As the seasons change from fall to winter I keep finding myself in the mood to cuddle up on the sofa in front of the fire. While snuggled up under blankets, scrolling through Netflix, a healthy delicious snack is a necessity!
Craving something snacky, crunchy, and savory, I stood in my kitchen gazing at the open cupboards. Way in the back, my eyes spotted the perfect sweet or savory treat: Popcorn.
If you are a clean eater like me, you're already aware of the concerns of bagged popcorn and would prefer to make your own, stove top style. Vani shares a more detailed look Why Microwave Popcorn Is An Absolute Health Nightmare on her blog Food Babe. It might be quick and convenient to grab a prepackaged bag and toss it into the microwave but this stovetop recipe leaves the crummy ingredients behind while still enticing every taste bud.
There, in the back of my cupboard was a mason jar full of Bur Oak Popcorn kernels. This is by far my favorite brand of popcorn. They are GMO free and make every attempt to use sustainable practices while protecting their corn from contamination. You can read more about their practices on their website. This Michigan farm is located in Ann Arbor, just a short drive from my Capital City.
I am happy to support their local family farm while enjoying their superior product! I prefer the taste and look of the red popcorn but both varieties are great! I feel good knowing that I am getting a whole grain snack that is loaded with antioxidants.
I skip the butter and use coconut oil. It adds a mild but sweet flavor and it’s a product I always have on hand. If butter is your thing, I recommend using a 50/50 ratio of butter and coconut oil like Kelly does in her Perfect Buttered Popcorn recipe. Or, if you have never tried ghee, I recommend giving it a shot!
If you have never made stovetop popcorn before you are in for a treat! It is so much better than the bagged stuff. I’m not big on measuring when I cook, so I plopped some coconut oil in the bottom of my pot and waited for it to melt. I always add 2-3 kernels to the oil once it is melted. This acts as a way for me to gauge the oil temperature. Once those first 2 kernels pop, it is go time! Toss in the rest of the kernels, put a lid on the pan, and shake it side to side. Let each kernel be smothered in oil and continue to “shake” like this every 30 seconds or so. Shaking the popcorn side to side will help the kernels to cook evenly and prevent the popped kernels from burning. After just a minute or so, you should begin to hear the others popping.
Remove the pan from heat when the kernel popping slows down but leave the lid on allowing the rest of the little guys to explode. Open the lid and take a wif! It smells amazing! You can enjoy the popcorn plain or add your favorite toppings to this finished product. I offer a few suggestions in the recipe below. My favorite toppings are tamari, cracked black pepper, and garlic powder. YUM!
Please comment below and let me know how your popcorn turned out. Do you have more delicious popcorn recipes you want to share? Do you have an amazing topping we just have to try?
Stove Top Coconut Oil Popcorn
3 tablespoons of coconut oil*
½ 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels**
*Look for organic unrefined coconut oil
** Buy local, non GMO corn kernels
Hi! I'm Lacie, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach turned Food Blogger. Welcome to The Vegetarian LunchBox where I celebrate my passion for vegetarian cooking.