Sticky, sweet, and a whole lot of holiday cheer in this bowl of Vegan Caramel Popcorn. The perfect snack to munch on while you are wrapping gifts or writing your last minute Christmas cards. You won’t even need tape because your fingers will be sticky enough to keep the gifts all wrapped up… on second thought, maybe just enjoy this popcorn at a holiday party or parked right in front of the tv.
is this vegan caramel corn healthy?
Well, to be honest, eating a bowl full of kale is definitely healthier. BUT, this is a healthier take on some of the other recipes out there. This is a caramel corn recipe without corn syrup- which is key. There is still sugar and vegan butter in this Christmas treat but I believe you do need to enjoy everything in moderation and so a little suga and a little butta are ok once in awhile!
you serious Clark?
This recipe contains sugar, but it has clean ingredients and no funky syrups. It’s a great snack for the whole family to enjoy, while snuggled up and watching Christmas movies. I would highly suggest National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which is hands down my favourite Christmas movie. All the Uncle Eddie fans out there, you get me.
get your hands dirty with this healthy caramel popcorn
A word of warning, your hands are about to become very sticky. When the caramel sauce is ready, you end up drizzling it over the popcorn (lying on a baking sheet). You have the option of using a spoon to toss the popcorn in the caramel but your hands work best! But you will get a little messy doing it this way. Your hands allow you to toss the popcorn appropriately before the caramel sauce cools too much and starts to set before it’s evenly distributed. So don’t be scared to get a little messy, the success of your vegan caramel corn depends on it.
here are a few reasons why I love this vegan caramel popcorn, so listen up!
- Whose ears don’t perk up at the words “salted caramel”? The answer to that is NO ONE. This vegan popcorn is perfectly sweet, with the right amount of crunch and the homemade caramel sauce is creamy and super easy to make. No judgement if you need to have a little spoonful before tossing the popcorn in it.
- This recipe is such an easy sweet-tooth satisfying snack. And you can make it in under 30 minutes. I’d say that is a big win in the busy Christmas hustle. If you love popcorn, you will love this salted caramel twist on the crunchy snack.
- I love that the popcorn isn’t’ doused in the caramel sauce. For sure some pieces are, but there is a nice balance. The caramel sauce isn’t overwhelming and the crunch of the popcorn stays intact.
The Picky Husband Approves, Santa will approve, even your cat will approve. This gourmet popcorn is buttery, rich, smooth, crunchy, and creamy. An added bonus with this healthy caramel popcorn is that the delectable caramel doesn’t stick to your teeth! It’s basically all you should want for Christmas this year, so you better get poppin’. ♥
vegan caramel popcorn
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernals
- 1 1/2- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp vegan butter (or coconut oil)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Melt the coconut oil for the popcorn kernels over medium-high heat. Add a few kernels to the pot once the coconut oil is melted, cover with a lid and wait until those kernels pop, then add the rest of the 1/3 cup. Once kernels start popping make sure to continue shaking the pot so the kernels do not burn. Once the kernels are done popping, add the popcorn to a mixing bowl, or a baking sheet- to be ready to pour the caramel sauce over it.
- Begin to make the caramel. Add the vegan butter, water, coconut sugar and vanilla to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring it to a low boil. Side note here, you can use coconut oil instead of the vegan butter but I found I like the flavours with the vegan butter better.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the baking soda and sea salt. The mixture will begin to rise, so make sure you are whisking constantly. Once whisked, remove from the heat.
- Pour over the popcorn kernels right away, and thoroughly mix the sauce so all the popcorn is covered. I used my hands at this point cause it was easier than with a spoon.
- Pop in the freezer for 10 minutes to help the caramel mixture stick to the popcorn. Best enjoyed fresh.