Healthy Peanut Butter Popcorn (gluten free w/ low-carb option)

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Looking for kid-friendly, budget-friendly, and healthy snack ideas? This Healthy Peanut Butter Popcorn is going to knock your popcorn-loving socks off.

peanut butter popcorn in bowl.

We LOVE popcorn in this house and this peanut butter popcorn is one of our all-time favorite snacks.

And I suspect it will soon be yours too.

To make this popcorn, all you need to do is pop the popcorn, combine the topping ingredients in a pan, heat and stir, and then drizzle them on top of the popcorn.

That’s all.

And the recipe is easily adaptable for special diets too.

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This is a simple list of what you’ll need to make this recipe. For the full list with amounts, scroll down to the recipe card.

  • popcorn (I recommend using organic)
  • coconut oil (for popping)
  • peanut butter (I recommend peanut butter made from Valencia peanuts because it has a lower mold content. Almond butter or another nut or seed butter can also be used.)
  • sweetener (you can use either honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or a low-carb sweetener)
  • vanilla (optional, but recommended)
  • salt
peanut butter popcorn in bowl.


  • Add chopped nuts or seeds to the drizzle or sprinkle on the popcorn after drizzling.
  • Melt this Homemade Chocolate Bar or a store-bought chocolate bar and drizzle on top in addition to the peanut butter drizzle. A white chocolate drizzle would taste great as well.
  • Top the popcorn with chocolate chips after making. These White Chocolate Chips would be a great topping too.

Recipe Notes

  • Peanut butter and almond butter are particularly scrumptious, but any nut or seed butter will work – see Homemade Nut or Seed Butter to make your own.
  • You can use any healthy sweetener for this recipe. Honey and maple syrup are sweeter than sugar, so you will likely need less of those.

More Healthy Popcorn Recipes

If you love popcorn as much as we do, you’ll love these other healthy popcorn recipes.

  • Dorito Popcorn – the great taste of Doritos — on popcorn! You can use this seasoning in so many ways.
  • Healthy Kettle Corn – use whatever sweetener you like. Make this delicious popcorn totally sugar-free or at least refined sugar-free. Yummy no matter how you make it.
  • BEST Popcorn Seasoning Ever – put this on your popcorn and prepare to see it disappear
  • Herb Popcorn – deliciously seasoned with garlic and herbs

The BEST Stovetop Popcorn Popper

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

I Recommend
Great Northern Stainless Steel Stovetop Popcorn Popper

Great Northern Stainless Steel Stovetop Popcorn Popper

I love that this popper is stainless steel (not aluminum) -- no shaking needed and makes up to 5 quarts in minutes!

Between the healthy coconut oil and the homemade nut or seed butter and the organic popcorn, this really is a nice option for an easy healthy snack for the whole family.

peanut butter popcorn in bowl.

Healthy Peanut Butter Popcorn

This Healthy Peanut Butter Popcorn is the perfect blend of sweet and salty for a great easy healthy snack that everyone will love!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: easy peanut butter popcorn, healthy peanut butter popcorn
Servings: 16


  • 8 cups popped popcorn (I recommend organic)
  • 1/3 cup sweetener
  • 6 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Heat sweetener and peanut butter in a small pan, stirring over medium heat, until blended.
  • Add salt and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Immediately pour over popcorn and stir to coat using large utensils.


    • Peanut butter and almond butter are particularly scrumptious, but any nut or seed butter will work – see Homemade Nut or Seed Butter to make your own.
    • You can use any healthy sweetener for this recipe. Honey and maple syrup are sweeter than sugar, so you will likely need less of those.

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  1. Hi, I never leave comments on blogs but I ran across your blog and saw you had Candida but ate popcorn??? That is a huge NO for anyone really following a Candida diet, I miss popcorn, it was my favorite snack but it’s on the top of the list of foods to avoid for Candida, right up there with peanuts! Full of mold. Pam

    1. Hi Pam. Thanks for reading and for writing.

      Yes, we have candida and yes we eat popcorn sometimes.

      This is a direct quote from a physician who wrote this post for my blog:

      Popcorn is perfectly fine to eat on the Candida diet, and I’ll tell you why. Because it satisfies a desire. It’s very important to bear that in mind. I read so much crap on the internet about you can’t eat this and you can’t eat that. These are the diet police out there saying, “Don’t eat this. Don’t eat that. You can eat that. This will cause Candida to grow.” There’s so much garbage on the internet. All this stupid advice by people who’ve never seen patients with Candida. They might have had a bad experience themselves eating rancid popcorn from those stupid packages you put in the microwave, which is a dumb thing to do.

      Maybe you would like to contact him with your concern and then let me know if he has changed his mind since then.

      Maybe you can have some now :). I do watch portions closely and we are doing a new healing protocol that hopefully will help us have even more food freedom. I do avoid peanuts almost all the time, but occasionally I have a few. I ate some on a flight once because there were no other options and it was a 3 hour or more flight….

      I personally am of the mindset that avoiding foods can be a danger to people but will be looking into more things as our new healing protocol starts. From what I can tell the goal of the program isn’t more restriction, but less, as long as one is following a whole food diet.

      Thanks and hope that clarifies things.