Healthy after school snacks -Spicy Popcorn

Jul 20, 2020

When the kids need a break, but there is still homework, virtual lessons or home-school projects to finish, this tasty treat may be the answer. Try this “not too sweet” snack for school children of all ages if you need something to help keep them in their seat, and focused on the task at hand.


Perfect to make ahead of time with subtly sassy, spicy and sweet flavors of India, this snack is great for kids with a global palate. Plus, since it’s popcorn with a kick – it even works for pickier eaters looking to expand their “favorites” list.


Spiced Popcorn with Pecans & Raisins
Makes 8 servings — enough to last a week!


  1. 5 cups popped popcorn
  2. 2 cups pecans
  3. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1 teaspoons paprika
  7. 1 teaspoon turmeric
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  10. 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  11. 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  12. 1 cup golden raisins


  • Preheat oven to 300°. Toss 5 cups popped popcorn with 2 cups pecans.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil in a small skillet over low heat. Add cinnamon, kosher salt, paprika, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger, and nutmeg and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Stir in maple syrup. Pour over popcorn mixture and mix to coat.
  • Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, tossing every 10 minutes, until dry and nuts are toasted, 30—40 minutes. Let cool; toss in 1 cup golden raisins. Store in an airtight container.
  • Recipe from Bon Apetit and Epicurious:


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