a healthy kettle corn recipe

October 15, 2014

DIY kettle corn made healthyIt’s American Horror Story Day! I’m sorry, but I’m allowed to get abnormally excited about a horror show when Halloween is happening in a few weeks!

If you’re not familiar with American Horror Story, this season the plot/theme is Freak Show. The bearded lady, siamese twins, an evil clown, they’ve got it all (gosh, I sound like Stefon).

It’s this freaky freak show that inspired me to share today’s treat. A healthier version of your fave carny snack: kettle corn.

First off, kettle corn is one of Ryan’s fave snacks, period. So it’s always lurking around on the daily anyways. But since I’m slowly trying to weed out all his bad snacks and replace them with better alternatives, I thought I’d go ahead and give homemade kettle corn a try.

DIY kettle corn made healthystevia + popcorn = yumI doubt sugar in any form–coconut sugar, agave syrup, even stevia–is really “good” for you. However, I do argue they can be healthier alternatives to basic white sugar if they have some benefits. And…of course this Trader Joe’s Stevia Extract does [see some benefits here]!

I was a little afraid Ryan would notice the difference since I swapped 1/2 cup of white sugar for 3 tiny spoonfuls of stevia sugar, but he seemed to actually, sort of, almost like it! And, by that, I mean he accepted it. I think it helped that I rebranded it as a “lighter” kettle corn, which it really is.

You definitely won’t be getting any sugar-coated, slicked up and saturated kernels with this recipe, but it does have that wonderfully familiar, sweet popcorn flavor. Plus, it’s cheap compared to the junk you buy at the carnival or grocery store.

DIY kettle corn made healthy

homemade and healthified kettle corn
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Easiest, tastiest and healthiest kettle corn on the block.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 5+ cups
  • 3 little scoops stevia
  • ½ cup plain popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  1. Heat coconut oil in a deep pot.
  2. Add stevia and stir.
  3. Add popcorn kernels and securely cover.
  4. Move pot around, to keep sugar from burning.
  5. Watch the popcorn pop!
  6. Take off of heat once all kernels are popped (you'll hear it) and voila!


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