This Smoky Chipotle Hemp Popcorn delivers a nutty and crunchy flavour thanks to nourishing hemp oil and seeds. Perfect to snack while binge-watching your favourite show and wind down. The savoury snack is vegan, gluten-free and ready in 10 minutes.
Make it pop!
Even before Covid, I would rather watch movies in the comfort of my own home than in cinemas. Especially in winter, I love staying in with my loungewear on, my favourite show about to start and a tasty snack in my hand. And this Smoky Chipotle Hemp Popcorn is a special one. It comes with a heavenly smoky flavour, the right crunch, and a few extra nourishing ingredients.
The best part? This savoury snack is ready in just 10 minutes, and it is so satisfying to see these little corn kernels pop up in the pot when making it. Probably one of the most fun snacks to prepare.
Smoky Chipotle Hemp Popcorn
Making popcorn at home was a game-changer for me. It is super easy to prepare popcorn on the stovetop, which was always intimidating for me in the past. But once I tried it, I was surprised by how easy it was. And you only need a few ingredients to make this which you can always have in your pantry. So when the cravings strike, this delicious snack is only 10 minutes away.
Moreover, I added some nourishing ingredients to these Smoky Chipotle Hemp Popcorn, taking the already healthy snack to the next level. Instead of regular vegetable oil, I used hemp oil and added hemp seeds into the mix. The natural products are nutritious and add a heavenly nutty flavour to the popcorn.
Is popcorn healthy?
There is a lot of talk about popcorn being a healthy snack amongst other typical store-bought snacks like chips and nachos. But is the hype for real? Read on to find out.
Popcorn is basically popped dried corn kernels. Corn is a whole grain, high in fibre and contains vitamins and minerals. But the popcorn you get in supermarkets and cinemas is drenched in butter and salt, turning it into a not-so-healthy treat. So often, commercially prepared popcorn is high in calories and enriched with unhealthy ingredients.
When making it at home, you have full control over what you add to the popcorn. Swapping butter for a lower amount of vegetable oil and reducing the amount of salt makes popcorn a much healthier snack. Think it will taste bland when doing this? Experiment with different spices to add flavour and make your favourite popcorn seasoning. The result: A perfect low carb treat to eat when the cravings strike.
Tips for making this recipe
- When heating the oil in the pot, put in two corn kernels first before adding the rest of them. When they start to pop, the oil is hot enough, and you can add the rest of them.
- Shake the pot regularly to ensure the popcorn will not burn and every kernel gets enough heat to pop up.
- Don't have hemp oil on hand? Substitute it for other nourishing vegetable oils like avocado or hazelnut oil.
- You can also substitute the hemp seeds with sesame seeds, chia seeds or others. The flavour might change slightly, depending on the taste of the seeds you use.
- Keep in an airtight container for up to one week.
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Smoky Chipotle Hemp Popcorn
For the popcorn
- 100 g popcorn kernels (½ cup)
- 1 ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
For the seasoning
- 1 ½ tablespoon hemp seed oil
- 4 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 2 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Heat vegetable oil in a big pot on medium to high heat and put in two popcorn kernels. Cover with a lid. Wait until the kernels start to pop.
- Turn down heat onto medium and add the rest of the popcorn kernels. Put the lid back on and shake the pot frequently to ensure every popcorn kernel gets enough heat to pop. Lift the lid occasionally to let out the stream.
- Turn off the heat when the popping starts slows down to 2-3 seconds.
- Remove pot from heat and transfer popcorn into the bowl with the seasoning. Mix well and serve.
Nutritional values are estimates only calculated with the recipe calorie and nutrition calculator provided by verywellfit.com. The author of this website is not a nutritionist nor a doctor. All nutritional data provided in the recipes and correspondent blog posts are for informational purposes only. Do not use the information as nutritional or medical advice.