So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purified gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1 Peter 1: 6-7
Nail clippers get lost in our house. They end up in some eternal abyss never to be seen from again. And I don’t mean the little kiddo nail clippers (aka, the kids can not even be blamed for the loss). I mean the big ole’ boys, that will cut through any nail you put in front of it.
It never fails, whenever Mr. Mead or myself are needing to cut our nails a ten hour
manhunt nail clipper hunt ensues. Then we usually give up looking, and I buy a new pair of $1.89 nail clippers at the grocery store. Thus if we ever move, the next owner of this home will probably find fifteen pairs of nail clippers who knows where (because we apparently don’t) in this house.
And with that, we will make a segue into this fun recipe known as Gooey Chocolate Popcorn Bars. We are headed down the road toward health and vitality (we are starting slowly), starting with this little number; think popcorn meets no bake cookies. These are a fun gluten free, dairy free (can be easily made dairy free – I would have, however our NEW grocery store in our little po’dunk [I say that with love] town carries the smallest array that you can imagine of organic/special diets food, but that is a rant for a different time), low in refined sugar snack.
These are great for kids (for smaller children just take out the nuts). And they are a good option for adults as well. I find since they are not packed full of refined sugar I can eat a handful and stop. Also, add in or remove whatever you prefer. I think I would like to make a variation without the cranberries, and add in cashews… yum!
P.S. The serving size for the nutrition was fairly large, just under a 1/2 cup.
- 7 cups popcorn (like Skinny Pop or Boomchickapop)
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup pecans
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup honey
- ⅓ cup coconut nectar or maple syrup
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- In a very large bowl or brown paper bag combine popcorn, chocolate chips, pecans, cranberries, and coconut.
- Place a medium size pan over medium heat - mix together honey, coconut nectar, peanut butter, salt.
- Stir until bubbly and well combined, 2-3 minutes. Do not let the mixture thicken too much.
- Remove from burner, add cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Pour over popcorn mixture, and stir until well combined.
- Place mixture into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Press down firmly.
- Let cool down, prior to trying to cut.
Adapted from Thrivemarket.com Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bars