Sprinkled Popcorn Treat

Sprinkled Popcorn Treat

I saw this idea and had to try it.  Here was my list of Whys?

  • I could incorporate organic popcorn
  • I could incorporate gluten free pretzels
  • I could incorporate raw nuts of my choice
  • There was chocolate
  • It was easy and a no bake recipe
  • The finished product shouted FUN!
  • And the number 1 reason – There were sprinkles involved.  

So I went to my sprinkle drawer – don’t judge!  You might be surprised to know how many times sprinkles has allowed me to look more together than I felt on a given day.  

The recipe below is basic and add-ins could definitely be incorporated:  mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, dried fruit cut up, shredded coconut, cinnamon, etc.  But I wanted to keep mine in a less sweet mode so I stuck to 5 ingredients.

Sprinkled Popcorn Treat
A very easy treat with a touch of sweetness that can incorporate healthier ingredients.
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  1. Popped Organic Popcorn
  2. Raw Nuts, your choice (I used pecans)
  3. Gluten Free Pretzels, broke in small pieces
  4. White Chocolate Chips
  5. Sprinkles
  6. (There are no measurements - you decide how much of each ingredient you want to use)
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place popcorn, pretzels, nuts on top of parchment paper.
  3. Place white chocolate chips in microwavable bowl and heat in 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time until smooth.
  4. Drizzle white chocolate using a spoon over the mixture on cookie sheet. (Note: if you would like a little more sweetness you can dip one side of some of the nuts or pretzels into white chocolate before you drizzle.)
  5. Then immediately (while chocolate is still warm) shake sprinkles on top, especially where the chocolate landed on the mixture.
  6. Place in freezer or refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  7. Place mixture in bowl or individual bags for gifts and Enjoy!
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This recipe would make a great contribution to a pot luck, hostess gift, neighbor gift, thinking of you gift, stocking stuffer.  Plus the ideas for coordinating with holidays and parties are endless.

I am adding this recipe to one my preschool grandchildren can help with in the kitchen. 

You may be asking why I choice the colors of sprinkle I did.  Well – I had one container that had a little of each color and this allowed me to empty the container – my contribution to downsizing a bit.

What would your selection of ingredients be if you made this?




Almond Joy Bites

This is a healthy alternative to an Almond Joy Candy Bar or a Girl Scout Samoan Cookie.  Plus they are ready in no time since you don’t even bake them.

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Almond Joy Bites
Yields 20
A healthy alternative to an almond joy candy bar
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  1. 2 cups pitted dates, merjoii
  2. 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  3. 1/4 tsp pure coconut extract
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  6. 1/3 cup chopped raw almonds
  7. Coconut Water, Almond Milk, or water if needed
  8. Mini cupcake liners and sprinkles and nuts to decorate
  1. Mix all ingredients except coconut water/almond milk in food processor. Add a small amount of coconut/water or almond milk, if needed. The mixture should hold together but not be overly wet. roll into small balls, dip into sprinkles, place in liner and top with a nut.
  2. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer.
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Keep Snacks Simple and Handy

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Here are a few healthy snack ideas that taste great and can help us stay true to our goals: 

1. Vegetable Packs are an awesome grab and go snack.   Pick out a few of your favorite veggies.  Clean and prep.  Place in sandwich bags.  This way when your tummy starts grumbling you have an appealing snack to turn to.  Make it extra special by adding a small container of hummus and an olive or two.  

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It’s easy to make your cucumbers pretty. Scrape down the sides with a fork and slice.
Snack Pack - Cucumbers

Prep your veggies, olives, etc.  Then place an assortment in each bag.
Snack Pack - Ingredients

 Here are a few other ideas:

2.  Nuts – stick to raw and unsalted.  Trader Joe’s has a wonderful assortment of nuts.  Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts are your best bets because they are lower in fat.  Repack in 1/4 cup portions in snack size Ziploc bags.  Portion control is essential because they are higher in calories.
3. Hummus and an assortment of Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers and a few Kalamata Olives.  Try to find a hummus with a small amount of olive oil.  Hummus comes in all kinds of flavors – be adventurous.
4.  Salsa and Low Salt Tortilla Chips.  Read the label on the chips and portion out the amount on a plate so you are in control of how much you eat.  It’s amazing how many more chips we can eat when we just eat out of the bag.  Salsa Recipe
5.  Make up some bags of grapes and place in the freezer.  These are fun to eat.
6.  Apples, Oranges, Clementines, Pears, Bananas – oh my.  These are ready with a rinse under the faucet and a peel.   Natures fast food.
No matter what you eat – eat intentionally.  Make your plate or presentation as pretty as you can.  Visit a Goodwill and buy one or two pretty little plates that are used for your snacks.  Buy a pretty package of paper napkins to serve with your snack.  How a food is served is satisfying and appealing to more senses than taste and smell.
What is your favorite healty snack?