Planning dinners, zoom parties and fun family activities have been a source of happiness for me lately. While some of my ideas are more popular than others, I continue to try in lift spirits in our every day life. I created this recipe for a family game night but my addition of Chinese Five Spice powder was not loved by all. Maybe next time, I will make a few different flavors and we can vote!

Ingredients:

8 cups popcorn (1/4 cup unpopped kernels or 1 bag microwave popcorn

3/4 maple syrup (or a mix of honey and maple syrup)

3/4 cup cup roasted almonds, peanuts or cashew nuts

1/4 cup sunflower seeds or pepitas

5 tbs. almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. Chinese Five Spice powder (or cinnamon) OPTIONAL

Method of Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

  1. Line a sheet pan with foil and grease. Place the popcorn, nuts and pepitas into a large mixing bowl.
  2. To make the maple caramel: use a heavy bottomed sauce pan and heat the maple syrup to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Watch the syrup to make sure it doesn’t burn or over flow.
  3. Take the pan off the heat and add the nut butter, vanilla extract, salt and spices if using.
  4. Pour syrup over popcorn/nut mixture. Stir to combine.
  5. Dump the mixture onto the prepared sheet pan.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes, stir mixture, and rotate pan. Bake for another 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with more salt depending on your taste.

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