Peanut Butter Popcorn Recipe
There’s something very moreish about salty sweet snacks such as peanut butter popcorn. If you’ve only ever tried salty popcorn or toffee popcorn then you are going to be in for a treat with this peanut butter popcorn recipe. Simple to make and a million miles away from the taste of store-bought popcorn, why not give these recipes a go?
How to Make Butter Popcorn at Home
You will need:
- Measure out half a cup of corn kernels. You can either place the popcorn kernels with a little butter or oil in a pan or use an air-popper for a healthier alternative. If using the traditional pan method then do not forget to use a lid! Shake the pan gently every once in a while to ensure all of the kernels reach the hottest part of the pan and can “pop” and transform.
- Take half a cup of creamy peanut butter and place into a bowl that is safe to use in the microwave. Turn the microwave on for around 30 seconds or until it is completely melted. Don’t test with your finger or tongue as the mixture is likely to be super hot!
- Add the popcorn to a large bowl and stir in the melted peanut butter. You can add a little salt to taste if you prefer your popcorn a little more savory.
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Alternative Peanut Butter Popcorn Recipes
If you are looking for a different popcorn coatings recipe then you are definitely in the right place! Because plain popcorn is so simple to use and doesn’t have a strong taste it is perfect for adding different flavors.
Why not try these alternative recipes?
Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn
Possibly the naughtiest recipe on our list, if you are a fan of Reese’s Pieces then you may feel like you’d died and gone to heaven after tasting this! Just simply pop half a cup of popcorn using the method above and set aside into a large bowl. Melt x 3 tbsp of creamy peanut butter and a handful of chocolate chips inside a microwaveable bowl for around 30 seconds or until melted in the microwave. Stit into the popcorn along with a large handful of Reese’s Pieces cut into quarters. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn
The rich flavor from the dark chocolate and salty peanut butter combines wonderfully in this recipe and makes it a firm favorite for adults and children alike. You’ll need to prepare your popcorn using your preferred method. Place into a bowl and then melt around a quarter cup of peanut butter and 1.5 ounces of 70% (or higher) dark chocolate together in a microwave until melted – check this every 20 seconds or so. Once the mixture has melted you will then need to pour this onto the popcorn and stir through thoroughly. Eat whilst still warm – delicious!
Peanut Butter & Pretzel Party Mix Popcorn
Did someone say party mix?? Now if you’re going to throw a party or sit down at home to watch a movie then there is no better recipe than this peanut butter popcorn recipe. If you’re wondering how to make peanut butter popcorn even tastier then let us tell you that the answer is to simply make the traditional peanut butter popcorn recipe and then add a handful of chopped Reese’s Pieces along with a handful of salty pretzels. If you are feeling really nutty you can throw in some salty peanuts too. Be warned though…once you start it may be difficult to stop!
Nut Butter Popcorn
If the above recipes don’t take your fancy and you don’t have a sweet tooth then you might want to opt for something a little more savory? How about an alternative nut butter popcorn? You can use the traditional recipe as above but instead of using peanut butter why not substitute for almond butter or cashew nut butter? Packed full of protein and super healthy, this makes a great alternative for those watching the calories!
Is Peanut Butter Popcorn Healthy?
Peanut butter itself is healthy when eaten in moderation. The problem with peanut butter is that it often isn’t eaten in moderation and so people tend to go way over their daily calorie intake! Just 1 tsp of peanut butter contains around 100kcals! So if you eat an entire bowl of peanut butter popcorn then you can see how the calories add up. Another thing to look out for is the type of peanut butter that you buy. If you are using cheap peanut butter from a grocery store, then you will need to take a look at the label on the back and see what the jar contains. Peanut butter should contain one ingredient or two at the most…peanuts and salt! If your peanut butter contains a whole list of ingredients then it’s probably not healthy. Popcorn itself, on the other hand, is very healthy and contains minimal calories. Adding butter and salt and sugar and other ingredients is what makes it unhealthy sometimes.
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Is Peanut Butter Popcorn High in Calories?
Again, this depends entirely on the recipe that you follow! Peanuts are high in protein and packed full of goodness but they’re also mega calorific. This is why people on diets have to seriously restrict their nut intake. If you are looking to make peanut butter popcorn healthy then you can half the amount of peanut butter that you use and skip the extra salt. Making your popcorn in an air-popper is also significantly healthier as it doesn’t require oil. It’s also safer too! Anyone who has ever used the traditional method of popping corn in a hot pan with oil will have likely experienced “flying popcorn” – which occurs when you gently lift the lid to see if it’s popping properly and the kernels jump out of the pan!
To summarize, we believe that you should use high-quality peanut butter and high-quality popcorn kernels in order to get the best possible taste. Hope you enjoy!