This post is sponsored by Bard Valley Natural Delights. Recipes and opinions are my own.
Thanks for joining Sarah and me for Meatless Monday today. I don’t know about you but all this warmer weather has me outside running around and trying to do all the things. Doing “all the things” makes this girl very hungry. I certainly have a few go to snacks in my repertoire but honestly I can get a little bored with them. I’ve taken a bunch of my favorite healthy snack items and combined them into one delicious snack. I know you all are going to love these Trail Mix Popcorn Balls as much as I do.
I’ve taken some of the classic trail mix components (peanuts, cashews, almonds and chocolate chips) and added a few more of my favorite mix ins (steel cut oats, Medjool dates, peanut butter) to create a healthy and tasty treat. It’s important for me to actually like what I am snacking on or I end up just eating something else in addition.
Traditional trail mixes or bars often have lots of added sugars and salts that you really don’t need in your snacks. What do you need in a great recovery or post workout snack? I look for a combination of protein, healthy carbs, fiber and great taste without added sugars or salts. Since we are talking about post workout refuel, I’ve added in some chopped Medjool Dates. Did you know that Medjool dates are a naturally sweet fruit and that they are full of potassium? In fact, Medjool Dates have way more potassium than bananas. That makes them the perfect ingredient to add to my Trail Mix Popcorn Balls.
It’s very easy to make your own healthy, plain popcorn. You just pour a 1/2 C of kernels into a brown paper lunch bag with a dash of olive oil and salt. Shake it up, fold it over to seal and microwave about 2 m 30 and you have just the right amount without any preservatives. Win!
These Trail Mix Popcorn Balls are easy to whip up in minutes. I used a muffin tin to set them into shape and then they are ready to take with you wherever your hunger may lead you. Wrapped up a few to take to my running group the other day-what a great post run snack.
- 8-10 Cups of plain popcorn
- 1 Cup of whole cashews
- 1 Cup almonds
- 1 Cup peanuts
- 1 Cup of chocolate chips
- 6 medjool pitted dates-chopped
- 1 Cup of peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Melt peanut butter in microwave for about minute
- stir in vanilla and cinnamon
- In a muffin tin pour a small amount of pnb on bottom of each cup
- In a large bowl combine all remaining ingredients
- Mix in remaining peanut butter and combine
- Scoop about 1 Cup of trail mix into each muffin tin
- Press down to form balls
- refrigerate for 30 min
- Can be covered and stored in fridge for a few days