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Popcorn is a yummy snack but can some times get boring, here are some ideas to change it up. I haven’t tried these with microwavable popcorn so here is my go to way on how to pop popcorn kernels.

What you will need:
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons canola oil

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil along with a few popcorn kernels to a large, deep pot, and set on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Those few kernels are the key to knowing when the oil is hot enough to add the rest.

2. Once the first kernel pops, add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels to the pot. Cover the pot with a splatter screen, or partially cover with a lid.

3. Gently shake the pot to prevent the kernels from burning, and cook until there’s about four or five seconds between pops. By that point, just about all of the kernels should be popped.

.:Side Note:.
A half-cup of kernels doesn’t seem like a lot, but it roughly makes 10 cups once it’s all popped.

 

Honey Brown Popcorn
What you will need:
1/4 cup of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of honey
1/2 teaspoon salt

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Prepare popcorn as directed above.
2. In a small saucepan brown the unsalted butter.
3. Remove from the heat and whisk in  honey and salt.
4. Drizzle over the bowl of popcorn and stir until the popcorn is well-coated.

 

Matcha & Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt
What you will need:
3 ounces of good-quality dark chocolate
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons of matcha powder
1 teaspoon of flaky sea salt

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Prepare the popcorn as directed above.
2. Combine 3 ounces of good-quality dark chocolate and coconut oil in a small saucepan, and melt over low heat, stirring constantly.

3.Sprinkle matcha powder over the popcorn and stir until the popcorn is well-coated.
4. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Eat immediately or chill in the fridge for 10 minutes to let the chocolate set.

 

Dill Pickle
What you will need:
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons dried dill
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon citric acid
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup of unsalted butter

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Prepare the popcorn as directed above.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together ground coriander, dried dill, ground mustard, 1 garlic powder, onion powder, celery seed, citric acid, salt.

3. Melt the unsalted butter over low heat then drizzle the butter and sprinkle the herb mixture over the popcorn, then stir until the popcorn is well-coated.

 

Cookies & Cream
What you will need:
10 ounces of white chocolate
2 tablespoons coconut oil
12 Oreos (1 sleeve), crushed

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Prepare the popcorn as directed above.
2. Combine the white chocolate and coconut oil in a small saucepan, and melt over low heat, stirring constantly.

3. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn, top the crushed Oreos, and then stir until well-coated. Eat immediately or chill in the fridge for 10 minutes to let the chocolate
set.

 

Buffalo Wing Style Popcorn
What you will need:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot sauce (your favorite hot sauce will work just as well)

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Prepare the popcorn as directed above.
2. Combine the butter with the Frank’s Red Hot sauce in a small microwave-safe cup.
3. Heat on high power at 15 second intervals until completely melted.
4. Toss with popcorn in a large bowl and serve.

 

Cool Ranch Popcorn
What you will need:
2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon popcorn salt (or 2 teaspoons kosher salt)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Prepare the popcorn as directed above.
2. Combine the powdered buttermilk,  ground black pepper, dried dill, and popcorn salt .
3. Drizzle the popcorn with the extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl and toss to coat.
4. Add the seasoning mix and toss again. Serve and enjoy

 

Lemongrass Chili Lime Popcorn
What you will need:
2 teaspoons grated zest from a lime
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon popcorn salt (or 2 teaspoons kosher salt)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemongrass stalk (the pale green and purple inner parts only), finely chopped

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Prepare the popcorn as directed above.
2. Combine lemongrass, lime zest, cream of tartar, sugar, chili powder, and popcorn salt. 3. Drizzle the popcorn with the extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl and toss to coat.
4. Add the seasoning mix and toss again. Serve and enjoy.

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NutellaSwirlCupcakes

These cupcakes are super easy to do, cheap but will fool everyone making them think you spent some serious time making them.

What you will need:
For the cupcakes:
1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 box of instant chocolate pudding
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
4 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla

For the frosting:
3 sticks of butter, softened
4-6 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup of milk
Nutella

 
Steps to yummy goodness:
For the cupcakes:
1. Combine the above ingredients and mix until smooth. The batter will be fairly thick.

2. Spoon into 24 paper lined muffin tins.

3. Bake for 16-22 minutes at 350 degrees. Check at 16minutes because I’ve never needed the full 22minutes, 18minutes is normally just right.

4. Remove these from the oven and let them cool.

 

For the icing:
1. Mix together the softened butter, powdered sugar and milk until smooth.

2. Now, with a Ziploc bag you are going to spoon some of your buttercream in on one side and your Nutella in on the other.

3. Snip off the tip and then simply pipe it on to your cupcake in a spiral motion
4. Serve and enjoy

 

 

.:Side Note:.

I find that when you are trying to put the icing in the bag it is easier use put said bag into a cup and then roll some of the bag over the side of a cup.

Of course if you’re not a fan of chocolate or super sweet things this icing is just as yummy on normal vanilla cupcakes.

If you do want something that will hit your sweet tooth just right try adding a handful of chocolate chips to the cupcake batter, you will not be disappointed.

 

 

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What you will need:
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
½ cup vanilla almond milk
½ cup cold or room temperature brewed coffee
1½ cups cubed ice
sprinkle of cacao nibs, for topping if desired

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Add all ingredients ( except ice ) to a high powered blender and blend until mixed together.

2. Slowly add ice to blender and process until creamy.

3. Pour into glass and top with cacao nibs, if desired.


.:Side Note:.
This recipe works just as well with vanilla protein powder and normal cows milk. If you like this but would like something a little sweeter try out this….

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 10 oz. coffee, chilled
  • 1 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 2 TBSP. chocolate hazelnut butter
  • 5-7 ice cubes

 

 

Never Fail Fudge…..

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What you will need:
3 cups milk chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to yummy goodness:

1. Line a 8×8” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.2. Melt chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.

3. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Turn off the heat and quickly stir in vanilla extract.

4. Pour and spread into pan.
5. Let the fudge cool to room temperature on the counter, then chill to set.

.:Side Note:.
This is such an easy base recipe, feel free to play around with toppings. Some of my favorite things to add are…..

Crushed walnuts
Broken up chocolate bars (like you see in the photo)
Peppermint candy dust (the result of putting peppermint candy in a blender)
Sea Salt
Pretzel chunks

The options really are endless to your own personal likes.

Chocolate Almond Cookies

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What you will need:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup  brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (any almond milk will do I prefer this one)
3/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (can use normal hand beater), combine sugars and coconut oil. Beat on medium-high until well combined. Add the vanilla and beat until smooth.

4. Add the flour mixture in two batches, alternately with the milk, with the mixer on low. Stir in the almonds and chocolate chips.

5. Form dough into cookie dough balls, using a cookie scoop or spoon. Place on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.

6. Lightly press down on the cookies with the palm of your hand. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes or until the cookies are set around the edges, but soft in the center.

7. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for two minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

.:Side Note:.
If you can find Vegan friendly chocolate chips feel free to use those to make these 100% Vegan friendly.
To make these gluten free try using almond flour.