Skinny “Cheesy” Pepper Popcorn

Movies & popcorn. What a match made in heaven.

My mother and I would make popcorn and watch a movie together about once a week. I could always smell the popcorn and come dashing into the living room, ready to plunge my hand into the bowl! Even if we went to the cinema, we always shared a big ol’ bag of the stuff.

I no longer live at home, but movies and popcorn will always remind me of her!


I’m not talking about the butter drenched, sticky fingered popcorn that many cinemas serve though. Those never really did it for me. I like my popcorn to be light and tasty, so this skinny version is definitely a treat.

This was the first time I ever used the actual poping corn instead of the paper bag you stick in the microwave. I may or may not have gotten overly excited about the fact that, since my pan had a glass lid, I could actually see the corn popping. Very exciting times for me. Never going back to my old ways!


Now, to keep this popcorn skinny and cheesy, I also enlisted the help of nutritional yeast. Not only does it have a delicious, nutty, cheesy taste, it’s also good for you! It’s vegan and a good source of B Vitamins, fibre, and protein!


To make enough for two people, or one hungry one, you will need:

  • 90g of popping corn (I used Zaramama)
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil/canola oil/ghee
  • Sprinkle of salt + Good sprinkle of pepper
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • Pan with a lid
  • Optional add-ons: chili flakes, rosemary, paprika, cumin, the options are endless really! Herb and spice it up at will.

Heat up your oil in the pan and add your corn. Cover with the lid and shake the pan to move the corn about. Keep moving for about two to three minutes so that all kernels pop, and remove from the heat when the pops become more than 2-3 seconds apart.

Transfer your delicious popcorn to a a bowl and sprinkle your add-ons! Toss the popcorn around to mix it all together. Throw yourself on the couch, hit the play button, and loose yourself in a good movie with a delicious (and skinny) munchie.


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  • Dominique

    yummy! Thank you for this, i really like popcorn 🙂 So why not make it a little bit more healthy

    new post up,

    • Exactly! A guilt-free movie snack =)

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I love putting different flavors on popcorn and I’ll definitely try this – it sounds yummy :o) Xx

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    • It was the first time I tried it, and now I’m never going back to packet bought popcorn again! X

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    OMG is it really ‘Skinny’ love it!!


    SilverSpoon London

  • Ooooh nutritional yeast – I like that idea!

    And yes, popcorn got me through many a lonely night out in Spain.

    The perfect guilt free snack 🙂

    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

    • I am now very much in love with nutritional yeast – it’s so so yummy! First time I added it to popcorn, and it tasted incredible! X

  • wow i had never heard the nutritional yeast trick, sounds so yummy!!

    xo mk

    • It’s something I’ve recently discovered! It’s delicious and healthy – it’s used in a vegan diet instead of Parmesan. X

  • whitedahlia

    Wow, they look so so tasting!!!
    xoxo, Bárbara

  • Scarlett Wonderland

    This looks amazing, can I hire you to live in my house and cook me snacks all day? xx

  • I think it’s such a lovely thing that you and your mother had, especially since you carry the tradition. Homemade popcorn is the best! Have a nice weekend. /Madison

  • why is it every time I visit your blog I start feeling hungry…

  • Emma

    What a good recipe!

    I’m really into my popcorn at the moment but haven’t ventured to make my own with a flavour like this…

    Hmm maybe…