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A Celebration of National Pomegranate Month and POM Juice Giveaway

November 18, 2009

This is turning into Giveaway Wednesdays or something, but I’m sure no one’s really complaining… ;) Besides, the father dear is arriving home today from his life in Cambodia for just two weeks (exciting!!!), so I feel the need to share the happiness by spreading the pomegranate-giveaway love!

POM Wonderful is celebrating National Pomegranate Month by offering to do a giveaway for three Living Healthy in the Real World readers. Pomegranates are little bundles of health and they’re so very pretty. POM Wonderful is hosting a recipe contest, and as I’m interested in experimenting with pomegranates in the kitchen, I thought I might have some fun with it. You all know how much I get a kick out of cooking/baking. These are two recipes that I have invented which I believe are gloriously tasty. Try them and tell me what you think!

Pomegranate Salad Dressing

Combine 1 peeled mandarin orange, 1 tbsp each cider vinegar and grape seed oil, 1/4 cup pomegranate arils, and a sprinkle each of salt and pepper in a blender. Blend and enjoy over salad! This is really yummy and has a strong vinegar flavour which I quite enjoy- it would be perfect for a summery salad. It’s also a beautiful pink colour. Feel free to add more pomegranate arils for enhanced fruitiness. I’ve also had the suggestion to add some mustard into the mix, which I think would be delicious, so next time I will certainly be trying that out. My roommate raved about this dressing, so that’s always a good sign.

Peanut Butter Pomegranate Brownies

Sound a little odd? Why yes, yes it is! But it’s also delicious. This is something I used to make a couple years ago, but without the pomegranate arils. When I tasted the POMx bars in California, I remembered these brownies and decided to try adding the arils- the bars and this homemade brownie are remarkably similar in taste and texture!

There are a couple variations on this recipe that I’ve made, mostly because PB2 and chocolate protein powder are things that I don’t include in recipes when other people are going to be eating the food. I’ll give you my favourite healthified version first, and the adapted (and easier) version second:

Soak 1/2 cup dates (roughly 12) in water for about an hour. Throw them in a food processor (without the water) and add 1/8 cup pomegranate arils. Pulse the dates/pomegranate arils until they’re in little chunky pieces. Mix up 1/2 cup PB2 with 1/4 cup water and add the PB2 mixture to the dates. Then add 1/8 cup NutriBiotic Vegan Chocolate Rice Protein Powder to the mixture as well. Pulse it all in the food processor until it is mixed up and clumped together. Spoon into a small dish and press down. Refrigerate or freeze and enjoy!

Easier version: Put 1/2 cup soaked dates in a food processor along with 1/8 cup pomegranate arils and pulse until they’re in small pieces. Add 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter and 1/8 cup cocoa powder to the mixture and pulse until it’s all mixed together well; refrigerate/freeze.

I’m not going to lie, the first version is much tastier. And it’s got added protein and healthy goodness! However, both PB2 and this chocolate rice protein powder are quite expensive, and they’re also very difficult to find. The second version is still worth it, trust me. Unless you accidentally put twice as much cocoa powder into the mixture as the recipe calls for. I advise against that. Especially if you’re making the brownie for someone else (whoops, my bad). If that happens, you can frost this brownie with Better ‘n Peanut Butter and do a poor decorating job with a few pomegranate arils. Not that I would have done that, of course (damn, my secret is out).

My third favourite “recipe” for using pomegranate arils is to put some in the bottom of a champagne flute, add good quality champagne, and drink. Tastiness in a glass.

To enter to win a case of POM juice, I want to hear your favourite ways to use pomegranate arils/juice. Do you have any special ways that you use them? Do you have any suggestions for how my recipes mentioned here can be improved? If you have a really awesomely innovative/creative/delicious/healthy idea, your chances of being picked as winner might just increase a wee bit. There’s your motivation! Giveaway is for Canada/USA; winner announced one week from today (Wednesday, November 25).

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32 comments

  1. Hi Sagan! :)

    I love to use POM in smoothies and POM-cocktails (POM and club soda with a slice of lime). Yum. If I won this I’d definitely experiment with POM in my cooking.


    • I’m a big fan of the smoothies as well. Pomegranate juice is awesome for smoothies! And you can’t go wrong with a cocktail ;)


  2. I can’t believe it but I tried my first pomegranate on MONDAY!! I know I know, crazy. I loved it though, and now I’m addicted :)


  3. I just created a pomegranate BBQ that I thought I might enter in their competition. Until, of course, I saw all the other recipes on their site…. made mine look amateurish. Sigh.

    Your salad dressing looks yummy! I was just looking at the rest of my poms and the box of oranges sitting beside it….. :)


    • That pomegranate BBQ sounds AMAZING. Mmmmmm BBQ.


  4. Mixed with Seltzer it is the BEST!


  5. I had a glorious appetizer at foodbuzz with arils – a small tart crust filled with butternut squash wild rice, topped with creamy blue cheese Dijon mustard and POM arils. It was my favorite dish of the whole day and the POM arils were the stars. :)


    • That sounds fantastic! Such interesting flavour contrast… Foodbuzz must have been so good.


  6. Kind of funny; I just wrote on my blog last night how I prefer to eat pomegranates straight up. However, the pomegranate champagne idea intrigues me. :)


    • With everyone’s talk of mixing pomegranate juice into other drinks, I’m thinking that adding just a splash of juice to the champagne/arils mixture would be DIVINE.


  7. I’ve made the recipe for chocolate cupcakes that is on the POM website. They are delicious and so pretty with arils decorating the tops after icing.
    I too usually just eat them straight up. It’s kind of fun to separate the arils out. And they’re so pretty.


    • I like separating the pomegranate arils too. It’s a task that requires so much attention and the juice gets everywhere. There’s something fun about that!


  8. I like my pomegranates naked. Or as juice in vodka. Either way, I don’t like ‘em G-rated.

    I hear you make some kind of delicious something with pomegranate on top, or so justin says. I had jealousy twinges, not gonna lie.


    • That would be the above mentioned brownie which I messed up when I made it for him. Tehe. Umm yeah I’ll make another one soon for you and you can taste it too. I’ll try not to mess up the ratios this time.

      PS You DEFINITELY brought a smile to my face with that kind of answer ;)


  9. i like mixing POM with seltzer, and the arils with everything :) i love the little crunch and burst of flavor they add… especially in yogurt or otherwise smooth-textured foods!


    • Ooh I like. That WOULD make for a nice crunch! That’s why I kind of like it in the brownie I mentioned above; the pomegranate seeds do add that little something extra.


  10. Nothing special but I added POM Juice to 7 Up Pomegranate last week. The soft drink is somewhat healthy, with 10% of your daily Vitamin E, and tastes fine but the blast of POM Juice makes it really good.


    • That’s like a double whammy pomegranate explosion. Throw some arils in there and it’d be a pomegranate party! Nice.


  11. I really need to try that brownie! sounds sooooo good! and since I’m a big fan of POM bars, i think I’ll like it! :)


    • I haven’t received my POM goodies yet but I have been WAITING for those POMx bars. So tasty delicious. My roommate is crazy over them. Haven’t seen them in stores yet though- I wonder if they’re on the market yet? I think you’d really enjoy this brownie!


      • Andrea told me that those POM bar are available in GNC.


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  13. OK, these are both gonna be sorta weird, but the first is a stir fry sauce.
    Pom juice, fresh grated ginger, garlic, soy or teriyaki, cayenne(cause I’m from the south) and a little cornstarch to thicken. pour over fresh, stirfried veggies (I’m a vegetarian) delicious!!! Could also add tofu, chicken, shrimp or beef.

    Next, saute onions, garlic, chopped tomatoes. Add pom juice, cayenne, and arils at the end. serve over wheat pasta – I could eat the entire pot (and am ashamed to say I have)

    Thanks for the amazing give-away!!


  14. My favorite POM recipe is my aunt’s baked beans- such a crazy combo, but they are so good! If I win, I will steal her recipe :D


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  16. I just ate my first Pom last week, so I’m enjoying the arils as is when I cut it open. Yet I shall branch out and try new things.


  17. What a fantastic giveaway! I hate to admit it, but we really haven’t experimented much with cooking wtih pomegranate or the juice. I do like to use a little pomegranate juice in my fruit salads, but otherwise, we just eat them straight. Pomegranate arils are always a sure-fire hit with my son – a plus.


  18. Am so enjoying that it’s pom season again! & like some of the others, I usually just score & eat a section or two straight from the fruit!
    I have thought of doing a spinach/arugula/lettuce salad for Thanksgiving with pomagranate seeds sprinkled over & a coconut/olive oil & raspberry vinegar (Plus italian herbs & garlic) dressing . . .


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  20. Ok, I’m obviously not adventurous….just naked for me. :)


  21. pheww i finally got to open one i have blisters all over my hands but its GREAT!! i cant emphisise how great the flavour is. the smell is absolutely gorgeous


  22. I am actually planning on making a new recipe for thanksgiving dinner. A fruit salad that has arils in it.



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