Coconut oil popcorn is the perfect snack, especially when made stove-top and bursting with the health benefits of coconut oil.
Cooking popcorn in coconut oil is an easy way to include this power-packed, good fat into your diet. It adds a subtle hint of flavour and increases the nutrient content of an already high fibre snack.
The health benefits of coconut oil include maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, and relief from heart diseases and high blood pressure, to name just a few. Coconut oil can also be used topically to moisturize skin, hair and treat a variety of skin conditions. It’s amazing for you – inside and out.
With a higher smoke-point (the temperature at which an oil begins to break down due to heat) than most cooking oils, it is a great oil to cook with. It can be used for sauteeing, stir-frying and, of course, popcorn.
While popcorn is most often associated with being the go to companion for a movie, it’s also a fun way to start a dinner party, filling the house with it’s enticing aroma and giving early guests a delightful nibble as they get settled. Whether fresh or leftover from the night before, seasoned popcorn is a great addition to any salad, giving an added crunch and burst of flavour.
Easy Coconut Oil Popcorn
- ½ cup organic popcorn
- 4 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- Sea salt
In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the coconut oil on medium to medium-high heat. Add popcorn and put on the lid. Once popcorn begins popping, give the pot a shake or two. The popping should be steady, and steam may come from the lid. Heat may be adjusted – it just depends on your stove. Smelling “burnt” means it’s too hot. As the popcorn is popping, heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a small pot or pan on low heat. Keep an eye on it and as soon as it’s completely melted remove from the heat.
Shake the popcorn pot occasionally, until the popping reduces to a pop every couple of seconds. Immediately dump popcorn into a large bowl. Shaking the bowl with one hand, drizzle the melted coconut oil with the other. If not feeling that coordinated, just drizzle the oil all over the bowl of popcorn and then shake the bowl like mad with both hands. Season with sea salt and…
Try adding any of these fantastic flavour combos:
- Curry powder and toasted coconut.
- Chilli powder and cocoa.
- Lemon juice and black pepper.
- Dill weed and lemon zest.
- Beet powder and nutritional yeast.
- Cinnamon and raw cane sugar.
- Parmesan cheese and oregano.
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About the author :
After interning at Chez Panisse, Jenn Chic cooked up a new career for herself. Already a trained chef and photographer, she began to write about all things food related. Her stories and photographs have appeared in Swerve, Edible Toronto, Western Living & Vanmag online. Wherever she goes, the scent of fresh baking is close by. Her cooking blog is www.jennchiccooks.com and photo blog is www.jennchic.com.
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