Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls (PB squared)

Hello! Time for another Halloween-inspired post! After all, it’s less than two days away!

I have no idea what I am going to be doing on Halloween night. I won’t trick or treat for candy I can’t eat (unintentional rhyme right there). Also, I am probably a little too old to trick-or-treat. This is probably good, because when I was younger, I was a CRAZY trick-or-treater. I probably ate 2 or 3 king-sized candy bars and lots of little candies during and after trick-or-treating. Then I proceeded to spazz out. For example: in fifth grade, I had a sleepover on Halloween but I didn’t sleep because I was literally bouncing off the walls.

However, passing out candy is still fun (which is probably what I will end up doing) because you get to see cute kids wearing classic/ adorable/ scary/ innovative (choose one) costumes!

A great snack to enjoy while giving candy and other treats to younguns is peanut butter popcorn balls! They’re filled with fiber, so you’ll stay full and won’t be tempted to eat candy. They also taste yummy, especially if you love peanut butter (look at my blog name and you’ll see that I sure do).  Plus, they’re made with ingredients that you probably have on hand!

So without further ado, I present PB2!

pb squared

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls (aka PB squared)

These treats are adapted from a recipe on the blog Keeping It Kind.

makes around 22 truffles

Ingredients

  • 4 and 1/4 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 1 cup (vegan) chocolate chips
  • peanuts to top the balls

Directions

  1. Combine the peanut butter and agave.
  2. Add this mixture to the popcorn and use a spatula, a stand mixer, or handheld mixer to mix everything together.
  3. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Get your hands wet and then shape the popcorn mixture into small balls (think ping pong balls).
  4. Place the balls on the baking sheet and freeze or refrigerate until hardened (15 to 30 minutes).
  5. Just before you pull the balls out, melt the chocolate in a double broiler or a microwave (if you’re lazy like I am).
  6. Then take out the balls and dip each ball into the chocolate using a spoon to coat it. Or you can just spoon chocolate on top of each ball. Add a peanut to the top of each ball. When all of the balls have been coated in chocolate, put them back in the fridge/ freezer.
  7. When the chocolate has hardened… bon appétit! Keep these babies in the fridge/ freezer. They are best eaten within 24 hours because the popcorn starts to get soggy afterwards.

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I hope you have a fun (and safe) Halloween!

xx Ellie

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