Original vs. Substitute Sam
Popped with healthy coconut oil, Homemade Cinnaburst Popcorn has a light coconut flavor with the perfect blend of sweet and spice sprinkled on. Instead of gut-rotting, butter drenched, sugar-laden calorie bombs try Homemade Cinnaburst Popcorn!
- 70% less fat, replacing saturated and trans fat with MCTs
- 70% less carbs, mostly from sugars
- 600 fewer calories per serving
Caramel and cinnamon are two aromas that immediately trigger cravings, the type of craving where ‘only a few’ never happens. As a result, I end up feeling like shit mentally and physically so I’ve found it best to avoid the sweets all together… when possible.
I say when possible because sometimes clients think a 3.5 gallon drum of caramel popcorn from Garrett’s Popcorn is the perfect office gift.
The gesture was nice, but I really dislike having treats within reach at all times because:
- It’s Monday and this drum will be taunting me the entire week
- I work on a computer most of the day, can you say hello mindless eating?
- I have a sneaking suspicion this gift cost more than I make in a day
BUT, being a glass-half-full kind of guy I decided to use this ‘opportunity’ to strengthen my will-power (an extremely important muscle to workout) and after Thursday the drum was 1/2 gone and I hadn’t touched any of it.
Trying to recover from Thursday night’s flag football contest, I slept in Friday morning, didn’t workout, and forgot my Berry Smart-Start Smoothie on the counter-top. So when I rolled into work I grabbed a cup and tried a few kernels…BAM!
I was hooked like Tyrone Biggums; 5 cups and a work day later, I’m headed home already starving for dinner (yay for plummeting blood sugar levels).
Later that night, I was watching my new favorite show The Newsroom when another craving for popcorn struck. However, this craving was much more useful, sparking a flashback to my college days of pulling epic Netflix marathons with gigantic bowls of homemade popcorn topped with Chalula and Frank’s RedHot… when it hit me.
I’m so stupid!
Instead of using Frank’s RedHot or Chalula sauce, why didn’t I just make a sweeter topping?!
So I did…
1) In a small bowl or spice jar, mix nutmeg, cinnamon, and truvia
- 1 1/2 TSP nutmeg
- 1 1/2 TSP cinnamon
- 1/2 TSP Truvia Baking Blend
2) Put stove-top on med-high and put coconut oil and 3 kernels in and a small pot and cover. Heat until the kernels have popped, remove pot and count to 30 seconds
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
3) Place remaining kernels in the pot, shake lightly to spread the kernels evenly across the surface area of the pot, cover, and return it to the heat. Once the popping starts, shake the pot back and forth until the popping slows down (roughly 45 seconds)
- 1/4 C Jolly Time Gluten-Free popcorn kernels (70g) makes about 10 cups popped
4) Here’s an excellent demonstration of the process
*Note: Use a colander or cover that lets the steam out prevent moisture from making the popcorn soggy
5) Immediately transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with seasonings. Share with friends, it makes about 10 C popped!
I love cooking food that’s healthy and delicious, but I’ve got a lot to learn and it’s way more fun to hear ideas for recipes and improvements from YOU!