FIVE Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes
Have you ever smelled burnt popcorn? Some undeniably say that burnt popcorn is the worst smell. I agreed until my roommate brought home a Kroger clearance bin coconut… it went bad the next day. That is undeniably the WORST smell ever. If you haven’t smelled a rotten coconut let one go rotten in your kitchen and sniff it. After rotting throw it in your compost or clean them out and made bowls out of the coconut shell. I’ve seen those and they look pretty cool, the smell was just too bad for that.
I’ve been trying to become more eco-friendly, I even bought a reusable kernel popper. It works like a charm! One time I burnt the bejeezus out of it, it’s durable enough to withstand the damage of fire —a major plus. Lesson learned: don’t leave your popcorn popper unattended.
I am a chronic snacker, I love snacks. Popcorn is a whole grain which is one of the reasons why it is a great snack option. Now if I’m going to eat popcorn plain just doesn’t cut it. I’ve phoned a few friends who have come up with recipes that make plain popcorn taste even better.
Spencer’s Savory Popcorn
From Gabrielle of @sprouts_illustrated , a Instagram friend! We met on Insta and clicked very quickly over our love of plants! So thankful to have met this nice girl!
2 Tbsp of air popped popcorn
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Olive oil spray
1. In an air popper, pop 2 Tbsp of popcorn kernels.
2. While the kernels are popping, combine seasonings in a small bowl and mix together.
3. Once popped, spray with olive oil, mix, then spray again.
4. Top popcorn with the seasoning and mix well until evenly seasoned.
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From Shannon of @rootedinplants, a gal pal I met on Instagram of all places! My plant-based eating Insta-bff.
4 cups of popped popcorn
Dill pickle juice in a spray bottle
1 tsp dried dill
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp salt
1. Lightly spray the popped popcorn with dill pickle juice using a reusable spray bottle
2. Sprinkle with the dill, garlic powder, onion powder and salt,
3. Toss until well coated.
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Lemon & Thyme Popcorn
From Ruth of @ruth.jimenez.nutrition , a lovely RD2B who spreads all the positive vibes & she’s a transplant Texan, like me!
zest of ½ lemon
juice of ¼ lemon
½ tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
¼ tsp avocado oil
¼ cup uncooked popcorn kernels
salt and pepper (to taste)
1. Combine the popcorn, thyme, avocado oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a microwave air popper.
2. Microwave popcorn for about 3 min 30 seconds. Once the popping slows down, carefully remove from microwave.
Optional: serve with extra lemon juice squeezed on top!
*Your microwave could take less time. Pay close attention to the pops- better to have a few unpopped kernels than a bunch of burnt/inedible ones.
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Spicy Stove-top Popcorn
From Christyna of @encouragingdietitian, another fellow transplant Texan, Instagram to in-person friend. We both happened to move to Dallas at the same time then work at the YMCA together!
½ cup kernels
2-3 Tbsp sunflower oil
¼ tsp salt
½ Tbsp nutritional yeast
¼ tsp pepper
Sprinkle with cayenne pepper
Add kernels and oil to a saucepan with a secure lid. Once finished popping remove from heat.
Add spices and toss to coat.
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Sweet Cinnamon Chocolate Popcorn
From Me! Rhyan of raspberry.rhy
¼ cup unpopped kernels
1 Tbsp agave nectar
2-3 Tbsp Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon
Add kernels to reusable microwave popcorn popper. Follow manufacturer directions recommend.
Once popped drizzle with agave, toss, then add cinnamon and chocolate chips.
Which popcorn recipe was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email.