Healthy Halloween treat: Bloody Popcorn
Maybe you are sick of the candies everywhere at Halloween. Or you are just one of those people who prefers savory, salty treats. You are in luck!
Okay, I admit, this isn’t exactly red, so the name Bloody Popcorn doesn’t quite do it justice. Besides, it’s not runny, like blood. You could always say it’s flavored with dried blood.
The color will be more red if your paprika and chili powder are really fresh. At any rate, trust me, nobody will complain about the flavor, even if they do scrunch their noses at the name.
This has cayenne in it, which gives it a bit of heat. If you are serving this to kids who aren’t used to spicy foods, leave the cayenne out.
The mixture of spices makes for a sweet, salty, slighty fiery mixture. It’s quite addictive.
And popcorn is a whole grain. That’s right! You can eat it without guilt. In fact, know that you are getting fiber and nutrients from it.
Popcorn Nutritional Information
It is full of complex carbohydrates and 1.2 grams of fiber per cup of popped. That means it keeps you fuller longer and your blood sugar from spiking, unlike simple sugars and refined foods without fiber.
It contains a small amount of protein, as well as other minerals, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It’s a good source of manganese as well, a micro-nutrient.
Vegans, no worries. This is a completely vegan recipe.
Recipe: Vegan Bloody Popcorn
“Dried blood” spice mixture:
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons sugar (organic if possible)
2 Tablespoons popcorn (organic if possible)
2 Tablespoons canola oil
Combine spices in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside while you pop the corn.
In a saucepan with a tightly fitting lid, place oil and ONE kernel of popcorn. Cover and place on high heat.
When the one kernel pops, dump in the rest of the kernels.
Cover and begin shaking the pan back and forth over the stove, to keep everything moving and to prevent burning.
Keep one hand on the lid while you continue to move the pot. The popcorn will start popping and continue for about 30 seconds or so.
The moment you hear the popping stop, remove it from heat and dump it into a large bowl.
Immediately add the spice mixture and toss well, to get as much to stick to the kernels as possible. There will be some that collects at the bottom, but you’ll get enough to stick to make it delicious.
My guess is that this will become one of your favorite healthy Halloween treats. And I think you’ll end up snacking on it the rest of the year, too!
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