Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls (a Weight Watchers Favorite)

Here is another recipe from the original full exchange Weight Watchers recipe vault that features two of my weaknesses: peanut butter and popcorn! These balls are easy to make and satisfy that treat craving for 4 people. You can make mini treats or full-size. These are obviously a bevy of minis, or whatever that would be called. Have a relatively guilt-free treat on me on your next movie night!

Peanut Butter-Popcorn Balls (serves 4)
  • 2 tbsp each granulated sugar and light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 c prepared plain popcorn
  1. In a small, non-stick saucepan combine sugar, syrup and vinegar. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add peanut butter and vanilla and stir to combine.
  2. Place popcorn in flameproof boil and set over LOWEST possible heat (optional - the recipe calls for it, but I don't really see the point. Use the microwave on "low" if you like, instead). Add peanut butter mixture and toss until popcorn is evenly coated. Moisten hands with cold water (or see note below); shape into large or small balls. Let cool before serving.
Note: The cold water hand trick worked! AND I added a couple of squirts of chocolate syrup because we had a chocolate craving <shhh>

Each serving provides 1/2 Protein exchange; 1/2 Bread Exchange; 1/2 Fat Exchange; 60 calories Optional exchange. Per serving: 136 calories; 3 g protein; 4 g fat; 21 g carbohydrates; 58 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol.

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