Does anyone else remember that news story a while back about how people found rat poop in their Cracker Jacks? There's an opener for you.
Well, as you may well know if you have a cottage or older homes, where people are, there are often mice. My thoughts: gross. Nothing makes me scream and flail quite like a rodent spotting. Even more disturbing is that FDA has an allowable limit of rodent poop and fur in our food. For example, you can have a couple rodent hairs per 100 grams of peanut butter, and about 9 milligrams or 2-3 pellets of poop per single kilogram of flour. Sickatating right? (Get the full list here).
But back to the Cracker Jack thing. If you are from a far off land, these are little snack boxes, that I remember being pretty popular with the circus going crowd and was a mix of popcorn and peanuts with a sweet and salty coating. It was kind of like the perfect snack, until the rat poop started showing up. When I eat a snack, where I typically gorge by the handful, I want to know just what's going down the hatch. It had been a good two decades since I touched Cracker Jacks... until now.
After we shot all the videos for the UnDiet Meal Prep Course, I was really inspired to get myself good and sorted for the week to come- which is what the program is about, and so I decided part of my prep was going to be making a sweet treat. That's where my healthy Cracker Jacks recipe came in.
I took this tried and true fave recipe for simple "Maple Corn-less Pop Corn" like snack and jazzed it up a pinch.
I then stored it in two glass jars and stood by while my man inhaled it. Okay fine... I ate most of it but who's counting anyway. What I do know is that sweet cravings will come, they always do, so we might as well be ready and set with some awesome home made snacks. And even better- when they're this easy.
Yield: 6 Servings
- 1 package, brown rice cakes
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup almonds, chopped or slivered
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- ¼ cup raw cacao nibs
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp sea salt or more to taste
- Preheat oven to 300.
- Break rice cakes up into bite size, or popcorn size pieces and add to large mixing bowl with all nuts, seeds, coconut and cacao nibs.
- In a separate bowl, mix together maple syrup, coconut oil and sea salt and drizzle over nut mix.
- With your hands, thoroughly mix oil/syrup mix.
- Transfer to parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes, removing every 8 minutes or to stir around.
- Allow to cool and serve.
Question of the Day: What is your favourite healthful hooverable homemade snack?