Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Almond Maple Popcorn Snack

With food allergies multiplying faster than the norovirus, it's nice to have some allergen-free snack ideas in your hip pocket. At my kids' school, the principal mandated that the only food to be served at the Valentine's party tomorrow is popcorn. So as not to sound like a meany, she said it was okay to mix in some sweet stuff like M&Ms and Skittles. Skittles? That sounds questionable to me.

But this recipe is decidedly NOT questionable: almond maple popcorn snack. Now, it's true that some kids are allergic to almonds, so you'll have to check with parents first. But if you have a gluten-intolerant kid in your babysitting co-op, this is a go-to favorite. Here's how to make it:

1/2 cup popcorn kernels
2 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. maple syrup
3 Tbs. almond butter
Chopped almond pieces (optional)

Pop your popcorn in an air popper or a microwave (if you use the microwave, place the popcorn in a brown paper lunch back and cook for 2 minutes). On the stovetop in a medium saucepan, melt the butter, maple syrup, and almond butter together. You don't have to bring it to a boil, but make sure it's well blended. Pour the sauce over the popcorn and top with extra almond pieces if the kids in your co-op shift are old enough for nut pieces. This is kind of a messy snack, so don't let them eat it on your newly washed slip cover.

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