Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls Recipe -- A sweet treat made with no refined sugar or oil. Warning: These never last too long, so be prepared to make a double batch!
Morning loves! How was was your weekend?
Do anything fun?
How about waking up to one of these babies!
Okay, so not exactly the epitome of a healthy breakfast, but it sure beats the pants off a cinnamon roll, or pop-tart since it has PEANUT BUTTAH!
This can all be yours for only three low payments peanut butter jars! plus shipping & handling of come to my house and get you one.
So I know the title implies that these precious rubies are in fact spherical, but after having their circular little bodies fall apart in my hands, leaving me with chocolate peanut butter paws, that I was forced to devour (don't worry they were cleaned afterwards. Don't get your Servsafe up in a bunch), they became...
a square. But popcorn square just doesn't have that same carny fair ring to it, so despite its facelift, the name stuck.
I was inspired by Megan's peanut butter rice krispie treats, and decided to swap out the snap, krackle, pop for one of my favorite nighttime snack of the past.
That's popcorn if you're wondering. Because peanut butter will NEVER be a thing of the past for me, unless it's an empty jar.
And I added chocolate, because..... it's chocolate. So there's that.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls (GF}
- Yield: 9 1x
- 6 cups air popped popcorn
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Line a 9x9 pan with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
- Pop popcorn kernels in air popper, or on stove top. Set aside.
- Heat honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts to boil.
- Turn off heat and add peanut butter.
- Stir until melted and combined. Let cool 2 minutes.
- Pour peanut butter mixture over popcorn. Stir to coat evenly.
- Add in chocolate chips, and stir to combine.
- Transfer popcorn mixture to prepared pan. Spread evenly.
- Press down firmly and evenly, and store in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
- Remove, and slice into 9 squares.
Veganize: Use dairy-free chocolate chips. Replace honey with alternative liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or brown rice syrup.
- Category: Dessert
- Serving Size: 1 square
I've decided to try a new little thing here on the blog, and since it IS called Sinful Nutrition, I wanted to include what makes each recipe a bit healthier than the original. So here's the stats on how my chocolate peanut butter popcorn balls stack up to either a rice krispie treat OR a regular popcorn ball.
Sinful Nutrition Stats:
-Higher in fiber
-Lower in carbs
-No refined sugars
-Higher in protein
But, ohmygosh these things need to leave my house immediately.
One little "oop! this little piece fell off. NOM NOM NOM" turned into breaking "tiny" pieces off until I polished off half the pan. Okay maybe not half, but it is seriously addicting!
[Tweet "Peanut butter cups meet popcorn balls in this Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls recipe!"]
And so much better than balls. Did I just say that?
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Make it a great day!
What's one thing on your wish list this year?
What's your favorite nighttime snack?
Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together
Yum I've tried making popcorn balls before and failed... yours look like SUCH a great afternoon treat!
Balls are fine, but don't serve much purpose (haha) I prefer bars.... clearly i'm single, bars are more easily accessible. (gosh I'm funny for a monday).
Haha! I miss you so much dear.
Yum! Love peanut butter & chocolate. Plus popcorn, please stop! Once all the treats are out of my house, totally making these!
Thanks Rebecca! They didn't last too long in mine. 🙂
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Woh, woh, popcorn for breakfast!? Count me in!
It's a whole grain, right?!
OH MY goodness. I think I just died and went to heaven just looking at these <3
xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.
Thanks Sarah Grace! They were indeed pretty heavenly.
Making these ASAP 🙂
Let me know what you think!
oh yum! My kiddos would have the batch gone in 5 minutes
Jennifer @ Nourished Simply
Love popcorn, Love Chocolate, Love Peanut Butter, Love this recipe!!
Haha, thanks for finding my awful grammar Carla! Noted, and fixed! 🙂