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These popcorn balls are made with agave nectar and peanut butter and are spiked with chocolate covered pretzels and dried cherries for a special treat. Try making them for your Halloween party this year.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2011

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Recipe Summary

total:
20 mins
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Prepare a medium bowl of ice water.

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  • Put popcorn in a large bowl.

  • Combine agave (or honey) and peanut butter (or almond butter) in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently but constantly. As soon as the mixture starts to lightly bubble, cook, stirring constantly, for 15 seconds more.

  • Immediately pour the mixture evenly over the popcorn; gently mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until well coated. Gently stir in dark chocolate-covered pretzels and finely chopped dried cherries.

  • Dip both hands in the ice water. Working quickly, press small handfuls (heaping 1/4 cup each) of the popcorn mixture firmly into 2-inch balls. (Make sure each ball gets a little bit of the pretzels and dried cherries.) Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. If they seem too fragile, rinse hands with cold water and press and squeeze each ball again to help keep it together.

  • Let cool completely before storing. To store, individually wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Wrap airtight for up to 2 days, but best the day they are made.

Note: Agave syrup or nectar is the naturally sweet juice extracted from the agave plant. It has a lower glycemic index and is lower in calories than table sugar, but is even sweeter. Use it in moderation when substituting for table sugar. Look for it near other sweeteners in health food stores and well-stocked supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

1 ball
91 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 13.2g; dietary fiber 1.1g; sugars 7.8g; fat 3.2g; saturated fat 0.6g; vitamin a iu 102.5IU; folate 1.5mcg; calcium 2mg; iron 0.3mg; magnesium 6.7mg; potassium 18.5mg; sodium 31.3mg; added sugar 6g.

1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

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