Back To Basics Popcorn by AmyLeo Barankovich

Makes 4 quarts popcorn

Beware!!! If you are a popcorn lover, you just might find yourself polishing off this large bowl by yourself. I admit I have. Coconut Oil and Nutritional Yeast take popcorn to a new dimension. Though I love the idea of stovetop popcorn I do not love cleaning the oily pan. With this recipe, cleanup is easy and so is the heat on the oil – leaving your oil just a bit healthier. Delicious and easy – from start to finish – from popper to palate.

  • 1 cup popcorn (white or yellow, your preference)
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast powder (or 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes)*
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste

Air pop the popcorn into a LARGE bowl (preferably not a soft plastic bowl). Melt the coconut oil in the oil dish that is attached to the air popper. Note: It is often recommended that you heat the air popper for a few minute before pouring the popcorn in. During this time you can get a head start on heating the oil.

Once all the corn is popped, add half of the yeast, a little salt and half of the oil. Toss for a short while and repeat.


Nutritional Yeast is a deactivated yeast that can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It’s sold in the form of flakes or powder and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment. Because of its high nutritional value (including vitamin B-12), it is popular with vegans and vegetarians.