Homemade Popcorn with Coconut Oil

Popcorn with coconut oil

My kids are on spring break this week and that means my popcorn popper is going to be working overtime. Vacation at the Grandy house means lots of movie nights, and movie nights are not complete without Marin mama’s famous popcorn, (at least that’s what my kids and their friends call my popcorn). In all seriousness, Zoe and Eli love and devour this popcorn, and they tell me that it’s the best popcorn they’ve ever tasted. I’ve actually been told by a number of people that I need to bag this popcorn and sell it. I decided that making and bagging this popcorn would take to much time and effort, so I’m just going to share my secret recipe with you.

I love my Wabash Valley Farms 25008 Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popperir?t=marmamcoo 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00004SU35Whirly-Pop popcorn popper as shown below. It pops the best popcorn and my kids love cranking the handle. This popper gets used on a daily basis!

Homemade popcorn ingredients

Homemade popcorn with coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil  – see my notes below on the different types of coconut oils
  • fine sea salt

Our favorite oils to use for popcorn are listed in order of preference below:

  • refined organic coconut oil – This oil gives the popcorn a nice crisp, light and fresh flavor.  Refined coconut oil does not have that coconut smell.
  • extra virgin coconut oil – This oil is unrefined and smells like an actual coconut.  If you want and like that buttery movie style popcorn then use this. It really does give the popcorn that buttery flavor.  We’re not big fans of buttered flavored popcorn, so we prefer using the refined oil.

Ok, lets make some popcorn!

Put the 1/2 cup kernels and 2 tablespoons oil (coconut oil is solid, but will melt immediately once heated) into your kettle popper or whatever pan/utensil you use to make fresh popcorn.

Popcorn kernels and coconut oil in popcorn maker

Turn up the heat to medium and slowly turn the handle till the popcorn is popped.

Popcorn in whirley pop

Toss the popcorn into a large bowl & sprinkle with fine sea salt to taste. We like to sprinkle on some salt, then shake the bowl a bit and then sprinkle on some more salt.  You get the drill!

Popcorn with coconut oil

That’s all there is to it folks! We love to mix in some treats with our popcorn such as Poco Dolce chocolate, m&m’s, candy corn, (Eli’s favorite around Halloween) and twizzlers. The sweet mixed with the salty is a winning combination.

This popcorn is not just for movie nights, it’s also the perfect popcorn to pack for your child’s snack at school or to serve up as an afternoon snack.  I pack Zoe a container of this popcorn every day for her school snack, and believe me she only gets a handful, as it’s instantly consumed by the masses. Once you pop your own popcorn, you’ll never go back to the microwave stuff again. I guarantee it!

With love Jackie

Marin Mama's Popcorn

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Recipe by Jackie

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup popcorn kernels

    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil - see my notes below on the different types of coconut oils

    • fine sea salt

    Directions

    • Our favorite oils to use for popcorn are listed in order of preference below:

    • refined organic coconut oil - This oil gives the popcorn a nice crisp, light and fresh flavor. Refined coconut oil does not have that coconut smell.

    • extra virgin coconut oil - This oil is unrefined and smells like an actual coconut. If you want and like that buttery movie style popcorn then use this. It really does give the popcorn that buttery flavor. We're not big fans of buttered flavored popcorn, so we prefer using the refined oil.

    • Ok, lets make some popcorn!

    • Put the ½ cup kernels and 2 tablespoons oil (coconut oil is solid but will melt immediately once heated) into your kettle popper or whatever pan/utensil you use to make fresh popcorn.

    • Turn up the heat to medium and slowly turn the handle till the popcorn is popped.

    • Toss the popcorn into a large bowl & sprinkle with sea salt to taste. We like to sprinkle on some salt, then shake the bowl a bit and then sprinkle on some more salt. You get the drill!

    • That's all there is to it folks!

    • We love to throw treats in our popcorn such as m&m's, candy corn, (Eli's favorite around Halloween) and twizzlers. The sweet mixed with the salty is a winning combination.

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      14 thoughts on “Homemade Popcorn with Coconut Oil”

      1. I love, love LOVE the new look – a blog that is beautiful enough for you!!

        AND major popcorn craving now!! The only option is TJ’s instant stuff which I bought for Louis in a moment of weakness. Am I terrible Nutritionist/ Wife or what…!?!?

        1. Thanks Em! I am glad you love the new look! It’s a bit cleaner and more refined. You are a perfect wife and like I said on your blog, it’s all about moderation! I won’t even begin to tell you what I ate this weekend and also what I just snacked on about 20 minutes ago (hint, see those m&m’s above, gone)!

      2. Looks great, Jackie! Very clean, fresh, and inviting. Makes me want to hang out and browse for a while! Thanks for sharing Elizabeth’s info. I’ve bookmarked her now for future reference. And as always, your photos and recipe look great! I’ve never tried coconut oil on popcorn but I’m sure I will now someday soon 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

      3. Hello! Just found you through Elizabeth’s blog. She is awesome not only as a designer but as a person! Love her and love your blog! So happy to find you! I think I might need to make that pan chocolate chip cookie for my boys. They would love it. You have great recipes for my kids but also some for me like the chickpea burger!!! yum! I’m excited and your newest follower!!!!

        1. Hi Lisa! I’m glad you stopped by. ELizabeth did such an amazing job and she was so quick. Love her! I hope you enjoy some of the recipes. The chickpea burgers are one of my favorites as well as the kale salads. I am eating those constantly and they don’t taste like kale either. My kids love all the pasta’s so check those out as well for your kiddos. I try to have a balance between mommy meals and family meals on this blog.

      4. Hi Jacquelyn,

        Love your “new look! I’ve tried to cook 1/4 cup of pop corn for my son but he can’t finish all and said that I have made too much for him… LOL!

        Zoe

      5. the new site is GORGEOUS!!! And I make popcorn almost every night…2 tbsp in a brown paper bag in the microwave, 90 seconds, voila. Popcorn. So easy & no cleanup!

        Sometimes I top w/ coconut oil and have a ton of mix and match toppings I use. I love popcorn.

        1. Hi Averie! I am glad you like the new site. I really think it helps my pictures stand out a bit more and it looks less “homemade.”

          Popcorn is the perfect snack. I love the ease of your recipe. I think I need to give that a shot as it’s less for me to clean up!

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