Ok, so last week I let you all in on a little secret of mine! Yes, I too eat junk food from time to time but the point of that post was just to relate to those who are reluctant to make the transition into plant-based eating. So yes although those snacks listed on my previous post are considered junk-food they are still in fact made without any meat or dairy products. Now this I would like to introduce two of my healthier favorite go-to snacks, sea salted maple popcorn and dark chocolate drizzled peanut butter granola bars. Both packed than enough flavors to satisfy your snack cravings, easy recipes that won’t take much time, and inexpensive ingredients! Simple, healthy, and delicious, sounds like the perfect snacks to me, don’t you agree? Um hm, I knew you would. 🙂 Below you will find the ingredients and instructions on how to prepare both of these delightful snacks!
Sea Salted Sweet Maple Popcorn
Ingredients: 2/3 cups of plain popcorn kernels, 1/3-1/2 cups of butter (use margarine or oil of choice if vegan), 3-4 tbsp of original maple syrup, pinch or 2 of sea salt
- In a large pot melt 1/3-1/2 cups of butter or margarine on medium heat
- Add 3-4 tbsp of maple syrup and a large pinch of sea salt (more can be added later)
- Use a spoon to mix everything and wait until the mixture starts to foam
- Once it foams add the popcorn kernels and cover pot for 4-7 minutes
- Shake the pot regularly so that kernels cook evenly
- Take lid off and allow popcorn to cool for 1-2 minutes and enjoy
Add more sea salted syrup if desired, simply recreate mixture in a pot and pour over popcorn, allow to settle and enjoy.
Dark Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter Granola Bars (no baking required)
Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats, 1/4 cup of nuts (finely chopped if you can find if not combined all desired nuts and gently smash with a hammer or canned good), 1/4 seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, etc.), 1/4 cups dried fruits (optional), as many chocolate chips as you’d like (optional…dark chocolate if vegan), a pinch of salt salt, 1/2 cup of sweetener (agave, maple syrup, or honey), 2/3 cups of peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice
- Mix oats, seeds, chocolate chips, and dried fruit in a large bowl
- In another bowl mix together nut butter, sweetener, and salt
- Pour second mixture into oat mixture, and mix well until everything is sticky and combined. (if too dry, add more sweetener)
- Scoop and press mixture well into a shallow baking dish, lined with foil or saran wrap
- Drizzle with chocolate sauce or syrup
- Cover with more foil/saran, and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours
- Cut into bar shapes, wrap, and keep refrigerated till ready to eat
The bars will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the fridge and one week if left out. Keep covered at all times to remain freshness! I hope you enjoy these easy to make healthy but delicious snacks.