This is how I explain what happens to a corn kernel when it is popped!
Basically each kernel contains a little bit of water that’s stored inside of it. As the kernel heats up the water begins to expand and pressure starts to build up inside! It’s kind of like a very unstable pressure cooker! Finally the hard outer layer of the kernel gives in and allows the popcorn to explode, literally turning the kernel inside out, therefore popping it!
Popcorn is really a healthy snack that you can do anything to! It’s a whole grain that contains 40 or more nutrients and has more protein than any other cereal grain. So this is what I LOVE to do with mine. :) Let me know your favorite way to make popcorn! Tweet me HERE
I’m personally a fan of good old microwave popcorn, but occasionally I do pop it the old fashion way. Just so you know, 1 ounce of un-popped popcorn equals a quart popped. this would’ve been helpful for me to know the first time I tried popping it on my own! It’s easy to make way more then you intend to.
2/3 cup raw honey
Why raw honey? Because it’s unheated, pure, unpasteurized, and unprocessed. Raw honey is also the healthiest choice amongst other forms of honey because it has the most nutritional value and contains amylase, an enzyme concentrated in flower pollen which helps predigest starchy foods like breads.
2 tbsp all natural peanut butter. Look at the ingredient list because the only ingredient should be peanuts, I promise you, it’s easy to find!
1/2 cup of chopped almonds, walnuts, or your favorite nut!
1 package of a plain microwave popcorn. No butter!
To put together this amazing treat, just pop the popcorn according to the instructions on the box. Then heat the honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan. It will start to bubble pretty violently and look like boiling sugar. Let it boil for just 1 minute, and then add the nuts. Cook for another 30 seconds and then dump the mixture right over your popcorn! It might be sticky, but oh man it’s great!
Toss everything together and let it sit for about 20 minutes…if you can wait that long.