This healthy cinnamon popcorn recipe tosses dried apples, pecans, and air popped popcorn in a light cinnamon sauce, for an irresistible snack mix.
HEALTHY CINNAMON POPCORN RECIPE IS PERFECT FOR SNACKING
Whether it’s family movie night, a trail mix for hiking, or a snack for school, this healthy cinnamon popcorn recipe is one of our favorite sweet, yet healthy, snacks.
You can divide your cinnamon popcorn between snack baggies to have easy grab and go snacks for the kids. Or keep a big jar of it on the counter to grab a handful when you get a sweet craving.
Your whole family is going to LOVE the combination of flavors and textures. And you’re going to love the health benefits.
You get whole grains from the air popped popcorn, protein and fiber from the pecans, Vitamin C from the apples, and don’t forget the antioxidant packed cinnamon.
And this healthy cinnamon popcorn recipe is dairy free and vegan, thanks to good cholesterol boosting coconut oil.
HOW TO MAKE THIS HEALTHY CINNAMON POPCORN RECIPE
To make your own healthy cinnamon popcorn recipe, start with popping your corn. Go with an oil free method for popping it. You can use an air popper, or use a silicone microwave popper like we do.
Using the microwave popper, make sure you stand right by the microwave and stop it as soon as there is a pause between pops. You can shake out the popped corn, and then put back any that haven’t popped. Every microwave is different, so be watchful to avoid the awfulness of burnt popcorn.
For the apples, I use freeze dried apples, which are already deliciously crispy. They have NO added sugars or preservatives, just pure Fuji apples freeze dried at the peak of ripeness. We love snacking on (and cooking with) freeze dried foods SO much, that I ended up becoming a Thrive Life consultant for the discount!
You could use dehydrated apple rings, but you may get added sugar or preservatives. You will also need to toast them in the oven, before making the rest of the healthy cinnamon popcorn recipe, so they can get crispy.
To make your own healthy cinnamon popcorn, simply mix the popcorn, pecans, and freeze dried apples on a baking sheet. Whisk together the cinnamon sauce, and drizzle it over the popcorn mix. Stir everything up, spread it back out, and toast in the oven until the apples are golden.
Once your popcorn mix is done, you may want to sprinkle some additional salt on if you want that sweet and salty flavor combo.
We hope you love this healthy cinnamon popcorn recipe as much as we do! And if you need some more easy healthy after school snack ideas, we’ve put together a list of 115 Healthy After School Snacks your kids are sure to love.
PIN TO SAVE HEALTHY CINNAMON POPCORN FOR LATER:
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Mix apple pieces, popcorn, and nuts on a large rimmed baking sheet.
- In a small bowl combine coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and nutmeg.
- Drizzle the cinnamon sauce over the popcorn mix, stirring well.
- Spread out evenly on the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
- Check that apples are golden. If they are, remove from oven. If not golden yet, give the popcorn mix a stir and bake another 5-10 minutes.
- Let cool, and sprinkle with additional salt to taste. Store in an airtight container.
You could use dehydrated apple rings in place of the freeze dried apples, but you may get added sugar or preservatives. You will also need to toast them in the oven, before making the rest of the healthy cinnamon popcorn recipe, so they can get crispy.