Popcorn Granola

November 11, 2015

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: This recipe is slightly adapted from Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola, but popped popcorn stands in for oats. Sarah Jampel

Makes: more than one person can eat

Ingredients

  • 7 to 8 cups popped popcorn (from about 1/3 cup kernels)
  • 1 cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
  • 1 1/4 cups raw pecans, left whole or very roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300° F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix everything together. Don't worry about smashing some of the popcorn—you want it to be well coated.
  3. Spread mixture in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to oven and bake, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until crispy, about 45 minutes.
  4. Remove granola from oven and season with more salt to taste. Let cool completely before serving or storing. You may get big chunks of brittle-like popcorn candy. Embrace it! I do not know how long this stores for exactly, as we ate it all in 2 days, but I imagine it will stay good for at least a week, though your popcorn may soften slightly.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Mary-Ellen June 18, 2017
How big should the pan be for depth of spread?
 
Laura415 February 17, 2016
Nice! I think this might also be adapted to make popcorn balls out of it by lowering or omitting the oil and making the maple syrup and brown sugar into a caramel or candy syrup brought up to temperature.