{Special} Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast Print Recipe Print Recipe

My name is Lisa and I’m addicted to popcorn. I always joke that if doctors cut me open, I’d be full of popcorn kernels. Probably not all that funny considering it might be true. I could (& some times do) eat it all day, every day. My mom who’s also a popcorn addict, her and I pinky swore that we would at least have a dinner with nutritional value before we give into our popcorn cravings. I’d say we live up to that promise 88% of the time. I have an air-popper, which is what I grew up with & is my favorite appliance next to my Kitchen Aid.

My best friend, Erin introduced me to her “special popcorn” recipe in college and I’ve been addicted ever since. All legal ingredients, I promise. The special ingredient is nutritional yeast, which we referred to as brewers yeast and that is what makes it so finger licking good! In college we would make huge batches of this, curl up on her sofa and watch chick-flick after chick-flick. To this day every time my husband make a bowl of Erin’s special popcorn, my college memories of us come flooding back. Makes me smile.

Nutritional yeast is being used and talked about much more these days and I have a feeling I’m not the only one sprinkling (i.e. coating) it over the popcorn. It’s makes a healthy snack and the nutritional yeast is a great alternative for butter. It’s hard to describe the taste of this popcorn recipe, but after a few bites you’ll be asking yourself, “how is this so good? I still ask myself that every time I make it. Trust me, after a few bites, you’ll wish you had made a bigger batch.

Have any of you substituted the cheese with nutritional yeast in mac & cheese? I hear that it’s a great substitute for those who can’t do dairy. I may have to look that one up.

Ingredients

Popcorn kernels

*Nutritional Yeast

Flaxseed oil

salt

Directions

Using an air-popper (or Whirley-Pop), pour in the desired amount of popcorn. Once your kernels have popped, drizzle flaxseed oil over the popcorn, sprinkle the nutritional yeast and then salt. Carefully mix – I use a large spoon. Continue the process; flaxseed oil, nutritional yeast and salt. I usually coat my popcorn, but season you may season to taste. Don’t be alarmed, you might sneeze.

*You can buy nutritional yeast in large and small flakes, which can be found in the bulk section at your local Whole Foods or specialty store.

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  • http://foodandthriftfinds.blogspot.com elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds

    Didn’t know that yeast makes a difference….flaxseed oil I’m familiar with, but nutritional yeast?…never heard of it. Sure sounds healthy, and popcorn looks yummy! Thanks for the link to the yeast, otherwise I would not have known.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Lindsey

    Call me wierd, but this is by far my favorite post of yours. Ever. Turns out that I’m a huge popcorn-a-holic too (along with & probably inheritted from my mom) but I grew up on the stove-top kind. We used a pot with a lid & some oil on the bottom to pop it. Then topped it off with butter (yes, I know, terrible) and salt. We still make it like that every time we’re all toghether and it totally brings good memories of growing up and watching TGIF on the couch.
    Now, I use my handy air popper (my favorite Christmas gift from my boyfriend last year) and a lot less butter, oil & salt. But I must say that your version sounds much more healthy & more tasty than mine! You can be sure I’ll be trying this in the very near future. =)

  • http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.blogspot.com Sharon Garofalow

    I tried to make my son a vegan mac and cheese with nutritional yeast. It didn’t come out very good but that was only one recipe. I know they use it a lot in vegan things for cheese-like flavor. I also just bought new Pirate’s Booty potato chip things for him and they are seasoned with nutritional yeast and are quite yummy. I bet he would LOVE this popcorn.

  • http://dishbytrish.com Trish

    I love adding nutritional yeast to my popcorn too! Kinda of forgot able it, though. It’s been sitting in the back of my fridge for a while now, unused. Thanks for the reminder. Will have to try it with flaxseed oil.

  • Jennie

    I just ate that exact recipe for dinner! My husband went to bed early and so instead of cooking I just popcorn. I justified it by saying that I got a lot of vitamins from the nutritional yeast. Yum!

  • http://joyalongthejourney.blogspot.com Emily

    Thank you for posting this, Lisa! I too am a bit of a popcorn addict; my favorite way to enjoy it is to airpop a big bowlful and dip each individual piece into a condiment cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce as I munch my way through. But my weakness is White Cheddar popcorn, and I’ve run into trouble lately when I let my cravings outweigh my knowledge of the nasty reactions I’ll have for about a week after I “fall off the wagon.” This got me so excited, I drove to the store at ten minutes to closing, ran to their bulk section praying that they would have Nutritional Yeast in bulk, and bought almost a pound of it. I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  • http://caitlindentino.com caitlindentino

    I too have a major popcorn addiction, and have recently heard of nutritional yeast as a topping, but have always been to scared to try it. With your rec, I am now convinced to give it a go… Fingers crossed!

  • Christine

    We use nutritional yeast on our popcorn all the time – it’s amazing how tasty it is considering it’s good for you! 😉

  • Lisa L

    My name is also Lisa and I am a popcorn addict, also! Nice to meet more people like me. And, I have grown up eating popcorn with nutritional yeast. My parents always used butter (not fs oil) but it’s delish. Sometimes they even mix it with powdered cheddar cheese (like the kind you find in the Kraft mac & cheese box)… actually they used to put nutritional yeast in our mac & cheese, too! Bottom line is I used to think we were weird since most people I knew never even heard of nutritional yeast before so seeing this post made me so happy that there are more of me out there (and the fact that we have the same name is a bonus!)

  • Lisa LaJ

    My name is also Lisa and I am a popcorn addict, also! Nice to meet more people like me. And, I have grown up eating popcorn with nutritional yeast. My parents always used butter (not fs oil) but it’s delish. Sometimes they even mix it with powdered cheddar cheese (like the kind you find in the Kraft mac & cheese box)… actually they used to put nutritional yeast in our mac & cheese, too! Bottom line is I used to think we were weird since most people I knew never even heard of nutritional yeast before so seeing this post made me so happy that there are more of me out there (and the fact that we have the same name is a bonus!)

  • Lisa LaJ

    I didn’t realize I liked to use the word “also” so much until now.

  • http://thetalesofeandc.blogspot.com/ Carolyn

    I LOVE nutritional yeast! I used to have it on our popcorn just like this as a kid, but then forgot all about it. I’m going to go buy some tonight! : )

    Also, I just came across your blog and read your About Me. I too go to bed excited for breakfast every night! 

  • Jenny

    Yum! I can’t wait to get some nutritional yeast and try this! Is flaxseed oil healthier than extra virgin olive oil?

  • kyleehanson7

    yes, extra vigin olive oil is not very healthy. look for something less processed, more naturally derived. anything coming from a seed or nut. coconut oil is one of the best and does not have a flavour