In my new adventures of giving up gluten and refined sugar, I am sometimes finding it difficult to find treats that will cure certain cravings I have. I’ve been using raw honey in many things. When looking through my October blog assignment for the Secret Recipe Club, I found one of the things I’ve been wanting—something crunchy with a little sweetness!
This Honey Nut Popcorn hit the nail on the head! I was assigned Kate’s blog, Kitchen Trial and Error. There is definitely lots to see and try on her blog. The cookies alone that she’s posted made me pine for those good ol’ days of making lots and lots of cookies. You know, I haven’t given up on making goodies for other people, so I do still get to dapple in the good stuff when I want. Kate lives in New York state, has a hubby and a cute baby boy (Boys rule!).
While we always have a full fruit basket here and plenty of other healthy choices for snacks, there is definitely a fair share of other treats available often. As I mentioned, I’ve been craving popcorn. My current favorite is white popped corn that I make with our Presto Stirring Popcorn Popper. You put a little oil in the bottom of it, then add the popcorn and a little arm turns it around and around as it pops. I’ve been loving using coconut oil and just putting salt on the popcorn. You’ve got to try the white popcorn, the kernels are smaller and more tender. You can get the white popcorn in most stores.
Along came this honey nut popcorn and I was sold on trying it. I did adapt Kate’s recipe that she got from Healthy Food For Living. That recipe used some honey and some corn syrup. I just used all honey. Also instead of vegetable oil, I used coconut oil. The honey nut popcorn is great! Some peanut butter and peanuts are added to make it nutty. It would be fun to try with almond butter and almonds. That’s it, I’ve just decided, as soon as the honey nut popcorn I made is gone, I’ll have to try that.
Such simple ingredients and still a great treat. Sure, it might not be just the same as a buttery caramel popcorn, but it works for me. The boys tasted it and like it okay, but are leaving it alone and I’ve been enjoying it here and there throughout this week.
Honey Nut Popcorn, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Kate at Kitchen Trial and Error
4 quarts popped popcorn (1/2 cup kernels) *I used white kernels
1/2 cup salted peanuts
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup smooth, natural peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper.
Put the popped popcorn in a large bowl with the peanuts.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the coconut oil, honey and peanut butter. Stir constantly and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla and salt. Pour the peanut butter/honey mixture over the popcorn and peanuts and stir to coat evenly using a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula. Spread the popcorn in an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely before eating and store in an airtight container.
Great sweet, crunchy treat for snitching a handful now and then! Great blog, Kate! Really enjoyed it and will be back.