This Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn is the perfect snack for satisfying your sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet. It’s a little sweet, a little salty, super crunchy, and under 140 calories per serving!
I’m a snacker. Always have been and always will be. Everyday around 2:30 pm, my stomach starts telling me, “go grab some potato chips… you know you want an ice cream bar… there’s a Snicker’s sitting in the pantry with your name on it…”. Of course all that junk food is delicious, but about 6 months ago now I joined a local gym and have been determined to get some healthier habits in my life. 6 months strong of going to the gym every week… that’s HUGE for me!!
So now I try to reach for healthier snacks like cheese sticks, yogurt, nuts, fruit… that kind of stuff. But every once in awhile I get tired of eating the typical healthy stuff and start to crave that evil junk food again. That’s where this recipe comes into play!
This wicked-good popcorn recipe comes from the new cookbook, 400 Calories or Less with Our Best Bites. I’ve tried quite a few recipes over the years from these talented bloggers (Sara and Kate), and they always turn out amazing. When I saw they were coming out with a new cookbook geared towards a healthy lifestyle, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! I sat flipping through page after page of delicious low-calorie recipes and marked over half of them with little Post-it’s so I could try them ASAP. Every recipe comes with a big, beautiful photo as well as nutritional information including calories, fat content, carbs, sugar, etc. This book actually got me excited about cooking and eating healthy again!
Here are some of the other recipes I have bookmarked to try: Crispy Baked Fish and Chips, Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Grilled Steak Gyro Pitas, Cheddar Bacon Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Grilled Chicken Caprese, Oven-Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips, Chocolate Crepes with Bananas and Caramel
Psst… there’s a cookbook giveaway at the bottom of this post… keep reading!!
So back to the popcorn recipe. This Cinnamon Brown Sugar version is actually one of THREE flavored popcorn recipes featured in the 400 Calories or Less book, but this one is by far my favorite. You just can’t beat a crunchy, sweet, and salty snack! You need 8 cups of air-popped popcorn, which will give you 4 servings, but if you prefer to use the microwaveable kind, just look for a plain variety.
Once the popcorn is popped, season it lightly with salt, then drizzle on a mixture of melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Yuuuuummmm. I like to pour the butter mixture on slowly while I toss the popcorn with a big spoon to evenly distribute the butter throughout the popcorn. I’m not going to lie… every time I’ve made this I eat closer to 2 servings instead of 1 (oops!), but each 2-cup serving is only 137 calories, which is awesome! You will feel like you’re indulging in a big, sweet treat, but you’re actually still sticking to your diet like a champ. WAY more delicious than a handful of carrot sticks, am I right??
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- 8 cups air-popped popcorn
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Salt to taste
- Place popcorn in a large bowl. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon until completely combined. Drizzle over popcorn and quickly toss to coat popcorn evenly. Serve immediately.
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Going to try the popcorn recipe!
For something snacky i do air popped corn in the microwave—so easy and quick, but healthy. And satisifies my need for a crunchy snack. Love your blog and also that cookbook is awesome lookong. Having the nutritional info is so helpful for being mindful of servings for me.
Looks like a great cookbook! And nice work on going to the gym. I love low cal egg based recipes, like frittatas with some whole eggs, a lot of whites and a ton of veg.
So simple, and yet sooo delicious! Popcorn is such a wonderful snack!
I love popcorn! We actually just bought a popcorn popper for my son for his bday!
Thanks for sharing this popcorn looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it!
Veggies with hummus and fruit
Chips and salsa or hummus is my favorite snack.
Popcorn w/a little butter and salt and lots of True Lime is one of my favorite healthy snacks!
This popcorn looks great!
I love snacking on bell peppers and hummus. My son loves it too!
My favorite low calorie foods are celery, watermelon and kale.
Popcorn is actually one of them. I air pop it and add salt an nutritional yeast. Also do apples and other fruit, and coffee!
This sounds like my kind of snacking food…..sweet, salty, and healthier to boot! Got everything, will try!
POPCORN is one of my favorite low-calorie snacks, so I can’t wait to try this recipe. Maybe tonight, for Masterpiece Theater!
Wow, this is what I need, a healthy snack I will actually want to eat! Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn…trying it today.
Yum, sounds good! Would love a cookbook with yummy and healthy recipes!
This will help that sweet tooth craving I have. I am a popcorn person. Thanks.
This popcorn sounds amazing! I have such a sweet tooth and it’s nice to see a healthier alternative for snackers 🙂
love trying new recipes and popcorn recipes are a favorite! thanks
Just made this tonight as recommended by a friend and my husband and I LOVED this popcorn! Thank you for sharing!
YUM! We almost made popcorn as a snack the other night and decided against it because we weren’t feeling the normal salt and butter combo. This would have been perfect! Pinning to make soon 🙂
Just made this and it is delicious! I love the slightly saltybuttery cinnamon bun flavor it has. So good!