This easy pumpkin spice popcorn is the perfect, quick snack for the fall season. Whip is up for an afternoon, after school snack, or for a family movie night. It’s all of the fall flavors in your mouth in a delicious and healthy snack.
This popcorn is a real treat and so versatile. You can make it as a quick snack or a Halloween treat for the kiddos.
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It’s that time of the year with pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! While I love me a good pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks (or my cheap homemade versions), something I want something a little lighter and that isn’t a hot drink.
Pumpkin spice season starts promptly right after the start of the school year and when it’s appropriate to start wearing sweaters without looking like a crazy person (at least here in Wisconsin where it’s in the 40’s one day and 80’s the next).
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It’s right around this time that you start to see all the coffee shops put out the #PSL advertisements and you can’t scroll Pinterest without seeing pumpkin spice everything. But what is pumpkin spice really?
What Is Pumpkin Spice?
While we all know and love the flavor, did you know that you can make pumpkin spice, or more technically, pumpkin spice seasoning with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard?
Pumpkin spice seasoning is made from a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. If you already have all of these in your cupboard, you can easily substitute any pumpkin spice recipe with these. I am all about making my own seasonings mixes whenever possible. That way, I actually know what is in them and don’t have to worry about nasty additives.
You can easily make your own pumpkin pie spice seasoning to add to everything with these ingredients:
- 3 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
You want to stick with these measurements as closely as possible so you don’t have the stronger spices overtaking everything else. Simply toss all of these together and store in an airtight container. It’s super helpful to keep these spices on hand for making this and other recipes that call for nutmeg and ginger so you don’t have to worry about running to the grocery store last minute when you realize you are out.
I prefer to buy my spices in bulk whenever possible so I never run out and I can create my own spice mixes.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
This is such a super simple recipe to make that doesn’t contain a lot of calories and isn’t bogged down with melted butter (although I do love me some overly buttered popcorn at the movie popcorn from the theatre).
First, gather up your ingredients:
Be sure to grab out a large bowl to place your popped popcorn in and a skillet or large pan with a lid. This helps to ensure that the popped kernels aren’t going to escape and fly all over the kitchen (not that I would know about that #cookingmishaps).
Instruction for Making Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
First, place your pot or medium saucepan over medium heat and preheat it for a few minutes before adding the coconut oil. Then add your popcorn kernels to the pan and place the cover over it.
In order to take this recipe from bland, boring popcorn to pumpkin popcorn, you will need to transfer the popped kernels into a large bowl and sprinkle it with the salt, and pumpkin spice mixture.
Use a large spoon or a spoon with a wooden handle (much more durable) to mix everything together.
Can I Use A Popcorn Popper?
Technically, yes, you can use a popcorn popper. Although it might be difficult for the pumpkin pie spice to stick to the popcorn if there is no oil or butter on the popcorn. If you are using a popcorn popper, you can place a small bowl on top of the popper to melt butter or coconut oil to drizzle over the popcorn before adding the spices.
While a popcorn popper is acceptable to use instead of doing it over the stove, I would avoid using microwave popcorn as a replacement.
If you are looking to make this a sweet treat, then opt for a sweetener of your choice. This can be granulated sugar, stevia, brown sugar, or other sweetener of your choice. Try it out with different sweeteners and see which one you like better. Although I would avoid liquid sweeteners, like corn syrup, so you won’t have a syrupy mess on your hands.
If you prefer to use butter to get that classic buttery taste, then melt butter in yoru pan instead of coconut oil. You can also use olive oil as a substitute if you are in a pinch, but just be aware that it will taste differently. While it doesn’t really matter if you use salted or unsalted butter if replacing the oil with melted butter, that is entirely a personal preference.
Be sure to place the spice mix on hot popcorn as it does not stick well to cooled popcorn unless it is drizzled with a butter mixture first.
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice mix
- Sweetener to taste
- Add the coconut oil and popcorn kernels to a hot skillet and place a lid over the top.
- Move the skillet around rapidly on the stovetop until the kernels stop popping.
- Remove the popped popcorn kernels and place them in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt to the freshly popped popcorn.
- Sprinkle on 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice mix to the popcorn.
- You can then add a sweetener of choice, such as stevia for a sweeter popcorn.
Add the seasoning while the popcorn is still hot, this will help it to stick better. If it is not sticking to the popcorn very well, you can always add a few sprays of butter or coconut oil spray.
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