Popcorn Covered in Chocolate and Peanut Butter with Roasted Cashews and Coconut
Snacking season officially begins on Saturday, so let’s welcome it with chocolate and peanut butter covered popcorn with roasted cashews and coconut!
Why is Saturday the first day of the season of noshing? College football and the US Open (okay, tennis began this week, but this weekend is when it gets good) begin this weekend, and you’re going to want some fun food to add to the excitement of the games.
Can you think of anything more game oriented than popcorn? Nachos, maybe, BBQ, okay, but popcorn and sports are like peanut butter and jelly, a tried and true tradition. However, you don’t have to settle for traditional buttered popcorn, you can get a little fancy with it and take your munchies to a new level of yum.
For those of you who prefer savory, you need to try this rosemary popcorn, and for those of you who love CHOCOLATE, this sweet combo is for you.
Chocolate covered popcorn with peanut butter, roasted cashews, and coconut is like eating a handful of Peanut Butter Cups and Almond Joy (even though the nuts are different) candy bars without the artificial ingredients. In fact, this popcorn could actually be considered a health food, because it’s made with whole foods and sweetened with maple syrup instead of refined sugar. Take another handful and smile, y’all!
For those of you who’ve been following my blog for a year or more, you know that I’m a rabid college football and tennis fan. I live for my three favorite NCAA football teams from the opening game until the last one of the season. So can I hear a ROLL TIDE, a LET’S GO HAWKS, and a GO BUCKY?!
This Saturday you’ll find me in my family room with my husband, dogs, and peanut butter and chocolate covered popcorn cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers at 11:00 am, the Iowa Hawkeyes at 2:30 pm, and the Alabama Crimson Tide at 7:00 pm. EEEK!!!! I’m so excited I can barely stand it. Sadly, my dogs sense my enthusiasm, and they know that mama gets a little lot boisterous when she watches sports. Gizmo is already planning his exit strategy and dreading the team outfits that he WILL be wearing.
Whether you’re planning on watching football, tennis, your kid’s soccer games, or binging on Stranger Things (I’m obsessed) this weekend, you’ll want to have a bowl of this delicious chocolate, peanut butter, cashew, and coconut popcorn to keep you company. The popcorn is air popped, and did you know that if you don’t pop it in oil it’s actually considered a healthy snack? That means that this popcorn recipe starts with a good base and just gets better. The peanut butter and roasted cashews add protein and other nutrients, the coconut adds aminos and more, and the dark chocolate adds antioxidants, you get the picture.
If you’re not into college football—gasp—or snacking this weekend, then put this recipe in your back pocket and consider making peanut butter and chocolate popcorn balls for your next party, or make them with your kids for a healthier Halloween snack. Just stick a cute decorative straw in them and turn them into a popcorn ball pop.
Notes on Making Popcorn Balls: Because this recipe is made with maple syrup, not refined sugar, it takes a little extra effort to get the balls to stick together. Make sure you work with them when the ingredients are warm (not hot, I don’t want you to burn yourself). If they cool off and won’t stick together put the popcorn mixture in a warm oven and heat until it’s warm enough to form a ball and cool enough to handle safely.
Notes on the Popcorn: Whenever you add something in liquid form, such as the melted peanut butter and maple syrup mixture, the popcorn will lose some of its crunch, please take that into consideration before comparing it to store bought flavored popcorn that’s coated with artificial ingredients that make it hard and crunchy. This is better for you and your teeth.
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