healthier cake batter popcorn
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A few months back, the kids and I made a dangerous discovery…we have a menchies very near our house. Not quite walking distance, but close. Too close. We are addicted.
If you are not familiar with menchies, it is an adorable, brightly colored frozen yogurt store. Now, frozen yogurt is nothing new, but menchies is by far the best we have had. The flavors are ridiculous. Butterfingers, Reese’s, even Peeps marshmallow mania. My heart belongs to cake batter. Always has, always will. I don’t like cake, but anything cake batter and I am in love.
Now, I am no dummy. Frozen yogurt is not healthy in any way, shape, or form,especially not when you load it up with brownies malted milk balls. So our weekly trips to menchies need to scale back a bit.
But the cake batter cravings are real. Unfortunately, shorts and bathing suit season is real close as well.
Popcorn has always been a go-to snack for us. Unless it’s the loaded with fake butter movie popcorn, I consider it a healthish snack option, and seriously who doesn’t love popcorn. I don’t know about you, but the kettle corn stand is my first stop at the farmer’s market each week.
A little bit salty, and a little bit sweet this healthier cake batter popcorn is the perfect afternoon snack. And when dressed up a bit for the season, it is perfect for any holiday party you may be headed to.
Over the weekend I made a batch and tossed it with pretty pastel jimmies for Easter. Add red, white and blue sprinkles and you are getting patriotic for Memorial Day or the 4th of July. Green for St. Patrick’s Day, red for Valentines Day, red and green for Christmas. The options are endless.
And the best part, this recipe is actually healthy.
I started with a bag of JOLLY TIME KettleMania kettle corn, and while that popped away I melted 3 Tbsp of cashew butter with 2 tsp of coconut oil. Stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp butter extract. and 1/4 tsp almond extract. Spread your popped corn on a wax paper lined baking sheet and drizzle on the cashew butter mixture. Gently mix the corn to coat and then add your sprinkles.
That’s all there is to it. If you don’t have any kettle corn, simply add maple syrup (about 2 tsp) to sweeten your cashew butter, but I highly recommend trying this popcorn mix-in idea with the KettleMania. It is SO good!
Now I can have my cake batter and eat it too 🙂
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