An easy, healthy and inexpensive alternative to microwave popcorn. Pop it in a bowl, add salt and butter, or get creative with your toppings!
Hi folks! I’m Amanda from Life at Cloverhill, and I’m so excited to be joining the Kenarry Creative Team. I love to share recipes, crafts and DIY projects that make my 1903 farmhouse feel like home. As much I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, there are times when you just need a quick snack. It can be so tempting to turn to something quick and processed, but what if I told you there is an easy way to make a healthy snack in less than five minutes?
DIY Microwave Popcorn not only satisfies those crunchy, salty cravings, but with no oil needed there are less calories as well! It’s a whole grain, fibre-filled snack that is great for watching TV in the evening or as an afternoon snack for kids as well.
When we’re having friends over to watch a movie I like to use my usual Perfectly Popped Stovetop Popcorn but on evenings when it’s just my husband and me, this DIY Microwave Popcorn gives us just the right portions without the need for an air-popper. I’ve seen other versions that use a brown paper bag, but I rarely have those in our house, whereas I always have a bowl and there is less waste.
DIY Microwave Popcorn in a Bowl
What you’ll need:
- Popcorn Kernels
- Microwave Safe Bowl
- Microwave Safe Plate
- Optional: Butter and Salt
Pour ¼ cup popcorn kernels into a large microwave safe bowl.
I have been loving this farmhouse blend of popcorn kernels I picked up on a trip to the St Jacob Farmers Market this summer.
Keep your popcorn kernels stored in an airtight container to keep them as fresh as possible. Stale kernels are less likely to pop and can turn chewy instead of crisp and crunchy.
Cover the bowl completely with a large microwave safe plate. If the plate is too loose, the steam will get out and the kernels will not pop.
Microwave on high until the kernels slow down popping, up to 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Stay and listen to the popcorn, you want to stop it once there are 4 seconds between kernels popping. Time will vary based on your climate, how powerful your microwave is and how fresh your popcorn kernels are.
WARNING: Be very careful when removing the plate and bowl. They’ll be very hot and you need to use oven mitts to remove it from the microwave. Lift the plate off immediately to prevent the steam from making the popcorn soggy.
Add your favourite toppings! I love to go the classic route, melting butter in the microwave and drizzling over the popcorn with a sprinkle of salt, and a quick toss!
I find that sometimes all the kernels pop and if not, there are usually only a few popcorn kernels left in the bottom of the bowl.
This satisfying snack is fast, healthy and delicious – it always hits the spot when I’ve got a craving for something crunchy or salty.
I’m not the only one who loves eating this popcorn! With simple ingredients, I’m not worried about giving our dogs a few bites as well.
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Amanda is the lifestyle blogger behind Life at Cloverhill. Along with her husband, she is restoring Cloverhill, a 1903 farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. They share their small homestead with their baby girl, two rambunctious dogs, four hens and a persnickety rooster. When she isn’t creating new projects and developing delicious recipes, Amanda can be found outside in their flower field.