I created this recipe for a feature on another website, Our Narratives, a site that is “inspired by every mom in every way”. I had plans on sharing this recipe before it was featured and then posting it again along with some of our favorite Halloween recipes and creations we have posted over the years, well few years since the blog started. Instead I held out to share now and I guess this will just be a long post. Want to know more about what inspires me in the kitchen? Head over to Our Narratives to read the full story and more about me in my kitchen and life. If you are a regular reader you know I don’t post many pictures of myself or my family but it does happen from time to time and usually in a post that is overloaded with pictures.
It’s getting cooler out, or it should be, and pumpkin everything is in the air! Not only in the air but in the stores! Just walk through the stores and you will see pumpkin peanut butter, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin marshmallows, pumpkin M&Ms, pumpkin milk and coffee creamer… the list goes on and on. I love pumpkin but find some of the foods overly sweet. I’m not going to lie sometimes I give in the sweets like Angie’s Holidrizzle Pumpkin Popcorn, which I haven’t seen yet (as of the end of August when I am sitting here writing this post as it will be also published as part of a feature on another site) this year but it is the drizzled white chocolate that makes me glad it comes in small bags, yet ever year I get a few bags. I already had Pumpkin Popcorn on my list to make since last year but wanted to make it a lighter version more like cinnamon sugar with pumpkin spice and not add the white chocolate drizzle. Of course I got my light bulb moment when eating some Quinn Vermont Maple & Sea Salt Popcorn in August that I could easily turn this into pumpkin popcorn by adding a little pumpkin pie spice! Perfect being that it is organic popcorn and a very healthy option and one of the only reasons I have gone back to eating microwave popcorn. Of course I also wanted to make it with other popcorn for others that can’t get Quinn. It is available at Target so pretty easy to find but just in case. I really do like this popcorn warm when enjoying it like this and not the enhanced version, which I will get to! So you can use other popcorn and use coconut oil, and maple syrup or coconut palm sugar instead of using the Vermont Maple & Sea Salt Microwave Popcorn. This makes a healthy(ier) snack option for fall than most, yes I know it still has sugar but in comparison I think it can still fit into the healthier snack category. Which may not is the enhanced Pumpkin Popcorn Mix! Now if you are looking for a snack option for a party, for kids, or maybe a way to use up some of the candy they may get at Halloween you can make Pumpkin Popcorn Mix! This version being more of a popcorn party or trail mix that you can customize as desired. You can still go healthy and add in some peanuts or other nuts, and dried cranberries or other dried fruits. Other options you can add in M&Ms, marshmallows, candy corn, peanuts or other nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, caramel chips, and or other candies.
This is recipe has to be really exciting just look at A’s face!
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Both recipes are great for kids to make themselves or with a little help in the kitchen depending on age and there is a version for every occasion and craving, well as long as you like pumpkin!
Makes 3 cups
1 bag Quinn Vermont Maple & Sea Salt Microwave Popcorn*
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
*Alternatively you can use 3 cups of popped popcorn, 1-2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, 1-2 TBSP coconut palm sugar or maple sugar, a pinch of sea salt optional, and the pumpkin pie spice.
Pumpkin Popcorn Party Mix
Add in any of the following or pick your own enhancements!
Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms or plain M&Ms
Marshmallows (used Dandies Marshmallows)
Peanuts (used Planters Salted Caramel Peanuts)
Raisins, dried cranberries, or other dried fruits
Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, pumpkin spice chips
To make pumpkin popcorn pop popcorn per package instructions. Add in oil packet, fold over the top of the popcorn bag and shake. Open the second pouch with the maple seasoning and sprinkle that along with the pumpkin pie spice over the popcorn, fold the top and shake again. If making without Quinn add your popcorn to a large bowl, drizzle coconut oil over popcorn and toss to coat. Combined sugar and pumpkin pie spice and sprinkle over the popcorn and toss to coat. If making Pumpkin Popcorn Mix add in your desired enhancements. Enjoy!
Get ready for #Halloween with Pumpkin Popcorn & Pumpkin Popcorn Party Mix! @QuinnPopcorn #healthykids #SweatPink Click To Tweet
More of our past favorite Halloween recipe creations! Stay tuned there is another quick and easy one coming later this week!
Other fun ones to make this weekend if you’re having a Halloween party…
Pumpkin Crisp (there’s still time to enter to win Bob’s Red Mill Oats and 2 jars of Peanut Butter & Co Peanut Butter, see post for details!)
Pumpkin Marshmallow Oreo Treats (quick and easy and sure to be a crowd favorite at any get together!)
Still looking for more find other pumpkin drinks, meals, and treats Pumpkin Recipes! Happy Halloween!