Hemp Popcorn

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Popcorn is a delicious snack that can also be low in calories and high in nutrition if made right.  Forget about those bad oils, butter, table salt, and microwave popcorn bags that are filled with carcinogenic chemicals.

Summer is a great time to watch movies with friends and take the time to cook some fun snacks.  Hemp seeds are high in protein and contain all nine of the essential amino acids.  They also have fiber, vitamin E, and a balanced ratio of omega 3 fatty acids to omega 6, 3:1.  Hemp seeds have been found to help people with immune deficiency diseases and are rich in phytonutrients which help protect against diseases.

Although they are called hemp seeds, they are not hard and crunchy like a typical seed.  You buy them shelled and they are rather soft and have a creamy like texture and taste……Mmmmm delicious!

Ingredients

1/2 cup organic all natural popcorn
4 Tablespoons coconut oil, divided (doesn’t go rancid at high temperatures)
3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
6 Tablespoons hemp seeds, divided
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Heat 2 Tablespoons coconut oil in a large pot with the popcorn.  Make sure the lid is on.  When the popcorn stop popping or slows down take off the heat.  Wait a minute to open the pot, it is very hot and some kernels may still pop.

Place popcorn in a large bowl.   Drizzle with maple syrup and remaining 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil.  Toss by hand to coat.

Mix half of the hemp seeds, nutmeg, and cinnamon together in a small bowl.  Add mixture to the popcorn and again hand mix.

Pour the popcorn onto a baking sheet and lightly press together to form a flat layer.  Sprinkle the remaining hemp seeds on top.

Bake 20 minutes.  Cool.  Enjoy!

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying :)

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