Coconut Oil Popcorn

Learn how to make popcorn health with this recipe for organic coconut oil popcorn!

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We are absolute popcorn lovers in our home. When we are craving a snack (or a Friday movie night at home), its off to the kitchen to make a batch of our homemade popcorn. It’s such an easy to make snack and very healthy for both adults and children.

My husband and I have finally perfected our coconut oil popcorn recipe and wanted to share with our readers. After it’s all popped you’ll have a non-greasy, fluffy bowl of coconut goodness! As you can see in the photos the popcorn keeps its white look.

If you’re looking for that theater style look, just add 1/2 tablespoon of red palm oil (sustainable sourced) to the recipe and you’ll get that orange tint to the popcorn, not to mention a good amount of vitamin E!

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Coconut Oil Popcorn

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Heat a large, heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Be careful not to go over medium heat, or you may experience a very unpleasant chewy texture where the kernels were heated too fast and did not completely pop.
  2. Add the coconut oil and let it completely melt. Once the oil is completely melted put a few kernels into the pan and wait for them to pop. This helps determine when the oil is heated enough to popping.
  3. Once the test kernels have popped, place the rest of the popcorn seeds into the pan and cover.
  4. After the kernels begin popping, begin to shake every 10 seconds or so until you hear the popping slow down. When the popping slows down to a pop every 2-3 seconds remove the pan from heat and continuously shake for another 10-20 seconds. This helps the popcorn at the bottom from burning.
  5. After the 10-20 seconds, or you feel the popping is finished pour into a bowl, salt to taste and enjoy.

Coconut Oil Popcorn
 
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Serves: Enough to fill a very large bowl.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Organic Popping Corn
  • 1½ Tablespoons coconut oil (or switch out the ½ TBS with red palm oil)
  • Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Heat a large, heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Be careful not to go over medium heat, or you may experience a very unpleasant chewy texture where the kernels were heated too fast and did not completely pop.
  2. Add the coconut oil and let it completely melt. Once the oil is completely melted put a few kernels into the pan and wait for them to pop. This helps determine when the oil is heated enough to popping.
  3. Once the test kernels have popped, place the rest of the popcorn seeds into the pan and cover.
  4. After the kernels begin popping, begin to shake every 10 seconds or so until you hear the popping slow down. When the popping slows down to a pop every 2-3 seconds remove the pan from heat and continuously shake for another 10-20 seconds. This helps the popcorn at the bottom from burning.
  5. After the 10-20 seconds, or you feel the popping is finished pour into a bowl, salt to taste and enjoy.

 

About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.
47 comments… add one
  • Donna January 23, 2016, 8:01 pm

    OMG. I just tried it. It is simple to make. I had mine plain, while my fiancé added butter. YUM!!!!

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  • Jim November 5, 2015, 7:33 pm

    Once you find that sweet spot of how much heat to apply, shaking the kernels isn’t necessary. I have always been obsessed with popcorn. As a kid I would go through multiple bags every time we got a new microwave just to find the sweet spot of how much time it took to pop the most kernels without burning. Since I switched to coconut stove top popcorn a number of years ago, I found the sweet spot with a great pot that results in 98.7635% (or pretty close 😉 of kernels popped.

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  • Wendy July 19, 2015, 8:51 pm

    Wow! Can’t believe how good this came out. Just like movie popcorn. Actually, better. I did the mix of coconut and red palm oil. Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Sarah July 15, 2015, 5:58 pm

    Thank you so much!! This tastes just like movie theatre popcorn. Not coconutty at all. My boyfriend hates the taste of coconut and he loved this!

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  • Tina June 20, 2015, 7:07 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This was a huge help. I’ve started using coconut oil recently but have struggled with my popcorn being chewy. The temperature really helped me a lot.

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  • Arturo June 19, 2015, 8:09 am

    And the coconut oil leaves the pan really clean. Other oils were always a big scrub fest to clean up. With Coconut oil I can just wipe clean.

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  • Gloria March 31, 2015, 8:19 pm

    Followed the recipe and enjoyed some delicious popcorn. I did not add salt but I did use a butter flavored popcorn spray and popcorn seasoning. Thank you!

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  • Deanna March 7, 2015, 5:08 pm

    Just FYI… you don’t need to buy expensive popcorn because none of it is GMO.
    At the Seeds of Doubt conference recently, Jeffery Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and GMO expert, assured us that even though almost 90% of the corn grown and eaten in this country is GMO corn, popcorn comes from a different seed and has not been genetically modified. So, while you should assume that your Doritos brand corn chips and those sweet corn cobs on sale at the grocery store are Genetically Modified even though they are not labeled as such, you’ll
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    never have to worry about your popcorn being GMO. Makes you feel a little bit better about ordering that large tub at the movie theater!
    http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/non-gmo-popcorn

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    • The Coconut Mama March 13, 2015, 9:03 pm

      Thanks for the info, Deanna. I’ll read up on that! As for the big tub at the movie theater, I would be more worried about the oil the popcorn is popped in! 😉

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      • Jim November 5, 2015, 7:29 pm

        Most movie theaters use coconut oil. It’s the oil they use for the “butter” that should be avoided.

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  • xarlita February 24, 2015, 8:10 pm

    would love to watch a movie with you cocomama while eating your coco popcorns

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  • Ali February 6, 2015, 6:59 pm

    So glad I found your recipe! I’m on a serious popcorn kick!!!! Is it bad I coult eat the entire bowl lol???? 🙂

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  • Kathy January 13, 2015, 4:04 pm

    Top it with melted ghee!!!! Best popcorn and good for you. I love Bob’s Red Mill non GMO popcorn

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  • Michelle January 12, 2015, 3:33 pm

    Been using CO in my Whirley pop popper for years. I only use about a teaspoon of CO per 1/2 cup of corn. Use the other 2 ts melted with about a ts of butter for that “buttery” taste.

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  • Clayton Arthur December 26, 2014, 8:32 pm

    Will the coconut oil work OK in a electric popper ?

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  • KB2480 August 25, 2014, 10:58 pm

    Does the popcorn have a “coconutty” flavor? Looking to pop in a healthy oil, but neutral in flavor.

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    • The Coconut Mama August 27, 2014, 11:36 am

      If you use expeller pressed coconut oil it won’t have a coconut flavor.

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  • sarah August 5, 2014, 6:04 pm

    Please do not use palm oil!!! In your popcorn recipe, you suggest adding palm oil to see more color in the popcorn. Palm oil is sourced from the forests which serve as the habitat for orangutans and other threatened animals. The demand for palm oil and other products is causing the destruction of critical habitat for these animals. Please BOYCOTT PALM OIL.

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    • The Coconut Mama August 5, 2014, 9:21 pm

      Hi Sarah, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I completely agree that you should know your source of food. We only use sustainably sourced palm products. Wilderness Family Naturals and Nutiva source their palm products from sustainable farms.

      Again, thanks for your comment. 🙂

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  • Denise W May 7, 2014, 6:34 am

    You have to try adding some cinnamon! Absolutely the best with coconut oil and sea salt! It makes me want to lick the bowl at the end, lol. Enjoy!! 🙂

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  • Julie January 15, 2014, 4:03 pm

    We love it that way too. Then we top it off with more melted coconut oil instead of butter. No greasy mess afterwords!

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  • margaret January 11, 2014, 5:21 am

    we air pop our pocorn and use coconut oil as butter! the only way we eat popcorn!

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  • Ladybug January 10, 2014, 5:48 pm

    Perfectly timed post! I stopped using coconut oil for popcorn because I kept getting chewy or burned results. Gonna try your lower heated, tested with a few kernels approach for movie watching tonight!

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    • The Coconut Mama January 10, 2014, 8:35 pm

      Let us know how it turns out!

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    • Cindy December 20, 2014, 11:52 am

      I make this all the time, but using a Hot Air Popper. I melt the Coconut Oil separately and drizzle over the Popcorn once it is done. This also allows the salt, if used, to cling onto the kernels. Love it, and find it as good as Buttered.

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  • Candice January 10, 2014, 5:27 pm

    We did this for the 1st time last night and it was definitely tasty!

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  • Dawn January 10, 2014, 4:52 pm

    I LOVE to add some flavored stevia in the oil when it is ready to pop and then add shredded non-sweetened coconut on top….yummmm!!

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  • cliw January 10, 2014, 4:38 pm

    add nutritional yeast for a “cheesy” tasting popcorn…

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    • No October 16, 2014, 9:58 am

      nutritional yeast is vile. the only people who think it tastes like cheese are vegans who’ve forgotten what good foot actually tastes like.

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      • umm.. No! October 21, 2014, 10:17 am

        No

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      • Kelli May 26, 2015, 12:04 pm

        I’ve never been vegan and I ADORE the taste of nutritional yeast on popcorn. My husband on the other hand, not so much. It’s all about personal preference.

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    • marge201 April 3, 2015, 6:09 pm

      And the best way to do the nutritional yeast (horrible name; great flavor) is to put the popcorn in a cloth produce bag and add a tablespoon or so of the NY and shake. The best! (I do the 1/2C popcorn to a tablespoon or more of coconut oil in Whirley Pop. Just love it.)

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    • Joann May 30, 2015, 6:47 pm

      I used Lewis Labs Brewers nutritional yeast and the taste was good on popcorn, you cannot buy that same nutritional yeast anymore and the new Brewers yeast is nasty tasting. What happened Lewis Labs??

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  • Terese Christian January 10, 2014, 3:17 pm

    This is our FAVORITE way to eat popcorn….SO YUMMY!

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    • The Coconut Mama January 10, 2014, 4:34 pm

      Isn’t it!? We’ll be making a batch tonight 🙂 Now, to find a good movie to watch!

      Reply

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