These deliciously sweet popcorn bars are perfect for picnics and other gatherings, from birthdays to potlucks! Rather than oats or crispies, the base of this treat is purely popcorn – a surprise that most will love. Or at least the popcorn fanatics like me will be all over them!
For this popcorn bars recipe, I’ve offered non-refined sweetener options. They will change the flavor slightly, but still be sweet and delicious. We often use coconut sugar in place of both white and brown, just ensure that it completely dissolves when boiling the mixture.
Beyond the peanut butter popcorn bars recipe below, here are some more great popcorn-inspired recipes for summer and beyond:
- Cheesy Dairy-Free Popcorn
- Perfect Popcorn + 5 Seasoning Recipes
- Rosemary Caramel Almond Popcorn
- Peanut Butter Cinnamon Popcorn
- Curry Popcorn
- 1 cup light corn syrup, agave nectar, or honey
- ½ cup sugar (can sub coconut sugar, if desired)
- ½ cup brown sugar (can sub coconut sugar, if desired)
- 1 cup natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 8 cups air-popped popcorn (pop a ¼ cup of popcorn kernels)
- ¾ cup raisins
- Whisk the sweeteners and peanut butter together in a large saucepan.
- Bring the ingredients to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly; boil 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from heat.
- Combine the popcorn and raisins in a large bowl.
- Pour the hot peanut butter mixture over the popcorn and carefully stir with a wooden spoons to mix until well-coated.
- Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, and gently press the popcorn mixture into the pan.
- Let cool completely before cutting into squares.