No-Bake Chocolate Cashew Popcorn Snack | Gluten Free, Vegan, Healthy

Healthy Chocolate Cashew Popcorn

Healthy Chocolate Cashew Popcorn — it’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s crunchy, it’s delicious and it sure is addictive.  One bite (or bowl) and you’d never suspect that this is a wholesome snack full of whole grains, healthy fats, fiber and protein!

You say it’s gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, AND vegan too, huh?  Oh yes, but you’d never know it  😉

I just Googled “popular Super Bowl snacks” and was shocked (buuuuut not really) at how unhealthy this huge event can be…

Chips — from fried potato chips to corn-based chips (Doritos) and tortilla chips

Queso — that artificially orange melted plastic lava-like “stuff”

Buffalo Dip — ranch dressing, cream cheese, and more cheese…

Buffalo Wings — battered and fried messy little things, they’re like spicy bars of soap that slip and fall all over the place haha

Pizza — no description necessary for this guy right here.

Cookies — often storebought, and filled with hydrogenated shortening/margarine, butter, oil, white sugar, brown sugar, etc.

Beer — this liquid gold just makes you crave more of…  ALL OF THE ABOVE.

The only healthy, yet classic, choice is…

Guacamole — creamy and chunky, delicious and nutritious!

Thankfully, now we can add this Healthy Chocolate Cashew Popcorn to that super short “nice” list.  Switch it up a little bit and swap this in place of the cookies!

Just keepin’ things healthy and exciting.

All you need to make this recipe?  4 simple ingredients + 1 BIG bowl.

Healthy Chocolate Cashew Popcorn – the Perfect Snack for Game Day! (sugar free, low fat, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Cashew Popcorn
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This Chocolate Cashew Popcorn is sweet, salty, crunchy, and delicious. One bite and you'd never suspect that this is a wholesome snack full of whole grains, healthy fats, fiber, and protein!

Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, High Protein, No Bake, Sugar Free, Vegan
Servings: 9 cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup No-Sugar-Added Dark Chocolate Chips
  • cup Roasted Salted Cashews
  • cups Roasted Salted Chickpeas (I followed a basic recipe I found online)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 8 cups Sea Salt Popcorn (I used BoomChickaPop)
Instructions
  1. In your largest microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips.
  2. Stir in the cashew halves, crunchy roasted chickpeas, and salt.
  3. Fold in the popcorn until everything is evenly coated.  Enjoy!

I added roasted chickpeas to the recipe to provide some protein and fiber to the mix.  If you don’t feel like roasting chickpeas, you can throw in peanuts, pretzels, more chocolate chips, or basically anything you want instead  🙂

Healthy Chocolate Cashew Popcorn – the Perfect Snack for Game Day! (sugar free, low fat, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

This east 5-ingredient recipe works as a deliciously addicting snack for everyone to enjoy on Game Day.  Or family game night.  Or during party planning.  The list goes on.

Healthy Chocolate Cashew Popcorn – the Perfect Snack for Game Day! (sugar free, low fat, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Enjoy!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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4 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Cashew Popcorn”

  1. Looks delicious…  so excited this recipe is vegan!! I love the idea of adding roasted chickpeas- I would never have thought of such a clever way to pack a punch of fiber and crunch 🙂

  2. BoomChickaPop popcorn is SO good. Any popcorn is good to me, it’s my favorite crunchy snack. Hence why I just created my own healthier popcorn snack on my blog just this past week. I’m addicted. I eat popcorn just about every day! No kidding!

  3. LOVE your post and images! Game Days are the best days.

    If you could check my post out as well, it would mean the world to me!

    http://www.seafoamanddiamonds.com/blog/bringtheboom-this-game-day-with-boomchickapop

    xoxo,
    Lara
    Sea Foam + Diamonds

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