A classic coconut twist on a family favourite appetiser
Whenever I think of popcorn, the word certainly brings me back to my childhood days with the family. In our house we used to go through copious bags of popcorn especially on Friday nights when the weekend was about to commence. I remember seeing my mother purchase huge quantities of popcorn kernels which would last for what felt like a lifetime, the bag seemed endless or maybe that’s because we would consume popcorn namely on Friday’s with a movie.
I’m sure most families probably have their fair share of popcorn adventures, as I said we used to eat it mostly on movie night Friday’s, don’t ask why that’s just how things were in the household. However, I know for many people they don’t need an excuse to make a large batch of popcorn to share.
As I got older and become more conscious of what goods were nourishing for the body, my concerns were immediately centred around GMO crops. I had read the controversial articles, did a bit of research into genetically modified crops and swore never to touch popcorn again. Of course this wasn’t easy since popcorn is SO more-ish but with so many tasty appetisers to choose from I didn’t miss popcorn like I made anticipated.
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate some additional fibre into your diet by eating popcorn then my advice is to be mindful of the brand you’re purchasing. Fortunately there are a few options of popcorn kernels available that are NON-GMO and/or organic which I will include the link for below;
The above is the most reasonable priced non gmo kernels that I could find on the market. If the packaging or description doesn’t make any reference to being non-gmo then treat it like a genetically modified crop.
Let’s talk about the recipe, firstly it’s loaded with coconut, not excessively…… I mean in a complimentary sort of way. This appetiser will definitely go down well with any coconut fans, hopefully I can win over someone doesn’t have an acquired taste for coconut. The popcorn is drizzled with melted coconut butter (also known a coconut manna or coconut cream) mixed with coconut nectar for sweetness.
I found that it’s best to drizzle the coconut butter over the popcorn immediately as it begins to set and turn thick in the pan if it isn’t applied straight away. You can always re-heat the coconut butter to liquidise and add a little water to thin out the consistency.
The shredded coconut adds the midas touch especially since it’s toasted which imparts a deeper flavour.
- ½ cup of popcorn kernels
- 2 tbsp of dairy free butter (can use coconut oil)
- ⅓ cup of coconut butter (coconut manna and creamed coconut are the same thing)
- ⅓ coconut nectar (or another low GI Syrup)
- 1 vanilla pod scraped
- ¼ of shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- Preheat oven 180 degrees celsius or gas mark 4.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the shredded coconut evenly onto the paper.
- Toast in the oven for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown (not burnt).
- Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- Melt the coconut oil in a 3 quart or large saucepan on medium-high heat.
- Put 3-4 kernel into the pan and cover with the lid until they have popped.
- When the kernels pop add the ½ cup of kernels to the pan evenly and cover.
- Remove the pan from the heat and wait for 30 seconds before returning the pan to the heat. The popcorn kernels should be popping all at the same time,but make sure to shake the pan a few times while on the stove.
- After about 2 minutes as the popping slows down, remove the pan from the stove and then take the lid off to release the steam.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan melt the dairy free butter (or coconut oil) with the coconut butter (cream/manna) on medium heat then stir in the coconut nectar.
- Continue to stir until the coconut nectar has dissolved. The coconut mixture will be slightly thick, if this is too thick add a tablespoon at a time of water until your desired consistency is achieved (not too runny).
- Drizzle the coconut mixture over the popcorn (do it in the pan as it eliminates any stickiness if done in a bowl). Use a wooden spoon to gently turn the popcorn so it is coated evenly
- Transfer the popcorn into a bowl before sprinkling with shredded coconut.