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Gluten Free Popcorn

Updated on June 7, 2014
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Bronwen is interested in food, diet, and creating recipes, as she has prepared family meals and organised church and home functions.

Now Which Shall it be?  Cinnamon and Chocolate shavings  or Savoury Yeast Flakes?
Now Which Shall it be? Cinnamon and Chocolate shavings or Savoury Yeast Flakes? | Source

Calorie Count

The basic recipe is given below, followed by two variations.

As stated, with the basic recipe, the calorie count is 30 per cup.

With the addition of the oil, it is about 55 calories per cup.

Of course, if you decide to use butter, the count will be about 133 calories per cup.

For the calorie count with the chocolate, refer to the chocolate package.

Gluten Free, Sugar Free and Dairy Free

Well, the basic recipe is gluten free, sugar free and dairy free - and it only has 30 calories per cupful. But it's not very tasty like that, so I like to add a variety of ingredients, which does, of course, add to the calorie count as well.

Popcorn is one of my very favourite snacks when I'm watching television in the evenings and I do change the flavourings, as well as the method of cooking. Even my pooch has her favourites, although she does not get to sample the chocolate ones as that's a definite no-no for dogs.

Grated Chocolate and Cinnamon
Grated Chocolate and Cinnamon | Source

Rate These Simple Recipes

5 stars from 3 ratings of Gluten Free Popcorn

The Chocolate Popcorn Alternative

While the Chocolate Popcorn tastes good, it is important to note that a number of brands of cooking chocolate, including the one pictured, are not gluten free. If gluten free is a necessity for you, check carefully before purchasing. There are more brands of melts and chocolate chips that are gluten free, but these are too difficult to grate, unless you use an electric food processor. The addition of Cinnamon not only boosts the flavour but also the nutritional value.

Popping Corn and Savoury Yeast Flakes
Popping Corn and Savoury Yeast Flakes | Source
Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 4 cups popped corn
Cook in Microwave Popcorn Maker or a Brown Paper Lunch Bag
Cook in Microwave Popcorn Maker or a Brown Paper Lunch Bag | Source

With Yeast Flakes

  • 3 heaped dessertspoons Popping corn
  • 1 dessertspoon Olive Oil
  • 2 dessertspoons Savoury Yeast Flakes
  • light sprinkling salt
  1. Simple Method: Place popping corn in container or brown paper bag, seal container, microwave on high for 1.45 minutes or until popping slows.
  2. With Yeast Flakes: Measure oil into base of microwave popcorn maker, add popping corn, sprinkle lightly with salt, stir a little. Cook as above. When cooked, sprinkle with Savoury Yeast Flakes.
  3. With Grated Chocolate and Cinnamon: Cook as in the Simple Method. When popped, sprinkle with grated chocolate and cinnamon.
Some Alternative Savoury Ingredients
Some Alternative Savoury Ingredients | Source

Vegan and Vegetarian

Gluten free popcorn is also a great nibble treat for vegans and vegetarians. As you will see in the photograph below, there is a container of vegetable powder for adding to soups and stews. This also goes very well if a small amount, say half a teaspoon, is sprinkled over the popped corn. It gives another flavour that I find tasty, and I'm sure you would, too. I usually add this with the oil and salt version.

Nutritional Yeast, or Savoury Yeast Flakes, as it is also known, is popular with vegans and vegetarians. It is a good source of protein and of Vitamin B-12 and gives a cheese-like flavour. This yeast is sugar free and in it the yeast has been deactivated.

Another Alternative

If you love your popcorn savoury, you'll probably think of several alternatives yourself, but here's another that's a little more sophisticated:

Cook as the basic popping corn recipe, then spray lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

You could even try a little powdered chilli!

Plain Popcorn

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 30
Calories from Fat0
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Did You Know?

  • That, although popping corn should not be used as a substitute for vegetables, it is as healthy as vegetables?
  • That popping corn has more antioxidant substances (polyphenols) than fruit and vegetables, according to research by the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania?
  • That popping corn is linked to a reduction in heart disease and certain cancers?
  • That popping corn is 100% wholegrain?
  • That popping corn is a great source of fibre?

A Healthy Snack

Now you have read all this, out with the popping corn tonight. It'll only take a few minutes and you can settle down together and enjoy the evening, although it's very more-ish and it might be best for you each to have your own bowl of popcorn!

Have fun and have a great evening!

The Corn is Popped so Quickly!
The Corn is Popped so Quickly! | Source

© 2014 Bronwen Scott-Branagan


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Gluten free is certainly the way to go for many of us. I'm very fortunate here, as my supermarket has a gluten free section, but I still like to make my own as often as possible. Then I know exactly what is in what I eat. Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

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      Fire8storm 3 years ago

      Gluten free chocolate popcorn?! Wonderful! I am trying to eat a gluten free diet as far as I can but I do struggle, especially with treats and snacks which are almost impossible to buy and generally taste awful. Thank you for this fantastic Hub, I will most definitely be trying this!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      rdsparrowriter: I'm so glad you like it, thank you for your comments and for sharing.

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Oh wow! I'm going to save this :) Thank you for sharing this recipe :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      LadyFiddler: You can pop it in a lidded pot on the stove, as well. Oh, you don't put the salt in if you intend to sprinkle it with chocolate shavings afterwards. That really would be yuk!

      torrilynn: Yes, it's much cheaper to make our own and we know that there aren't any nasty ingredients in it, too. In our local supermarket we can even buy organic popping corn. You're right! It is great for diabetics; I make it when one of my friends comes visiting. Thank you for your comments and vote.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      I didn't know that someone could make gluten free popcorn especially from home. This is important for people that like to stay healthy or those who enjoy a snack that have diabetes. Thank you for this hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Waw i never knew you can pop corn in a container thanks i learned something knew. About the chocooate pop corn it sounds yuck lol. Like there is this sweet and salt kettle corn it taste so awful. On the other hand i like anything that's corny ;)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      bluebird: Yes, there are so many interesting things in the world, and it's fun finding out about them. Thank you so much for your comments.

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      bluebird 3 years ago

      Thanks for the 'did you know" section, that was surprising, I didn't know three out of five, they were interesting facts! You did a good job with this hub.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      joedolphin88: That sounds a great idea! Hope it works well for you.

      midget38: It's a pleasure to share.

      Torrs13: I know what you mean about movie popcorn - it smells so good, but not so good for eating! Also, it's nice to know that we can vary the flavours. Thank you for your comments.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Chocolate popcorn sounds delicious! Actually, popcorn in general sounds good. I have always been a big fan of the stuff. Unfortunately, I can't really handle movie popcorn anymore (I think it's too salty for my body to handle). This recipe is simple to follow and I look forward to trying it in the future!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      I love popcorn and even more if it is free from gluten. Thanks for sharing, Blossom!

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Going to give this a shot, I'm a huge popcorn fan s anything to make it more healthy is great for me.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      word55: I'm so glad you'd like to try - it's very easy to make. I do have more healthy recipes among my hubs and I'd be delighted for you to have a look.

      MsDora: Thank you for your lovely comments. As they say, 'variety is the spice of life' and I'm sure that goes for food, too.

      Nellieanna: Well! If you're talking about Godiva chocolate, it definitely needs to be undiluted! You're so right about the additives in processed foods, they're certainly not put in for the benefit of the consumer, but for the producer, that's why fresh and home made is so much better, and in many cases it really does not take much effort and gives great satisfaction to the cook or creator of the dish. Lovely comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you for your great reply! Yes, grating a bit of chocolate on the popcorn would keep its amount in check, while taking a bite of chocolate would surely increase its amount of consumption. I have to admit that I prefer my chocolate sort of undiluted with much else. I've never favored chocolate-flavored puddings or ice cream. Give me a single Godiva chocolate and I am satisfied. (well, I might crave another one! To limit my consumption just means not keeping it around! haha)

      Absolutely, - guarding one's consumption of salt is in the interest of health. We need some in our diet but way too much can creep in among lists of ingredients or generously sprinkled on things. Reading the ingredients is a must.

      I steer away from most processed foods because their additives are usually not to add health benefits and nutrition for the consumer, but to boost their shelf life, save the manufacturers' production costs for more wholesome fillers, or, worse, to render the products addictive for the unsuspecting.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you especially for the nutrient information on popcorn. The entire article is delightful. Good choices for those who want variety of flavors.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi BlossomSB, I surely would like to try your popcorn recipe. Too bad I can't stop by and pick up a bag from you :-). I love healthy snacks too. I'm going to search your hubs for more healthy recipes. Should help our body organs last longer.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Nellieanna: Yes, the basic corn is gluten free, but if we buy commercially made popcorn we need to read the ingredients as the additives may not be g-free. I, too, prefer to buy it in bags like natural rice and then add my own ingredients, such as oil and something else. Salt tastes good, but needs to be in a small amount if it's to be healthy. Your idea of just the cinnamon is a good one, I'm addicted to cinnamon, too; I love it on homemade gluten free bread spread with a little honey, tahini and sprinkled with cinnamon. I had no idea that cinnamon is an ant repellant! Must try it. Actually, with the grated dark chocolate, I use less chocolate than if I do the bite of each - I've done it! Thank you for all those interesting comments.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      someonewhoknows: The oil I use is is extra virgin, too. I haven't tried curry yet, but that sounds a good idea. Wouldn't the popcorn go soggy if you put it into soup? Thank you for your interesting comments.

      Jackie Lynnley: Now a popcorn party! That sounds like fun.

      Michael-Milec: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Peace be with you, too.

      FlourishAnyway: I'm sure caramel corn would taste great. Might need to watch the calories then, though. Mmm. Must try it.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Correct me if I'm mistaken. I think you're saying that the basic corn as it is grown is simply naturally gluten-free and that the "g" word makes its appearance in added ingredients used in the popping process, or the commercial preparation for home-popping sold at inflated prices?

      I've always preferred the 'plain old' non-enhanced popcorn such as we used to get in barrels or bags like natural rice, without a famous 'brand' and the processing that accompanies such brands. These popcorns were commercially distributed, for sure, but were identified mainly by the farm from which they were harvested, needing no list of ingredients on the labels. Simply "corn".

      I don't even require much else on my popcorn snacks, certainly nothing sweet or sticky. I enjoy the 'is-ness' of popped corn. haha. But the cinnamon is a good enhancement. I use cinnamon in my oatmeal both for flavor and health benefits. (Just have learned that cinnamon is an ant repellant, too - haha).

      I certainly don't need added chocolate on my popcorn, -though it might be fun to take a bite of dark chocolate and then a bite of popcorn!

      I love your article!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Now you have me thinking about a late night snack. I bet this would taste great as caramel corn.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello BlossomSB

      Thank you so much for excellent presentation healthy and safe usefulness of popcorn.

      Voted up and awesome .

      Peace with us.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You know years ago I would read about the movie stars having pop corn parties; maybe they knew something then that we did not? I thought they were just being cheap; never considered they were staying slim that way. J/K

      Great fun article! ^+

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      someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Sometimes I will use a hot air popper to make my own special savory popcorn. Mix extra virgin olive oil with the popcorn enough to cover the popcorn then mix a little curry powder and salt. Mix well in large bowl.

      Goes well mixed into soups ,stews etc..

      P.S. Like to use White corn rather than the darker colored corn

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: Thank you for the great rating. I don't think those researchers mean that we should give up vegetables, though! Lovely to hear from you.

      always exploring: I love popcorn, too. But, as I wrote, you do need to make sure the chocolate is gluten free. I so agree, it's the way to go!

      Genna East: I'm addicted, too, as you can see. I try to keep it as a special treat, but pop some far more often than I should, I'm sure.

      Faith Reaper: These recipes are delicious. Thank you so much for all those votes and shares. Blessings for the rest of your weekend, too.

      tirelesstraveler: Yes, I was surprised when I read the research, as I'd always thought that it was just a tasty treat that bumped up the calories. Not sure about living on it, though. A balanced diet is always a good idea.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Yummy ideas. I am glad there is nutrition in pop corn. Some college student s live on pop corn.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I just finished off a bowl of popcorn, although not gluten free. When I first read your title about gluten free popcorn I thought it did not sound appetizing, but after reading your great recipes here, they sound delicious! Wow, chocolate popcorn ... now that is what I am talking about.

      Up and more, pinning and tweeting

      Blessings for a lovely rest of the weekend

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I'm always looking for gluten free recipes, and am unabashedly addicted to popcorn. I just love it. This hub is a special treat.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love popcorn, and of course it must be gluten free. Thank you for a new recipe. I've never heard of chocolate popcorn and i LOVE chocolate. Way to go Blossom!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Blossom, had to rate this a strong 5 stars.. also I did not know that popcorn was healthier than veggies. .hmmm popping corn has more antioxidant substances (polyphenols) than fruit and vegetables, wow this was a hard fact to swallow... but hey I learn new things everyday thank you for the share