Salted Caramel Popcorn, made without refined sugar!

Salted Caramel Popcorn, made with coconut sugar (healthier alternative to cane sugar)
Just because you’re leading a healthier lifestyle, it doesn’t mean that sweet treats are never going to happen again. I have been allowing myself to create and enjoy one sweet treat every Sunday. Now, the treats I allow myself still have to fit into my healthy lifestyle plan but can be just a deacadant as I remember but now will help me lead a healthier life! This week we’re enjoying Salted Caramel Popcorn made with unrefined Coconut Sugar. I’m sure for most of you, Coconut Sugar isn’t something you already stock in your pantry. I spent hours researching alternative sweeteners that I could use in moderation, yet without compromising the versatility of sugar. It was love at first taste for me, it’s a rich, deep, complex sweetness, more similar to brown sugar than to white sugar. It’s properties are very similar to the regular white refined sugar cane sugar we’re all very familiar with, it’s swapped out at 1:1 ratio.
Coconut Sugar is a far superior choice to regular sugar, here’s a table comparing the macro nutrients from www.sugarcoconut.com/health-benefits/nutritional-values.html
Macro-nutrients (mg / l – ppm, dry) Coconut Sugar Brown Sugar Refined, White Sugar
Nitrogen (N) 2,020 100 0
Phosphorus (P) 790 30 0.7
Potassium  (K) 10,300 650 25
Calcium (Ca) 60 240 60
Magnesium (Mg) 290 70 10
Sodium (Na) 450 20 10
Chlorine (Cl) 4,700 180 100
Sulfur (S) 260 130 20
Boron (B) 6 0 0
Zinc (Zn) 21 2 1.2
Manganese (Mn) 1 2 0
Iron (Fe) 22 0.6 0.6
Copper (Cu) 2 12.6 1.2

Nutritionally – Coconut Sugar is far superior to regular or brown sugar, which is a huge bonus! And Coconut Sugarhas less of an impact on your blood sugar when you eat it!

The glycemic index of coconut sugar based on test results from the Philippines, USA, Japan and Australia is in the range of 35 to 54 GI per serving. Other sugars such as refined white sugar, muscovado sugar, and molasses have a range of 65 to 100 GI per serving! Other natural sweeteners such as date sugar has a 100 GI per serving, Maple Syrup has 69+ GI per serving and Honey has a 70+ GI per serving.” from https://www.sugarcoconut.com/health-benefits/glycemic-index.html

And there is no “refinement” process for Coconut Sugar like there is for white-table sugar.. They take the sap from the coconut tree flowers, the sap is heated to evaporate out the moisture and what’s left behind is Coconut Sugar!! Click HERE to learn the 10 Reasons I Love Coconut Sugar All sweeteners need to be used in very strict moderation, because it’s easy to get carried away and over consume. Even healthier sweeteners can be a problem, if you eat too much. Who doesn’t love Caramel Popcorn!? I know I do, but I was really craving something salty-sweet. So, I modified the traditional method and pre-seasoned my popcorn with a drizzle of butter and added sea salt to my caramel for an extra punch!

Salted Caramel Popcorn, made with coconut sugar (healthier alternative to cane sugar)

Salted Caramel Popcorn, made without refined sugar!

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  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Pop popcorn, Drizzle 1/8 cup butter over popcorn, sprinkle with sea salt and toss to mix, set aside
  • In a small saucepan with a candy thermometer combine Water, Coconut Sugar & Vanilla
  • Cook over medium heat do not stir, swirl pan gently or use a pastry brush dipped in water to wipe the coconut sugar crystals down. When it reaches "Soft Ball" state (240F) remove from heat and gently wisk in: 1T Butter, Baking Powder & Sea Salt (more or less to taste)
  • Drizzle carmel over pre-buttered popcorn, toss to evenly distribute. All your popcorn won't be completely coated - remember you don't want to over do it, this is still part of a healthy diet, right?!
  • Spread the carmel coated popcorn on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, bake at 350 for 5 minutes.
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Salted Caramel Popcorn, made with coconut sugar (healthier alternative to cane sugar)

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  1. Why are you using baking powder? I have always used baking soda in my carmel corn and wondered what the difference would be. Am going to try this recipe anyway but was just curious. I can not rate the recipe yet as I have not made it but I am going to.

  2. My husband and I have gone paleo this year .,it was the best healthiest decision we have ever made . But old habits die hard . We have been wanting a snack for special occasions that’s not too sweet . This is wonderful ! Sweet , salty and crunchy . We love this recipe .

  3. Wow that’s a lot of good stuff in the coconut sugar. I love caramel corn and it’s great for filling huge homemade pinatas for halloween parties. Will def be making some of this. It looks awesome!

  4. This recipe is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used to buy the Orville Redenbacher caramel popcorn filled with trans fat, high fructose corn syrup and other garbage and searched for a decent recipe to satisfy my caramel popcorn craving. I’ve been dying for some good caramel popcorn especially being pregnant and this stuff is perfect!! I am so excited I decided to try it!! If I saw you in person right now I’d hug you! It’s so good!! Thank you for posting this!!!!! 🙂

  5. Will this work with sucanat or rapadura? I’m not sure how it measures up to coconut sugar nutritionally, but it’s far better than white or brown sugar, and I have it on hand.

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