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Skinny Girl Maple Caramel Corn

Posted Oct 08 2012 8:00am

Skinny Girl Maple Caramel Corn

Sweets October 8, 2012

Hello there! Welcome to another Fall edition of Oatmeal With A Fork!

Aren’t these cute? Such a sweet gift for newlyweds!

As I have mentioned, we recently moved from our first purchased home to a smaller (but super nice) townhouse. The housing market here in Tucson has been on the up, so my husband and I decided to take advantage of it and sell our house. It ended up selling very quickly, so we packed up and now we’re here….

….I thought it’d be cool to get a bit more personal today and show you some of our home! This is where the magic happens….

…c’mon, the blog magic! :-) ….and this is where I’m sitting right now….

The white one with the Nalgene bottle is mine! My husband likes to sit across from me and peruse Craigslist or houses that are for sale. I swear, if he weren’t a fireman, he’d be a real estate agent. That boy is constantly watching HGTV!

I’m always interested in the personal lives of my favorite bloggers, so I thought someone might be interested in mine! It’s nice to share a bit more than a recipe now and then, but let’s move onto the food!

I have loooooooved Cracker Jack since I was a kid, and, subsequently, caramel corn as I got older, but most recipes call for tons of butter and sugar!! So, as usual, I decided to create my own healthy version….

This popcorn is lightly sweetened with only a bit of healthy fat from the coconut oil. The sprinkle of salt brings out the flavor and the sweetness….all in all, not a bad little snack!


1/4 c. unpopped organic popping corn

 2 1/2 T. maple syrup

1 1/2 T. coconut oil

1/4 t. vanilla

scant 1/4 t. salt

Pop your corn, either in an air popper or on the stove.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a saucepan, heat the oil and the syrup. Boil the two ingredients for a solid minute. Remove from the heat, and stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the corn along with the salt, and toss everything together until it is thoroughly mixed. Place the popcorn on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake it in the oven for 10 minutes. Without taking the pan out, turn the oven off and leave the popcorn in the oven for another 6 minutes. Remove the pan, cool, and enjoy!

You could add peanuts or your favorite type of nut to this as well to make it more reminiscent of Cracker Jack, but it is also delicious as is.

What was your favorite childhood snack?

Share something personal about yourself!…especially if you visit me often. :-)

I’ll tell you….I know every episode of I Love Lucy, I love curtains, I’m happiest as a red-head, and I know how to play the flute.

Shared with: Slightly Indulgent Tuesday , Fat Tuesday , Allergy Free Wednesday , Whole Food Wednesday , Healthy 2day , Gluten-free Wednesday , Real Food Wednesday

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