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Popcorn is practically a staple in our home. In fact, it’s so much a staple that my sugar canister is actually a popcorn canister! Popcorn is definitely one of our favorite snacks to enjoy!
I mean who wouldn’t love popcorn?! It’s light, it’s high in fiber, it can be made in seconds without getting a bunch of bowls dirty… and if you use good ingredients it’s practically a health food or at least it’s a healthy snack.
Actually, did you know that popcorn has tons of polyphenol antioxidants? The popcorn hulls have more polyphenols than most fruits! So yeah, popcorn is basically a superfood. Enjoy!
The classic way to enjoy popcorn would be with good old melted butter (or coconut oil is good too) with salt. That is how most people make their popcorn and I’ll admit that’s most often how I enjoy mine. It’s simple, easy, and everyone likes it.
But why stick with classic when there are so many delicious ways to dress up popcorn? Popcorn has got to be one of the most versatile “canvases” for food!
You can make it savory like with cheese popcorn. You can make it sweet with the old caramel corn. I’ve splashed balsamic vinegar on my popcorn before and I’ve made apple pie popcorn… Like I said, you can do a lot with popcorn!
Now I also love banana bread but can’t have it as often because let’s face it, banana bread is loaded in sugar! So I turn to the next best thing and make banana bread popcorn! Oh yeah!!!
In this recipe, you already get the ever amazing popcorn but it also contains cinnamon and allspice which have some amazing benefits of their own (think antiviral, antibacterial, reducing inflammation). Banana bread popcorn also contains healthy fats by way of melted butter or coconut oil.
I’ve also included walnuts into the recipe as most people seem to like walnuts in their banana bread. However, if you don’t like nuts or have a nut allergy in the house (like we do) then simply leave the nuts out.
Sugar Free Popcorn
This banana bread popcorn is also sugar free! Instead we use a bit of stevia to give it just a touch of sweetness! No guilt with this popcorn!
Of course, banana bread popcorn wouldn’t be complete without bananas so banana chips are included! Now most banana chips are sweetened but you can find unsweetened banana chips if you want to make this a completely sugar free treat.
How to Make Popcorn
You can pop your popcorn in any fashion you like. I prefer making it on the stovetop in a popcorn popper.
Air poppers are another great way to make popcorn!
Just skip the bagged microwave stuff. Those bags are covered in teflon essentially and you don’t need that in your snack!
Banana Bread Popcorn
7 cups popped popcorn
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 scoop stevia powder
1 cup banana chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts – optional
2 tbs melted butter or coconut oil
In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and stevia.
Place popped popcorn into a large bowl and drizzle the melted butter/coconut oil on top.
Sprinkle cinnamon/stevia mixture onto popcorn and mix well.
Add in banana chips and walnuts.