Cinnamon Almond Maca Popcorn

Cinnamon Maca Almond Popcorn

 
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Whew ever have one of those weeks?
 
I bet you are thinking, ‘oh one of those weeks where things go wrong around every corner?’
 
Actually no.
 
One of those weeks where things are just so mundane, so stuck in a rut that you just feel BLAH.
 
Yep, that was my week. Or can I say that has been like a month now?
 
I think I felt it especially this week – and this is a pattern I am noticing every spring in Michigan – here is how it goes:
 
You get excited that it turns to March! Spring is near!
 
But then it is snowy. And 20 degrees.
 
The sun decides to not shine for days and you are still wearing layers of clothing to stay warm.
 
Kids are sick because they too are also tired and worn down of winter.
 
And then time changes comes and your whole rhythm gets thrown out of whack and instead of enjoying this extra light at night, you just feel so tired you could crawl in bed pronto…
 
So that was my week!
 
What do you when your joy quotient is low?
 
Here are few things I start thinking about:
 
1. Upcoming spring break and getting away for a few days! Planning a trip always makes me happy.
2. Easter baskets. They say shopping is therapy and I love to plan out the perfect goodies to fill our family Easter baskets. This year we have new books, coloring books, LEGOS and more!
3. Blonde highlights. For a woman, is there anything better than a trip the salon to get your hair done? Change the hair, change the attitude!
4. Grill season. I love the smell of grilled food and the taste? Out of this world incomparable to roasted vegetables. I can almost taste these Asian Grilled Vegetables with Miso Vinaigrette.
5. Spend time creating in the kitchen! Which leads me to this recipe….

Joy in Popcorn

Yes, there is joy in popcorn. I love homemade popcorn! I think if I had to pick 3 foods to live off of the rest of my life it would: oatmeal, popcorn and grilled vegetables. Sounds balanced, right?!
 
My love of candied popcorn is evidenced by these recipes on our blog:
And find more on our blog, just search popcorn!

What is Maca?
Have you used maca powder before? Maca is considered a superfood for its health benefits. It is also considered an ‘adoptogen’ which is a term reserved for plants and herbs that assist your body in adapting to stress on the body (hello – perfect for spring time change!)

This rich antioxidant food in powder form has a nice nutty, caramel taste! I love to use it in overnight oats and also use it in our Pecan Pie Granola recipe!

This popcorn recipe combines almond extract, cinnamon and maca for a warm crunchy taste experience that your tastebuds will love! I would have to say this is my favorite new maca recipe.

If you try it, we would love it know! Hashtag #badtothebowl on Instagram and be sure to follow us on our all social media channels for plant based food inspiration.

 

Cinnamon Maca Almond Popcorn

Recipe by Sarah HayesCourse: Dessert, Snacks

Cinnamon maca almond popcorn is a secretly healthy sweet treat! Candied popcorn with superfoods.

Ingredients

  • 10 cups air popped popcorn

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar*

  • 1/4 cup light agave

  • 3 Tblsp coconut oil

  • 2 tsp maca powder

  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp almond extract

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions

  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Make your popcorn and set aside in a large bowl.

  • Combine granulated sugar, agave syrup, coconut oil, maca powder, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil and stir mixture constantly for 3 – 5 minutes. Your candy thermometer must reach 150 degrees!
  • Remove from stove and quickly stir in almond extract and baking soda.
    Pour mixture over reserved popcorn.

  • Place on prepared baking sheet and bake in oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

  • Cool on wire racks.
  • Store in air tight container.

Notes

  • *I have substituted brown sugar for granulated for equally yummy results!

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