Healthy Caramel Corn

Healthy Caramel Corn...made with no refined sugar at all! Also, it's gluten free, paleo, vegan, unprocessed and totally clean eating at it's finest! And, did I mention it tastes amazing? Cause it does :)

I’m starting to hate teething. It’s like a never ending cycle.

My poor son has been getting his teeth in the most random order ever. They are all coming in in odd numbers. He has had 3 teeth in on the bottom for a while now, and now is finally getting the 4th one. And then 3 more are coming in on top. He’s totally that funny kid with the funky half filled in toothy smile.

Once they’ve poked their way through, I’m throwing a party. #seriously #canthandlethewhining

In other news, I’ve become addicted to Gossip Girl.

I have to do SOMETHING while my husband is away.

Yes, clean the house is the obvious choice, but…..BOOOORRRRING.

Therefore, I clean for 5 minutes and watch 3 shows. It’s perfect!

I don’t usually snack on anything late into the night these days, but sometimes I make exceptions and today is that day.

I don’t know about you, but Caramel Corn and I are BFF’s. {Just like Blair and Serena 😉 Lol!}

When my friends Christie and Claudia told me about their Clean Eating Caramel Corn recipe, I couldn’t believe how good it was. Not only is this recipe super simple, it is also:

  • gluten free
  • vegan
  • unprocessed
  • contains no sugar

Sound a little too good to be true? Well, believe it friends! Give it a try and you be the judge!

Here’s how to make it:


Start with 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels.


Place them into a hot pan with some melted coconut oil and…


…pop the top on! Every 20-30 seconds shake the pan back and forth to make sure the kernels heat evenly so they pop evenly.


After about 5 minutes, all your popcorn should be perfectly popped :) Set this aside.


Now onto the caramel! In a small saucepan, measure out some REAL maple syrup and more coconut oil. I also added in my sea salt to this mixture too, but feel free to save it for the end.


Lightly boil the mixture for 2 minutes until it thickens. Then add in some vanilla and pour over the popcorn.

Healthy Caramel Corn...made with no refined sugar at all! Also, it's gluten free, paleo, vegan, unprocessed and totally clean eating at it's finest! And, did I mention it tastes amazing? Cause it does :)

Stir to coat and then eat immediately, or spread it out onto a baking sheet to set a little more.

Believe it or not, this doesn’t taste too coconutty or maply. The splash of vanilla that you throw in at the end makes such a huge difference! It’s seriously what makes this taste like caramel corn…so don’t forget to add it in :)

We snarffed this stuff down in no time and think your families will too. Plus it’s practically guilt free! Holla!

Print the recipe using the button below! Enjoy!

Clean Caramel Corn {healthy, vegan, delicious!}

No refined sugars required for this delicious recipe! Just need a little maple syrup and coconut oil! You will be amazed at how amazing this caramel corn is.

Yield: 8 cups popped, approximately

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 38 minutes


3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla


Place 1 tablespoon coconut oil into deep pot or pan with tight fitting lid and melt over medium high heat. Add in popcorn kernels and cover. Shake pan back and forth every 20 seconds or so to heat kernels evenly. After about 2 minutes, kernels should start to pop. Once popping slows, remove popcorn from heat and pour into large bowl.

In a small saucepan, place remaining coconut oil with maple syrup and salt. Boil 2 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat evenly. Spread out onto some parchment paper to cool 30 minutes or so. Serve.

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32 Responses to “Healthy Caramel Corn”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 21, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I seriously want to marry you for this. I LURVE caramel corn, but really just can’t justify it…until now! Hello dinner :) Pinned!


  2. #
    Celeste edwards — July 21, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Is there a different oil I could use?? My 3yr old is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Which coconut and coconut oil is a tree nut so we can’t use them. Thanks!


  3. #
    Amanda — July 21, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Great recipe! Trying this on our next movie night :)


  4. #
    Allison B — July 21, 2014 at 6:43 am

    This looks soooo good! And I totally love Gossip Girl – xoxo


  5. #
    cathy — July 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Looks delish! do you use unrefined or refined coconut oil?


    • Lauren — July 21st, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

      I used unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil.


  6. #
    Teresa @ A Cup of D.I.Y — July 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I have got to make this! Who would of thought of maple syrup and coconut oil together!


  7. #
    Virginia — July 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I just made this and added a little cinnamon and it was SO yummy! Great idea!


  8. #
    Stephanie — July 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea!! Love it!


  9. #
    Karen — July 22, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Will have to try it….I make my granola with maple syrup.


  10. #
    Alexis M — July 22, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Made this last night and really enjoyed it! Thank you for a fun alternative to really bad for me desserts! :)


  11. #
    Lindsay Ann @ Lindsay Ann Bakes — July 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    If you stir in 1/4 teaspoon baking soda after the vanilla, the mixture will foam up and make it soooo much easier to coat the popcorn perfectly! I make this all the time 😉


  12. #
    Christie Blake — July 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks for the shout out friend! I am seriously addicted, like popcorn machine has become a permanent fixture on my counter, not sure I like that, but I can’t get enough!!


  13. #
    Katelyn — July 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    This recipe looks tasty but you should probably remove the statement about this being Paleo… Corn isn’t Paleo (as it’s a grain, not a vegetable) so it’s impossible for popped corn to be Paleo. Anyone familiar with Paleo understands this but for people just learning and searching who find your recipe it could be misleading. :)


  14. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — July 25, 2014 at 6:51 am

    This recipe looks amazing! I love popcorn in pretty much any form, much like I do gossip girl! I watched the whole show over about three months a little while back, such a guilty pleasure!


  15. #
    Melissa @ Bless this Mess — September 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Finally made this today and it is fabulous! I was so surprised at just how unmapley and uncoconuty it was… very much a caramel corn. Loved it!


  16. #
    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — September 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Omg Lauren! I can’t wait to give this a try. :)


  17. #
    roberta johnson — October 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    In my whirly handle stovetop popper I place 1/4 cup canola oil. 1/2 cup poping corn and 1/3 cup of white sugar. Place over medium high fire and stir continuously by turning the handle on the popper. When the poping stops remove from the heat and dump into a bowl immediately. This is like the sugary corn we buy at the fair ! When cooled it can be stored for days in plastic food storage bags


  18. #
    Sarah — October 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    If mine came out a little soggy is there anyway to remedy that? Maybe I didn’t pour evenly and some got too coated?


  19. #
    Sierra — December 13, 2014 at 9:57 am

    This looks delish! Is it relatively shelf stable (3 days ish)? I want to give buckets of this as work presents!


    • Lauren — December 14th, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

      I’m not sure because whenever I make this it lasts less than 24 hours! You might want to make a sample batch and see how it tastes after 3 days.


  20. #
    Vanessa — January 29, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Ohhhh my goodness….just made this recipe and it is DELICIOUS!! And I am a caramel popcorn nut! So glad to have found a healthy recipe, because I had given it up!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! :)


  21. #
    Vanessa — January 29, 2015 at 11:55 am

    after my cooled off it was kind of soggy too. What to do about that?


  22. #
    ss — March 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Syrup needs to be boiled longer or it makes popcorn soggy. I had to bake for 10 min at 350to crunch it up. Also very oily. I halved the coconut oil on second batch.


  23. #
    Lisa — March 12, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!!! WOW, made this last night. Everyone was sooo happy. We all loved it! Due to health issues I cannot tolerate white sugars and this made me especially sooooo happy. What an amazing treat! Thank you so much for sharing!


  24. #
    Jennifer — March 26, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I love caramel popcorn and a coke zero on Sundays. So I wondered if there was a paleo version of caramel corn (other than the kernels). I seriously doubted I’d find one! I’m so excited. Thank you! !!!


  25. #
    Tito Fuentes — April 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see how this is a sugar free recipe. One tablespoon of maple syrup contains 20 grams of sugar. While it may not be cane or corn sugar, it still is not very healthy for diabetics and darn sure isn’t sugar free. It sure sounds delicious, but would most likely put me in a coma.


  26. #
    Chris Domino — June 20, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I wish I could but am allergic to coconut ,maybe adding butter for my needs?


  27. #
    Tammy — June 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    i am definitely going to try this recipe but it is not paleo, corn is def not paleo. A little misleading



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