. Slice pomegranate in half and then into quarters. Place in large bowl of water and soak 5 minutes. Begin to break pomegranate apart under water, allowing arils to fall to bottom of bowl. Remove rind and membranes. Remove seeds from bowl, picking out any debris. Place on a paper towel-lined plate and blot gently with more paper towels. Arils must be completely dry. Let me stress that again, completely dry. To ensure this, I leave them out to air dry further for a couple hours or place them on a plate in a barely heated oven (that has been turned off). Any residual moisture will prevent the chocolate from binding to the arils and the clusters will fall apart.

2. Line a mini muffin pan with 20 mini muffin cups/liners.

3. Pour chocolate chips into a heavy-duty zip top bag, shake down into one corner. Place in microwave and heat in 15-20 second intervals, removing each time to knead. Continue until chocolate is smooth and viscous. Squeeze chocolate down into one corner. Snip off a tiny corner to make a makeshift piping bag.

4. Drizzle chocolate into bottom of cups. Add a layer of pomegranate arils to each cup. Drizzle with more chocolate. Repeat so that you have four layers of chocolate and three layers of arils.

5. Allow to harden in a cool, dry place. 

How to Remove Seeds (Arils) From a Pomegranate

Slice pomegranate in half (or quarters) and place in large bowl of water to soak for 5 minutes. Begin to break pomegranate apart under the water, allowing arils to fall to bottom of bowl. Remove rind and membranes. Remove seeds from bowl, picking out any bits of membrane. Place on a paper-towel lined plate and blot gently with more paper towels until arils are completely dry.

Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes

Check back daily for updates to list of Home for the Holidays ... Gluten-Free Style blog posts and the daily giveaways being hosted.

DAY 1 gfe–gluten free easily … Nutmeg Shortbread Flats
DAY 2 The WHOLE Gang … Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Toffee
DAY 3 Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom … Gluten-Free Fritters
DAY 4 The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen 
DAY 5 And Love it, Too!GF, DF Chocolate Pecan “Toll House” Pie 
DAY 6 Paleo Parents … Paleo Monkey Bread
DAY 7 She Let Them Eat Cake … GF, DF Candy Cane Ice Cream
DAY 8 Gluten Free For Good …Red Chile Enchilada Casserole
DAY 9 Cook IT Allergy Free … Cinnamon Bun Cake
DAY 10 Lexie at Lexie’s Kitchen ... the post you are reading 
DAY 11 Real Sustenance ...Chocolate Cinnamon Babka Bread
DAY 12 Elana’s Pantry ... Gingerbread Apple Crisp
DAY 13 The Spunky Coconut ... Peanut Butter Pie
DAY 14 Diet, Dessert and Dogs ... Anti-Candida Mint Chocolate Truffles
DAY 15 The Daily Dietribe  ... Cream Cheese Cookies
DAY 16 Gluten Free by Nature ... Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies
DAY 17 Jules Speaks Gluten Free ... Cinnamon Sticky Rolls (in the crockpot!)
DAY 18 Silvana’s Kitchen ... Pine Nut Cookies
DAY 19 Gluten-Free Cat  ... Christmas Breakfast Casserole
DAY 20 Simply Gluten Free ... Eggs Florentine
DAY 21 Alisa Cooks ...Pumpkin Bread
DAY 22 The Gluten-Free Homemaker ... Cinnamon Rolls
DAY 23 Gluten Free Gigi  ... Magical Seven-Layer Bars
DAY 24 Z’s Cup of Tea
DAY 25 Lillian’s Test Kitchen
DAY 26 gfe—gluten free easily

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If you have a blog and want to share your favorite gluten-free recipe that means “home” and “holidays” to you, please feel free to grab the badge for your post (kindly linking back to Home for the Holidays – Gluten free Style, of course)!

Reader Comments (325)

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December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

At the moment it seems that I'm simplifying the holidays, but I think it's more that I'm procrastinating all of my baking...

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaulaa

We are homeschooling this year for the first time. Spending time in the kitchen with the kids will be done as part of their schooling - teching and creating t the same time. No more hustling through recipes for a late light baking session. This is going to bring cherished memories and I am so looking forward to it!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStarbright

This year we are giving each child only two presents, and stocking stuffers. We are taking more time to do things as a family creating memories for years to come.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah S

I posted this on Facebook

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah S

I posted this on Twitter

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah S

I plan to simplify my holiday season by making more raw meals and desserts =) THis recipe looks so yummy!!!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlee

I shared on my FB =) Thanks for the great giveaway!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlee

This year is the first year we will be having a g-free holiday. Instead of getting caught up in replicating recipes with 5 different types of flours and complicated instructions, I plan on focusing on foods that are naturally gluten-free, just like your recipe today!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

simplifying the holidays by only shopping in little local stores on the island. and keeping purchases to a minimum and giving mostly gifts from the kitchen......more than one month gluten free and still learning. this giveaway came at the perfect time. thank you.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

liked and shared on facebook. thanks again for the chance to win a fabulous cookbook.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I just shared this post on twitter...

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

My husband prefers simple, so our holidays tend to be that. Most of the gifts have been purchased and wrapped already, and the few that haven't are ones I'm making. We'll spend Christmas Eve with extended family, and have Christmas day for our own little family, to relax and enjoy the day rather than rushing around.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine B

I keep it simple just by keeping it simple...one kind of cookie everyone likes, basic decorating, common sense gifts and a variety of horderves that everyone loves.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin W.

Hello, so happy that I've just discovered your page on facebook & your website. A friend of mine had posted your chocolate -pomegranate clusters. I reposted it too. I had to start eating gluten free & dairy free in summer 2010. It has helped my IBS & fibromyalgia. But being a French native living in the USA & loving Italian cuisine, the transition was not an easdy one. It went much better than I expected but I miss baking & finding desserts that are GF & DF. I happen to have ingredients at home so I'm going to give these choco-pom clusters a try today! Thanks again. happy for the chance to win!!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPascale D

Every year when I leave Oregon to go visit Southern California I have these grand plans of cooking new and exotic meals for my family (I'm in charge of meals because I seem to have the easiest time meeting everyone's needs: pre-diabetic, inability to digest high fat content foods, lactose-intolerance, and gluten intolerance. I also have the most time to cook because its my vacation and not anyone else's (I teach)). This year, while I have a few fun ideas for Christmas Eve, all of my recipes are favorites I've discovered through the year and have plenty of practice at. Most of them are even blasphemously simple for the holiday season.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKellyM

I bought all my Christmas presents early so it's not a rush at the last minute. Now if only I could get myself to wrap them....This recipe looks great!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMerrill R.

shared this post on facebook. thanks for the opportunity to win!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMerrill R.

I am simplifying the holidays this year by not trying to find gifts no-one wants. We each put a wish list on Amazon of our needs/maybe a want. All shopping done by the end of November. Not putting as many decorations up this year. Keeping it simple.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah M.

Simplify? I shop online and avoid the stores like the plague!

shared on facebook!

My husband's family is coming from overseas- that will help with all the food preparations!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Chocolate and pomegranate, what a great combination! I just tried some dairy-free pomegranate chocolate ice cream that was fabulous. Love the idea of simplifying my holidays by making simpler recipes like this :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara

I am focussing on family, and spending more time with my loved ones, even though there are only going to be 4 of us together. I want to spend it talking, playing games, hikinh and being together.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlena M

shared on FB :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara

stumbled :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara

We're not making as many gluten free cookies as last year which will simply cooking for me this year.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Brandt

simplifying?? Hmmm...well... Less shopping and more thought for what can I make for special gifts...my niece (17) is saving things in her hope chest for marriage...she made herself a lavender crochet baby blanket...I am making her a lavender baby hat to go with that as her Christmas gift.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda S.

I shared on facebook and "like" you on facebook.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda S.

Love that pomagrante in water idea...gonna save me a lot of time!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

We are simple this year because we aren't travelling...it used to be a 6.5 hrs drive to visit my parents, then we moved back "home". After that it was a 6.5 hr drive to visit hubby's parents. Now they moved up here. We are having a quiet Christmas just visiting family trying now recipes because we have new food intolerance's with the kids this year. It's actually fun to spend the extra time with my 9 year old daughter looking for recipes to try.

Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the great giveaways.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy M

I love the Pom Cluster idea, it's been one of my fruits of choice lately! I am simplifying the holiday by splitting more of the load with my husband to be this year, such as each of us making cookies and writing cards. The past two years haven't allowed him the time to help me, so it will be a great simplification!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgianna

We are actually staying home for the first time in 15 years. I am going to simplify my "baking gifts" by adding these treasures! Thanks for sharing!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershannon

Um, wow! Those look so great. To simplify my holidays we stay at home, limit presents (we are DONE buying), only buy what we can afford and don't feel badly about it. We celebrate what Christmas is really about and enjoy each other. :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M

Shared on facebook https://www.facebook.com/amanda.mcclary/posts/298840030156828

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M

tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/itsamandarae/status/144471845394071552

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M

Posted it on facebook! :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgianna

Those look like Christmas!
We are simplify the holidays by not travelling or trying to make all the different family gatherings. Too overwhelming for me especially since this is our first gluten, artificial colors, artificial flavors, BHA, BHT, and MSG free Christmas.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Blom

I simplified the holidays by starting a new family tradition whereas only the children get gifts. It really reduces the stress of trying to figure out what to get an adult - usually we just end up with junk we have to return or exchange so on top of the time we spent getting the gift (only to have the recipient return it) we were also wasting the time we had to spend returning or exchanging said gift. It's been much less stressful around the holidays now! We can focus on baking and just spending time together! :D

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdebra z

I always try to keep meals simple. I also like to make big batches so we can have leftovers.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne H

I posted on FB.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne H

I tweeted.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne H

I love your site Lexie! These look yummy... I've never tried pomegranate but I want to try now. To simplify Christmas this year we are staying home and trying to minimize the gift giving and just do more quality time!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Those look fantastic! I love good food thats simple to make :) I tend to go overboard around christmas, so simple treats are great!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanell

We're keeping it simple by hosting (so the family comes to us). Will definitely be making this recipe...thanks! :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCecimami

It's just going to be my husband and I with our new baby girl. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

We are simplifying the holidays this year by going to one set of our parents for Christmas Eve and the other parents for Christmas, not trying to cram in both sets of parents on both days.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

What a wonderful and easy recipe! I am crazy about pomegranates. We are staying home this year which makes it easier for us.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ Gluten Free Pantry

I tweeted about the giveaway

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I'm trying to simplify the holidays by doing all of my Christmas shopping online or getting gift cards. Much easier than heading to the stores :).

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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