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Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles {Valentine’s Day}

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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5 Comments

  1. January 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    SUPER YUM! I also pinned so I can grab this recipe to try. Thanks!

  2. January 13, 2014 at 12:09 am — Reply

    Those look absolutely amazing and delicious! It also sound like it is easy to make, thanks for sharing!

  3. January 13, 2014 at 6:27 am — Reply

    These are ‘almost’ too cute to eat! I love that you incorporated pomegranate.

  4. January 13, 2014 at 6:39 am — Reply

    Too cute! I’ve never had pomegranate and chocolate together before. Sounds awesome! :)

  5. January 13, 2014 at 6:45 am — Reply

    oh my goodness those look good, I love all this, how labor intensive is it? Is there a easy way to get the pomegranates out – I have such a hard time with that!

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