Popcorn and Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Warning!! These Popcorn and Peanut Butter Cupcakes are terribly addictive… they are salty and sweet, crunchy and gooey…  and you WILL find it a challenge to stop at just one. (but don’t let that stop you from indulging in these heavenly treats…)

I’ve made the ‘sauce’ for this recipe a number of time and have poured it over plain popcorn, popcorn and nuts and some other combinations. This combination of Popcorn, Peanuts and Puffed Brown Rice Cereal is the winner in my book.

It is mouth watering just looking at the “caramel” coated bowl of sweet and gooey goodies. You could just enjoy the treat straight from the bowl. However, I’ve recommended the “healthy” option of portioning out the Popcorn and Peanut Butter in cupcake wrappers, so you can limit the kids to “one cupcake” each.

The Puffed Rice (pictured above) plays a tiny trick on your brain – becoming soft and gooey, giving the illusion of high calorie marshmallows, when you’re really enjoying some nutritious puffed brown rice! Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch… but it’s my opinion on the taste sensation when you enjoy these Popcorn and Peanut Butter Cupcakes.

I allowed the boys to have one each a day as a special treat. I served it as part of a Bento Lunchbox, along with some bear shaped red peppers, pasta and beef & mushroom stew leftovers, served with little red auto food picks.

Popcorn and Peanut Butter Cupcakes
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (where to find peanut butter)
1/2 Cup Honey (where to find honey)
4 Cups Popped Popcorn
1 Cup Peanuts
1 Cup 100% Puffed Brown Rice Cereal

1. In a small saucepan on the stove, combine the Peanut Butter and Honey. Stir over a low heat and warm to loosen the mixture to a runny sauce.
2. Set the Peanut Butter/Honey Sauce aside to cool.
3. In a large bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts and puffed rice cereal and mix to combine.
4. Pour the Peanut Butter/Honey Sauce over the popcorn mixture and stir quickly to evenly distribute the sauce through the popcorn mixture.
5. Place tablespoons of the “batter” into cupcake wrappers. They can be enjoyed immediately or left to set a little.

Makes 12 Popcorn and Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Comments

  1. Look pretty healthy if you use natural peanut butter without additives. I could see them with maple syrup too. I’ll have to try these for my grandkids when they are all old enough to have the teeth to chew them :)

    • I always shop for my peanut butter in the health food aisle and get 100% natural ones… it’s a bit runny and needs to be kept in the fridge because of the lack of additives & salt but I wouldn’t want it any other way!

  2. What a GREAT recipe! I hope you will come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it with us. Thanks, I hope to see you there!
    —Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain—
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=30803

  3. YUM, I want one! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ http://www.cheapcraftymama.com!

  4. Ok wow these look great. They look super tasty and something I could make for my friends kids (who have multiple allergies) when they come over. Totally pinning this. Found you through the Whole foods blog carnival, thanks!

  5. Yummy recipe

  6. How cute! This looks so delicious! :)

  7. This sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your YUMMY recipe is on Today’s Feature Post from Cast Party Wednesday! http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=30838
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!
    —Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain—

  9. Looks great! I love the use of the puffed rice.

  10. These look so good. I have a Blog Hop on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post tomorrow. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

  11. Love it! Such a creative idea. It looks so freaking delicious!

    Have a great Tuesday!

  12. Rachelle Rogers says:

    I’m out of honey this go round, I’m sure it’s not as healthy but would it hurt to make it with corn syrup? If so about how much would you guess? Or I also have Agave Nectar, I guess that would be appropriate too?!

  13. What a combination. Looks just great. I managed to miss the cut off for the linky this time …sigh. Have a super week.

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