Ditch the popcorn tins this holiday season and make your own fresh popcorn! Very versatile with many tasty options for enjoying, popcorn is perfect to munch on while watching a movie, nibble on as an afternoon snack or set out as finger-friendly food for guests. The recipe below is delicious simply with butter and sea salt or sweetened with maple syrup and cinnamon.
A much healthier alternative to most processed snack foods, popcorn is a gluten-free whole grain with 1 gram of fiber per cup. Make sure you only buy “organic” as corn is a “dirty dozen” crop and is commonly genetically modified.
The key to keeping popcorn healthy is to select high quality ingredients, such as Celtic unrefined sea salt, Kerrygold pastured butter, Korintje cinnamon, organic raw milk cheese, raw local honey and 100 percent pure grade B maple syrup. The better quality your ingredients are, the more flavorful and nutrient-dense your bucket of popcorn will be. Avoid the packaged microwavable popcorn, as it usually contains artificial butter, harmful flavoring and table salt. Bagged popcorn also contains a Teflon-like coating that ends up on your food after you heat it. Yuck! Keep it fresh with the recipe below.
Perfectly Popped Popcorn
Yields 14 Cups
3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
1/2 cup organic popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons unsalted Kerrygold butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Option 1 seasonings: 1 tablespoon 100 percent maple syrup + 1 teaspoon cinnamon (healthier version of kettle corn)
Option 2 seasonings: 1 tablespoon raw honey + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Option 3 seasonings: ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese + ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Method 1 – Stovetop: Heat oil and 3 kernels in large pot over medium-high heat until kernels pop. Add remaining kernels, keep the lid slightly ajar, and cook until the popping slows to 2 seconds between pops.
- Method 2 – Air-Popper Machine: Omit the 3 tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil. Use an air-popper popcorn machine (such as this top ranked PopLite Hot Air Popper) as directed.
- Transfer popcorn to large bowl and toss with butter, sea salt, and desired seasonings.
According to NutritionData.com, 1 cup of air-popped popcorn contains: 31 calories, 6 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, and 0 grams of fat