Here’s a reason to love January—National Popcorn Day and National Peanut Butter Day are celebrated this month! Did you know that one serving (3 cups) of air-popped corn has only one gram of fat but 3 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of dietary fiber? And one serving (2 tablespoons) of peanut butter has 7 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.

If you’re a fan of these snack faves, try this recipe for Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls. This gooey, delicious treat features a third fun food—marshmallows—and can be made in a jiffy any day of the week.

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Serves 4

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup popcorn kernels (makes about 10 cups popped)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or canola oil (only if you’re preparing the popcorn on the stove)
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 10 large marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Directions
  1. Air-pop the popcorn or prepare it on the stove with 3 tablespoons of oil. (If you’re short on time or popping skills, just pick up a 3.5-ounce package of microwave popcorn that has low salt and no added butter). Pour the finished popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a microwaveable glass or plastic bowl, combine the margarine, brown sugar, and marshmallows. Cook on high in the microwave in one-minute intervals, stirring after each minute, until the mixture is melted and smooth.
  3. Stir the peanut butter into the marshmallow mixture until well-blended. Immediately pour over the popcorn and stir quickly to coat the popcorn before it cools.

The next time you’re housebound because of the sniffles or bad weather, nuke a batch of these tasty nibbles for the family. And remember, since it’s still January, after all, if you or a loved one comes down with telltale signs of winter—flu, sinus infection, bronchitis, or other illness—Teladoc is only an app tap away 24/7 anywhere you are. Our board-certified doctors can help diagnose a wide variety of non-emergency conditions, make treatment recommendations, and even send a prescription to a nearby pharmacy when medically necessary. You can select the pharmacy using the app any time.

NOTE: If you or a family member is allergic to peanuts, please avoid this recipe.

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