Healthy After School Snacks – Spicy Popcorn

The kids are home from school and ready for a break, but there is still homework do to. If you need something to help keep them in their seat, and focused on the task at hand, try this “not to sweet” snack for school children of all ages.

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.

Spicy Popcorn

Spiced Popcorn with Pecans & Raisins


Makes 8 servings — enough to last a week!


  • 5 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 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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