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.


What are your favourite movie snacks?

I went through phases – for a time it was Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream, then it was pick & mix, then it was crisps & hummus, and now I’m back on to popcorn