Raw Vegan Caramel Sauce for Homemade Caramel Popcorn

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You can’t imitate popcorn. Whether salty or sweet, there’s just something about that airy yet crunchy texture of freshly popped kernels that you don’t find in any other snack.

Thanks to many options for how to make it, popcorn can be pretty healthy. By air popping in a specialized popper or microwave, your popcorn is down to 30 calories per cup, 18 grams of carbs and almost no fat because this method uses no oil.

Did you know there’s also a healthy variation on caramel popcorn? The recipe below requires no white sugar, fructose syrup or any other artificial sweetener. All of the ingredients used are natural and nutrient-dense, plus you don’t have to cook them. Just make your popcorn, pour them over with caramel sauce and you’re done!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts (or store-bought cashew butter)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 tsp salt

Directions

  1. To make cashew nut butter, put cashew nuts into a blender and blend on high until you get a thick paste.
  2. Add all other ingredients for raw caramel sauce (coconut oil, dates, salt and vanilla extract) to the blender and mix.
  3. To make popcorn, just use your preferred method (stovetop, air-popped) and season to taste.

Recipe sent in by Mary Marzano.

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