Easy Popcorn Squares: A healthy treat for kids of all ages
Recipe from http://pinkkitchen.info/
Summer’s just about here, and the kids can’t wait to get out of school. Once they’re home, you’re sure to hear “Mom, I’m hungry!” a lot more than you did when they were in school all day. Here’s a quick snack you can feel good about giving them. In fact, why not let them help you? It’s really easy.
This snack is not only loaded with protein; it’s also very yummy. Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s really flexible. Allergic to peanut butter? Use almond butter or sunflower butter. Want variety? Use toasted pumpkin seeds or pistachios instead of cashews. Vegan? Use brown rice syrup instead of honey.
The only thing you need to remember is that different brands of nut butter/peanut butter may be drier than others. So the first time you make this, add your popcorn slowly (see below). You may not need the whole three cups. As soon as the whole thing is coated, you’ve added enough popcorn.
And I guess it goes without saying – you don’t need to have kids to make this. We’re all kids on the inside, aren’t we?!
For 9 Serving(s)
- 1 cup(s) smooth peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of your choice)
- 1/2 cup(s) nuts or seeds of your choice (I used cashews)
- 1/2 cup(s) honey (or brown rice syrup*)
- 3 cup(s) scant pre-popped popcorn
Easy Popcorn Squares: A healthy treat for kids of all ages Directions
- Line a square pan with wax paper.
- Place peanut butter and honey in a large pot over low heat. Stir until melted together. Remove from heat.
- Dump nuts and popcorn in the pot. Stir until the peanut butter mixture is coating all of the popcorn.
- Dump the mixture into the square pan. Flatten it with a spatula so that the whole pan is filled, and try to make the top as even across as you can.
- Place the square pan in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Once chilled, carefully cut into squares.
- This sticks together pretty well – but it’s still fun to eat if it crumbles a bit, too