Maple Cinnamon Popcorn

Maple Cinnamon Popcorn

Maple Cinnamon Popcorn

 

This deliciously moreish maple cinnamon popcorn was inspired by Serious Food Co.’s maple cinnamon popcorn that’s only available once a year at Christmas time.

There’s something about the combination of pure maple syrup and cinnamon that’s SO mouthwateringly good, whenever I see one of their reindeer marked bags I can never resist putting it in my shopping basket.

This isn’t surprising given as I’m a huge cinnamon fan from way back and am often guilty of adding WAY too much when baking. Aside from it’s exotic sweet flavour, cinnamon has some pretty impressive health benefits too which makes it even more appealing in my book.

Cinnamon is jam packed with antioxidants that have potent anti-inflammatory properties. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, help fight bacterial and fungal infections, and may also have beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

It’s important to note however, that not all cinnamon is created equal and one of the varieties can be quite harmful in large doses.

There are two main types of cinnamon called Ceylon i.e. “true” cinnamon and Cassia. Most of the cinnamon found in supermarkets is the cheaper Cassia variety.

Unfortunately, the Cassia variety contains significant amounts of a compound called coumarin that’s believed to be quite harmful in large doses, wheras Ceylon only has a negligible amount of it. Ceylon cinnamon also has a milder, sweeter taste and smell, and is much better suited to sweet dishes and baking.

 

 

Maple Cinnamon Popcorn

 

Alas, it’s now March (already?!) and Serious Food Co.’s coveted maple cinnamon popcorn is nowhere to be found.

So with all things maple & cinnamon on my mind, rather than wait another year for it to grace the supermarket shelves again I took matters into my own hands and created a Swoon Food version.

My aim was to create a completely plant based, gluten and refined sugar free maple cinnamon popcorn using as little sweetener as possible.

Obviously popcorn itself is a simple carb so naturally it contains a reasonable amount of simple sugars. But by using pure maple syrup as the sole unrefined sweetener, you can create slightly better nutritional value as opposed to using a refined sugar which has had all it’s natural nutrients (vitamins and minerals) stripped from it.

This maple cinnamon popcorn is naturally dairy and gluten free, entirely plant based, and perhaps best of all it’s SUPER quick and easy to make!

 

Maple Cinnamon Popcorn

 

Sold? Already got your popcorn pot out?! Fabulous.

Let me know when you make this maple cinnamon popcorn by leaving a comment down below, and be sure to tag your pictures #swoonfood on Instagram or facebook. Enjoy!

Maple Cinnamon Popcorn

Makes: 1 large bowl/ 2 oven trays
Prep time: 10 minutes  Cook time: 10 minutes

1/3 cup popping corn
3 Tbsp coconut oil

Maple Cinnamon Glaze
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Heat 3 Tbsp coconut oil in a large pot with a lid over medium high heat.

Once melted, add a couple of corn kernels and wait for them to pop. When they have all popped, add 1/3 cup of popping corn to the oil.

Place the lid on the pot and shake to coat evenly. Remove pot from heat for 30 seconds then return to heat and cook for 2 to 4 minutes, gently shaking the pot until the popping slows.

Transfer the popcorn to a large mixing bowl.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC fan bake and line two baking trays.

Place all the glaze ingredients into a small pan and stir over low heat until melted.

Pour the maple cinnamon glaze over the popcorn and use a spatula to fold it through.

Spread the coated popcorn over the two baking trays and place into the oven for 5 minutes, or until the glaze starts to bubble and turns golden.

Remove the popcorn from the oven and allow to cool – the glaze will harden as it cools.

Store your maple cinnamon corn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

 

For more cinnamon recipes check out these Feijoa & Cinnamon Muffins, Hot Cross Bun Smoothie or these Cinnamon Bun Pancakes.

 

Maple Cinnamon Popcorn

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

 

Caramel popcorn lovers rejoice!

This peanut butter & cinnamon caramel popcorn puts the store bought versions to shame.

It’s dairy, gluten and refined sugar free, entirely plant based, SUPER quick and easy to make, and of course, crazy delicious.

In fact it’s so simple I’m willing to bet you can whip it up before the movie even starts!

This recipe was created for Chantal Organics using their organic popping corn. I don’t always share the recipes I create for clients here, but this one was a no brainer. It’s just so good, and so Swoon Food.

If you’re a caramel popcorn fan, then I think you’ll agree it can be dangerously moreish. Before you know it the bowl is empty and yet you’re still craving more.

That’s all thanks to the powers of processed foods which are loaded with refined sugars, salt, additives and preservatives to make them look and taste better, and last longer.

Now, I’m not saying this version is sugar free (because you can’t have caramel without sugar!), but it is refined sugar free and has a much smaller, way more wholesome ingredients list.

 

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

 

When creating and testing this recipe I made it about 6 times. Firstly to ensure I had the quantities and method correct, and then I wanted to test the effect of using different sweeteners.

As far as which sweetener is best, I’m leaving the choice up to you.

For the richest caramel flavour, pure maple syrup is by far the best choice. If you’re a honey lover, then a good quality honey imparts a delicious honey flavour to the caramel, and if you don’t like things too sweet, or are conscious of your fructose intake, then rice syrup is the choice for you.

 

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

 

One thing to note, the caramel popcorn will still be quite sticky and soft after you remove it from the oven. Simply leave it to cool to room temperature and it will solidify. If it doesn’t, simply pop it back into the oven for a few more minutes until the caramel starts to bubble, then leave it to cool again.

And that’s it!

I’d LOVE to know what you think of this peanut butter & cinnamon caramel popcorn when you make it.

Leave me a comment below, and be sure to tag your pictures #swoonfood on Instagram or facebook. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

Makes: 1 large bowl/ 2 oven trays
Prep time: 10 minutes  Cook time: 10 minutes

1/3 cup popping corn
3 Tbsp coconut oil

Peanut Butter Caramel
4 Tbsp good quality smooth peanut butter
4 Tbsp pure maple syrup, raw honey or rice syrup
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Heat 3 Tbsp coconut oil in a large pot with a lid over medium high heat.

Once melted, add a couple of corn kernels and wait for them to pop. When they have all popped, add 1/3 cup of popping corn to the oil.

Place the lid on the pot and shake to coat evenly. Remove pot from heat for 30 seconds then return to heat and cook for 2 to 4 minutes, gently shaking the pot until the popping slows.

Transfer the popcorn to a large mixing bowl.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC fan bake and line two baking trays.

Place all the caramel ingredients into a small pan and stir over low heat until melted.

Pour the caramel sauce over the popcorn and use a spatula to fold it through.

Spread the caramel coated corn over the two baking trays and place into the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the caramel starts to bubble and turns golden.

Remove the caramel corn from the oven and allow to cool – the caramel will harden as it cools.

Store the caramel corn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

 

Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn

 

For more salted caramel recipes check out these Sticky Date Puddings with Salted Caramel SauceSalted Caramel Cashew Milk or these Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Cups.