Quick and easy home-made vegan chocolate with a soury kick from pomegranates and creaminess from the peanut butter
In case you are craving some semi-healthy snack or just want to enjoy a chocolaty treat with a hint of something different, you are at the right place
This vegan chocolate recipe will impress all your chocolate-loving friends. Also, chocolate nay-sayers could easily be converted, thanks to pomegranates and peanut butter.
I am not a big fan of plain chocolate but fruit and chocolate? Yes please, and yes please again.
Pomegranate seeds benefits
Nutritional value (100g)
- Calories: 83cal
- Protein: 1.7g
- Carbs: 19g
- Fat: 1.2g
Pomegranates are a great source of vitamins and minerals. They are also high in antioxidants. Actually, one of the most antioxidant-packed dried fruits are dried pomegranate seeds. Always try to choose fresh pomegranate over juice due to lack of fibre in the juice.
“Pomegranate has three times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea.”
Antioxidants found in pomegranate seeds help prevent your blood from forming dangerous clots and coagulating which can lead to some serious issues like stroke, heart attack, lung problems, etc. Those antioxidants “thin” your blood and that way prevent the blood clots to form.
Note: If you are taking any blood thinners medication, pomegranate juice can cause some side effects so please consult with your general practitioner if you have any concerns.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants (Vitamins A, C and E and minerals Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium) can help to prevent the harmful effects of oxidation and protect the body cells and tissues against damage from free radicals.
Okay, but what are free radicals? A free radical is an atom or molecule that has a ‘free’ or unpaired electron. Free radicals can react with other atoms and cause ‘oxidative damage’ to tissues and cells. Yes, that is some serious science here, I know. 🙂
Our bodies are impressive and the same as you are aware that smoking, alcohol consumption, processed food, food high in fat, sugar, is bad for you, your body knows the same. Although, bad habits and bad food choices are not the only situations when your body is ‘stressed’. Believe it or not, exercise can increase free radical content and cause stress as well.
No, do not stop exercising. Yes, exercising is still healthy 🙂
So when your body is under oxidative stress it’s trying to repair all the damage that’s been done by getting rid of the free radicals and neutralize them with antioxidants to return everything back to ‘normal’. This is why antioxidants play an important role in your diet. They help to get rid of those nasty free radicals and prevent diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Oxidation is not all bad. It is a normal and necessary process in your body. Free radicals can help fight off pathogens. Pathogens lead to infections. Not to confuse you, I will talk about it some other time.
I could talk about the health benefits for ages but for now, let’s just say pomegranate a day, keeps the doctor away 🙂
Vegan Chocolate – Pomegranate and Peanut butter
Delicious and easy vegan chocolate bark treat with pomegranate seeds and peanut butter
300g dark chocolate
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
a splash of dairy free milk (optional)
- Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl in a saucepan over boiling water or in a microwave. Be careful not to burn it. Keep stirring occasionally and add a splash of dairy-free milk in case you want to make it a bit runnier.
- Pour the melted chocolate out to an 8×8 inch square baking dish previously covered with a parchment paper and spread evenly with a spatula.
- Add the pomegranate seeds and drizzle as much peanut butter as you wish 🙂
- Let it cool down completely before refrigerating for at least 2 hours.
Resources: https://nutritionfacts.org/ , Dietary Reference Values of Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom: Report of the Panel on Dietary Reference Values of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy
What is your favourite chocolate and fruit combination?