Does it Really Work Wednesday?

This is my very first Does it Really Work Wednesday where I find out if homemade brown bag popcorn really works!

Parmesan and cracked black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper (add more to taste)

Dark Chocolate with Crushed Almonds

  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips melted
  • 3 tablespoons crushed almonds

Dark chocolate almond popcorn


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Smokey Paprika

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Smokey Paprika

Cinnamon Sugar

  • spray popcorn with spray butter or about 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

The great thing about this recipe is that you are starting with a blank canvas.  Sample this with some of your favorite seasonings and flavors to find the perfect snack for you!



No-Bake Energy Bites

Something we are trying to do more of around our house is cutting out ingredients we cannot pronounce, when possible. One way we have done that is by simply substituting store bought granola bars with this super simple no-bake energy bite. It is really quick to make, it uses ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry, AND it is really tasty. This energy bite has ingredients you can pronounce and packs a good protein and fiber punch.

No-Bake Energy Bites


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (naturally a whole grain)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • ½ cup all natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup ground flax seed (found in the baking isle and is a good staple to have in the pantry)
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  • Let the mixture sit in the fridge for half an hour.
  • Once chilled, roll in to whatever size balls you would like. (I use a small cookie scoop)
  • Store in airtight container for up to one week.

Recipe was adapted from

A few notes on the recipe:

  • Ground Flax Seed is one of my favorite items to have on hand.  It is loaded with heart healthy fats and fiber and can be added to your favorite recipes with out altering the flavor.  A few of my favorites are oatmeal, cereal, and smoothies.  It can be stored in the refrigerator to extend shelf life. Be sure that you purchase the GROUND flax seed as your body cannot absorb all the good nutrition it provides in the whole seed form.  You can grind your own using whole seed flax and a standard coffee grinder.
  • You will notice I list natural peanut butter.  I would recommend making the switch from your standard peanut butter to a natural peanut butter.  Your standard peanut butter contains the following ingredients  ROASTED PEANUTS AND SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: MOLASSES, FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SALT. Natural peanut butter will just have peanuts and salt.  This is a simple substitution to cutting out ingredients you cannot pronounce.