The Oscars are on tonight and when I think of movies I think popcorn. My husband and I do not go to the movie theatre together very often, but when we do we definitely get some of that buttery goodness. In college we used to sneak microwave popcorn in our purses and hit the local CVS for candy. My favorite was popcorn with Reese Pieces. Mmmm. But the candy, buttery movie theater, even the microwave popcorn are definitely not the healthiest choices for a movie snack. So i wanted to share with you a SUPER easy way to make popcorn and some easy healthy ways to jazz it up.
Did you know you don’t need a fancy air popper to make healthy air popped corn? All you need is a glass bowl and a plate or microwave safe cover. I added a heaping 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to the bowl pictured below.
Place a plate over the bowl and put it in the microwave for about 5-6 minutes or until you don’t hear ANY pops for about 5 seconds. Watch carefully because it can be very easy to burn! Use a potholder or glove to remove the plate and glass bowl from the microwave as they will be very hot.
If I’m just making butter popcorn I will transfer the popped corn to a different bowl and microwave about 1/4 cup of butter (use less if trying to be even healthier) until melted then pour over the popcorn and salt to taste.
But today I wanted to share with you a fun popcorn recipe for a snack or even dessert! I am obsessed with anything that has a combination of chocolate and caramel, so when I came across a healthier caramel popcorn online I had add my own little touch. I added some chocolate (any kind of chocolate will be delicious, I used mini chips) and sea salt and it turned out DELICIOUS. As I am writing this I am practicing some serious self control so I don’t eat the entire bowl!
I got the healthy caramel sauce recipe from The Gracious Pantry Blog. She uses honey and nut butter to create the sauce. Below is the recipe and pictures on what I did to create a Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn.
I hope you enjoy! I don’t think this bowl is going to last much longer because it’s so addicting!
- 8-10 cups popped popcorn
- ¼ cup almond butter or peanut butter (try to use a nut butter that only has the nuts on the ingredients list to keep it even healthier)
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup any chocolate chips (I used mini semi-sweet)
- sea salt to taste
- In a small pot, warm the honey on high heat. Bring it to a boil.
- Let it boil up in the pot about 1 inch and then quickly remove from heat so you don't burn it.
- Stir in the nut butter with a whisk and whisk until smooth.
- Pour over the popcorn and mix with a spoon.
- Let it cool for about ten minutes then mix in the chocolate chips with a spoon. If you add the chocolate chips too early they will melt.
- Add a generous amount of sea salt. I used a grinder and added salt all over the popcorn, mixed it up, then added more salt, and mixed it up again.
Healthy caramel sauce with honey and nut butter (I used almond) and it tastes delicious!
Here is a picture of the honey boiling. Only let it boil up about 1 inch because you don’t want to burn the bottom of the pan.
Whisk the honey and almond butter to create a caramel sauce.
Pour the caramel sauce over the popped popcorn and stir with a spoon. Be sure NOT to use your hands as the caramel sauce is still very hot.
Once the caramel sauce has cooled on the popcorn add the sea salt and chocolate chips (I waited 10 minutes because you don’t want the chocolate chips to melt but you want them to stick to the caramel sauce). I then let it cool for an additional hour before I taste tested.
***This is a caramel corn so some of the pieces do stick together. I separated some of the chunks before placing it in a bowl. If you were making this for a party you could always put a small serving in a cupcake liner to keep guests hands from inside a bowl.