Dairy Free Microwave Popcorn

You might be wondering if you really need a recipe for dairy free microwave popcorn, after all, you can just buy that at the store, right? 

Surprisingly, most of the microwave popcorn that you'll find on the grocery store shelves has butter flavoring (a source of dairy).

You'll find kettle corn that is dairy free but sometimes the sweet flavor of kettle corn isn't what we're craving.

Making dairy free popcorn on the stove top is also very easy to do...but it does require some clean up.  The convenience of popcorn in a bag really is hard to beat!

The first time I saw this done was at an Early Childhood Family Education class when my kids were toddlers.  The teacher was going to offer popcorn as a snack and asked if my son could have it.  She proceeded to tell me how she was making it and I was floored!  I thought you needed those fancy seal-able bags that come apart when you pull the opposite corners!  Or a special coating to make the popcorn magically pop!

The truth is, all popcorn needs to pop is heat.  Each little kernel has a drop of water surrounded by starch.  When the kernels are surrounded with oil and heat, the water inside the kernel gets hot and softens the starch.  When the water reaches its boiling point it becomes steam and the just-thin enough hull of the popcorn kernel gives way yielding a piece of popcorn. Ah, food science!

So, no need for fancy bags or special ingredients!  You just need a brown paper lunch bag, popcorn seeds a little oil (it coats the corn and helps it heat up) and some salt (if desired).

This do-it-yourself method is quick, easy to clean up and you can make it the way you want it. Add seasonings of your choice or even a little melted "safe" margarine after it's popped if you choose.  

Now, you're in control (which is just the way those of us who are eating with food allergies like it)!

DIY Dairy Free Microwave Popcorn


1 small brown paper bag
1/4 cup popping corn
1 teaspoons oil of your choice
1/2 teaspoon popcorn salt

For a buttery flavor that's dairy free, try adding coconut oil to the bag before popping. 


1) Pour the popping corn, oil and salt into the paper  bag. Shake the bag to coat the popcorn with oil and salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice. Place the bag in the microwave and cook on high for about 2 minutes or until you don't hear popping for 3 seconds. Take the bag out of the microwave and pour into a bowl. Add salt and, if desired, "safe" margarine to taste.

Makes about 7 cups of popcorn.

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