Cinnamon maca almond popcorn is naturally gluten free, contains no dairy and is perfect for a snack or after dinner dessert.
Ingredients in this Candied Popcorn
I love to make candied popcorn as a snack or light dessert! There is something about the crunchy, sweet combination that appeals to me, and once you try this vegan dessert popcorn, you will love it too!
This cinnamon maca almond popcorn is so easy to make too. Maybe that is why I love making popcorn as well? It is relatively easy and hand off. For this baked popcorn recipe here are the main ingredients you will need:
- Air popped popcorn
- Granulate sugar
- Coconut oil
- Light agave nectar
- Maca Powder
- Ground cinnamon
- Almond extract
What is Maca?
Have you used Maca powder before? Maca is considered a superfood for its health benefits. It is also considered an ‘adoptogen’ which is a term reserved for plants and herbs that assist your body in adapting to stress on the body (hello – perfect for spring time change!) This rich antioxidant food in powder form has a nice nutty, caramel taste! I love to use it in overnight oats and also use it in our Pecan Pie Granola recipe! This popcorn recipe combines almond extract, cinnamon and maca for a warm crunchy taste experience that your tastebuds will love! I would have to say this is my favorite new maca recipe that you must try!
How to Make this Popcorn Recipe
As I mentioned above, I love baked dessert popcorn because it is SO easy to make. I have many candied popcorn recipes on the blog for that reason and because they are just so darn delicious. Check out our Salted Maple Popcorn or Mexican Hot Cocoa Popcorn for more popcorn yumminess!
First things first, you need to air pop your popcorn! This is easy to do on the stovetop, just follow the directions on the back of the popcorn kernel container.
Next, you will want to make the cinnamon maca almond candied mixture. On the stovetop, combine your coconut oil, cinnamon, maca, agave, sugar and salt. Bring this mixture to a boil and then to 150 degrees! This ensures your popcorn will turn out candied. Remove your pan from the stove and quickly add the extract and baking soda. This will cause the mixture to foam, that is okay!
Working quickly, pour it over your popcorn. Stir to coat all the pieces and then bake your candied popcorn!
How to Store this Popcorn Treat
Store this popcorn in an air tight container. This popcorn will last a few weeks if the container is unopened! But since it is so delicious, that lasting weeks probably won’t happen. You could store it in a few smaller containers to ensure additional freshness. (the exposure to air when opening the container is what will cause it to go softer more quickly).
I hope you enjoy this vegan popcorn! If you make it, I would love if you could leave a rating and review.
Cinnamon Maca Almond Popcorn
- 10 cups air popped popcorn
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar*
- 1/4 cup light agave
- 3 Tblsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
- Make your popcorn and set aside in a large bowl.
- Combine granulated sugar, agave syrup, coconut oil, maca powder, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil and stir mixture constantly for 3 – 5 minutes. Your candy thermometer must reach 150 degrees!
- Remove from stove and quickly stir in almond extract and baking soda. Pour mixture over reserved popcorn.
- Place on prepared baking sheet and bake in oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Cool on wire racks.
- Store in air tight container.