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Healthy Living: Lori Brothers

March 28, 2012

Lori Brothers: Love popcorn? Cut the butter


NEW CASTLE — Recipe 1

Low-Fat Popcorn Cookies


  • 3 cups popped popcorn, unsalted
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)


One cup at a time, grind the popcorn in a blender at low speed until it’s fine.  The goal is 1 1/2 cups of finely ground popcorn.

In a medium bowl, beat 2 egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form.  Make a meringue by gradually adding 1/4 cup sugar; beat until egg whites are stiff.  Next, beat in cinnamon, salt and vanilla.  Gently fold in ground popcorn and 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut.

Place rounded tablespoonfuls onto a baking pan sprayed with cooking spray (or use parchment paper.)  Bake at 325 degrees, 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Recipe 2

Yummy Yogurt Corn


  • 2 1/2 quarts (10 cups) popped popcorn
  • 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 6 ounces light pancake syrup
  • 2 teaspoons maple or caramel extract


Put popped popcorn in a large bowl and keep warm.

In a 2 1/2 quart saucepan, combine yogurt and light pancake syrup.  Bring to 225 degrees on a candy thermometer and remove immediately from heat.

Add maple or caramel extract.  Pour over popped popcorn, stirring to coat.

Recipe 3

Low Fat Parmesan Popcorn

  • This recipe and all seasoning combinations work well if you have the Whirl-Pop.
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, or low-fat parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt (optional)


Have Parmesan cheese and salt mixed in a measuring cup and ready by the popper.  Have bowl ready for popcorn.

Put oil and popcorn into popper.  Fasten the lid securely and stir constantly over high heat. Popping should start in about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat when popping almost stops.

Quickly open lid and pour mixture over hot corn then close lid and continue stirring (no heat) until thoroughly mixed.  Pour into large bowl.  Makes 6 servings.

You can replace the parmesan with any of the following seasoning combos:

Tex-Mex Popcorn: 1 tablespoon each cumin and chili powder.  Pizza Popcorn: 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon paprika, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.  Hot Mustard Popcorn: 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon thyme.

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