Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bites

These dark chocolate pomegranate bites are such a fun, festive, colorful and EASY dessert to make over the holidays. They're naturally gluten-free and vegetarian and can even be made with dairy-free dark chocolate chips to make them vegan. 

This dessert is straight out of Miryam Quinn Doblas' new book, "The Healthy Matcha Cookbook: Green Tea-Inspired Meals, Snacks, Drinks, and Desserts" She is a blend (blogger + friend) whom I have gotten to know over the past few years and had fun adventures with in Seattle and Napa Valley. Her blog is Eat Good 4 Life --- and I love her recipes because they're all health(ier), use real whole foods, and are easy to prepare. This book is no different. 

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a concentrated, powerful powdered form of grean tea that is full of antioxidants and considered a true superfood. It helps fight free radicals, prevent disease, boost metabolism, burn calories, lower cholesterol, and help you sleep soundly. Really... who doesn't want all of that?!

healthy matcha cookbook

What You'll Find Inside the book:

There are over 60 recipes that show you how to incorparate matcha powder into every type of meal. Some others that I'm super excited to try are:

  • Matcha Energy Bars
  • Kale and Hot Pepper Grilled Cheese
  • Avocado and Eggs on Flatbread
  • Quinoa Burgers with Match Habanero Mayo
  • Curried Coconut Broccoli Soup
  • Asian Cabbage Salad

See?!?!?! So many good things to make! But, you'll want to start with these dark chocolate pomegranate bites.

dark chocolate pomegranate bites

I've made bark tons of times. Remember this holiday version, this carrot cake version, this Easter version, and this pumpkin one? But I've never spooned the chocolate into cute little individual bites like this. It always seemed like it'd be hard to get them so perfectly round, but it was super easy!

Miryam recommends putting them on parchment paper --- which I did not, because I was out (as you can see in the photo above)... but they would've done better than my coconut oil prepared pan. Once hardened, a few of the bites cracked when I tried to get them out. All that to say, follow her recipe and instructions exactly!

dark chocolate pomegranate bites - stack

The pomegranate seeds, pistachios, and match powder are a perfect combination of flavors and textures!

You can buy a copy of her book here.

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Seed Bites

Description

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bites // from the Healthy Matcha Cookbook

Ingredients

6 ounces
Dark Chocolate chips
2 ounces
pomegranate seeds
1⁄4 cup
Pistachios (coarsely chopped)
1 teaspoon
matcha powder

Notes

*This recipe is from The Healthy Matcha Cookbook, shared with permission of Skyhorse Publishing.

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until melted.
  3. Drizzle dollops of chocolate 2 - 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet, spreading each with the back of a spoon. Place a few pomegranate seeds and pistachios over the chocolate. Repeat until you use all the chocolate , pomegranate, and pistachios. Sprinkle the matcha powder over each piece and set the tray aside until the chocolate sets. (I put mine in the fridge to speed this up). 
  4. Store chocolate bites on the kitchen counter.

Yields 16 Bites