Thanksgiving Treat: Pomegranate Coconut Chocolate Bark

Crap. I’m addicted to a new show. And it’s put me in a terrible mood. Not because it’s not freaking awesome, because it is, but because it’s extremely addictive and I didn’t go to bed until 1am because I couldn’t stop watching the first three episodes from the first season. Damn you, Homeland. You’ve got me hooked.

But since I didn’t sleep that much, my attitude was a bit in the sh*tter yesterday. I wanted to do stuff but I didn’t want to do stuff. What? That doesn’t even make sense. I blame it on my monthly gift coming soon. Ew. Don’t you hate when I talk about that stuff? Jokes on you!! I’m a bit on the grumpy side. Ever wonder if anger, food cravings, and mood issues are actually due to pms or just something women have created in their own minds because of social norms. Commercials pretty much tell us to crave food and to feel bloated and grumpy, so are these feelings real or is it the good ole’ placebo effect? Riddle me that.

It snowed here. It’s cold. And icy as fuuuuu. And when it’s this cold, all I want to do is bake. And some of my favorite baked goods come from the website Health-Bent and their cookbook Primal Cravings. The other day, I made their Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins, which I dropped all of into the oven as I pulled them out (awesome), then I made their Dirty Blondies. They are both to die for. I’ve been pretty much constantly full for 2 days, but I just see it as I need to chow down before I hibernate. It makes complete sense. It’s suppose to be a bad winter. My car is even creaking. And I have those huge ice mounds stuck under my wheel well. It’s cold enough that when you kick the ice mound hoping to feel the satisfaction of hearing fall to the ground, you break your toenail instead. Winter is just lovely.

I have big plans this weekend. Not really, but I actually have some sort of plans which doesn’t happen often. I don’t like doing much on the weekends, pretty much because I’m a bore. But this weekend, I’m trying a new restaurant, watching at least 5 episodes of Homeland, watch people wakeboard in the freezing cold, drink hot cider, workout, then dinner and the second Hunger Games. I’m exhausted already.


Thanksgiving Treat: Pomegranate Coconut Chocolate Bark

  • Yield: 8-10 1x




  1. Melt chocolate or chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave.
  2. Mix in coconut into melted chocolate.
  3. Spread out coconut chocolate on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spread out to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate pomegranate seeds.
  5. Place in freeze and freeze for 1+ hours until hard. Break into pieces and serve immediately.

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66 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Treat: Pomegranate Coconut Chocolate Bark”

  1. Can’t wait to make these this weekend!! And, Homeland is THE best. Show. EVER!! Awaiting season 3 to come out. It gets better every episode!!!

    1. Season 3 is the BEST season yet…some real twists that you don’t expect. What makes this series interesting is that it could be real-life…it seems that way in this day and age. Enjoy!

    2. Season 3 is the BEST season yet…some real twists that you don’t expect. What makes this series interesting is that it could be real-life…it seems that way in this day and age. Enjoy!

  2. Rebecca M, Season 3 is playing on Showtime right now. And, FYI, it’s not that awesome.

    This bark looks amazing. Thanks for posting another great recipe.

    1. Oooh, I disagree! It started out slow, but I’m TOTALLY digging it again. One of my favorite shows I think of all time. I just think the actors do an amazing job.

  3. Your instagram vid showing how to extract pom seeds was too funny! Just the day before a friend was asking me how to extract the seeds and I had no clue how to do it. Now I get to say that you beat the sh** out of it. 🙂 Looking forward to making bark for Thanksgiving.
    I’m always so jealous of people who get to binge watch Homeland. I did that with the first season and then have been watching season 2 and 3 in “real time.” Its so good!! Enjoy.

  4. A friend got me hooked on Homeland a few months ago. I watched Season 1, and bought Season 2 but I am delaying the season finale becuase I don’t have Showtime and will have to wait at least a year for Season 3 to become available. I was hooked in the first five minutes.

    And I’m not even a huge chocolate fan, but I’m going to add these ingredients to my grocery list!

  5. Love it when I have all the ingredients! Totally did the wooden spoon thing last night. Hooray for poms! And, cannot wait to get your & George’s book. Long time lurker, soo freaking stoked. 🙂

  6. Hi Juli! Love your blog and recipes. I’m also a fan of Health-Bent and their cookbook Primal Cravings. Just curious if you substituted the white sugar or not in the Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins. I’m a diabetic and try to stay away from white sugar as much as I can and would love to know what you used.

  7. Now I know what to do with the two other pomegranates I have in my fridge! (I had 3, but already opened one and ate all the seeds in two days. YUM.)

  8. Looks amaaaazing. If I made a batch to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, but had to sit on the train for a couple hours, would it melt or get mushy? Should I find a way to keep it cold in transit?

    1. It would probably melt but if you have it in a dish like an 8×8 baking dish, you could just pop it back in the freezer when you got there and it would harden up again

  9. You have impeccable timing! I picked our pomegranates this morning… I think I will be delivery a sweet like package of this unusual and yummy treat to all of our neighbors Thanksgiving day. Thank you!!!

  10. I put a little twist on these. First, I added some coconut creme (a couple spoonfuls) because 1) I was making sticky berry bars and it was out and 2) I think I kind of burnt the chocolate, so I needed to smooth it out a bit. Second, I am out of baking pans in my quest to rid my house of aluminum bakeware, so I used silicone molds. The little bitty kind from IKEA. So I ended up putting the pomegranate and coconut in the middle on one, and in the bottom on the other. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  11. I also could.not.stop.watching season 1 of homeland. I am still (!!) waiting for season 2 from the public library. I know it be another marathon homeland fest. sooooo good, right?

  12. homeland is awesome!!! the first two seasons were like amazing but the third season has been a real snoozer. i’m hoping some cool shit happens eventually. in fact, i watched the first two seasons 3x and i think a 4th time is in order.

    same with dexter. after you’re done homeland, do yourself a favor and watch it. it’s the best tv show ever made. end of discussion.

  13. You have just made my weekend fabulous!!!!! i love reading your blog and trying out the recipes. I am new to paleo and have fallen in love already! Thanks for being awesome 🙂


  14. I just made these. So easy. So good. The pomegranate is so tangy and bright with the contrast of the chocolate. I used fresh pomegranate and it turned out great.

  15. Love your recipes!! This looks awesome! Love Homeland, can’t wait for 9 tonight. It gets better every season. And way TMI but have you considered an IUD? They’re fabulous too.

  16. I just made this and it is delicious! Even added some chopped walnuts. I’m curious about storing it. Do I have to leave it in the freezer or can I keep in fridge?

  17. I adore your personality! I was born and raised in Colorado and now reside in Arizona. Crazy to say, but I miss the cold (seasons). I actually live through your blog to fulfill my cold weather withdrawls. Your sense of humor is just the icing on the cake. Keep doing what you’re doing…its awesome! P.S. I can’t tell you how many times I hurt my toenails on that damn ice! Too funny. 🙂

  18. Big hit paleo and non paleo people. Super easy to make, the only thing that took any time was the peeling of the pomegranate. Loved this. My only tip, wear a black shirt and expect some spray from pom seeds when you break up bark. Also be careful eating for same reason 🙂

  19. Made the recipe exactly and will be giving as a semi-paleo hostess gift for Thanksgiving. Looks and tastes gorgeous.

  20. Just finished making these, and they are amazing….!!!!! the poms where fresh, and so juicy, but as i was breaking the chocolate they were falling off, GLAD I PUT A LOT ON AT THE START. made a second batch and put the poms in side the chocolate, those it does not spread easy, and it cools off faster, or does not look as pretty it taste the same!!! thank you!!! Taking these to Thanksgiving tomorrow. will travel with them in plastic Tupperware on ice as not to melt!

  21. Can I make this now and not serve it until tonight? (it says serve immediately so just wondering!) Also will it taste ok if I use sweetened coconut?!

  22. I just made your recipe for the butternut squash,bacon, maple and pecan dish for Thanksgiving. I am the only one in my family that eats paleo so it was nice to add a dish in there I could eat without abdominal repercussions! I added in some cubed sweet potato and it was FANTAZING!!!!!!!! YUM! I am now headed to a party tonight and was searching for a good appetizer/snack to bring. I own a bakery and it’s easy to whip up some cupcakes but majority at the party are Paleo eaters (yay!). I came across this recipe and I am FOR SURE making this one! I will make half of the recipe with the pomegranate and the other half I will use cashews and sea salt!!

  23. These were a hit at Thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah this year! Everyone loved them and once they tried them people stopped bothering me about eating Paleo! I am bringing them to my work holiday party! Thanks Juli!

  24. Another rave review from me — I made these as one of our Thanksgiving desserts and they were really delicious. I may or may not have eaten most of it all by myself (which is probably NOT PALEO).

    I added a little butter to my chocolate as it was melting to smooth it out. Next time I will add some sea salt too!

  25. I have a side by side freezer and my cookie sheets are too large to fit into the freezer.
    It’s 21 degrees outside—would that do for setting
    the chocolate ?


  26. I also love Homeland. This is my first visit to your blog. What fun. I was searching for more ideas for pairing dark chocolate with other goodies in making my own bark. I have done chocolate with pistachios and dried cranberries or dried blueberries, Also crushed peppermint and chocolate. I am thinking about pairing toasted coconut and ground coffee with dark chocolate and was looking for other ideas to go along with chocolate and coconut. I love the idea of trying pomegranate seeds. I have some frozen pomegranate seeds from Costco—any reason why these wouldn’t work?

  27. Eriane Madden Brabec

    This recipe sounds absolutely delicious ( as do most of your recipes) and I look forward to making it soon after my wedding (Saturday the 15th). Sounds like a perfect way to stave off any dark chocolate pomegranate cravings I have (which is rather often, considering I used to have it every week as a snack and then the place stopped carrying it.)

  28. Hi !
    I just found out your blog. You’re a funny lady and looks like you’re a great cook too!
    I have a question about this recipe: for the last step, we have to put it in fridge or freezer?
    Thanks 🙂

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