These two flavoured popcorn recipes will help you snack more healthily. Infused with flavour these treats will fill you up and stop you reaching for a chocolate bar.
T.S Elliot wrote “April is the cruellest month”, January must be one of the more depressing months of the year. After a December filled with celebration January is full of grey skies with rain and frost being common. Mornings are still dark making it hard to drag yourself out of bed. Evenings get dark quickly and it is easy to feel the sun does not exist. It can seem a long time until the end of the month. Often we have overspent at Christmas and January is a month to be frugal. New Years resolutions often involve losing weight and it can be hard to get the motivation when it is dark and cold.
A treat is often a great way to indulge yourself and cheer yourself up. Popcorn is a great snack. It is fun to make and is great for eating whilst watching a film. Popcorn is low in calories as well. If you choose the topping wisely you can enjoy a tasty snack without feeling guilty. Popcorn is high in fibre and contains antioxidants as well so it is good for you. Here I am sharing two flavoured popcorn recipes that will make you smile this January. One of the recipes is for sweet popcorn and the other is for savoury popcorn.
How to make popcorn
Popcorn is really easy to make and there are a number of different ways to turn popcorn kernels into a fluffy and delicious snack. The kernels will pop open with the application of heat and there are a number of different ways to do this.
- Use a popcorn machine: These will air pop the popcorn for you making a healthy snack. Just add the popcorn, turn on and wait for deliciousness.
- Use the microwave: You will need a paper bag. Add 4 tablespoons of popcorn to the bag and fold the edge over twice to close it. Microwave the bag on high for one to two minutes. Keep an eye on it as microwave times vary. When the popping slows down turn the microwave off so the popcorn doesn’t burn.
- Use the stove: Place 2tbsp oil in a pan with a lid. Put three popcorn kernels in the oil. When they pop add an even layer of popcorn to the bottom of the pan, replace the lid and wait until the popping stops.
Add the popcorn to a bowl and then add your flavourings.
Two Flavoured Popcorn Recipes
Sweet popcorn – coconut and chocolate popcorn
Everyone loves sweet popcorn and what could be nicer than chocolate and coconut popcorn? Fluffy popcorn with a drizzle of chocolate and a dusting of coconut flakes will bring a touch of luxury to your evening. First make your popcorn and put it onto a baking tray covered in greaseproof paper. Choose the chocolate, dark, milk or white, whichever is your favourite. Place a bowl in a pan of boiling water and melt the chocolate. Carefully drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn. Dust with dessicated coconut and leave until the chocolate hardens. Place into bowls and serve. Quick, simple and delicious.
- Four large handfuls of ready popped plain popcorn
- 1 bar chocolate, any flavour you like
- 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
- Place the popcorn on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment
- Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl of boiling water.
- When the chocolate melts sprinkle over the popcorn
- Sprinkle on the dessicated coconut
- Leave to set and serve in a bowl
Savoury popcorn – chilli kale popcorn
Kale is one of the vegetables that is in season in January. It is also a superfood containing plenty of vitamin A, iron and is high in fibre. What better way to give yourself a boost in the winter than by eating kale? Sprinkle the kale with oil, salt and chilli and cook in the oven until it is dry and crisp. Mash it into a powder with a pestle and mortar and dust the kale flakes over the popcorn to create a savoury popcorn. If you like savoury popcorn you will love this.
- Four handfuls of ready cooked popcorn
- Three handfuls of kale chopped
- ½ tsp seasalt
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 2 tsp cooking oil
- Preheat the oven to 190C Gas Mark 5
- Place the chopped kale on a baking tray
- Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle the chilli flakes and salt on top
- Cook until crisp, around fifteen minutes
- Powder the crispy kale with a food processor or pestle and mortar
- Add the popcorn to a bowl and sprinkle over the kale, giving it a good shake to mix it up
Do you have any favourite popcorn flavourings? Let me know below.