Gluten-Free-Cashew-Butter- Pecan-Popcorn

Is popcorn gluten free? Yes it is and it can be SO much more fun than just a bag popped in the microwave.

You know that feeling when you want something sweet after dinner? O yes, this is one of my most favorite gluten-free desserts.

Do you get that feeling in the middle of the day when you’re yearning for a fun snack?

Yea. I get those feelings, too.

All the time.

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Well, those feelings are what sparked my thinking for creating this yummy popcorn recipe.

I’ve been receiving a bunch of requests for fun snacks and kid-friendly treats that aren’t filled with sugar.

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So, I started playing around in my kitchen and had a fun little time tossing together homemade popcorn and a lot of healthy and nutritious ingredients. The best part of this is the Pecan ‘Parmesan’ Cheese that I created using nuts and sea salt in the food processor. As noted below, feel free to use any nut you’d like but I’d recommend only using pecans, almonds or Brazil nuts to make your desired ‘Parmesan’ cheese that can be sprinkled on this recipe as well as used on other recipes throughout the week such as pasta, salads and roasted veggies just in time for winter! It’s my way of thinking I’m eating Parmesan cheese without the dairy and my body doesn’t get bloated from it. YAY!

Instead of canola oil, I used organic coconut oil to make this corn on the stove top, then I tossed it together with sea salt, cashew butter and raw pecans.

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So easy… yet so tasty.

I know you’re going to love it.

Now, put on your cozy slippers, pop in your favorite movie and pop yourself some of this organic popcorn for a night of fun and guilt-free gluten-free goodness.


Cashew Butter n' Pecan Popcorn
Serves: 8
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup organic corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup pecans plus more for garnish (or any other nut desired--you can use Brazil nuts for a Brazil Nut 'Parmesan' texture as well as almonds).
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. cashew butter


  1. In a medium sized sauce pan, combine coconut oil and corn kernels. Cover and cook over medium-high heat. Once you hear the corn start to pop, shake the pan back and forth slowly so you move the kernels around.
  2. Meanwhile, combine pecans and salt in a food processor to make a 'Parmesan' cheese texture. Grind until finely ground but don't puree to form a nut butter. Set aside.
  3. Remove the popcorn from the heat once the corn stops popping; set aside covered for 1 minute in case there are any corn kernels that still need to pop. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with cashew butter. Add a few tablespoons of pecan 'Parmesan' and gently toss to combine. Add a few more coarsely chopped pecans if desired for a crunchier texture.
  4. Serve and store leftover 'Parmesan' cheese in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Cashew Butter n' Pecan Popcorn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. I have never tried adding nut butters to popcorn. Does the cashew butter melt and coat all the kernels or does it only cover a few?

  2. I am a huge fan of all things Bobs Red Mill! Not sure if this is the right place to be commenting for a chance to win the Bobs Red Mill flour? By the way I also love, love, love this website! Here’s to clean eating!

  3. This is surely a delicious combo and I never thought to pop corn in coconut oil! Now I need to go get some cashew butter to try this. The Veggie Crunch sound fab too!

  4. This sounds! I think it would be a great “sweet” treat for my diabetic husband! Can’t wait to go and buy everything I need for this. Thanks! Would love to have hubby try the Veggie Krunch too!

  5. I love the healthy snack options! This looks great and I’d love to try the Veggie Krunch too!

  6. Love these healthy snacks! #whoneedsjunkfood

    Veggie Krunch has amazing new twists on the basic “kale” chips!!

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness Amie! This is SO delicious. I was a bit sceptical at first on how well it would work out, but I was in the mood for something different and had everything on hand. Even the kids loved it and gave it two thumbs up! Thanks for all you do.