Heat oil in a large pot and pop corn according to package directions. Place popped corn in a large mixing bowl. Add the snack mixes.
Place the barley malt and maple syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently for 5 to 7 minutes. Pour the hot syrup over the popped corn mixture. Mix thoroughly until all popcorn mixture is completely coated with syrup.
Pour 1 cup cold water into a small bowl. Lightly moisten your hands with the cold water. Take a handful of the popcorn mixture and form it into a ball while packing firmly with you hands, just like you would if making a snowball. Repeat the above steps, making sure to moisten your hands before making each ball. Wrap the balls in wax paper or baking paper, or place in a covered container and freeze until the syrup hardens.
Yields: 12 popcorn balls; These whole grain popcorn balls make a healthier breakfast treat than pastries.
Per serving - 225 calories, 10 g fat (37% calories from fat), 4 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium