Dinner, a movie, and some healthy Peanut Butter Caramel Corn for Valentine’s Day
Posted Feb 13 2013 8:36am
In its infinite wisdom, my daughter’s school scheduled the Daddy Daughter Dance on Valentine’s Day. So Paul and I won’t be going out on Thursday, but may take in a dinner and a movie at The National in Athens, GA if the movie at The Ciné is something I actually want to see. (All the moviesI do want to see are done after the 14th, darn it!)
However for many of us, going out to eat for Valentine’s Day is a total pain. First of all, this year it’s on a Thursday and who can stay out late when you have to get kids ready for school and head out to work early in the morning? Second, depending on where you like to eat, you may have to make reservations weeks in advance. Third, between babysitters, drinks and a nice meal, and a Valentine's Day present for your sweetie, it’s expensive!
I bet this would be good with almond butter, as well. If you have nut allergies or sensitivities , try sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter and pine nuts (which are seeds) for the sliced almonds.
Serves 20 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup light-colored corn syrup
2. tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 250.
Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray.
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add popcorn; cover and cook 4 minutes, shaking pan frequently. When popping slows, remove pan from heat. Let stand until popping stops. Uncover; add almonds.
Combine sugar, syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Add peanut butter and vanilla, and stir until smooth. Drizzle over popcorn; toss well.
Spread mixture into prepared pan.
Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely.
Fat 7.4 g (sat 1.8 g, mono 3.5 g, poly 1.6 g)
Protein 2.6 g
Carb 21.3 g
Fiber 1.4 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Iron 0.4mg Sodium 108 mg
Calcium 17 mg
Recipe and photo used with permission of Cooking Light.
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