chocolate pomegranate truffle

Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentine’s Day}

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smart Balance.

An easy way to cut calories this upcoming Valentine’s Day, the queen of sweet treat holidays, is to sub out your butter for a better choice, like Smart Balance.  I’m switching my butter out in one of my favorite go-to entertaining recipes, a riff on a brigadeiro.  These little sweeties are easy to make, melt in your mouth and can be dressed up to suit any holiday.

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert

A brigadeiro is a Brazillian bonbon, a simple, chocolate bonbon using cocoa powder, butter, and condensed milk.  Traditionally, brigadeiros are rolled in cocoa powder or chocolate sprinkles but feel free to have fun with them.  To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m using heart shape molds (ice cube tray from Ikea) and decorating with festively colored sprinkles.

For a little surprise on the inside, I added pomegranate arils.  They add this amazing burst of flavor and it cuts through the rich chocolate.  I tend to not love overly sweet truffles, which is why I adore brigaderios.  Instead of using chocolate chips/chunks, this truffle uses unsweetened cocoa.  It’s just the right about of rich, creamy chocolateness.

This is such an easy recipe and it only requires four ingredients.  These truffles are great for entertaining and can be made ahead of time and kept for up to 3 days.  Made with Smart Balance, they are a bit easier on the waistline.  Conveniently sold in stick form, Smart Balance is easier than ever to cook and bake with. The butter & canola oil blend stick can be subbed for butter 1:1, no conversion chart needed.  Beautiful!

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert

Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles

Ingredients:

4 Tbl Smart Balance
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sweet condensed milk
1/4 cup pomegranates

Directions:

1.  Place cocoa powder, butter and pomegranate arils in a medium heat-proof bowl.

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert

2.  In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the condensed milk to a boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and butter. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes before whisking until melted and smooth.
3. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 45 minutes, or until slightly firmed.
4. Using a teaspoon, fill heart molds (that have been sprayed with cooking spray) and place into the freezer for an hour.  Pop them out once firm.

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert

5. Dust with cocoa powder/powdered sugar and enjoy OR dip into tempered chocolate and allow to set in the refrigerator.

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert

Don’t have a heart mold?  Simply drop the truffle balls into a festive sprinkle!  Keep cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert

Smart Balance is offering a complimentary 14-day meal plan to help right-track your eating and offer a variety of tasty recipes to make at home. The plan can be downloaded for free here.

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smart Balance.

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert  

 Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentines Day} valentines day truffles recipes holiday entertaining dessert

About Sarah

Mom of 2, wife of 1, Sarah is a writer, photographer, retired casting director and hostess with the mostess. Aspiring everyday to be a faithful follower, doting wife, nurturing mom and unforgetable human being, she enjoys nature, very tall heels and takes her bourbon neat. West Coast transplant with an East Coast heart. <3

5 thoughts on “Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentine’s Day}

Tell us