Cheer yourself up with some sweet yet sneakily healthy homemade popcorn!
Back in the early days of my career I worked for The Food Doctor where I met Vicky Edgson an inspiring fellow nutritionist with a passion for raw food, women's health and yoga. You may have already seen Vicky on one of her TV shows or already familiarised yourself with her health books. And if you are in need of a little rest, relaxation and rejuvenation then Vicky also runs regular health retreats based in Ibiza where you can learn all about the benefits of a raw food diet in beautiful surroundings with relaxation time interspersed with yoga classes.
Vicky has a great book out called Honestly Healthy for Life which is full of healthy recipes that use alternative ingredients to sugar and other refined foods… And I thought that since we are heading towards through winter that we could all do with a bit of cheering up and what better way to brighten up the day than with a handful of popcorn, made with some sneakily healthy ingredients… of course you'll find lots more recipes just as tempting as this in her new book.
5 tbsp corn kernels
75g coconut palm sugar
160g agave syrup
1 tbsp vegan butter
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Preheat the oven to 100°C/212°F/gas mark ¼, and line a baking tray (cookie sheet) with baking parchment. Heat the sunflower oil in a large lidded pan, add the corn kernels, replace the lid and leave the corn to pop over a medium heat. Transfer the popcorn to a large mixing bowl. Now make the caramel. Put a non-stick pan on a medium heat and add the coconut palm sugar and agave syrup. Once the coconut palm sugar has dissolved into the agave, add the butter and salt to it to make it a little creamier. This entire process should take about 5–7 minutes. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and mix well, ensuring that all the popcorn is coated. Lay the caramel-coated popcorn on the prepared baking tray (cookie sheet) and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes to dry out. Keep a close eye on it, to make sure it does not burn. Serve in a large bowl for everyone to share or make up some fun paper cones. Serves 4.
Honestly Healthy For Life: Healthy Alternatives for Everyday Eating by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson. Photography by Lisa Lindner. Published in hardback by Jacqui Small. Available now in full colour eBook format across the Kindle and Apple platforms.