Popcorn has to be one of my all-time fave go-to snacks - it's easy, quick and can have so many health benefits (depending what you throw onto it) as a great source of antioxidants, fibre and vitamin B. I love that it can be flavoured in so many ways, but my most regularly made recipe is 'cheese' - of course all recipes around these parts are vegan, but what I can let you in on is that it's the best 'cheesy' popcorn my taste buds have ever come across and it only takes a few ingredients to get it together...
3 tsp coconut oil
Handful non-gmo popcorn kernels
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch ground black pepper & salt
Melt one teaspoon coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat. Add in the kernels, cover and shake every so often to prevent the kernels from burning. Once they’ve popped, transfer to a large bowl and melt the other two teaspoons of coconut oil in the pan whilst it’s still hot. Drizzle the oil over the popcorn and shake well. Crumble over the nutritional yeast, add the onion and garlic powders and season with salt and black pepper. Shake again and serve.
I'm more of a savoury kind of foodie than sweet and much prefer my popcorn made with the aforementioned tastes, getting some of my inspiration from on-the-go popcorn packets from Propercorn and their range of both savoury and sweet flavours, most of which are vegan friendly and they'll even state so on their packs. They're also hand-popped, non-GMO and only use all natural flavours - I have a whole lot of love for their Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-dried Tomato flavour but in terms of something a little different, I've been snacking on the Smooth Peanut & Almond option, so much so that I came up with a Vanilla-Caramel popcorn drizzle using almond butter as the main ingredient - you can get your hands on that recipe right here.
If you fancy being in with the chance of having your own popcorn flavour made limited edition and sold exclusively in stores across the UK and Ireland, Propercorn are kick-starting a month of flavour celebrations with #InstitueOfFlavour, a collaboration alongside culinary architects Bompas & Parr to encourage taste-makers to experiment with flavours and tastes on popcorn. The event is being held at Noho Studios in London tomorrow, Friday 17th June and starts at 11am, however, ticket numbers were extremely limited and sold out in a flash, but those who've happened to miss out are invited to take part in the virtual experience online for a step-by-step guide to flavour making. Once the month is up, one lucky taste-maker's Propercorn flavour will be made exclusively and they'll also be award with a lifetimes supply of Propercorn. That's a hella lot of popcorn...