I am a popcorn lover. And so are my children. How could you not be when your mother makes popcorn almost weekly for your family movie night like I do :). Usually I’ll just make plain old air popped popcorn and that’s it, but sometimes, when we’re feeling like having a treat, we’ll turn it into peanut butter popcorn. You don’t need nasty karo syrup or refined sugars in this recipe. There are only a few ingredients and it’s really easy to remember the quantities because every single one is ‘half’. Half teaspoon this, half cup that so it’s an easy one to memorize.
Always try and use an air popper to pop your popcorn. That way there are no oils or additives. Once you have your bowl of popcorn and you’ve taken out any remaining unpopped kernels, put your coconut sugar or other raw sugar on the stove over medium heat and add the brown rice syrup.
When it starts to boil turn on your timer and let it boil for one minute or until it’s a little thicker but not stiff(may only need 45 seconds so watch it and stir constantly). Remove the pan from the heat and stir in your natural peanut butter. Last, add in some vanilla. Stir it together quickly and then immediately pour it over the top of your popcorn and stir it well to combine.
Peanut Butter Popcorn
1/2 cup popcorn Kernels (pop in air popper. This is equivalent to about 1 bag microwave popcorn)
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1/2 c coconut sugar (or sucanat or other granulated sugar)
1/2 c natural peanut butter (can use creamy or crunchy; personal preference)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl and spoon out any unpopped kernels. In a medium saucepan, bring coconut sugar and syrup to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir until melted. Add vanilla. Pour over popcorn and mix well.