Healthy Homemade Kettle Corn

Healthy Homemade Kettle Corn

When we first met Tiffany, and learned all about Feel Great in 8 this year, we knew we were in the midst of greatness. We met at a blog conference, and were wandering around City Creek together, when we ran into another group of bloggers. One of them realized who she was, screamed and wanted a picture with her. We had already “adopted” her as an honorary sister at this point, but realizing how famous she was sure didn’t hinder our growing admiration for her :) We recently decided to team up for a post and couldn’t be more excited to work with one of our favorite girls!

Without further ado, here is Tiffany…

I am so excited to be here with you! I talked The Mama’s Girl’s into adopting me when I first met them in February and before I share one of my favorite healthy snacks with you, I have to tell you that the Mama’s Girl’s and their Mama are just as sweet, funny, and beautiful in person. I’m absolutely thrilled they invited me to share a recipe with you!

You won’t believe how quick and easy it is to make this homemade kettle corn popcorn – no special equipment required! And, by substituting healthy coconut oil and unrefined coconut sugar you can have a healthy, whole grain, sweet and salty snack to enjoy guilt-free.

Healthy Homemade Kettle Corn

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it near the stove. You’ll pour the popcorn onto this sheet to cool.
2. In a small bowl, stir together the coconut sugar and salt. You’ll also want to measure the kernels so that both of these will be ready to add when the oil gets hot.
3. Measure the coconut oil into a large 4-quart sauce pot with a lid and drop three kernels of popping corn into the oil. These three kernels with let you know when the oil is hot. Cover with the lid and set over medium-high heat.
4. When you hear one of the kernels pop, uncover the pot and pour in the rest of the kernels and the sugar/salt mix. Quickly stir everything together to coat the kernels and replace the lid.
5. Shake the pan occasionally as the popcorn starts to pop, and then more frequently and vigorously as the popping increases. Rest the pot on the burner every few seconds to maintain the heat.
6. Listen closely – when you hear the popping begin to slow to 1-2 seconds between pops, remove the pan from heat. Don’t wait for the popping to stop completely or you’ll burn the popcorn. Total popping time on my gas stove is right around 3 minutes.
7. Immediately after removing from the heat, uncover the pot, give the popcorn a quick stir, and then pour it onto the prepared baking sheet. Use a spoon to spread the popcorn into an even layer to cool.
8. Let the kettle corn cool for at least 5 minutes – the popcorn with crisp as it cools. Eat immediately or store in an airtight container for several days (if you can get it to last that long! 🙂
9. Start cleaning the pan as soon as you dump out the popcorn by filling it immediately with hot water. I just put the pan full of hot water back onto the stove for a few minutes and any cooked sugar cleans off easily.

I hope you love this snack as much as I do! It’s perfect for healthy movie-night treat or as an after-school snack for the kids. I even have proof that my kids absolutely love it. I could barely get a photo without this cute toddler hand reaching in for a taste. 🙂

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