We make homemade granola bars almost every week. While I was eating one of my favorite ones, which is a riff off a version from Two Peas & Their Pod, I considered what would happen if I made them with popcorn instead of oats and cereal.
Magic. That's what happened.
I love the sweet flavor with the punch of salt on these popcorn bars, and the texture is perfectly chewy without the popcorn being soggy. They're so easy, they are worth a try!
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup agave or honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3-5 cups popcorn, popped and salted
Combine all ingredients except vanilla and popcorn in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. Stir in popcorn to coat, adding more popcorn if there is sufficient sauce to thoroughly coat. Press into a 9 x 9 pan lined with parchment paper. Chill in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes prior to cutting. Makes 10 bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.