Most of the time, I eat my popcorn with a drizzle of butter and sprinkle of sea salt. No fancy toppings like salt & vinegar or dill pickle or whatever else they’ve managed to put in a shaker.
You see, I’m trying to be more mindful about what I eat. Definitely not 100% clean, but I’m choosing better options to some of the foods that are deemed not-so-good.
Take yummy caramel popcorn, for instance. It’s usually loaded with tons of sugar and corn syrup. Why does it have to taste so darn good?
For the longest time, I avoided making it. Cause if I did, that little voice in my head would remind me around 3:00 p.m. that it was in the pantry. And that definitely wouldn’t help me cut back on refined sugar, now would it?
Then I started playing around with the recipe. What if I took out the corn syrup, reduced the amount of brown sugar and used good quality honey instead?
What if I added cinnamon to balance blood sugar and nuts for a bit of protein?
What if I used my hot air popper to pop good quality popping corn?
Perhaps not perfect on the health scale, but a much better option to the caramel popcorn recipe I was making before.
And just as delicious… No, I’d say even more!!!
In my opinion, better eating is all about moderation. Are you with me?
A caramel popcorn recipe made with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and pecans. No corn syrup. Simple, delicious and perfect for parties!
- 1 cup popcorn (unpopped)
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup liquid honey
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- Prepare popcorn in an extra-large bowl (*metal if possible). Add pecans.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Combine butter, honey, brown sugar and salt in a heavy saucepan. Heat and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Turn down heat to low and boil without stirring for 3 minutes.
- Turn off heat and stir in cinnamon and nutmeg. Add vanilla.
- Remove from heat and stir in baking soda (mixture will expand). Pour over popcorn and toss together until popcorn and pecans are evenly coated.
- Spread on 2 large ungreased pans and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes and rotating pans. *As an option, prepare popcorn mixture in an extra-large metal bowl and there's no need to transfer to pans before baking.
- Remove popcorn from oven, stir and cool for 5 minutes. Break apart (if necessary) and allow to fully cool. Transfer to an air-tight container (if there's any left).
Use the best quality ingredients possible. I recommend using a hot air popper (no pre-packaged microwave popcorn). Try different varieties of honey, such as wildflower or clover, to change up the flavor. Choose organic and non-GMO (if that's what you believe in).
Makes a great party favor or snack too!
Looking for another grab and go snack? Check out my brownie bites made with healthy sweet potato.
Enjoy your day!