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My Favorite Popcorn

nutritional yeast popcorn

My family and I are popcorn junkies. It’s probably our favorite snack, and my daughter asks me to make it about 400 times during the week.

But we don’t eat just any popcorn. There’s been lots of buzz over the past decade about possible health risks of microwave popcorn, but I like popping my own in my air popper better anyway: if you use air to pop your popcorn, you can liberally pour butter all over the popcorn without guilt. That and it’s difficult to make microwave popcorn when you traded your microwave for a range hood.

how to make popcorn

This Hot Air Popper is cheap (about $15) and works really well. The great thing is you don’t have to add extra oil while you’re cooking it like you have to do over the stove. And there’s no way to burn it. Plus it allows me to use multi-colored, delicious, and beautiful organic popping corn I found at our local health food store in the bulk bins.

coconut oil

Are you convinced yet?

Enter my three favorite toppings: melted cold-pressed coconut oil, Bragg Nutritional Yeast, and Maldon sea salt. They add some serious flavor and health benefits, too.


Coconut oil is not only good for you, but it tastes awesome. Just make sure you buy cold-pressed or unrefined to get the nutritional benefits and the best flavor.

Nutritional yeast is an amazing cheesy tasting flaky topping that you can sprinkle on just about anything. You can find it in a yellow, plastic container at your local health food store, a very well stocked supermarket, or on amazon. It’s great for vegans and vegetarians because it’s an awesome source of B vitamins, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying it if you’re a meat eater. It tastes like cheese, guys, so it’s delicious. I’ve tried several brands and swear by Bragg Nutritional Yeast. It’s just the best.

maldon sea salt

You can use any coarse sea salt to sprinkle on top, but if you’re in the market for something new, please buy Maldon Sea Salt as soon as you can. It’s coarse, crunchy, and has flavor instead of just saltiness. It’ll make you feel all chef-y as you sprinkle the gorgeous crystal shaped salt flakes over your food.

popcorn with coconut oil

So let’s get started.

Grab some popcorn. If you’re trying to avoid genetically modified food, be sure to look for organic popcorn since most conventional popcorn is GM.

Pop your popcorn using your preferred method. I love my air popper.

uses for coconut oil

Put that popcorn in the biggest bowl you own.

how to use coconut oil

Melt the unrefined coconut oil over low heat (or in the melting cup that comes with the air popper model we use). Drizzle the oil over your popcorn then shake the popcorn to distribute the oil. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast and sea salt over the popcorn  and then stir.

If you’re really serious about getting coconuty-salty-cheesy goodness on each bite like I am, invert a large bowl over the popcorn bowl and shake for a few seconds to distribute the toppings.

Total Time: a few minutes

My Favorite Popcorn

Healthy and addicting popcorn for the win.


1/2 c. popcorn kernels, organic if possible

1/4 c. cold-pressed coconut oil, melted

4 T. Bragg nutritional yeast

1/2 T. Maldon (or other) coarse sea salt



1. Pop the popcorn according to the manufacturer's directions.

2. Drizzle the melted oil over the popcorn. Invert a large bowl over the popcorn bowl and shake to distribute the oil.

3. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast and salt over the popcorn, invert the larger bowl over the popcorn and shake again.

4. If you want to remove the kernels, give the bowl the popcorn ends up in a firm thump on the counter then gently scoop the popcorn out of the bowl. You should be left with those pesky kernels at the bottom.



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