Clean & Nutty Caramel Corn

It’s October! My absolute favorite month of my absolute favorite season. If you ask me, October is officially the start of the holiday season which means a whole bunch of events and, normally, a whole bunch of unhealthy eating. Fear not! It doesn’t have to be that way. By making your favorite sweet treats clean, there’s a whole lot less to feel guilty about.

Clean & Nutty Caramel Corn // Naturally Lindsey

This recipe reminds me of the popcorn balls that were very commonly passed out on Halloween when I was growing up. But instead of high fructose corn syrup and soy bean oil, this recipe uses unrefined sugar (aka sucanat and honey) to sweeten and stick, with the addition of nut butter and peanuts for extra flavor and an added crunch. Be sure to prep your ingredients and work quickly when making the caramel, as it becomes harder to work with as it cools. As a bonus, you can shape this recipe into popcorn balls if you want – after drizzling with caramel, let cool for two minutes then carefully roll the kernels together until you have a ball.

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Refined sugar-free
• Soy-free

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Simple Chocolate Nut Butter Spread

Before becoming lactose intolerant, I loved Nutella. Perhaps a little too much. A finger dip here, a spoonful there; to my uneducated tastebuds it was truly happy in a jar. But let’s be honest here: Nutella is not the well-rounded health food the commercials make it out to be. Besides containing milk, soy, and an artificial flavor called vanillin, the first ingredient isn’t even hazelnuts: it’s sugar. The second? Non-sustainable palm oil, the harvesting of which is responsible for orangutang endangerment and deforestation – a contributing factor of global warming. It’s also very high in saturated fat, which can cause heart disease, increase cholesterol levels, and raise blood pressure. Find out more about palm oil here. Turns out Nutella isn’t so great after all.

But you know what is great? A healthy, tasty, natural alternative. This Chocolate Nut Butter Spread can be put together easily with three ingredients you already have on hand: nut butter, cocoa/cacao powder, and honey. Use hazelnut butter (make your own with this easy recipe) if it’s the Nutella taste you’re after. Almond butter is reminiscent of Ferroro Rondoir chocolates. And who can resist the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate? For a decadent dessert, try it atop So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean “ice cream” and sliced bananas sprinkled with cinnamon (pictured below).

This recipe is:

• Dairy-free
• Gluten-free
• Soy-free
• Refined sugar-free
• Vegan*

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Simple Chocolate Nut Butter Spread

• 2 tablespoons unsweetened creamy nut butter of your choice
• 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao or best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon honey

1. In a small bowl, combine nut butter and cacao powder. Add honey and stir until well mixed. Taste and enjoy.