This week we are featuring a recipe from Dr. Janet brill for heart healthy cocoa heart munch with popcorn. If your looking for a gift from the heart, fill a pretty jar with the delicious cocoa heart munch and add a beautiful Bowdabra bow.
Cocoa heart munch is delicious as well as low in cholesterol and heart healthy! What better way to show someone how much they mean to you!
Be sure and visit Dr. Janet Brill at her blog for more of her healthy and delicious recipes!
Walnuts, almonds, and pistachios are the heart healthy nuts, which are the perfect ingredient to add to trail mix or popcorn munch.
Yield: 12 servings: 1 serving = ½ cup
Cocoa Roasted Nuts:
* 1/2 cup of raw almonds
* 1/2 cup of raw walnuts
* 2 Tablespoons of honey
* 1.5 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup of popcorn kernels
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of dried cherries
Cocoa Roasted Nuts:
Pre-heat oven to 275 ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium size bowl, mix the nuts and honey together until the honey evenly covers the nuts. Add the cocoa powder to the nuts and mix until the cocoa powder evenly covers the nuts. Spread the nuts on the baking sheet. Roast the nuts for 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes.
Pop popcorn by microwaving in brown paper bag, cooking in a sauce pan/pot, or using an electric popcorn maker.
Fill a small pot with 1 inch of water. Place a glass bowl on top of the pot and add chocolate chips. Put stove burner on medium heat and melt the chocolate.
Build Cocoa Heart Munch:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread out the popped popcorn, dried cherries, and cocoa roasted nuts, but make sure there is no space between ingredients for the popcorn to cluster together. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn with a fork. Continue to dip fork into melted chocolate and drizzle over popcorn until the melted chocolate is used. Refrigerate the baking sheet for 15 minutes until chocolate has hardened. Break up the popcorn into clusters and your Cocoa Heart Munch is ready to be served!
Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calorie: 188 kcal, Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Carbohydrate: 22g, Dietary Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 3 g, Sodium: 5 mg