This is everything you need to know about coconut oil popcorn. It can be flavored with sweet or savory toppings, and it’s a frugal, healthy snack that everyone loves.
When my family cut back on dairy a few years ago, our first concern was popcorn. How were we supposed to survive without our favorite evening snack?
As it turned out, we had nothing to worry about. Coconut oil is the perfect topping for popcorn. The rich flavor is actually quite similar to buttered popcorn.
Basic Vegan Coconut Oil Popcorn Recipe
I make lots of different varieties of flavored popcorn for an easy snack. Even without the extra toppings, plain popcorn coated with melted coconut oil and topped with salt and pepper is delicious on its own.
To make this easy snack, simply pop a half cup of kernels using your desired method. I use an air popper, but you can also pop the kernels on the stovetop if you don’t have an air popper.
Once the kernels are popped, drizzle the popcorn with about 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. You can use your hands to gently mix it. Then sprinkle the popcorn with salt and pepper to taste, and add a bit of fresh grated parmesan cheese if desired.
A simple batch of popcorn topped with coconut oil, salt, and pepper costs about $.85, and it yields about 16 cups of popcorn.
This comes out to $.11 per two-cup serving of vegan popcorn. It’s one of the most frugal whole food snacks you can make.
Vegan Coconut Oil Popcorn Recipes
Here are some delicious varieties of popcorn you can make using coconut oil. Seasonal toppings are easy to add to the basic recipe, and they make a fun, frugal snack for a party, lunchbox, or after school treat.
Homemade Popcorn Resources
Coconut Oil: I usually stock up on coconut oil at Costco, but you can also find it in your regular grocery store or online.
Air Popper: I use an air popper because it’s a quick, easy way to make popcorn.
Best Popcorn Kernels: The best kernels are organic and non-GMO. There are many good options at grocery stores and online.
Homemade Popcorn Gifts: I love this homemade popcorn gift set for a fun DIY gift. It includes three flavors of popcorn toppings, along with a package of popcorn and instructions about how to make each flavor.
Coconut Oil Popcorn
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 3 tbs coconut oil melted
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Pop the kernels using your desired method. I use an air popper, but you can also pop the kernels on the stovetop.
- Once the kernels are popped, drizzle the popcorn with the melted coconut oil. You can use your hands to gently mix it. Then sprinkle the popcorn with salt and pepper to taste.
What’s your favorite topping for homemade vegan popcorn? Please share in the comments! I’m always looking for new ideas.