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Coconut Oil Popcorn is a clean eating, healthy snack recipe that will keep your littles very happy. And most likely, you’ll be happy as well!

This is definitely a clean eating kids recipe. But I think that most kid-friendly recipes are often loved by adults as well. So while I’ve filed this under the “Clean Eating Kids” category, I’m sure most of you will enjoy this easy and tasty coconut oil popcorn snack.

I actually got the idea for this when I was shopping at Whole Foods. There was a lady there who was selling coconut oil and she suggested putting it on popcorn.

At first, the idea didn’t sit too well with me. But then movie-night came, and popcorn was a necessity. Since she had talked me into buying the coconut oil, I figured, what the heck! So I warmed a little oil and poured it over the popcorn… that is how easy this coconut oil popcorn recipe is to make!

A blue bowl overflowing with healthy coconut oil popcorn

Well, I can tell you that, in this household at least, we will never again eat popcorn any other way again, because it is delicious!

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

And in case you’re wondering, coconut oil is said to be extremely good for you for the following reasons:

  • Healthier hair
  • Healthier skin
  • Stress relief stress
  • Helps maintain cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Supports and strengthens the immune system
  • Aids in digestion
  • Relieves certain kidney problems
  • Fights heart diseases
  • Fights high blood pressure
  • Helps with problems that arise from diabetes, HIV andΒ cancer
  • Increases bone strength (this includes your teeth!)

These benefits ofΒ coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.

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COCONUT OIL POPCORN RECIPE:

Popcorn is a fantastic snack on its own. But when you add oils, like in this Coconut Oil Popcorn recipe, you have a delicious, healthy kid friendly snack!

bowl of coconut oil popcorn

Coconut Oil Popcorn

Coconut Oil Popcorn is a clean eating, healthy snack recipe that will keep your littles very happy. And most likely, you'll be happy as well!
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 85kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups popped popcorn (organic to avoid GMO's)
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil (warmed to liquid)

Instructions

  • Toss together to mix well.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Iron: 0.3mg

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51 Comments

  1. Wow, I’ve been using coconut oil for a couple years now and hadn’t thought to use it on popcorn. Sounds pretty good with a little flaked coconut and maybe some cocoa powder sprinkled too! And maybe a little agave or stevia….Hehe…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mandie – I never would have thought of that combo! I usually like my popcorn savory, but that sounds yummy!

  2. Littlehill says:

    This is so good. I eat this almost nightly. I have to add a little sea salt to mine. I even sneak it into the movie theaters when we go. It’s so much healthier than the butter laden popcorn they sell. And that way I get to enjoy popcorn and a movie just like everyone else. πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Littlehill – That’s exactly what I do! Can’t stand theater popcorn anymore. Real and healthy fats are so much tastier!

  3. I’ve been eating popcorn like this for a while now. I like adding salt free seasonings and spices to the oil before pouring it on. Cajun, chili or garlic powder is good as well as any seasoning blend you have in the cupboard. If you really have to have the butter flavour but want the health benefits of the coconut oil then add a little butter to the oil before melting.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brenda – Wow! Sounds wonderful! I’ll have to try it with the spices. Thanks!

  4. This we will be trying! We love popcorn in our house.. Just getting used to eating it w/o butter has been reallllly hard!! Can you get coconut oil in a grocery store or will I need to go to a health food store?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jaren – Most likely the health food store. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in a regular store. Enjoy!

  5. Hi there,
    This is a recipe that we have been making for a while. I love it! You can also sprinkle a little coconut shavings over it, too. Love your website and recipes, keep it going, Ellen

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ellen – Thanks!

  6. For Jaren: If you have a grocery store that has an organic/ health food section, they might carry it. I live in Northeast Ohio and there are 2 local stores that have it…which means I don’t have to drive an hour to go to Whole Foods!
    I love popcorn, so I will be trying this over the weekend!

  7. Although, I have never purchased or added coconut oil to food, I do have a friend who loves to bake and she swears by coconut oil. She buys it in huge tubs. She also adds it to her pets food as a supplement.

    I will keep an open mind. Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Velva – Maybe you can borrow a small amount from her to test it and see if you like it. It’s good stuff!

  8. For Jaron: my local grocery store has a health food section I can get it in, or you can order it off of many different websites. Personally, I’ve ordered it off of soap.com (a grocery like website) and it’s great quality. Could probably get it from Amazon too.
    We’ll be trying this recipe tonight …I’ve vowed to start clean eating as soon as the holidays are over, but why am I waiting?? I’ll be starting tonight!! Thank you!

  9. I LOVE this idea! I will pick up some popcorn the next time I’m at the grocery store. And I already have the coconut oil! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – Fantastic! Let me know how you like it!

  10. I cannot gush enough about this recipe! Movie theater popcorn is a big deal in my family, and even though I have been eating clean since June (45 lbs down!) I still make an exception for this terrbile, artery clogging delicacy! You have made this guilty pleasure a thing of the past!!! I air pop my popcorn pour some melted coconut oil over it, and sprinkle with sea salt! Movie theater popcorn without the chemicals!!! You ROCK!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lizzy – Fabulous! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  11. Tammi Raley says:

    Hi There,
    Love your website and I can’t wait to use the gravy recipe. My daughter and I love popcorn and use coconut oil as well as a couple of tsp. of Brewers Yeast. It is fantastic and considered to be a superfood snack.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tammi – Sounds like a great suggestion! I’ll have to try it!

  12. I’ve been eating my popcorn with coconut oil since starting clean eating too. I was on a forum and someone suggested putting olive oil and nutritional yeast on it. I decided to try the coconut oil instead. It’s sooooo good. The nutritional yeast gives it a bit of a protein boost. I bet some parmesan cheese with garlic salt would be great too.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sharon – It is! I miss putting parmesan on my pop corn! But nutritional yeast is good too.

  13. I have always put garlic powder on my popcorn! Now I just get the plain popcorn and sprinkle it all over. MMMM

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tiffany – Yum! πŸ™‚

  14. Anonymous says:

    Tracy – Coconut oil is just the oil. Coconut butter has the flesh of the coconut mixed in with the oil.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Tracy – Coconut oil is just the oil. Coconut butter has the flesh of the coconut mixed in with the oil.

  16. My husband and I got a Whirley Pop for a wedding gift many years ago. Since my family is on a popcorn kick, I think maybe I’ll try melt my coconut oil in it and popping it on the stove and let the kids take turns cranking the handle.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Lynn – Oooh! That sounds like fun!! I bet they’d love that! Kids always like to crank things.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Jennifer – Yes! I’ve heard of that, but never tried. It would be a great option with the coconut oil. Thanks for the reminder!

  18. Anonymous says:

    imom – You can use the oil to cook the corn with, sure! Enjoy!

  19. Erica L Gongloff says:

    We eat popcorn cooked in coconut oil always. Add some sea salt or a touch of nutritional yeast, or a unique spice mix… and you have lots of healthy, happy kiddos (and momma!)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Erica – Yes! Absolutely delicious!

  20. Allison Ferrini says:

    The favorite popcorn in my house (it is messy…warning) is air-popped popcorn with coconut oil and honey poured over popcorn and then sprinkled heavily with cinnamon and stirred…I eat it with a spoon — but my kids do the messy hands thing! I can’t eat popcorn any other way now! Salty is a thing of the past for this sweet-tooth lady.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Allison – Sounds delicious!

  21. graciouspantry says:

    Gayle – Fabulous!

  22. graciouspantry says:

    Nichole – The stuff I get is white and solid unless you apply a slight bit of warmth.

  23. graciouspantry says:

    Letty – Glad you enjoyed it!

  24. I loved this but after taking a look at the saturated fat in coconut oil I had to drop it from my diet, it doesn’t have as much healthy fat as I like to keep in my “I hate having high cholesterol” diet lol but it is ridiculously good!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Colex – New research is showing that it’s very healthy. There are entire populations that have coconut as a mainstay in their diets and their heart disease is far lower than ours here in the states. While I have nothing to back this up, I have a hunch that future studies will show that cholesterol from plants is far different from cholesterol from animal sources. Just a hunch though.

      1. I hope so because coconut oil is insanely delicious! For a while I made my waffles with it and a splash of vanilla DELICIOUS!

        1. graciouspantry says:

          Colex – Sounds wonderful!

  25. I’ve been using coconut oil for a few months now (found in the organic aisle of my local grocery store) and I love it. I’ve been substituting it for anything that calls for oil, including in my popcorn popper.

    Now here is something for people who aren’t afraid to try new things. Coconut oil is not only good for your insides, but for your outside as well! I read a lot about the benefits of coconut oil and one little line in one article stood out for me. Good as a skin moisturizer. So I tried it. And I haven’t used another moisturizer or hand lotion since. Not only does it leave your skin feeling silky but you smell great too!

    I use it head to toe. Even on my face, and my skin has not looked this good since I was in high school! (I’m 36 this year) In the last decade I noticed wrinkles, dark circles, acne and ever enlarging pores. Since I’ve been using coconut oil on my face, all of these things have gone bye-bye. I don’t know how well it goes under full make-up because I only wear a bit of eye liner and shadow but it doesn’t seem to affect the shadow.

    It doesn’t leave grease stains on your clothes so feel free to slather it on as thick as you want but be warned that a little goes a long way!! Your feet will thank you if you put it on with a pair of socks, your cuticles and nails will be happy and you will be happy!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – What type of product are you referring to? I know the stuff I cook with leaves oil stains if I don’t wipe it off my hands. Is there a cosmetic version you buy?

  26. It’s the same stuff I cook with πŸ™‚ You can wipe the excess off your hands if it’s messing up the touch screen on your cell phone πŸ˜‰ Just don’t use it in your hair lol

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – I love to rub it into my hands. Makes a great lotion! πŸ™‚

  27. how do you cook the popcorn? i usually cook mine in olive oil and sprinkle some sea salt over it… i dont know how else to pop it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emilie – Yup! That’s how I pop mine too. That or a hot air popper. πŸ™‚

  28. So, just mixed up a bunch of different things I had been reading. Nothing perfected…yet! But, I put a little bit of coconut oil in the bottom of a paper bag (lunch size), threw in about 2 T of popcorn kernels, and shook up the bag. I popped it in the microwave for about 2.5 minutes (I am sure it depends on the microwave). Apparantly you cannot let it go more than 2-3 seconds between pops or it will burn (without all of the additives). The oil did pretty much soak through the bag, so next time I will put a paper towel under the bag. But, the popcorn is AMAZING! It was so quick and easy. So excited to try some of the topping tips from the comments section. I think this would be so fun for kids as well!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Judy – Fantastic! If I owned a microwave, I’d probably do it the same way! πŸ™‚

  29. Karen Maudlin says:

    Just last week I saw organic coconut oil at Wal-Mart!! It is the same brand I had purchased at Whole Foods. It was in the baking aisle.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Karen – Fantastic! Which Walmart was that?

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