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Healthy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

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A Healthy Caramel Popcorn Recipe, can you believe it?! Made with real maple syrup and coconut oil, this healthier snack won’t last long.

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

I don’t know about you, but Caramel Popcorn (also known as Caramel Corn) and I are BFF’s.

I don’t usually snack on anything late into the night these days, but sometimes I make exceptions and today is that day.

When my friends Christie and Claudia told me about their Clean Eating Caramel Popcorn Recipe, I couldn’t believe how good it was. Not only is this recipe super simple, but it is also:

  • gluten-free
  • vegan
  • unprocessed
  • contains no sugar

Sound a little too good to be true? Well, believe it friends! Give it a try and you be the judge!


Caramel Popcorn Recipe Ingredients

Coconut Oil – There are a ton of articles out there saying that coconut oil may or may not be healthy for you. All I know is that it is way better than plain ol’ butter and that this is what this recipe calls for. You be the judge of this and make this recipe with coconut oil or an oil of your choosing. It’s your body people, you decide what goes in it.

Popcorn Kernels – You can’t make popcorn without those kernels. Freshly popped popcorn just cannot be beaten. No matter how convenient the microwave kinds are.

Vanilla – What good, sweet treat recipe doesn’t have vanilla in it. It adds tons of flavor and the aroma of it just kills me every time.

Maple Syrup – Ok I know maple syrup has sugar in it. By healthy, I mean that this recipe is healthier than the traditional recipe because I don’t use processed sugars in it. Do yourself a favor and buy REAL maple syrup. It is SO good. And that is not just the Canadian speaking in me.

Sea Salt – What is more perfect that sea salt to top off this tasty recipe. It is the perfect compliment to all the sweet.

Looking for more delectable snacks to munch on? Check out these recipes: Deviled EggsChewy Chocolate Chip Granola BarsSmoothie Bowl Recipe for Kids, and Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe.

How to Make Caramel Popcorn

Start with 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels.

Kernels in Coconut Oil

Place them into a hot pan with some melted coconut oil and…

How to Make Caramel Popcorn

…pop the top on! Every 20-30 seconds shake the pan back and forth to make sure the kernels heat evenly so they pop evenly.

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

After about 5 minutes, all your popcorn should be perfectly popped 🙂 Set this aside.

Coconut Oil and Maple Syrup

Now onto the caramel! In a small saucepan, measure out some REAL maple syrup and more coconut oil. I also added in my sea salt to this mixture too, but feel free to save it for the end.

Making Caramel

Lightly boil the mixture for 2 minutes until it thickens. Then add in some vanilla and pour over the popcorn.

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Stir to coat and then eat immediately, or spread it out onto a baking sheet to set a little more.

Believe it or not, this doesn’t taste too coconutty or maply. The splash of vanilla that you throw in at the end makes such a huge difference! It’s seriously what makes this taste like caramel corn…so don’t forget to add it in 🙂

We scarfed this stuff down in no time and think your families will too. Plus it is practically guilt-free! Holla!

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Healthy Caramel Popcorn Recipe

A Healthy Caramel Popcorn Recipe, can you believe it?! Made with real maple syrup and coconut oil, this healthier snack won't last long.
servings 8 cups popped, approximately
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 38 mins


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil divided
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  • Place 1 tablespoon coconut oil into a deep pot or pan with a tight-fitting lid and melt over medium-high heat. Add in popcorn kernels and cover. Shake the pan back and forth every 20 seconds or so to heat kernels evenly. After about 2 minutes, kernels should start to pop. Once popping slows, remove popcorn from heat and pour into a large bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, place remaining coconut oil with maple syrup and salt. Boil 2 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat evenly. Spread out onto some parchment paper to cool 30 minutes or so. Serve.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Corn, Caramel Popcorn, Caramel Popcorn Recipe, How to Make Caramel Popcorn

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86 Responses
  1. Rubina Zaman

    My popcorn melted when I poured in the syrup mixture?
    I haven’t tasted it yet but it looks mushy and not like caramel corn
    Should I have waited for it to cool down first ?

  2. Yuko Muhling

    5 stars
    I’m all about healthy. This recipe was very easy to make and also healthy and delicious!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  3. Rach

    Hi! Unhealthy caramel corn is my specialty .But I searched for healthy options and love the idea of this recipe. You mentioned leaving it on a baking sheet. I pop, mix and then bake for 1 hour. Do you think i can bake it with this recipe? Im going to give it a shot. Thank you!!

  4. A Medved

    5 stars
    Such a good recipe if you need a sweet treat that’s not too sweet. I have made a few times now and found the quantities perfect. Make sure you use a low small saucepan to heat sauce, it should steadily bubble & froth once hot. Make sure you continually stir mixture and then when ready, I take a few tablespoons at a time to drizzle over popcorn then mix in a large bowl. Then repeat until sauce finished. Found this evenly coats every piece. Hardest part is not eating it all!

  5. Robin

    Recipe sounds wonderful! Refined or unrefined coconut oil! I get so confused!!! Thank you! Enjoy your new home and stay healthy and safe from fires!

  6. Heather

    I made this and let it sit for 30 mins (which was not easy). But it ended up being soggy.. Has this happened to anyone else?