Salted Date Oven Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

Another week has started, and we have been having some gorgeous weather these last few days! This makes me SO happy! Unfortunately, I haven’t been outside to enjoy the weather as much as I would have liked. This is my first year singing in the Faith and Life Choir, and the last two days we spent many hours rehearsing and performing for our spring concert. It was a really great experience, and I plan to continue singing in this choir when it starts up again in the fall. The only downfall was that we spent a lot of time indoors while the lovely weather was calling us to be outside!

I did make sure to enjoy the warm weather at least for a little while today. Luna sure didn’t complain about us taking her for a walk! But now, I’m excited to share this Salted Date Oven Caramel Popcorn recipe with you!

Salted Date Oven Caramel Popcorn

This household really enjoys caramel popcorn! Over a month ago I decided to try to come up with a healthier version for this delicacy. Now, by healthy I don’t mean that it is something incredibly nutritious that you should eat every day. However, I did manage to make it refined sugar free, which is something that I have been trying to consume less of. The first time I tried to make this recipe, there was too much moisture in the caramel, causing the popcorn to shrivel significantly. It was still delicious after baking it, but I knew the recipe required some adjustments.

Today I tried making it again, tweaking the recipe a little, and it turned out much better! It has a rich caramel-like colour and flavour, and baking it causes it to acquire the perfect amount of crispness. It is incredibly delicious, and makes the perfect snack for a movie or game night! However, you might not be able to stop eating once you start. You have been warned!

Salted Date Oven Caramel Popcorn

I hope you give this recipe a try! If you do, I’d love your feedback! May this week be joyful, productive, positive, and rewarding! Thank you for stopping by!

Salted Date Oven Caramel Popcorn
This is a healthier version of caramel popcorn, and it is to die for!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  2. 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  3. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  4. 3/4 cup packed pitted dates
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Add the pitted dates to a glass bowl and cover with boiling water. Let it sit for half an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 F°.
  3. While the dates are soaking, add the popcorn kernels and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a stovestop popcorn maker. Heat on medium-high until most of the kernels have popped, stirring consistently. When the popping slows down to several seconds between pops, empty the popcorn into a large bowl immediately.
  4. Drain the dates. Using a food processor, purée the dates, pure maple syrup, and the remaining coconut oil, until a smooth and thick mixture forms.
  5. Using a non-stick pan, bring the date mixture to a boil on medium-high heat. Continue boiling on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the mixture has a rich and brown caramelized colour.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt.
  7. Add the date mixture to the popcorn and fold in gently until evenly combined.
  8. Spread out the popcorn on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool completely and enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you don't have a food processor you may also use a blender, or a hand held immersion blender.
  2. Don't heat the coconut oil on high, as it might cause your throat to feel scratchy.
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