MISSION, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 05/17/12 -- (Family Features) Sweet, savory, crunchy or salty -- whatever your snack cravings are, it's possible to satisfy them with something that's actually good for you. Popcorn is a versatile treat that you can feel good about eating.
These recipes let you enjoy popcorn several tasty ways: stove-popped with a satisfying, cheesy flavor; air-popped with a sweet and sour lemon glaze; baked into a power-packed sweet cookie; and mixed into a cranberry-almond muffin. Four delicious ways to pop up a healthier snack.
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Good and Good for You
--Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup; oil-popped popcorn has only 55 calories per cup.
--Popcorn is a whole grain, making it a smart snack choice.
--Popcorn contains fiber, which your body needs every day.
--Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories.
--Popcorn is ideal for between-meal snacking since it satisfies and doesn't spoil your appetite.
--3 cups of popped popcorn equal one serving from the grain group.
Yield: 10 cups
2 tablespoons garlic flavored oil or vegetable oil1/2 cup popcorn kernels1 tablespoon melted butter, optional2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (found at health food stores, it adds a cheese-like flavor without the calories or fat)1 teaspoon curry powder, optional
In large, heavy-bottomed pot (with a lid), place oil and about 3 popcorn kernels.
Heat over medium-high heat until a kernel pops. Add remaining popcorn; cover.
Once corn begins to pop, shake pot constantly over heat.
When popping slows, remove pot from heat and transfer popcorn to a serving bowl.
Pour butter over popcorn, if desired, and toss.
Sprinkle yeast and curry powder, if desired, over popcorn and toss to distribute evenly.
Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container.
Cranberry Almond Popcorn Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
5 cups popped popcorn1 1/2 cups flour1/4 cup sugar1 tablespoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries1 cup milk1 egg2 tablespoons vegetable oil1/2 teaspoon almond extract1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper liners; set aside.
Blend popcorn in blender or food processor until finely ground. Pour ground popcorn into large mixing bowl.
Add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cranberries and stir until blended; set aside.
Beat milk, egg, oil and almond extract together and pour over dry ingredients; stir just until combined.
Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each about half full.
Divide almonds among muffin tops and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until tops are lightly browned; serve warm with butter.