Miso-maple vegan popcorn

Miso-maple vegan popcorn

miso maple vegan popcorn close up

Yay! It’s the weekend at last! For those of you who are planning to spend their Friday night watching films or their favourite shows, I happen to have a perfect little snack. It’s easy to make and super tasty. I made a big batch of sweet’n’salty maple-miso caramel popcorn. Man, it’s sooo good. It isn’t exactly health food, but it is certainly way less unhealthy than its non-vegan equivalent. This version uses no refined sugar, coconut cream instead of a dairy cream and a bit of almond butter instead of regular butter. Not too bad, is it? I borrowed the idea of adding miso to my caramel from Aussie Masterchef and this flavour combo is a definite keeper! It gives sweet caramel a bit of a ‘je ne sais quoi’, as I like to call it, or ‘umami’ as it’s conventionally called. The only drawback is that this stuff is a bit addictive! – sorry about that, next week will be all about healthy stuff! Promise! 😉

miso maple vegan popcorn caramel coating

miso maple vegan popcorn coating in caramel

miso maple vegan popcorn after drying

miso maple vegan popcorn

makes
15 cups
PREP
30 min
COOKING
60 min
makes
15 cups
PREPARATION
30 min
COOKING
60 min
INGREDIENTS
METHOD
  1. Make popcorn. Use a popcorn machine if you own one. Otherwise use a medium size pan with a lid and pop it in small batches over medium-high heat. Brush the pan with a bit of oil first and throw a few kernels onto the pan. As soon as they start popping, lift the lid and chuck another handful of corn kernels onto the pan. Swivel the pan gently from time to time to make sure that the popped corn doesn’t get burnt. When popping stops for a few seconds, empty the pan and start another batch until you use up all the kernels.
  2. Heat up the oven to 125º C / 260º F and line a baking tray with a piece of baking paper.
  3. Put maple syrup into a medium pot and bring to a gentle boil over low-medium heat. Once it comes to boil, continue to simmer for about 2 minutes.
  4. Take the pot off the heat and whisk in coconut cream, almond butter and miso paste. Return the mixture to the stove and let it bubble for another 2-3 minutes to thicken it slightly.
  5. Take the pot off the heat again. Mix in baking soda and salt. Beware that as soon as baking soda hits the caramel, the mixture will froth up. Be very careful not to burn yourself as caramel will be very hot at this stage.
  6. Place 1/3 of popcorn in a large bowl, drizzle approx. 1/3 of the caramel mixture over it and stir well to coat. Spread on a baking tray and pop into a pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes, stirring the popcorn once half way through baking. Take the popcorn off the tray and allow it to cool down – this will make it crispier.
  7. Repeat with the remaining popcorn and caramel sauce. Store in an airtight container.

NOTES
*I know that maple syrup costs the price of a small house so if you’d rather use sugar, you could do that too. Swap maple syrup for ¾ cup of sugar and about 60 ml of water. Let sugar melt into the water without stirring, then simmer it on a low heat until it reaches a light amber colour. Once it achieves the desired colour (the darker the colour the less sweet your caramel will be), take off the heat and proceed as per the recipe.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
91
5%
sugars
11 g
12%
fats
4 g
6%
saturates
2 g
12%
proteins
1 g
2%
carbs
14 g
5%
*per cup
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Virginia:
Hi Ania, I was craving caramel popcorn last night. I did not have red miso paste. I used white miso paste instead. I added a pinch of cayenne powder to the coconut cream and mixed well before whisking it in as indicated on step 4. The popcorn turned out delicious.!! The hardest part for me was mixing the caramel and popcorn well to make sure that the caramel coats all the kernels. By the way, have you tried to make Wasabi-flavoured popcorn? So far, I have tasted the Bonsai brand and wish I could make it at home.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Virgina,
    So pleased to hear that the recipe hit the spot :) . I have not tried wasabi popcorn but that sounds delicious, was it wasabi sweet or wasabi sour? I shall experiment next time a popcorn craving hits me!
      Virginia:
      Hi Ania,
      I cannot tell which kind of wasabi was used in the recipe. All I know is that the popcorn is light and spicy - the right amount of salt and heat. The accurate name of this popcorn is Lesser Evil Buddha Bowl Foods Organic Popcorn Bonsai Wasabi. The bag listed the following ingredients: Organic non-GMO popcorn, organic coconut oil, organic wasabi seasoning (organic evaporated cane sugar, organic tapioca solids, Himalayan salt, organic spinach powder, organic ground mustard, natural oil or mustard). Perhaps the mustard provides a bit of sourness?
      At any rate, thank you for experimenting with Asian and other flavors and sharing your creations with us!!
        Ania
        Ania:
        Hi Virginia,
        You are so sweet writing down all the ingredients of this magical popcorn for me! Thank you. What I meant was whether it's spicy and sweet or spicy and salty, but looks like all three :) As for sharing the recipes, you are very welcome! I love coming up with new stuff and proving that vegan food can be 'yum' so thanks for reading the blog! :) x
Maikki | Maikin mokomin:
This sounds super delicious! I love recipes that combine miso with something sweet :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Maikki! :) In this case you need to try it! I'm in love with it - ate so much of it while photographing that I'm ashamed of my lack of will power ;)
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