Chocolate and Fig Popcorn Bars Recipe from the Eat Smart Cookbook
This popcorn bars recipe is a perfect snack. For most people, watching a film at home just isn’t the same without a bowl of popcorn, but after the saltiness of the popcorn you can often find yourself craving something sweet, too.
So I’ve combined the two to make one incredible movie accompaniment.
– 6 dried figs (try to buy 100% natural figs without sulphur dioxide)
– ½ tsp coconut oil, plus extra for greasing
–60g (½ cup) popcorn kernels
– 150g (1 cup) cacao butter
– 2½ tbsp raw cacao powder
– 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
– 60ml (¼ cup) almond butter
– 75g (½ cup) unsalted raw pistachios, chopped
– Pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
1. Remove the stalks and place the figs in a bowl, then cover with water and leave to soak for at least 1 hour to soften.
2. Grease a 20cm square baking tin and line with greaseproof paper.
3. Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
4. Add the popcorn kernels and sprinkle over a pinch of salt. Give the saucepan a good shake and put the lid on.
5. It’ll take a minute or so for the corn to start popping, and it should take 5–7 minutes for all the kernels to pop. Frequently shake the pan to make sure the kernels are being evenly cooked and to stop the pan from burning.
6. To make the chocolate, melt the cacao butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. Add the cacao powder and maple syrup to the pan and stir to combine.
7. Drain the figs that have been soaking and use the back of a fork to mash them into a paste.
8. Stir them into the saucepan with the almond butter and half the chopped pistachios and remove from the heat.
9. Slowly transfer the popcorn into a large mixing bowl, discarding any kernels that haven’t popped.
10. Gradually pour the dark chocolate and fig mixture onto the popcorn, stirring as you go to make sure the popcorn is fully covered.
11. Pour the mixture into the lined baking tin and use the back of a spoon to spread it out evenly, scattering the remaining chopped pistachios over the top.
12. Gently compress the mixture with the spoon and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.
Niomi Smart’s passion is healthy food and her most popular YouTube video series, What I Eat in a Day, inspires a global audience of millions to look, live and feel better. Now, for the first time, she has compiled all of her favourite recipes into a cookbook to show you the smart way to eat.
Already an online phenomenon, Niomi creates recipes for anyone who wants to feel amazing from the inside out, covering: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, snacks, baked treats and drinks, she offers a really easy way to eat delicious, healthy food at every mealtime.
Eat Smart by Niomi Smart is available to buy here.