One of my all time favorite snacks is popcorn. I’m a salt freak, so the saltier the popcorn the better it is – so unhealthy I know!
One of my first weeks in Loma Linda, two of the student wives invited me over for a popcorn and movie night. The popcorn that one of the girls made was the best I’d ever have and I’ve literally never made it any other way since then.
I have a Whirley Pop that I use to make my popcorn, but if you don’t have one you can still make this popcorn via air popper or with a large pot and a lid.
The directions for making popcorn all follow the directions for use of a Whirley Pop. For all three types of popcorn, you’ll start by melting coconut oil in your pot, add in the popcorn kernels once the oil is melted and then pop accordingly.
Coconut Oil Popcorn
Add popped popcorn to a large bowl, then drizzle more melted coconut oil over the top and sprinkle on some kosher salt. Toss to coat.
You may think, coconut oil on the popcorn? YES! It’s delicious and I promise you, you will not miss the butter. It tastes just like regular salted popcorn. The only way it can go bad is if you don’t put enough oil on OR if you put too much oil on. Apply the oil conservatively and add more if you need too.
Everything Seasoning Popcorn
This is one of my new favorite ways to make popcorn, it’s more of a savory popcorn which is super fun and delicious. Have you ever tried the seasoning from Trader Joe’s called “Everything but the bagel”? It’s the seasoning used on Everything Bagels: sesame seeds, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. It’s EVERYTHING.
Add popped popcorn to a large bowl, drizzle on a little melted coconut oil then sprinkle on the Everything seasoning. It does have salt in it, so apply it conservatively, and add more if necessary.
Chili & Lime Popcorn
I don’t particularly like spicy food, I never really have. But my last month of pregnancy all I wanted was everything flavored in chili & lime: chili & lime sunflower seeds, chili & lime potato chips, and chili & lime popcorn!
I tried this version a few different ways before I landed on a way I liked.
Add your popped popcorn to a bowl and drizzle coconut oil over. Then sprinkle on chili powder, a little salt and the zest of a lime, toss to coat.
When it’s time to serve the popcorn, squeeze just a little of the lime juice over the popcorn for added flavor. This step is optional because if it sits too long, the popcorn will become soggy.
If you like spicy, then add more chili powder but just a small amount for flavor was perfect for me.
If you try one of the popcorn flavors, please comment below and let me know how it went!