Sweet and a little salty, this caramel corn is sure to become a snack attack go-to! This caramel popcorn is a scrumptious snack that is vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, and with a nut-free option.
Oil-free popcorn is one of those mysterious areas of oil-free vegan cooking.
Probably many of us have thought there’s just no tasty option when it comes to oil-free popcorn.
In my snacks ebook I showed that’s just not the case – with four oil-free popcorn recipes, savory and sweet!
Since releasing the snacks ebook, I’ve heard from readers most about these irresistible popcorn recipes…
As much as I’m a sweets girl, I dearly love the two savory oil-free popcorn recipes in the ebook.
My gosh, I make them so often, and the fam all chows down!
So, today I am sharing one exclusive oil-free popcorn recipe from the snacks ebook: the CARAMEL CORN!
Recent FB comment about this Caramel Corn:
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You can make this popcorn with either almond butter or coconut butter, for a nut-free option. Another option is cashew butter if you prefer that to almond.
While you can pop stovetop, it’s not as consistent and the kernels don’t pop as fluffy. The air poppers are quite inexpensive, so get yourself one. Worth it for all types of oil-free popcorn snacking!
Of course, there are more oil-free popcorn and snack recipes to enjoy, pick up your snacks ebook here.
Get popping and snacking! Enjoy, x Dreena
Want more vegan snacks? Check these out!
Vegan Caramel Popcorn
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp tbsp almond butter (or substitute 2 tbsp coconut butter for nut-free, see note)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder (optional, but amazing, use if you can!)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup popcorn kernels (see note)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and prepare a rimmed baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the almond butter (or coconut butter, soften in a warm water bath or over heat of preheated oven, if needed), maple syrup, and cinnamon/vanilla, if using. Stir well until fully combined. Pop the popcorn (see note), collecting on the lined baking sheet. Transfer about half of the butter/sweetener mixture to a large bowl. Add about half of
- the popcorn and gently work it through (use a spatula). Add remaining popcorn and remaining sweetener mix, and again work through. Transfer back to the baking sheet, distributing evenly. Place in oven, and bake for 10 minutes, then turn oven off and let popcorn sit in warm oven for another 7-8 minutes. Remove, and enjoy! Makes about 10 cups, serves 3-4 as a snack.
- Coconut Butter Notes: Since coconut butter is quite hard and dense, the measurement can be a little tricky. I usually roughly measure 2 tbsp (generous) of hard coconut butter, and then soften to mix with the other ingredients. When softened, continued it should measure about 2 tbsp. If not, you might want to add a little more. Anywhere from 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp works well in this recipe. You can soften first for easier measuring, or get a rough idea with it unsoftened. The measure is flexible in this range.
- Vanilla Bean Powder Note: I’m asked often about vanilla bean powder, this is a brand I use/love.
- Popcorn Notes:
- An air popper works best for popping corn without any oil or butter. If you think you’ll like more coating on the popcorn (as I do!) use closer to the 1/3 cup amount. For greater yield, and less coating, use the full 1/2 cup of kernels.
- If you don’t have an air popper, you can still pop corn on the stovetop, but the kernels won’t pop as fully. So, for best results, purchase an air popper (they are inexpensive). For stovetop, here’s the method: Place a large pot (that can be fitted with a lid) on stovetop over medium-high heat. Add the kernels (if you want to pop more than this, do so in batches). Do not add water, just add popcorn to the pan dry over this heat, and add the lid. Begin to shake the pot as it heats, shaking at frequent intervals. Within the first minute, the popcorn should begin to pop. As it pops, continue to shake the pot often. When the popcorn slows down, remove pot from heat, and release the lid just slightly to let some steam escape (but keep lid mostly covering pot). Once the popping has fully stopped, remove the lid and transfer popcorn to a bowl or for this recipe, to the prepared baking sheet.
- If you have leftover popcorn, the popcorn gets a little soft after sitting for a day or two. You can gently reheat the popcorn in a low heat oven to become crunchy again
I am so glad I only made half a batch to try it. This is so tasty that there is no way I would be able to restrain myself from eating the whole batch in one sitting! Thank you for a delicious WFPB snack option.
Hah, love that, thanks Annette. I’m so happy you enjoyed it, thanks for the great rating and feedback.
Mary Burdick says
This was the most delicious thing EVER! You can be sure I will be checking out your blog and books. I thought I had seen you on a Chef AJ live. I flooded myself w/info when I was looking to reverse my diabetes. Thanks to you, and all the rest that care so much to share themselves.
Hi Mary, well I’m just delighted to read your note. Thank you! Yes, I was on with Chef AJ, and believe we will talk again when my new book is out in August. Have fun looking into more recipes here, thanks again!
This is my first attempt at popcorn since going to WFPB…WOW…soo yummy!! My three littles and I devoured it as a after nap snack! I popped mine in a brown paper bag and worked great. I will have to limit though as I am a big time muncher and could eat this amazing stuff all night!!
R P says
Amazing. Tried this on a gourmet popcorn night and I couldn’t believe how easy it was for how DELICIOUS it was! My guy and I couldn’t stop ranting and raving. Eating another batch here shortly!!
oh fabulous! I appreciate your feedback. 🙂
I made this last week and it was delicious. Having a friend over tomorrow and am going to make it again for her to try. She is a fellow plant base diet eater and likes to make healthy snacks for her grandchildren so hope she likes this as much as I do. Thanks for this yummy recipe and all the recipes you have in your 2 cookbooks that I use on a regular basis. Your recipes are always dependable and delicious.
Keep the recipes coming- you can never have too many recipes and cookbooks!
Very kind of you to say, thank you Julie. I’ve been toying with the idea of another book… we’ll see! In the meantime, I’m delighted you tried and loved the caramel corn – thanks!
I made your caramel corn last week. Hubby and I loved it. Thank you, Dreena!
I loved it. We haven’t had popcorn for 1 year and half. Because can’t eat butter so wow it was good. I made the Carmel one. Thank you for sharing your receipes…. it makes it easier to have a variety of food.
Oh great! There’s no good reason to go without popcorn, right? Thanks for the feedback, Debbie, and your kind note.
Hi, some time ago I tried popping popcorns on the stove WITH oil and it still all burnt down with a few good popped popcorns. I would really like to try this method, but I’m just afraid to burn all of the kernels and just mindlessly throw away good products :/..
In my experience, an air popper is the way to go. It’s so inexpensive, and the kernels come out fluffy every time. The flavor is also better, since stovetop can burn even slightly and it affects the overall flavor. Once air-popped, you can have plenty of flavoring fun with this and my other oil-free popcorn recipes! Hope that helps.
If I don’t have vanilla bean powder, can i just mix in 1/2 tsp vanilla? I’m sure it won’t be the same, but would it be better than none?
yes, for sure – the vanilla powder is a little more intense in flavor, but 1/2 tsp vanilla extract would also be good.
I have the ebook but is this recipe now “pin” terest savable?!
Hi Laura, yes indeed you can pin it – I have it pinned here: https://pin.it/y2t7rn5ylvyzzc