Thursday, September 16, 2010

Snack Recipe: Trail-Mix Popcorn

This recipe is in the September edition of Parents magazine and is worth giving a try! Our family gives it two-thumbs up! Happy Snacking!

Trail-Mix Popcorn

1 (2.9 oz.) bag microwave Popcorn, cooked according to pkg. directions
1 cup Raisins
1/2 cup dried Apricots, chopped
1/2 cup Cranberries and/or Cherries
1/2 cup Honey or Agave Nectar
2 Tbs. Butter
1/4 cup finely chopped Pecans, Walnuts, and/or Peanuts
1/4 cup raw Sunflower Seeds
1 tsp. ground Cinnamon

1. Oil hands to keep popcorn from sticking.

2. In a large bowl combine popcorn with dried fruits and set aside.

3. In medium saucepan over low heat, stir honey with butter, nuts, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon and mix until well combined.

4. Carefully drizzle mixture over popcorn and fruit, stirring constantly, until everything is well coated. Let sit overnight (I lined a cookie sheet with wax paper and spread it on there).

Makes approx. 4 cups

Our first batch is made without the sunflower seeds since we didn't have any on hand, but I'd like to try them next time. I'm also contemplating trying to add roasted pumpkin seeds and maybe even golden raisins too.

I also think I added too much honey in our batch and it remained really sticky. I think the contributing factor may have been though that we get pure, straight-from-the-farm honey and I may need to cut back on the amount next time in order for it to become more 'dry' and not stick together so much.

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