An easy and healthy whole grain snack made with just three ingredients! Perfect for an afternoon or late night snack.My kids are asleep at the same time right now. The same time! This is especially amazing since my three-year-old hasn’t taken a regular nap for about a year now.
But, he went to bed too late last night and he woke up far too early, and as a result he threw a massive temper tantrum this morning. When I told him it was time for a nap, he asked why, and I told him it was because of the tantrum he threw.
His response to me was, “yeah and you need to take a nap too mom, because of the big tantrum you threw.” So I played along and pretended to sleep (because of that “huge tantrum I threw”), and when he finally settled into a deep rest, I did a very happy dance.
And now I get some much needed time to myself, to write this blog post, and probably to curl up on the couch, watch a TV show on netflix, and eat some of my favorite homemade popcorn.
Have you heard of Skinny Pop? You can buy it at most grocery stores in the chip aisle, and it is an awesome whole grain snack.
One day at the grocery store I was reading the label and I noticed that it only has three ingredients (or maybe it had four, I don’t remember). And since I already had two of the three ingredients at home, and since we make our own popcorn in our whirly pop frequently, I bought some sunflower oil instead of buying the bag of skinny pop.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still buy skinny pop, and I still love it. Their snack size bags are perfect for throwing into David’s lunches.
But when it’s just me and our little guy at home needing a late afternoon snack to tide us over to dinner, this homemade version is cheaper to make than skinny pop is to buy and it’s hot and fresh, which I love. Plus, really, three ingredients. It doesn’t get much better than that.
- 1 tablespoon sunflower or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
- fine sea salt, to taste
- Put the oil and the popcorn kernels in a whirly pop popcorn maker (or other similar stovetop popcorn maker). Set pot on stove, and heat to medium-high heat, turning the handle of the popcorn maker periodically.
- When the popcorn starts to pop, turn the handle constantly. When the popcorn popping slows, remove the pan from the heat. Continue turning handle until popcorn stops popping.
- Pour popcorn into a large bowl, and sprinkle with sea salt (I probably use about 1/4 tsp). Continue salting and tossing the popcorn until it tastes how you want it to.
- This recipe doubles easily to make 4-6 servings.