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This walnut butter popcorn is as nutritious as it is sweet and satisfying! It’s easy to make in under 30 minutes and is great for snacking.
Working from home has turned me into the queen of snacking.
It’s easy to fall into a routine of the same snacks from day to day: nut butter and apples, carrots with hummus, avocado and toast. I’m usually more of a savory snacker, but lately I’m craving all things sweet.
If you’re in that same rut, don’t worry — this popcorn recipe is just what you need to satisfy for your sweet tooth!
This healthy but sweet and satisfying popcorn is made with walnut butter, cinnamon and chocolate chips. The healthy fats in walnuts help you stay full and the sprinkle of cinnamon and chocolate keep your sweet tooth satisfied!
A nutrient packed snack
A handful of California walnuts is a versatile snack and can satisfy any taste preference, from savory to sweet. Regardless of your flavor preference, walnuts are the only nut to provide an excellent source of the plant-based omega-3, ALA (2.5g/oz).
Did you know that popcorn is a whole grain? Making popcorn at home is an easy way to increase your whole grain intake.
Combine popcorn with walnut butter for the perfect combination of complex carbohydrates from popcorn and fiber, healthy fats, and protein from walnuts.
California walnuts contain 4 grams protein and 2 grams fiber per ounce (more nutrient information can be found here).
How to make walnut butter
It’s actually really easy to make your own homemade nut butter.
We’ll start by toasting raw walnuts in the oven until golden. This helps release their oils, making the nut butter even creamier. Keep an eye on the walnuts while toasting to prevent them from burning.
Set 1/4 of the walnuts aside for topping.
Add the roasted walnuts, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt to your food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. This will take about 1-2 minutes.
Put it all together
Popcorn kernels are a great pantry staple to keep on hand. Popping your own popcorn is a fun way to experiment with flavors and also you to cut down on added salt.
If you don’t have kernels on hand you can certainly use microwave popcorn instead!
Drizzle the popped popcorn with walnut butter and top with ground cinnamon. Toss in chocolate chips for an extra kick of sweetness.
Walnut Butter Popcorn
- 3 cups California walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus more for serving
- 1/2 teaspoon salt divided in half
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread walnuts on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 8-10 minutes, checking occasionally to prevent burning.
- Roughly chop 1/4 cup of the toasted walnuts. Set aside.
- Add all of the walnuts, except for chopped ones, to a food processor. Sprinkle in brown sugar, cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Use the scraper attachment if you have one. Otherwise, use a spatula to occasionally scrape down the sides while blending. Process on high until smooth and creamy, around 1-2 minutes.
- Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt into the oil. Add one kernel of popcorn to the oil. Once this kernel pops, add the remaining 1/3 cup of popcorn. Cover with a lid. Shake the pot continuously to prevent burning. Once popcorn has stopped popping for 3 seconds, remove from heat and set aside.
- To assemble one serving of walnut butter popcorn: Add two cups popped popcorn to a bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons walnut butter and top with 1 tablespoon chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts. Enjoy!