Saturday, August 24, 2013

Low Calorie Chocolate Chip Popcorn

This low calorie chocolate chip popcorn is so good.  My two all time favorite foods are popcorn and dark chocolate.  I thought why not combine my two favorite foods together to create the perfect snack.  It's really good! :)
My mom taught me a quick tip to keep the kernels fresh.
Store the popcorn kernels in a sealed glass jar in the fridge.  Every couple of months add a couple drops of water to prevent the kernels from drying out.  The kernels stay fresh to make amazing popcorn. 
I used my air popper.  It quick, makes the popcorn extra fluffy and plump, and pops all the kernels.  I sometimes put the popcorn in a pan on the stove, but the air popper is easier and faster.   

 This is what you will need if you want to make my unusually delicious snack. :)
  • 1/4 cup corn kernels (110 calories)
  • 1 Tablespoon dark chocolate chips (70 calories per Tablespoon) (sometimes I use Peanut M&M's in place of the chocolate chips)
  • Pam (0 calories) This helps the salt and nutritional yeast stick to the popcorn.
  • Sea salt (0 calories)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Brags nutritional yeast (10 calories)

I start my popper about 30 seconds before I add the popcorn.  If it's warm, it will pop the popcorn faster (takes about 1.5 minutes to pop) and make it a little fluffier.  
Add 1/4 cup kernels to the air popper.
Place a large bowl under the spout of the popper so your popcorn doesn't go all over the place. 
Wait and watch.  It will pop in no time. 
Lightly spray your popcorn with Pam.  I do this so the salt and nutritional yeast will stick to the popcorn.  Sprinkle salt and 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast over the top and shake the bowl.  
Once the popcorn is cooled down a little, add the chocolate chips. 
 I like to sit out on my front porch with a big jug of ice water, a good book or sewing, and munch on my popcorn.  
Life is good!!

This makes about five cups of popcorn.  If you eat the whole thing it's about 190 calories.  I usually eat three cups popcorn and the whole tablespoon of chocolate chips.  That's about 150 calorie snack.
Save the remaining popcorn in a zip-lock bag.  It will stay fresh for a couple days.


  1. Yum! This recipe looks fantastic. I love how simple and quick it is to make. I also love that you can eat so much of it and it's still low cal. Awesome.

  2. Thanks, Melanie! One of my all time favorites.