It's time for another Secret Recipe Reveal Day. I love this group as each month I get assigned a blog which I usually spend many happy hours stalking before choosing a recipe to make and post on the same day as all the other SRC members. This month I was assigned to Jeanette's Healthy Living. She had my blog on a previous reveal day so I'm pleased to return the favour. Jeanette is a stay at home mum looking after her 4 boys after working 17 years in corporate finance. She developed a passion for cooking that is health focused but never compromising on flavour. She says she started her blog becasue she was spending a lot fo time making meals for family and friends with special dietary needs due to illness including her youngest son who has been diagnosed with multiple food allergies. In a nutshell, her recipes are healthy, delicious and adaptable to suit different dietary needs.
Her blog is beautifully laid out and easy to navigate. I went straight to the recipe index and unsurprisingly chose 'Desserts and cookies'. Recipes on my shortlist were Gluten/Dairy/Egg/Soy Free Vegan Quinoa Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal peanut chocolate chip cookie, Vegan Mango Panna Cotta with Kiwi, Mango and Strawberries and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie. In the end, I chose her Easy Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters which she made for a Valentine's treat. I was intrigued as I've never used fresh pomegranate before (I made these at the same time as the pistachio and pomegranate pitstops but had to wait till reveal day to post this recipe) The only change I made was to substitute pecan nuts for walnuts as that was what I had in my cupboard. They were really easy to make and tasted delicious! Everyone enjoyed these treats especially those with gluten intolerance.
As Jeanette says, this is more of an idea than a recipe. I didn't weigh the ingredients but essentially toasted some pecan nuts in the oven whilst melting dark chocolate over a pan of simmering water. I then mixed the toasted pecan nuts and pomegranate seeds into the melted chocolate and placed clusters into a mini cupcake case. Sprinkled a few pomegranate seeds on top, refrigerated for a few hours until solid and voila - quick and easy, delicious and healthy treat!