Healthy Peanut Butter Brownie Popcorn Balls

In the last few months I’ve been on an exercise and healthy eating journey.  I realized that I had a major snacking problem, usually going for something full of carbs that was leftover from what my kids didn’t eat.  So I cut that junk (and refined sugars) and started to focus on what was delicious and also good for my body.

One of my very favorite things to snack on is Skinny Pop popcorn, which is light and delicious and even if you happen to go a little overboard, it’s still not too bad for you.  It’s perfect when I have a salty craving, but I still struggle with that need for chocolate every once in a while.  So I grabbed some popcorn and threw it together into something that tastes like a peanut butter brownie popcorn ball….without any of the heavier stuff.

I love this recipe because it requires little time, no baking, and is totally kid friendly.  Not only did my kids inhale the final product and think it was a delicious dessert, but they also loved helping me throw things into the blender, crush up the popcorn and roll the balls out too.  And in the end if they think a healthy dessert is a yummy one, it’s a total win.


Healthy Peanut Butter Brownie Popcorn Balls
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Recipe type: Snack / Dessert
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Serves: 18-20
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups + 2 cups Skinny Pop Original Popcorn
  • 20 dried dates
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t pure maple syrup
  • 2 T natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Pulse 3 cups Skinny Pop in blender or food processor until broken into small pieces.
  2. Add dates, vanilla, maple syrup, peanut butter, and cocoa powder.
  3. Pulse until everything is broken up and combined
  4. Move into a medium mixing bowl. Crumble remaining 2 cups skinny pop over mixture and use your hands to combine.
  5. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined plate
  6. Eat immediately or refrigerate and enjoy for up to 3 days following.

Memorial Day Weekend!

Here’s a little throwback with some easy slow cooker recipes for Memorial Day weekend, plus one of our all time favs!  Hope everyone has a relaxing, safe weekend!

And don’t forget to follow along on Facebook and Instagram where I’ve started posting new little bites here and there while I rev up to full blogger mode!

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You’re obviously firing up the grill this weekend for Memorial Day.  Whether you’re staying at home, having a party, or headed to a friend’s, it’s the unofficial first weekend of summer and time to parrrrtay! But if you’re having people over, you don’t want to heat up the house with those pesky apps and sides.  And if you’re bringing something to a potluck you don’t want to come home to a huge mess to clean up.

So here are a few of my favorite slow cooker recipes for Memorial Day weekend.  Plus my all time favorite no-bake dessert, which isn’t made in the slow cooker, but will keep your house nice and cool and be a quick an easy crowd pleaser.

Bring it on Memorial Day.  And bring it on summer!

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