I was on the hunt for a healthy and easy Christmas inspired treat to make. I was shocked by how hard it was to find one. A bunch of the recipes with the title “Healthy” in it had ingredients that were the farthest from healthy! It frustrated me that these people were lying, or maybe they simply did not know that their ingredients were, in fact, not healthy.
So, you want to know what I did? I found a recipe that looked easy, “Christmassy” and that looked healthy but needed a couple of replacements. You can look at my previous post here for how to make a not-so-healthy meal or treat more nutritious.
The recipe I have below for you is Nutella Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls. I took out the unhealthy ingredients for healthier ones. If you are reading this and you think that means I added vegetables to this recipe, you are very wrong. I hope you read on and read my previous post about Healthy Replacements because I am so sorry you have been taught to have that mindset with healthy food.
Maintaining good health is all about balance. This recipe is a perfect treat to help a sweet-tooth and not stray away from your "diet".
Nutella Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls
Pack of Microwave popcorn
¼ cup Coconut sugar
¼ cup Honey
¼ tsp Salt
2 tbsp Peanut butter
1 tbsp Nutella
¼ tsp Milk (Doesn’t matter what kind)
Red and Green Sprinkles
Lay a sheet of wax paper on a clean, dry surface.
In a large pot, mix together the honey, coconut sugar, salt, and peanut butter. Stir over low heat for 4-6 min or until the mixture begins to bubble.
Turn off the heat, and stir in the popcorn, ensuring that all of the pieces are evenly coated.
Working quickly, use about 2-3 tablespoons of popcorn and shape it into a ball. Place on the prepared wax paper, and repeat with the remaining popcorn mixture.
In a small bowl, stir together the Nutella and milk. Drizzle over the tops of the popcorn balls. Add sprinkles.
Did I burn my hands when making the popcorn into balls? Yes, extremely so. What I ended up having to do was take two spoons and combine the popcorn that way.
The original ingredients called for cane sugar and corn syrup. I switched those out for coconut sugar and honey.
Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index and contains iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, and antioxidants. Honey may be a good source of antioxidants, help digestive issues, and antibacterial and antifungal properties.
This is such a tasty treat that I couldn’t wait to share. Give this recipe a try during the holiday season… or make it every season and change the sprinkles accordingly.
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