Healthy Homemade Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is one of my favorite snacks!  You can actually make kettle corn at home; you don’t have to wait for the fair.  I am going to show you a healthy version, but if you are looking for a treat rather than a healthy snack, simple add more oil and sugar.

Popcorn is an inexpensive and healthy snack (as long as it isn’t slathered in sugar or butter), so it is worth adopting as a snack for the family.  You will want to stay away from microwave popcorn and  most of the prepared stuff in the chip aisle (if you can pronounce all the ingredients it is probably an okay purchase).  Your best choice is air popped, and stove popped(the method I am about to explain) comes in second. Popcorn is considered a whole grain.  One cup of air popped popcorn contains only 20 calories, a whopping 7 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein!

I like to use different types of healthy oils and not stick to olive oil all the time.  Coconut oil has a yummy taste when making popcorn and can withstand the heat used to cook the kernels.  All oils have a smoke point–a temperature which when exceeded will diminish the oil’s nutritional qualities and actually introduce harmful free radicals to the body.  Another reason to use coconut oil is its wonderful health benefits.  Studies have shown it to increase metabolism, provide anti-fungal and anti-bacterial protection both internally and externally, help mental clarity, balance blood sugar, and much more.  Considering its yummy taste, its ability to be heated at high temperatures, and its health benefits, it is a good choice for popping popcorn on the stove.

The directions are under the picture on the slideshow, but sometimes they can be hard to read, so here they are as well:

(1) Put 1 T Coconut oil in a saute pan with a lid.

(2) Heat the pan to medium high and place two popcorn kernels in the pan.

(3) While the pan is heating get out a big bowl and measure ½ cup of kernels (start with 1/4 cup if you have a smaller pan) and 2 packets of Truvia (a natural sweetener) or 2 T of sugar.

(4) When the kernels pop, you know the pan is at the right temperature to pop the popcorn.

(5) Dump in the popcorn kernels and sprinkle the Truvia or sugar on top of them.

(6) Cover with a lid and shake the pan back and forth to move the kernels around a bit.

(7) Keep shaking the pan and when the popping slows down, and the majority of the kernels seem to be popped, dump the popcorn into a big bowl.

(8) Sprinkle the popcorn with salt.

(9) Enjoy!

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4 Comments to “Healthy Homemade Kettle Corn”

  1. This looks delish! 2 questions, where do you find is the cheapest place to get your coconut oil? And I’m interested in trying out Truvia but would love some more info on it. Is it processed much? I try to avoid processed things as much as possible and it seems like you do to so I’m wondering what benefits you have learned about Truvia and how it does in cooking and such.

    Rachel

    • I usually get my coconut oil off amazon.com, but you can also check the health food section of your grocery store. Organic is a good way to go.
      As for Truvia, it is made from rebiana (the best tasting part of the stevia leaf). I prefer it to stevia, I like the taste better. I have researched it and it is claimed to be a natural sweetener. I think it is a good choice to sweeten green drinks, or to sprinkle on popcorn. I would not, however, use it for baking. Anything more than a tablespoon, and I would use good old sugar.

  2. Great post! I have recently been learning to use coconut oil AND to pop my own popcorn! I love that you explained the benefits of both so clearly! Nicely done Tamara! 🙂

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