Valentine's Day dessert: chocolate pomegranate sauce

healthy Valentine's Day recipe: Chocolate Pomegranate Sauce
by Liz Eustace

Sensual eating for Valentine's Day... we've got your Valentine’s Day dessert covered. Holistic nutritionist Christa Orecchio of the Whole Journey shares her delicious and dare we say sensual chocolate pomegranate sauce recipe. The pomegranate, a legendary symbol of love that goes back to the ancient Greeks, adds a special touch to any Valentine’s Day dinner.

Christa says that pomegranates go way back in history, some even believe that the forbidden fruit Eve ate in the Bible wasn’t an apple, but actually a pomegranate. It’s also been a symbol of sensuality in ancient Greek Literature as well as Shakespeare sonnets. But folklore aside, pomegranates are a great source of antioxidants and are packed with compounds that benefit the heart and blood vessels. In other words, it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day fruit.

Christa Orecchio’s Chocolate Pomegranate Sauce for Valentine's Day

Makes approximate ¾ cup.

  • 2   ounces organic, semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼  cup coconut sugar
  • 2   tablespoons cacao powder
  • seeds from 1/2 pomegranate (it is easier to de-seed a pomegranate if you cut it in half, submerge in a bowl of water, remove seeds and then strain through a fine mesh strainer)

In a double boiler,* bring water to boil in the bottom pan. Melt chocolate in the top pan over the boiling water. After the chocolate has melted, remove top pan from heat. Add coconut sugar and cacao powder to the chocolate. Whisk until well mixed. Blend pomegranate seeds in a blender or Vitamix. Add blended pomegranate seeds, mix together, and serve.  

*If you don't have a double boiler, you can fill a medium sauce pan with water, a quarter of the way, and heat to boiling.  Set a stainless steel bowl on top of boiling water. 

Use the sauce on ice cream (coconut milk ice cream is great for those who prefer to keep it dairy-free), drizzle it on chocolate cake or layer it onto Christa’s raw vegan cashew cake batter pudding. Can’t find pomegranate? Try frozen cherries or acai. 

About the Author

Liz Eustace

Present: Momma, yogi, writer, singer and editor-in-chief

Inspiration: my kiddies, laughter, countless yoga teachers, my creative hubby, my youthful mom & dad, my wacky sisters, kindness, my unpredictable brother, stillness and Prudence Bruns. 

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