We love popcorn in this house. LOVE it. My girls think it’s Christmas day when I ask if they want to watch a movie with popcorn! It’s so easy and healthy that I don’t even care if they were to eat it every day. I always air pop my popcorn with some coconut oil. Then I melt more coconut oil and some butter to pour on top with some Real Salt popcorn salt. Oh my, it’s amazing. It’s addicting, too. The girls love it that way. But every so often, I like to try something new. I have made them caramel corn a few times (the awful, sugar-laden kind) and they of course thought that was great. I wanted to find a better version of sweet popcorn and stumbled upon this recipe.
Coconut Honey Popcorn (via Fabulessly Frugal)
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c raw honey
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
optional: almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, etc.
In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil and honey together over low heat. When oil is melted it will be somewhat separated from the honey. Whisk together until incorporated. Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla. Whisk again and set aside.
Pop your popcorn (about 12 cups or so) and place in a large bowl. When the sauce has cooled a bit and has a milky honey appearance, drizzle it over the popcorn, stirring with a wooden spoon to cover. Throw in whatever add-ins you want, or leave plain and eat as is.
Get ready for a STICKY, delicious treat!
Thoughts: This really was delicious. I left ours plain, but kept thinking of all the combinations I could make for next time. My only beef is that it was really sticky (obviously, since you are basically pouring honey over popcorn). My girls were careful and didn’t make a big mess, but it was something I wouldn’t give them free reign with! I think if you spread the popcorn on a baking sheet and popped it in the oven to bake it, that would take some of that tackiness off of it. I loved the subtle flavors that weren’t overpowering, but made this a fun treat for a variation on our regular popcorn. My oldest especially loved the “honey popcorn.” It was sweet and a little salty and yummy. Next time (yes, I will make this again) I will add some nuts and seeds to mine, because I love a good nutty crunch! I am thinking that some candied almonds would be extra delicious in this . . . oh, the possibilities!