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Dec

2016

Pomegranate Crunch Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cups

Pomegranate Crunch Chocolate Ricotta Cups

 

 

Pomegranates are in season through winter! Enjoy their delightful crunch in these mini chocolate dessert cups.

 

Pomegranate Crunch Chocolate Ricotta Cups

  

I'll first start by talking about the inspiration for this recipe. It all started with these adorable little dark chocolate dessert cups, which my boyfriend, Lawrence, and I spotted while in line to check out at Sam's Club. Everyone knows that items are positioned by cash registers so you'll impulse buy. Well, impulse buy, we did! These chocolate cups are made by ChocoMaker, and they're also sold on Amazon.com.

 

Pomegranate Crunch Chocolate Ricotta Cups

 

We brought these dessert cups home with us, and I couldn't wait even a day before playing around with them in the kitchen. It also happened to be the very beginning of pomegranate season, so I had a fridge full of pomegranate arils. Ta-dah! Soon enough, I created these Pomegranate Crunch Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cups.

 

Pomegranate Crunch Chocolate Ricotta Cups

 

This mini dessert is perfect for your next holiday get-together. It's delicious and bite-sized, but the best part is it contains minimal added sugar. The ricotta is sweetened with unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and just a touch of honey.

 

Plus, the pomegranate arils provide a delightful crunch while adding sweetness via nature's candy, fruit.

 

Pomegranate Crunch Chocolate Ricotta Cups

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 dark chocolate dessert cups
  • 6 oz. part-skim ricotta
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. pomegranate arils

 

Directions:

 

In a small bowl, combine ricotta with vanilla extract, 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder, and honey. Place in a piping bag (or in a zip-top bag, with the bottom corner cut off). Fill each cup with ricotta mixture, then top with pomegranate arils and remaining cocoa powder. Serves 8.  

 

Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 150 Fat: 11 g Sat fat: 7 g Pro: 4 g Carbs: 13 g Sugar: 9 g Fiber: 3 g Chol: 5 mg Sod: 20 mg

 

 

What are your thoughts on this topic? What are your favorite ways to cook with chocolate? What are your go-to mini desserts?

  

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Amy Gorin

is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,  media personality, and writer in the NYC area.