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Naturally Sweetened "Caramel" Popcorn

Remember the ooey, gooey popcorn of yester years? I decided my children could experience the same thing, in a bit more healthy fashion. I'm not always a huge fan of the cakes, the frosting is tricky...so for my little Pip's upcoming birthday I got creative.

A "Caramelly" Popcorn Dinosaur Cake...interested?

The results were a hit, so here is the resultant recipe. No refined sugars, including corn syrup or brown sugar. Also, dairy free.

Naturally Sweetened Caramelly Corn

10 Cups of fresh popped Popcorn
1/2-3/4 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds

1/2 c Virgin Coconut Oil
1/2 c Honey
1/2 c Brown Rice Syrup
1 T Molasses
2 t salt
1 T Vanilla

Combine sauce ingredients and melt over medium high heat. Bring to boil for about 5 minutes. Pour over popcorn. Mix well. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Mix in pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Seeds...Food for Your Temple

Don't leave out the pumpkin seeds! They are amazingly healthy. Sprinkle them on anything and everything you can. Chock full of vitamin, minerals, protein, and amino acids. In fact, you can get 1/2 of the daily recommended doses of zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, vitamin K and phosphorous. Their protein content is 29% higher than the average seed. They are also high in A and B vitamins, calcium, and a known anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant, anti-parasitic agent. Zinc deficiency is a major issue with osteoporosis. I have taken to adding them into the Multigrain Hot Cereal right before I serve it to my family. Delicious.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I have finally gotten Brown Rice syrup. Wahoo. I am trying this recipe tonight. Thanks for taking time to post your recipes and stuff!