Healthy Gluten Free Jalapeno Poppers
I’ll be honest - I’m a sucker for a good bar snack. Nachos, spinach and artichoke dip, fries, and jalapeno poppers are all favorites of mine. But let’s be honest, these aren’t the greatest options when you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. That doesn’t mean giving them up though. Oh no! It just means tweaking the recipes slightly. If you’ve checked out the blog before, you may have already tried my healthy lentil nachos. This time, I’ve created a healthy jalapeno popper. I know, I know. Health jalapeno popper? What?
You probably already guessed the main ingredient in this recipe - jalapenos. These spicy little guys have a kick, especially if you aren’t used to eating spicy foods. The cream cheese and honey really helps to tone down the heat. Another helpful trick is to remove the seeds and ribs from the interior of the jalapeno. I would highly suggest wearing protective gloves when working with large amounts of jalapenos, particularly if you have sensitive skin like me. The Capsaicin in the ribs and the seeds can set your skin on fire. And if you rub your eyes or any other sensitive area, you’re in for a world of hurt.
Seriously. Don’t put yourself in that position.
If you don’t have any protective gloves in your kitchen, rubbing the flesh of a lemon can help to take the sting out. You could rub vegetable oil or olive oil on your hands - the oil will add a protective layer that is hard for the Capsaicin to penetrate.
This recipe is really easy to scale. These are perfect to feed a crowd during football season but you can also whip these up on a quiet Wednesday night when you are craving something sweet and spicy.
Alright, let’s get down to business. Start by slicing the jalapenos in half lengthwise and removing the seeds and the ribs. You can leave the stem on if you’d like your poppers to look a little fancier. I chopped them off so that there was nothing to throw away. Because it’s all about making life easier. Set the jalapenos aside.
In a small food processor, add half of the walnuts and pulse together. Essentially, you’ll want to create a kind of walnut flour. Not a walnut fan? Don’t worry! You can use whatever kind of nut you prefer.
The easiest way to put these hotties together is to create a production line of jalapenos, egg wash, walnut flour, softened cream cheese, raw honey, and whole walnuts.
Grab a jalapeno and dunk the exterior into the egg wash. Press the egg wash side of the pepper into the walnut flour to create a kind of crust.
Fill the jalapeno with a tablespoon (ish) of the cream cheese and drizzle a line of honey on top. Slide it onto a prepared baking sheet and top with the whole walnuts. Repeat this process until you have filled all of your jalapenos.
Pop these babies into a preheated 350 degree oven and bake until the cheese is warm and the peppers have started to soften. You will be able to see a slight color difference in the cream cheese. It will look more golden than white. When they’re done, let them stand for a minute to cool off before serving.
These poppers are so yummy! They’re gluten free and a much healthier alternative to the fried variety that you get from the local pub. Seriously, friends. Whip these up and you’ll never look at bar food the same way again!
Honey Walnut Jalapeno Poppers
Honey Walnut Jalapeno Poppers
12 jalapenos, cut in half and seeds removed
1 egg, whisked with water
1 cup walnuts, divided in half
1 brick softened cream cheese
Jar of raw honey
Using gloves, slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and the ribs. Set aside.
In a small food processor, add half of the walnuts and pulse to create a walnut flour. Whisk 1 egg in a small bowl and set aside.
Create an assembly line: First the jalapenos, then the egg, the walnut flour, the cream cheese, the honey, and the rest of the whole walnuts. Dunk the skin side of the pepper into the egg wash, shaking off the excess. Press into the walnut flour to create a crust. Fill with 1 tablespoon of cream cheese, drizzle on a line of the raw honey, and top with the whole walnuts.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until the cheese is warm and the jalapeno has started to soften. This should take between 7 and 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for several minutes, and serve!
Nutritional Information (24 servings)
Hi! I'm Lacie, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach turned Food Blogger. Welcome to The Vegetarian LunchBox where I celebrate my passion for vegetarian cooking.