Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Just four easy ingredients and 3 minutes to make this healthy, delicious cinnamon bun popcorn for a snack to enjoy anytime! Naturally vegan and gluten free, this recipe also boasts over 20 grams of protein per serving! 

Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn - Just three minutes to crispy, sweet and salty popcorn which tastes and smells like fresh cinnamon buns, but with a healthy twist!

“Someone’s burnt popcorn again!”

If there were five lines which I heard on repeat during my 6 month study exchange in New York, that would be one of them. The other four-

“I’m skipping class today!”

“DON’T PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE WASHER AND WALK AWAY!”

“They served {insert animal of choice) food in the dining hall today.”

“I’m skipping class today!”

So skipping class was easily the most heard/used phrase in my college. Personally, I always would lament about the smell of burnt popcorn condensing the 7th Floor of the J building. 

Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn - Just three minutes to crispy, sweet and salty popcorn which tastes and smells like fresh cinnamon buns, but with a healthy twist!

Between the hours of 9pm and 5am, there would always be the smell of popcorn seeping through our rooms. Most of the time, it would be the delicious, buttery smell which made you want to chuck a pie at your sister in joy and turn on a movie. If heaven could have a scent, it would definitely be buttered popcorn, followed by freshly baked FRENCH bread (no other country, please) and Vanilla Cupcake scented candles from Yankee Candle. 

Oh man, I did NOT just admit the latter. 

Confession- Upon returning from college, I brought back my mum and sister the Vanilla Cupcake scented candles yet conveniently forgot to give it to them. 🙂 

Back on topic- Popcorn. Sometimes, however, one of my dorm mates would keep the popcorn in the microwave for that extra second longer and it would just wreck the whole atmosphere- Literally. This smell would make you want to chuck a pie at your sister in frustration and yell at your TV like Tyra does to her top model minions. Fortunately, we knew who those dorm mates guilty of the overcooking were and were able to ban them from the kitchen altogether.

Success. 

Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn - Just three minutes to crispy, sweet and salty popcorn which tastes and smells like fresh cinnamon buns, but with a healthy twist!

If there is one (legal) food I would associate dorm life and college living with, it would be popcorn. Our college took this food group (yes, it’s a food group in itself) so seriously, there were weekly trips to our local Walmart to stock up on packets for hungry students who were incapable of taking the 2 minute (Free) shuttle bus down there to buy it themselves.

I may have been one of them.

As I’m working with Kohl’s this quarter on their #makeyourmove campaign and creating easy and fun recipes which kids or college students can make, popcorn HAD to be one of them. While instant microwave popcorn is delicious and easy, doing it yourself is just as simple, much cheaper AND….you can jazz it up and make it just a little bit fancy without sacrificing health or taste! 

Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn - Just three minutes to crispy, sweet and salty popcorn which tastes and smells like fresh cinnamon buns, but with a healthy twist!

This easy, healthy cinnamon bun popcorn is a delicious twist which just uses four ingredients! You can easily make this in the microwave using the infamous paper bag method (per single serve- Add 1/4 cup kernels in a large paper bag and pop for 2.5 – 3 minutes- depending on microwave) or use this popcorn maker or even stovetop (my preferred method). All you need to do once the popcorn is cooked is lightly spray it with coconut oil (or any liquid- you can even use water BUT it becomes soggy), and add the cinnamon bun protein mix and voila- A delicious snack to enjoy which tastes like a cinnamon bun AND gives you a protein boost!

For those not keen on using protein powder, enjoy the option without it- The flavour still tastes similar! For those who don’t want to make popcorn from scratch, you can use an even easier way- Just use packed air popped corn and add the flavour mix! 

 

Make this Easy (and healthy!) Cinnamon Bun Popcorn but make sure you’re not the culprit leaving the burnt lingering smell. My sister doesn’t need (another) pie thrown at her in frustration. 

Healthy (and EASY!) Cinnamon Bun Air Popped Popcorn which is packed with protein and made with NO sugar, oil or nasties! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

Just four easy ingredients and 3 minutes to make this healthy, delicious cinnamon bun popcorn for a snack to enjoy anytime! Naturally vegan and gluten free, this recipe also boasts over 20 grams of protein per serving!
5 from 2 votes
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Servings: 1
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld

Ingredients

Popcorn

  • 5-6 cups air popped popcorn using the paper bag method/stovetop or instant package

Cinnamon bun mix

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder optional*
  • 2 T+ granulated sweetener of choice I tried coconut sugar, a stevia granulated blend and standard white sugar**
  • Coconut oil cooking spray sub for any spray of choice- Can use water but see notes

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the cinnamon, sea salt, protein powder (if using it), granulated sweetener and mix well.
  • Pour your popcorn in a large bowl or extra large paper bag. Spray with the cooking oil spray to cover the popcorn.
  • Pour the cinnamon bun mix over it and shake well until combined- If it isn't sticking well, add a dash more cooking spray.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* I recommend using a blended protein powder or vegan brown rice protein powder
** Adjust to taste. My protein powder was sweetened so I kept it at 2 tablespoons.
If you use water, you need to eat your popcorn immediately to avoid it getting soggy.
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Easy Cinnamon Bun Popcorn - Just three minutes to crispy, sweet and salty popcorn which tastes and smells like fresh cinnamon buns, but with a healthy twist!

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    1. I literally feel my pants bulge farther when I smell popcorn–it’s not even funny! Will apply to college this year; hope I get into an awesome one!
      Cinnamon bun popcorn sounds better than buttery popcorn IMO! And if it’s high in protein that’s even more awesome!

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