A little while ago I got a group of e-books. One of my favorite in the set is called real food, real easy. It has some great recipes for real food. Both of the next 2 recipes are adaptations of recipes from that book. I'm also planning to redo my sidebar soon and add the blogs of all of the contributors of the e-book because they are more in line with the new healthier way I'm cooking. Yet another thing on my to do list. :)
I'm not sure how, but the original recipe didn't have you cook this at all. Seemed like it would be too moist and sticky. Since I was already making granola, I just cooked it similarly. Made the popcorn/cereal perfectly dry.
I forsee many versions of this popcorn - honey cinnamon, plain peanut butter, maple.... Let the experimenting begin.
All of the kids except Tavio loved this plain as a snack. Tavio said it tasted burnt. I actually tossed a few in my milk after my muesli this morning and I think it was even better as cereal than as a snack. Definitely a keeper.
- about 3 quarts popped popcorn (1 cup kernels)
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (original was only 1/4 -I may try the lesser amount. I just messed up this time, but it worked great and I type how I made things)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Melt together the peanut butter, honey, cocoa powder and coconut oil. (This really took no time - less than a minute on the stove - of course it is summer in Houston. :)
- Pour over popcorn and stir together until well coated.
- Pour popcorn on parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 300 for about 5 minutes. (To be honest, I threw mine in when the oven was still pre-heating and left it about 7 minutes.)
- Turn the oven off but do not remove the popcorn. Let rest in the oven for a couple of hours. (I went to a class at the gym and took this out when I got home. My granola definitely wasn't ready, but this was perfect.)
- Remove and store in an airtight container.