Coconut Oil, Honey and Sea Salt Popcorn

coconut oil, honey and sea salt popcorn | almost getting it together

Last summer I learned about popping popcorn in a microwave with just a brown paper bag from Angela. It took me another year until I actually tried it myself. I love making homemade popcorn (and honestly, making it on the stove is best) but sometimes runger takes over and I just need something sweet, salty and that I can have in just a few minutes.

coconut oil, honey and sea salt popcorn | almost getting it together

Coconut Oil, Honey and Sea Salt Popcorn.

The microwave popcorn you buy in the store is absolutely awful for you. It’s full of gross preservatives and fake flavors. I’ll never touch it again. I mean, I love the idea of it, but I also don’t like the idea of just casually eating carcinogens. Plus, as you know, this is gluten free and if you’re vegan, sub out the honey for maple syrup (or agave, but honestly, agave is awful for you, don’t eat it).

coconut oil, honey and sea salt popcorn | almost getting it together

Drizzle a little extra honey on top!

I also have a large fond spot in my heart for kettle corn, but kettle corn is mostly sugar. Think of this coconut oil, honey and sea salt popcorn as a healthier version to kettle corn. (If you do want a decently healthy store kettle corn, Trader Joe’s Lite Kettle Corn is relatively low in sugar and is popped with sunflower oil.)

My coconut oil, honey and sea salt is one of my favorite things to eat on Saturdays after long runs because then I can get in sugar (honey) and salt, as well as a surprisingly good amount of protein (and a ton of fiber but popcorn – duh). If you want, you can make this on the stove, too. Just use coconut oil to cook it!

Coconut Oil, Honey and Sea Salt Popcorn
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Paleo
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp popcorn kernels
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1½ tsp honey
  • ⅛ tsp pink Himalyan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and fold top over.
  2. Place bag in microwave and microwave for 3-5 minutes, listening closely and stopping the microwave once there is 1-2 second between popping.
  3. Remove bag from microwave and open to allow heat out.
  4. Place coconut oil, honey and sea salt in bag of popped popcorn kernels and shake well to combine.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: entire recipe Calories: 221 Fat: 5.3 g Saturated fat: 3.9 g Carbohydrates: 44.6 g Sugar: 8.6 g Sodium: 234 mg Fiber: 9.0 g Protein: 6.0 g

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What is your favorite sweet & salty combo? Do you always get popcorn at movies? What is your guilty snack pleasure?

35 comments on “Coconut Oil, Honey and Sea Salt Popcorn

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on August 26, 2014 7:08 am

Don’t you threaten me with popcorn, and kettle corn at that. You KNOW it’s my favorite!!!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:51 pm

Kettlecorn is totally a binge food for me… like I don’t use those terms, but I seriously can’t stop, won’t stop with kettle corn.

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Jessie on August 26, 2014 7:17 am

Mmmm :) You could’ve just wrote popcorn & I’d be sold. Now adding coconut oil & honey is just genius.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:50 pm

Coconut oil and honey can only make things better.

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Bethany @ Accidental Intentions on August 26, 2014 9:45 am

Ooooh, this sounds delicious and SO easy! I’ll definitely have to give it a try some time!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:50 pm

Hope you enjoy it!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on August 26, 2014 10:05 am

Recently I burned a huge clump of popcorn in the mircowave. It was weird. I had to open the windows it started smelling so bad. And smoking. Mom wasn’t happy.
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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on August 26, 2014 10:28 am

Fun story for ya (and by fun I mean embarrassing): I was desparate for popcorn a week or two ago but was out of brown paper bags and it was a holiday so nothing was open for me to go buy some. Instead I took a bowl and topped it with a plate to create a make-shift bag and it totally worked. Even I was impressed by my ingenuity! Sometimes I go for the sweet popcorn but right now I’m into either spicy rosemary or truffle sea salt! Aka that and wine is my main form of sustenance!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:49 pm

…so I thought about using a shopping bag (paper, of course) to make popcorn when I was desperate and didn’t want to use the stove… we are so similar. I need truffle oil, that sounds amazing right now… on a salt kick!

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Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes on August 26, 2014 10:57 am

I am so excited to try this combination because I love kettle corn too! Thank you for the healthy idea Cassandra.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:48 pm

I hope you enjoy it!!

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Jessica on August 26, 2014 11:25 am

My husband is a popcorn fanatic – I’m showing him your recipe!

Me on the other hand, I will always choose sweets. At night, he has a bowl of popcorn and I have my dark chocolate.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:48 pm

Lately I’ve been craving salt… blaming the humidity/running!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on August 26, 2014 12:25 pm

I’ve been dipping my popcorn in honey for pretty much as long as I can remember! No joke. I used to eat it that way long before I knew that butter and salt were more common toppings :lol: It’s definitely an amazing combo, and especially when paired with salt. Gah. Be still my heart.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:48 pm

Another amazing honey combo? HONEY ON PIZZA CRUST. Do it. So good. I had it at a place in Golden, Colorado… still dream about that pizza to this day!

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on August 26, 2014 1:21 pm

YAY for homemade popcorn and NOT eating agave. I’ve never eaten it and never will. Side note: I don’t think I’ve ever had the honey+popcorn combo..? Weird. Bring me some tomorrow if you have leftovers :D My faveeeeeeee sweet/salt combo is dark chocolate+sea salt. UGH I die.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:47 pm

Okay, remind me to bring this ingredients over tomorrow. Then we can have dark chocolate + sea salt for dessert.

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Annmarie on August 26, 2014 3:34 pm

This looks delicious! We make our own popcorn at home all the time and I love the combo of flavors in the recipe- will definitely have to try it soon :)
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:47 pm

I need to make it at home more!

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Rachael@AnAvocadoADay on August 26, 2014 4:50 pm

I was just telling one of my clients about this exact recipe today. LOVE brown bag popcorn!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:45 pm

Me too… wishing I had some right now, actually!

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Emily @ Zen & Spice on August 26, 2014 6:08 pm

Sounds like a great combo! I have never actually tasted coconut oil before!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:45 pm

It has a distinct taste, I love it though!

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on August 26, 2014 8:09 pm

I like my popcorn with salt and parm cheese!
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:45 pm

Ooh, good combo!

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Farrah on August 26, 2014 9:41 pm

I actually very recently started making my own popcorn and trying out a bunch of different flavors and it is glorious! <3 Definitely gonna have to try this one out! (I need some pink Himalayan sea salt in my life!)
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:43 pm

Honestly, it will change your life!

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Lora @ Crazy Running Girl on August 27, 2014 1:42 pm

I had NO idea about the brown bag trick! I love popcorn.
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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:43 pm

Yes, I can’t wait to try other combos!

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Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde on August 27, 2014 1:55 pm

Woooaahh stop with this it sounds way too good. I am a sucker for anything salty + anything with coconut oil so this pretty much hooked me from the title. And I love how easy it is to make. Glad to know it satisfies that runger… I have some raging right now!

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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:43 pm

I wish I had some right now for my Runger!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien on August 29, 2014 2:03 pm

Wait. This sweet and salty combo has me all kinds of excited!!!! Is it weird if I just stay in tonight and faceplant into a giant bag of this? Ok good.

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Cassie on September 9, 2014 3:42 pm

That sounds like a really wonderful Friday night, if we are going to be honest haha.

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