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.
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).
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!
- 3 tbsp popcorn kernels
- 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
- 1½ tsp honey
- ⅛ tsp pink Himalyan sea salt
- Place popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and fold top over.
- Place bag in microwave and microwave for 3-5 minutes, listening closely and stopping the microwave once there is 1-2 second between popping.
- Remove bag from microwave and open to allow heat out.
- Place coconut oil, honey and sea salt in bag of popped popcorn kernels and shake well to combine.
Chat with me:
What is your favorite sweet & salty combo? Do you always get popcorn at movies? What is your guilty snack pleasure?