Vegan “Cheese” Popcorn (V, GF) |  Busy Girl Healthy World
I’m not a huge night-time snacker, but if I am going to have something after dinner, it’s usually going to be popcorn. Obviously, like any normal human being, my favorite kind of popcorn is the kind that comes drenched in “butter” and has a ton of artificial ingredients. HOWEVER, I know I should only eat that like, almost never, so I love making alternative healthier popcorn snacks. I found this recipe and modified it a little to my taste. I really like the taste of nutritional yeast, so I added an extra tablespoon than what is shown in the recipe. It was a little much for my husband and probably most people, so in the recipe listed I toned down the amount a little. You can make this with fresh air-popped popcorn, which is ideal, but I was feeling lazy and just bought a microwave bag in the organic section. The only ingredients listed were popcorn, oil, and a little salt.
NOTE: I did not calculate nutrition information for this recipe because the nutrients vary depending on how much of the seasoning you prefer on your popcorn.

Vegan “Cheese” Popcorn (V, GF) |  Busy Girl Healthy World
Active Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

1 bag plain microwave popcorn (or equivalent of air-popped)
⅓ cup raw cashews
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons corn starch
¼ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried minced onion

Pop popcorn according to package directions. Combine all remaining ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender. Dump the popcorn into a large bowl and sprinkle with about 1/3-1/2 cup of the cheese powder. If your popcorn is very dry, drizzle with a little olive oil and toss to help the cheese powder stick.

Source: Vegan Family Recipes: Vegan Cheese Popcorn

Written by Christina


  1. Hazel Adams March 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm Reply

    I think it is interesting that nuts and spices are great cheese alternatives. I tried this once with a Mac and Cheese dish, without the cheese. What a fun healthy way to make cheese popcorn.

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