Make this simple, affordable, and delicious Vegan Popcorn recipe that’s perfect for movie night! Nutritional Yeast Popcorn is easy to make and creates a delicious cheesy popcorn! This DIY Microwave Popcorn with Nooch is the best snack for any night of the week!
Who knew that adding nutritional yeast on popcorn transforms it into a fun, cheesy snack! But it absolutely works!
If you want a cheesy popcorn for your next movie night, follow my tips to make popcorn nutritional yeast infused and it will be a hit!
This Vegan Popcorn is free of dairy and all those chemicals on microwave popcorn you can’t pronounce. This cheese popcorn recipe uses nutritional yeast flakes for a savory snack the whole family will love—and it only takes a few minutes to make!
Doesn’t that look so cheesy? I know!
Ok, I’m calling this post DIY Microwave Popcorn, but I’m being upfront by telling you, it’s kind of mislabeled. Because this is not like the bags of microwave popcorn you buy in the store.
And making this popcorn requires a special gadget. But it’s a cheap gadget and once you’ve got it, you can make your own microwave popcorn any time you want it, without all the chemicals. Suh-WEET! As a bonus I’m also including a Vegan Cheesy Popcorn recipe too.
Is popcorn vegan?
Popcorn is plant-based and therefore safe for vegans to eat. However, sometimes the seasonings in commercially sold popcorn is not vegan. It’s good to read labels and look for added dairy before buying and consuming store-bought popcorn.
Is movie theater popcorn vegan?
Most movie theater popcorn is vegan because popular movie theater chains, like AMC, make its popcorn with coconut oil and a mixture of seasonings that have been reported to be vegan.
How to Make Popcorn at Home
OK. Let’s talk logistics. I know you’re probably curious about the gadget. My mom is the one that recommended it to me. My mom! The pillar of trying out new things. No, not really, but she is pretty inventive. And she’s always been able to stretch a dollar a looooong way. It was a requirement as a single mother of four kids!
So, I wasn’t surprised she found this cheap gadget that produces oodles and oodles of delicious popped popcorn. It’s a Nordic Ware Popcorn Popper and you can find it at Amazon for around $15. Not too bad!
The cool thing is you can use this popcorn popper over and over for years!
Vegan Popcorn Seasoning
I love making popcorn with nutritional yeast flakes because it has such a great, cheesy flavoring and color too. You can also use a vegan butter substitute, but in this case I’m using vegetable oil.
To make my vegan popcorn seasoning, simply combine nutritional yeast flakes, paprika, turmeric, and salt. It may sound like an interesting combination, but it really works!
See my tips below for other popcorn seasoning suggestions.
How to Make Vegan Popcorn
The cool thing is, you can make the final version of this DIY Microwave popcorn to taste like whatever you want. But it all begins by making the vegan microwave popcorn. Put 1/3 cup of popcorn in the popper bowl, put the lid on, and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes.
[Note: microwaves vary so be sure to keep an eye on your popcorn. No one, I repeat, no one likes burnt popcorn. Over and out.]
I usually stand nearby as the popcorn is popping and I’ve noticed that right about 2:40, it will begin to slow down in its popping. If it slows dramatically, I stop it. Use a kitchen towel to remove the popcorn popper from the microwave and be sure not to touch the lid because it will release steam. One thing I’ve learned over the years…steam is hot!
How to get yeast to stick to popcorn
Once your popcorn is popped, you’ll want to season it. And, of course, the next question is, how do you get seasoning to stick to popcorn? In this case we’re using nooch, otherwise known as nutritional yeast flakes.
Simply adding a nutritional yeast flakes concoction over the popcorn won’t work. That’s why I recommend giving it a generous spray of vegetable cooking spray. If you want to increase the buttery flavor, melt some vegan butter and drizzle it over the popped popcorn. Be sure to toss the popcorn to make sure it’s all evenly coated.
Then sprinkle the seasonings on the popcorn. I like spreading the popcorn across a pan to make sure the kernels are evenly coated.
Some people refer to nutritional yeast flakes as Nooch. I like it. Short and sweet. So, if you wanted you could call this Nooch Popcorn. I won’t tell anyone.
Tips to Adapt this Recipe:
Other alternatives to Vegan Cheese Popcorn that we’ve tried that are also super tasty are these vegan popcorn toppings:
- Buttery DIY Microwave Popcorn – To make vegan butter popcorn, simply melt 1 – 2 tablespoons of Vegan Butter (I use Earth Balance) and pour it over the popcorn. I do this by pouring the popped popcorn in a baking pan so I can remove any unpopped kernels. It also makes it easier to spread the buttery mixture more evenly. Sprinkle with sea salt and voilà!
- Vegan Parmasan Popcorn – Pour the popped popcorn in a baking pan, remove unpopped kernels, spray with vegetable cooking spray, and sprinkle with Vegan Parmesan and some salt.
- Black Pepper Popcorn – Pour the popped popcorn in a baking pan, remove unpopped kernels, spray with vegetable cooking spray and sprinkle with ground black pepper and some salt.
- BBQ Popcorn – Pour the popped popcorn in a baking pan, remove unpopped kernels, spray with vegetable cooking spray and sprinkle with bbq seasonings (I use McCormick’s GrillMates Brown Sugar Bourbon…I would send you a link, but their site only shows disgusting pictures of grilled meat with this product. So just write it down and buy some. Or some other kind of BBQ seasoning)
You can see that your options become kind of expansive. Right? For example, you can even make sweet Vegan Caramel Popcorn infused with cinnamon too! Vegan popcorn recipes can have all sorts of seasonings!
We love making up a bowl of popcorn and watching a movie on a Friday night. In fact, between you and me and the seat cushions, we will make a batch of this stuff and sneak it into the movie theaters too. Don’t tell anyone I told you that. Mkay?
I don’t want to get kicked out of the theater. But I also don’t want to eat that $20 container of movie theater popcorn that’s covered in chemicals and fat and salt and whatever else. You know most of those workers are high school aged kids and I used to work at a high school. I know there’s a “whatever else” or two that happens sometimes. If you’re gonna buy the popcorn in the theater, just be sure to be extra nice to the kids working behind the counter. 🙂
Vegan Popcorn Brands
If you’re not into making your own vegan popcorn, there are some favorite vegan popcorn brands you can buy in the store. I’m not sure if these are intentionally or accidentally vegan popcorn, but we get to enjoy it either way:
- SkinnyPop makes several varieties of vegan popcorn — such as the Original, Sea Salt & Pepper, Vegan White Cheddar Popcorn (it’s dairy-free), Sweet & Salty Kettle.
- Angie’s Boom Chicka-Pop Salted Caramel actually has “vegan” on the bag!
- 365 Everyday Value Original Flavored Popcorn.
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Cheesy Popcorn
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
- Vegetable Spray
- 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes
- ½ – 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- Sea salt to taste
- * Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper see photo in the post
- Place the popcorn kernels in the Nordic Ware popcorn popper. Place the lid on the container and microwave for approximately 3 minutes. (Microwaves vary so be sure to test this and watch closely so your popcorn doesn’t burn).
- In the meantime, place the nutritional yeast flakes (aka, Nooch), paprika, and turmeric in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
- Use a kitchen towel to remove the container from the microwave, being careful not to jostle the lid, because steam will be released. Once it’s on the counter, carefully remove the lid.
- Pour the popped popcorn into a baking dish, removing unpopped kernels. Spread it across the pan. Spray generously with vegetable cooking spray. Sprinkle the Nooch mixture over the popcorn and use your hands or a spoon to distribute the seasonings throughout the popcorn.
- Pour the seasoned popcorn into a serving bowl. It’s fun to serve this while it’s still warm, but you can also store it in an airtight container and enjoy later too.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.