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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)

We are staying local and having a g.f. dinner with friends!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I keep the shopping to a minimum. We stay home and watch old Christmas movies instead of going out.
mosiersue@me.com

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

I will definitely not be simplifying this year! I am turned my families famous candy cane cookies into a GF/DF addition.. and doing the same with our pizzels we make every year! It can't get much better than that! Thank you for the opportunity!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Reposted on my facebook page! :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

How am I "simplifying" the holidays this year? I am NOT! I LOVE this season, and it only comes once a year, so we embrace it! Even though our kids are in college it's nice when they return home and we celebrate the season. Boyfriends and girlfriends now join our family in many of our traditions. However, the one area that is off limits is the annual picture with Santa...once they marry into the family then they can join us on that one. Happy Holidays! :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRonnda Stapleton

I'm a newly diagnosed celiac, so these will be my first gluten free holidays. I guess I will be making my life simpler by not eating things that make me sick. But I also need to figure out how to make myself some amazing gluten-free treats, so the process might not be that simple - but I'm up for the challenge :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

Lexie- I love how simple this recipe is! Sometimes simple is so much better. My holiday season will be pretty simple this year for the fact that I am not hosting Christmas, but I plan to help my sister with the cooking so technically maybe that's not considered simple. :). Anyway, enough of my ranting, thanks for the "simple" but delicious-looking recipe! I think this recipe would also be a nice treat at Valentine's Day.

Happy Holidays!
Megan

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Holder

I shared this recipe on Facebook, tagging you. :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Holder

I really need to work at simplifying the holidays! The dessert looks so amazing I might just bring it to the company pot luck!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Keeping it simple...or going to try. Every year I am frantic about getting the perfect Christmas card picture...this year I'm not doing it. Kids will be happy. I'm also trying to just keep gifts to a minimum...and focus on our family being together. :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Just shared on facebook. :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Posted on Facebook!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah L

The hubby and I are simplifying the holidays by agreeing not to buy each other gifts. We're also staying home, I'm making lots of cookies to give away and we'll enjoy time with friends. Thank gosh for the ability to Skype family on Christmas day!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I shared this simple but delightful sounding recipe on my FB page! My daughter loves pulling the seeds out of pomegranates so we are going to have a blast trying these!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDionne R

We're simplifying our holidays this year by asking the grandparents to give less "stuff" for gifts and more experience based gifts for our daughter.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDionne R

I re-tweeted on Twitter! This looks fabulous...I can't wait to make these!!!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimone

I am recently diagnosed (August) and have a severe wheat allergy as well so I am paranoid about being away from home and specifically worry about spending any length of time at my parents or my in laws. So, I'm not sure it qualifies as simplifying but we are going to limit our traveling which means hopefully we can avoid some of the pomp and circumstance of the holidays and avoid the mass amounts of wheat they consume...

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura S

I will be simplifying this year by baking with few ingredients and ones that I readily have on hand such as almond flour, Stevia, vanilla extract and organic dark chocolate. So all treats will require minimal preparation and be guilt free as well! This one fits the bill perfectly- thanks for sharing! :)

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimone

Shared on Facebook!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRowan

To simplify the holidays my extended family decided not to give gifts to each other this year. Instead we will all apply the money we would have spent toward getting together next summer for a family reunion.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

I'm simplifying the holidays by doing a small handmade item as a mass gift this year instead of any gift exchanges. Excited to try this simple recipe and would love to win some cookbooks!!!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Erb

I'm simplifying by simply stressing less and taking life as it comes!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

This is our 1st GF Christmas! In the last 7 months we've done LOTS of experimenting including different homemade all-purpose flour mixes. For all the traditional baking this Christmas, I've decided to just buy a good all-purpose mix to save time! Hope all my traditional cookies, goodies & breads come out as good as before GF!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie M.

Pomegranates have always been part of this holiday since I was a very little girl... I can't wait to make these and take them to share with my dad this Christmas. Two of his favorite things - together!

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

Posted on Facebook :}

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

We are simplifying by not traveling this holiday, we will be staying home and taking it easy.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarol

I shared this on facebook.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarol

We are "simplifying" Christmas by staying at home and spending it with family.

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

This year we are simplifying Christmas dinner and only making just enough food for four people so that there will be no waist. A small duck, some veg and a gluten-free Christmas pudding. Delicious and enjoyable for everyone.
I love your photos!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHanri

We are keeping Christmas simple by curbing the perfectionist motivation. What gets done gets done and what doesn't probably wasn't vital to the holiday anyways. I am really loving the gluten-free recipes and ideas! I am inspired!!!!! I have two pomegranates that are just waiting for this simple and lovely recipe. Thanks!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnMarie Deis

I posted to my Facebook page!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnMarie Deis

And to my Twitter account as well!!!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnMarie Deis

Ahh the simple life for us is not traveling this Christmas and only giving handmade goodies.
carriemak at aol dot com

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Those pomegranate clusters are so beautiful for Christmas. My girls will love them. We dont try to hard yet to simplify because we love the traditions we have started.

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Padgett

I keep trying to simplify my holidays, but never seem to actually make it happen! I always find "one more recipe" that I just have to try.... I thought going GF would slow that down, but now I just have a whole new stack of recipe cards lined up across the kitchen counter! These pomegrante goodies are now printed out and the ingredients are on the shopping list. I love how they look like little red jewels drizzled in chocolate. mmmmmmmm

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

WOW! How simple can a recipe get. Will definitely make these. We plan to get together with family for dinner and each person is going to bring one dishe from the main course. How easy is that! Another awesome giveaway. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGail

I will be simplifying by using fresher ingredients. Everything will be gluten and dairy free, and there will be very few eggs seen

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

I had to share this site/post on facebook for all my friends who are gluten-free! This is a great site for all of us who are new to the gf/cf lifestyle, thank you.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1550864181

bluebarn7@frontier.com

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Brooks

Ooh, those look really good! Pomegranates have a tendency to scare me off, though (same thing with coconuts).

I've gotten the GF Almond Flour Cookbook from the library and really like it; as a result I checked out the author's website and have bookmarked a bunch of her yummy recipes. Man, I would LOVE a Vitamix!

This year I pared down my Christmas letter to one page instead of TWO and ordered photo cards from cardstore.com (free addressing, shipping AND stamps!) to go along with them. The kiddos are just getting small gifts in their stockings and my extended family isn't exchanging gifts this year. It still feels just as crazy, though!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

I am simplifying by not trying to do as much. Less decorating, less baking, etc.

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey J

Shared on Twitter! https://twitter.com/#!/karlitacat

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

I love this recipe!!! Its quick and simple. I am always looking for something to take to a friends house as a little treat. PERFECT! Thankyou

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

We're combining celebrations with different parts of the family to have more of a pot-luck celebration rather than one person hosting!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I plan on simplifying by making my gifts this year. i also plan on focusing on spending my time with our immediate family. These look great and I feel very confident making them.

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervanessa toll

Wow, these look amazing! Beautiful too!
We are simplifying by not decorating or getting a tree. Less waste and less time eaten up - we rather want to spend the time with family and loved ones!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa GF

Oooh! Those look amazing and I just bought a pomegranate this week. Perfect!
I'm with you on simplifying Christmas. I just want a silent night, a Christmas tree and my family...and baking...and skiing...and friends...see how easy it is to go from simple to overkill.

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

We are simplifying the holidays by assigning everyone to a specific dish to bring to the holiday party so it's less preparation for all of us

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAly

I also stumbled this!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAly

Shared on Facebook.

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

This sounds so delish....cannot wait to make & try this treat with my kids!

December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

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