Cinnamon + Sugar Popcorn Made With Coconut Oil

I often feel like this pin, especially around the holidays. I'm just, what you would call, over-stimulated. Which is fine, it happens every year, but I feel like the holidays would go a lot smoother if people would just allow me to communicate in notes. These notes might say something like: 

"It's cold and I'm sad,"

or "Is there cake?"

or "Should we buy another cake?"

or "When is everyone going to leave so I can sleep?"

Wow, I'm anti-social during this time of year. No, not really, it's just that post-Halloween there's so much pressure to spend money on junk and be in fifteen different places at once. Two things I don't enjoy, partially because one is impossible.

You know what I do love about the holidays? Sweets! It feels like rivers of chocolate oranges, and those tiny Reece's shaped like bells. Fun fact about food like that, there are no nutrients, so really no reason for your body to stop eating it. Don't act like you haven't noticed you can polish off a bag of candy without losing your appetite for Christmas dinner.

Just to prove I'm not a complete sour sport, there are a few things I actually like about the holiday season, crisp weather, Christmas lights, the smell of sparkling apple cider, mashed potatoes, family (sometimes), reflection, building fires, there's more stuff that I love, but that list is long enough to warm me up as it is. 

So, what was I saying about sweets? Oh yeah, there's just no stopping, due to the lack of nutritional value, you're body is like yeah we can stop eating as soon as we've gotten enough of the vitamins we need from this particular food. Except, there aren't any vitamins, so it's just a vicious cycle with no end. So, while I'm not saying sugary popcorn is loads better, (Ok, that is what I'm saying) but between the heavy dose of coconut oil and the fact that 1 cup of popped popcorn has 5 grams of fiber, I'd say you're winning more than you're losing. There are some cool holiday benefits to coconut oil, first it lowers cholesterol, helps you lose weight, and supports your immune system. Three things we all desperately need this and any holiday season. It also has a high content of vitamin E to keep your skin healthy and moisturized form the inside out. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 + 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 for now, 2 for later
  • 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 
  • Medium sized sauce pan with a lid

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Directions:

  • Melt 3 tablespoons of coconut oil on the stove top. 
  • Mix in popcorn kernels and make sure they're all coated with the oil and place lid on. You want to put the lid a bit ajar, so the steam can escape. The popcorn pops faster this way and you'll be less likely to burn it. 
  • Toss the popcorn while it's popping 2-3 times. Take it off the stove once there are about 2 seconds between pops. Put the lid all the way on and let the rest of the kernels finish popping. 
  • Place the popcorn in a bowl. Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, sugar, and cinnamon on the stovetop. It should only take about 2 minutes before the coconut oil melts. 
  • Then all you do is add the cinnamon sugar mix to the popcorn and toss until it's throughly coated.