I have always been one of those girls that HAVE TO have popcorn when going to the movies. That’s literally one of the only reasons I ever want to go to the movies!!! A big box of popcorn and a Coke Zero, don’t judge me!!!
Unfortunately I recently discovered how unhealthy (and unnecessarily calorie dense) movie popcorn is!!!
Did you know that you can pop popcorn in the microwave, no oil, butter or fancy popcorn makers required? All you need is a glass bowl and a plate? It takes a little longer, sure, but it’s probably the healthiest way to make popcorn…
I wanted to make a healthy snack that had a little bit more balance…basically meaning that it contains protein, fats AND carbs (and NOT just carbs, which is what popcorn is made out of)…so that’s why I came up with this little treat…
It’s high is protein, thanks to the protein powder, it contains healthy fats, thanks to the nut butter and coconut oil, and of course it contains carbohydrates, thanks to the popcorn…I made this particular bowl of protein popcorn for Christmas so I threw some cranberries into this bowl just to add some colour and it was amazing!!!
- 1/4 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
- 1 scoop protein powder of choice
- 1 TBS cocoa
- 2 TBS honey/ 1/4 tsp powdered stevia (or to taste)
- 1 TBS sugar free and salt free peanut butter
- 1 tsp organic coconut oil
Add the popcorn kernels to a glass bowl and cover with a plate.
Microwave the popcorn for 3 to 4 minutes (this will be dependent on your microwave) or until you cannot hear the popcorn popping any longer.
While the popcorn is cooking in the microwave, melt the peanut butter, sweetener and coconut oil together. Set aside.
Add the protein powder and cocoa to a ziplock bag.
Once the popcorn has cooked, pour it into the ziplock bag and zip the bag closed. Shake the bag a few times.
Pour the melted peanut butter mixture into the ziplock bag and then zip the bag closed again.
Shake the bag, roll the bag, throw the bag around...do whatever you have to do to make sure that all of the popcorn has been coated in the peanut butter mixture, as well as the protein powder.
Allow the popcorn to harden for at least 1 hour. Alternatively, leave the popcorn in the fridge to harden for 20 minutes.