Allergen Information: Free of all top 8 allergens. Gluten-free, dairy-free. Contains: corn, coconut
I. Love. This. Snack. #1 It’s cheap. #2 It’s easy. #3 It’s sweet AND salty. #4 It’s like kettlecorn with a cinnamon kick! The coconut gives it a slightly sweet flavor, but it’s mainly used as a butter substitute. Even if you aren’t dairy free, you still will love it–AND benefit from the wonderful properties of coconut oil!
Tips for buying ingredients:
~Please, please, please–whatever you do, buy organic corn kernels. (You can find them in the organic section of your grocery store or at your local health food store). Corn is one of the United States’ biggest GMO (or genetically modified) crops. We don’t want to be walking science experiments here, so let’s be smart! You can ensure you have a pure corn kernel if you buy it organically! We will have a whole post about GMOs shortly, so just hang tight….
~White refined sugar sure isn’t good for you, even if it’s organic. The only difference between organic sugar & regular sugar is that you can guarantee your sugar isn’t from a GMO sugar beet and wasn’t grown used synthetic chemicals. This recipe features Coconut Sugar, which is still a sweetener, but is harvested with a little bit more natural process and still retains some nutrients, while white sugar has virtually no nutritional benefit for our bodies. I wouldn’t suggest Coconut Sugar for our sweet tea 😉 but it’s a great substitute for baking if you like the taste!
To cook the popcorn, we use this Popcorn Trick recipe from 100 Days of Real Food, although our cooking time varies. My popcorn is perfect between 1:35 and 1:40–so adjust the time to your microwave and see what works best for you. You simply pour 1/4 cup of kernels in a brown paper bag, fold the bag down a few times, and microwave it until done! Alternatively, you can pop your popcorn on the stove. Feel free to add more spices if you like!
- ¼ cup popcorn kernels
- 1 T coconut oil, melted
- 1 t coconut sugar
- ¼ t ground cinnamon
- sea salt, to taste
- Put popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and microwave for 1 minute and 40 seconds, or adjust time to fit your microwave.
- Pour popped corn in a bowl and drizzle coconut oil over.
- Stir until combined.
- Stir in coconut sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle with salt.