Winter Vegan Recipe Wednesday

January 23, 2012

Marla Meridith and Family Fresh Cooking presents vegan Maple Pumpkin PopcornWinter is here; can you believe it? The bitter cold is settling in and that means we need hearty food to keep us warm. Of course, we also can’t forget those yummy sweets that also come with the season. To help you prepare for winter, every Wednesday we will post some delicious vegan recipes that will turn your season around and keep your palate asking for more. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for a delicious snack to pick at while watching TV or a movie, Marla Meridith’s Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn is a winner. It combines some of the best flavors and your kids will even love it!

Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Yield: 15 quarts

2 cups (430 g) Popcorn Kernels
1/2 cup (120 g) Coconut Oil
1 cup (260 g) pure Maple Syrup (I prefer Grade B)
3/4 cup unsweetened Pumpkin Purée
1/2 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup (110 grams) Roasted Salted Pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 250 F with the rack in the middle. Pop your popcorn in the microwave or over the stove. Set one half of the popcorn aside and lightly salt it. Remove any kernels if necessary.

In a small sauce pan melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Stir in maple syrup, pumpkin, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Bring to a boil, stir and remove from the heat.
Pour maple syrup oven 1/2 of the popcorn in a large bowl. Combine well with a pair of tongs. The popcorn will flatten and get soggy at this point, but don’t worry because it will crisp up after you bake it.

Pour the popcorn onto a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes. Toss with tongs every 15 minutes. The last 15 minutes of baking time add the chopped pecans.

Remove popcorn from the oven, let it cool. Break up the larger pieces with your fingers and toss with the other 1/2 of the white popcorn.

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Marla Meridith Photography

Marla Meridith is the creator, photographer, stylist and go to gal behind the blog Family Fresh Cooking. She believes in real, whole foods for a happy, healthy, high energy life. She is obsessed with her family, food, travel, and coffee. Look for her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and StumbleUpon too.