Thursday, 12 December 2013

Popcorn Balls

My Healthy Popcorn Ball Make Over

12 cups popcorn - air popped or pot with lid with a tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut oil - organic if possible
1/3 cup coconut sugar - organic if possible - gives it it's caramel coating look
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Melt coconut oil in pot or microwave
Add sugar and vanilla till mixed smoothed
      (Give it a quick taste ( blow first as it will be very hot ) too see if it's sweet enough for you)
      (If not add a smidge more coconut sugar)
Add popcorn and mix
Let cool for a couple of minutes, but not to long as the mixture will start to harden
Add a little oil spray or melted coconut oil to your hands to prevent sticking and form into balls. Give them a little squeeze to make a tight firm ball.
Now you can get fancy and place a stick in the middle then wrap and tie them too.

   This I made very last minute as my daughter wanted me to make a treat for her class at school on her birthday. So I just opened the frig and the pantry and came up with this and it tasted really good. Got to love it when things work out 

   What I substituted in this recipe, which was really a Rice Krispie recipe I had in my head was the butter, marshmallows & cereal. Hmmm so what's left you ask? It was another idea. So I grabbed these four ingredients and made it my own. 

   What is healthier about these ingredients are first of all butter is full of saturated fat & cholesterol aka unhealthy fat. Coconut oil is a healthy fat as it metabolizes differently because of it being a medium chain fatty acid rather than a long chain fatty acid like butter is, plus it's classified as a superfood because of it's many health benefits.

   Now regular sugar we all know is NOT healthy and is high on the glycemic index offering nothing but empty calories. Coconut sugar is low on the glycemic index and actually contains nutrients. 
No spike in insulin like sugar would. 

Don't forget that any recipe can be made over. Make this one your own. Add or take out or substitute an ingredient or better yet, let this be an idea for something completely different for you to make. 

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