These Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars Are the Perfect 3-Ingredient After School Treat

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Recipes that come about when you just trying to be resourceful with random ingredients on hand are the best, aren’t they? Like these PB Popcorn Bars which I wanted to do simply because we had a bit leftover in the PB jar (well bucket…catering) and some popcorn kernels from a kids party we catered.

So easy, so well loved by everyone, with the exception of my partner who looked well left out as I made them and he continued sipping on juice #5 for his juice cleanse that day…moving on.

This recipe is super simple but there is one tiny element that will make or break it and that is the time the peanut butter and honey/rice malt stay on the stove. They need only about a minute so it is a runny enough consistency (it won’t become super runny) to mix through the popcorn and bind it together. I held off posting this recipe until I had retested this component because take your eyes off it and it becomes a separated crumb! You can’t work the crumb into the popcorn to make it a bar, unfortunately (I did try!), so be attentive for this brief moment. It’s really easy otherwise and the rest takes no time at all.

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This recipe makes 16 bars, is gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be made vegan.

Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Freezing Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 16 bars

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place peanut butter and honey or rice malt syrup in a small saucepan on low heat and whisk together with a fork or whisk until it is slightly runny, be careful not to leave it on the heat too long or it will become a crumby consistency.
  • When ready, place popcorn in a large bowl, pour oven peanut butter and honey/rice malt mix, then mix together using clean hands.
  • Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and press the bars into the tin.
  • Cover and place in freezer to set for 2 hours.
  • Once set, slice and serve, they keep out of the fridge or freezer and hold together for about 3 hours.
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Course Dessert, Freezer Friendly, Snack
Keyword Peanut Butter, Popcorn
Allergy Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Refined Sugar Free, Salt Free, Sesame Free, Soy Free
Value Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian
Author: Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline’s website, The Brown Paper Bag Nutrition, is loaded with healthy, wholefood recipes with a focus on plant-based eating as well as fabulous health, nutrition and lifestyle advice.

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About the Author: Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline Alwill is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, author and presenter. She is dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing and happiness of all individuals. Jacqueline has established herself as a leading Australian nutritionist, author, presenter, director of wholefoods catering company, Brown Paper Kitchen and in 2018 she successfully launched an online meal delivery service, Brown Paper Eats. Jacqueline’s philosophy in health lays the foundations for the experience clients and the community have in her practice, workshops and the food they cook and taste. “At the heart of Brown Paper Nutrition is sharing good health with those around you. Giving people an experience in nutrition, health and wellbeing that makes them feel empowered to start and continue a journey to optimal health”.

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