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the best vegan popcorn

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I often think it’s all been done (it literally has) but it’s incredible that with Google at our fingertips, most people are too lazy to look up what they’re after. Or maybe they just like hot for food so much they only trust these recipes and instructions. I’m not really sure. But I would’ve thought everyone knew how to make stove top popcorn, except I get asked all the time to post a recipe. This is the best vegan popcorn… it tastes better than anything with real butter on it!

My fave way to eat this is to also add some Old Bay seasoning on it when mixing. You can also try chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, dill, or black pepper. If you’re feeling a lil’ adventurous before your Netflix marathon, try out my flix mix recipe!

the best vegan popcorn_hot for food

the best vegan popcorn_hot for food
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the best vegan popcorn

Even when the movie sucks, you'll be glad you had the best vegan popcorn in hand. Try this easy recipe and use it as a base to add any flavors you like!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword popcorn, vegan popcorn
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 1/2 C organic popcorn kernels
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • sea salt and herbs or other seasonings, to taste


  1. Place a large pot over medium heat on the stove and add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 to 2 kernels. Place a lid on top of the pot while it heats up. When the kernels pop, add the remaining popcorn kernels and place the lid back on the pot. Depending on the size of your pot, you may need to reduce the amount of kernels you're using (anywhere from 1/4 cup - 1/3 cup).

  2. They should start popping pretty quickly. You might need to shake the pot around a little bit to prevent kernels from burning on the bottom or allow a little bit of air to get inside the pot by lifting the lid slightly to one side to get it really popping quickly. Place the lid back on with no gaps as it finishes popping.

  3. Once the popping has calmed down, remove the pot from the heat. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Add remaining 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to the pot, which should be hot enough that it melts very quickly without having to put the pot back on the burner. Be careful, as your pot handles might be very hot!

  4. Pour oil over the popcorn and add nutritional yeast, sea salt and any other flavor additions you want. Toss to combine and coat the popcorn with seasoning. Sometimes it's easiest to do the popcorn in two batches, one in the bowl and one in the pot so you can coat every popped kernel well.

  5. Now... Netflix and chill!


  • Alison Craig 4 years ago

    I love nutritional yeast on popcorn!! I’ll have to try it with coconut oil.

  • JigglyPuff 3 years ago

    I used 1 tbl of coconut oil to pour on the popcorn plus the nutritional yeast and salt: awesome sauce!

  • Heather 3 years ago

    I like adding a touch of maple syrup or agave for that sweet salty combo! 😋

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      yes definitely! like kettle corn!

  • Sanne 3 years ago

    I love making popcorn and wow, nutritional yeast is such a good idea! Will try that the next time I make popcorn (hmmm, probably this weekend).
    Btw I LOVE your YouTube vids, they’re so funny and lovely and I don’t get bored (and your channel is about the only YT channel I watch because it’s like the only channel that always makes me smile and laugh and the vids are pretty and nice and fast, keep up the good work! Lots of love from a vegan from The Netherlands!)

  • Popynes 2 years ago

    Hi ! I have a question: would they still be good and a bit crunchy if I cook the popcorns in advance (let’s say the day before) ?
    Many thanks for your answer and your recipes 😉

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