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Sticky Date Popcorn

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I’m back! Sorry it’s been a few days…there was a lot of traveling involved with this weekend’s concerts, and things took a little longer than expected. But I’m here now…bringing you a new favourite of mine.

Sticky Date Popcorn…

It’s reminiscent of caramel popcorn with the benefit of it not turning hard, which I’m not crazy about. I like warm, sweet, sticky, gooey  popcorn and this fits the bill perfectly…AND it’s healthy.

Sticky Date Popcorn

  1. 7-9 cups of popped corn (fresh)
  2. 6 Medjool dates
  3. 1/3 cup raw honey
  4. ¼ cup grapeseed oil
  5. 1 tsp. pure vanilla

Start by soaking the dates for an hour or so.

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In a saucepan, melt the honey and combine the oil and vanilla with it. In the blender, add the dates (don’t forget to remove pits!) and the sauce mixture and blend until super smooth.

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Pour onto popcorn.

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Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed well.

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And then you are free to devour! ( …I haven’t had breakfast yet, so now I’m craving sweet popcorn for my morning meal…maybe I can delay this craving till later. Maybe.) Kids just love this recipe…my nieces especially, can’t stop eating it…this is just a great alternative to kids eating the caramel stuff.

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Here’s a bonus recipe for you! If you are really crazy about caramel popcorn you can thin down my caramel apple dip recipe and top your popcorn with that! It’s crazy good…especially if you warm up the sauce before adding to the popcorn. Check it out!

Nutritional Info (per heaping cup): Cals: 171, Fat: 6g, Sodium: 1mg, Carbs: 29g, Fibre: 2g, Sugars: 22g, Protein: 1.5g

What’s your favourite popcorn topping? I think for the easy, shake-out-of-a-bottle kind, I like sea salt & vinegar and ketchup!

Category: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , , , , , 24 comments »

24 Responses to “Sticky Date Popcorn”

  1. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    Are you kiddddddddddding!? This sounds incredible!!!!!!!! I’m making this for sure!

  2. Tiffany

    WOAH! What a fantastic idea to use a date-honey combo rather than a bunch of sugar!

  3. Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen

    Never heard of this before, what a wonderful and unique idea! Bet it’s super yummy, too. :)

  4. Kelly

    Wow, how did you think of this? What a great idea! I didn’t think it was possible.

  5. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook

    Welcome back! And what a tasty post to come back with. :)

  6. Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan

    What a fantastic idea!!!!

  7. Trudy ~ Veggie num num

    This is Genius! What a wonderful idea to sweeten popcorn. I can’t wait to try this little sweet snack here at home!!

  8. briarrose

    Nothing tastier than a gooey treat. Looks wonderful.

  9. Angel

    What a neat idea! Dates are such a neat way to sweeten things without using sugar. This looks delish! :)

  10. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    That is SO awesome! I’m trying this for sure. A much healthier caramel popcorn? Beautiful!

  11. Nuts about food

    Now that is a great idea! Love it: a healthy and delicious sounding alternative for the kids (and me of course). Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  12. Cookie and Kate

    Cool! I always pop my popcorn on the stove, but your topping idea is totally new to me!

  13. diet pills

    I’m going to try it next time I make pop corn for my movie date with friends here at home.

  14. haley

    Honey is not vegan.
    Maybe try agave nectar as a replacement?

  15. Rebecca Fehr

    I eagerly look forward to each new post! This one has become a favorite of my whole family (minus the 4-month-old baby ;) You’re a fabulous photographer, creative cook, and refreshing writer. As a busy mom of three, I love the yummy simplicity of your recipes! Keep up the great work!

  16. Elsa

    Hello! I made this recipe and posted it on my blog. We love it! Especially my toddler, I’m happy to feed her something that isn’t loaded with corn syrup. :)

  17. weight loss

    I’ve read some articles before that popcorn is a good snack if you are on a diet. I will try this one out!

  18. Leah

    This looks delicious! Just wondering: is there anything that can be used in place of grapeseed oil? I don’t own it and I’ve never used it in anything else, so I’m somewhat hesitant to buy it! Alternatively, what else do you use your grapeseed oil for?

  19. Charissa

    Leah ~ You can replace the grapeseed oil with canola oil or even unsalted butter…but I prefer the health benefits of grapeseed oil. I use it in place of canola oil for everything and use it for baking, frying, and cooking. It’s wonderful because it has a high smoke point and has a lot of antioxidants in it.

  20. marla

    LOVE this idea!! Pinned :)

  21. Rebecca

    Yay, it looks like I’ve found something I can use as a party snack for my sister-in-law’s baby shower, since she is now eating gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and soy-free. Much more fun than the plain popcorn I was contemplating serving!

  22. Aimie

    Incredibly yummy, we have been making it throughout the Christmas season. I’m not sure who loves it more, the kids or grown-ups ;)
    When (ha! that’s rare) there are leftovers we make popcorn balls and put them in the fridge for later… delish!

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  24. andrea

    I just made this. WOW! It was so good. Messy, but delicious!

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