Nut Buttery Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn with Nuts Recipe

Looking for kid-friendly, budget friendly, and healthy snack ideas?

Well, if you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know how much our family loves popcorn.

So you will understand why, since seeing the original recipe for “Peanut Butter Popcorn” on Frugal Granola’s site, I was determined to make it work for our family.  Since my oldest son has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and we are off most sugars, the recipe needed some altering.

Well, after one botched batch, we got a winner!  And we have made it a number of times since — we even took it to a potluck and it was a big hit.

I have eagerly added it to our family’s repertoire of “healthy fast food options” for our home.  You know…those times when your day has completely gotten away from you and/or a number of things have gone wrong and you would order out for a pizza but you can’t (we have a son with life-threatening food allergies who is also gluten-free)?

That kind of a day.

We had one of those yesterday.  I had had little sleep, my oldest son (the one with Asperger’s) was having quite a bit of anxiety, and I had a guest post for another blog that I was working on when….that’s right….it was dinner time.  So to give Mom a break we heated up steamed carrots, pulled out some preservative-free hotdogs and heated up the popcorn popper.

(This popper is really great.  Your kids will have a great time helping in the kitchen and it’s stainless steel, not aluminum, which is a sturdier and I think, better option for a healthy kitchen.)



Stainless Steel Hand Crank Popcorn Popper

We LOVE our Stainless Steel Hand-Crank Popper!

Between the healthy coconut oil and the homemade nut or seed butter and the organic popcorn, it really is a nice option for a fast meal or snack – – and the kids love it too!

For more tips on making popcorn that tastes great from a family that makes a lot of it, visit my post on Basic Homemade Popcorn. You also may want to check out my post on why popcorn can help any family’s budget.

And if you want to add to your popcorn repertoire, check out some of my other homemade popcorn seasonings.

Like this one, which is a great popcorn topping that arose out of a kitchen mistake!

And this wonderful popcorn topping, made of Herbes de Provence with other seasonings.  Every time we make these we are asked for the recipes!

I hope you like them as much as we do!

Do you have a favorite popcorn topping to share?

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  1. Hi,

    I am hosting a Holiday Cookie Recipe swap and would love to get the word out to other bloggers to post and share their recipe. I do get good traffic on my site so it would mean traffic for others.

    I would love it if you could share the idea with you blogger friends.

  2. Willom Samuel says:

    Adrienne, I just want to say that there are many people who think that all corn, even organic corn, is GMO. There is no longer such a thing as non-GMO corn. This is, thanks to Monsanto, the result of cross-pollination. So I think you have to be careful about your corn consumption, if you are avoiding, as you should be, GMO foods.

  3. This looks so yummy,I have never tried to make popcorn :)

  4. Willom Samuel says:

    No, I haven’t completely given up eating corn. I just try to make sure it’s organic when I do eat it.

  5. Another great recipe that I will be trying with my daughter!! Everyone loved the Baked Oatmeal btw! I linked your blog throughout my post!

    Happy New Year you ROCK!!!

  6. Hi Adrienne,

    I recently came across your site and have been very inspired by all your recipes :) Just one question: I made this today, but my popcorn didn’t turn out as crunchy. They got kind of soggy and lost their characteristic crunchiness due to the caramel nut butter mixture. Is that supposed to happen? I think I might have had too much of the mixture as compared to the popcorn :/ maybe that’s what did it? Ok, thanks !

    • Hi Afrina. The popcorn doesn’t turn out that crunchy. The photo is misleading…sorry about that. I posted this at the beginning of my blogging adventure and just couldn’t make myself post the “real thing” as it isn’t that attractive. Maybe now that I have a better camera I can try to get something. I’ll add it to the post that the popcorn is not crunchy really like caramel popcorn. But if you add less of the topping it is more crunchy, which is what we typically do.

      There is a “photo credit” at the bottom of the post to show that the photo isn’t mine, but maybe I should move it up to just under the photo to make it more clear. Thanks for the compliments!

  7. Susan Eastman says:

    Seems as if you think organic is non-GMO.
    not true.
    The organic assc. allows GMO without labeling.
    Support Prop 37 in CA if you really want to know what you are eating.

  8. I would like this a lot, but corn is so full of mold and I am trying to get that stuff out of my body.

    Peanuts are also loaded with mold.

  9. There are not currently any GMO varieties of popcorn. Feed corn, corn syrup, corn additives ect. and recently Bt sweet corn, which just came out on the market summer 2012 are mostly all GMO though. If anybody finds some definitive information to contradict the info about popcorn, please post a link. Thanks!

    • I have heard that, but I am very suspicious that this is not the case. I read some old info on the internet about it…is there anything more recent to validate this? I have had some really styrofoamey-tasting popcorn that makes me think GMO has crept into popcorn somehow. Thanks!

  10. Just made this (using peanut butter and a stevia baking blend) and it is delicious! I’ve been hounding your blog and trying out new recipes weekly, thank you so much for the fantastic ideas!