'Cheesy' Popcorn

'Cheesy' Popcorn
Christie Ellis


  • 5 Tablespoons  butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 Cup  popcorn kernels, popped
  • 3 Tablespoons  nutritional yeast, plus more to taste
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Much like broccoli florets drowning in a creamy dip, this "Cheesy" Popcorn is admittedly not an ideal choice nutritionally speaking, but it is delicious, satisfying, and made with real food, which is more than can be said for its microwaveable counterparts.

The key to its irresistible flavor? Nutritional yeast. Though common in vegan cuisine, this ingredient is not something most of us use every day. It's a deactivated yeast that is yellow in color, and it imparts a nutty, cheesy flavor when used as a condiment. It is low in fat and sodium and high in dietary fiber, protein, and B vitamins. In fact, the amount of nutritional yeast in a single serving of this prepared popcorn yields more than 100 percent of the recommended daily value of riboflavin, thiamin, and niacin. Combined with the dietary fiber inherent in the popcorn itself, it makes for a relatively healthy snack.

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In a large bowl, pour the butter over the popcorn kernels and toss so that the butter is evenly distributed. Add the desired amount of nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper and toss once more.


Calories per serving:

217 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 15g 24%
  • Carbs 15g 5%
  • Saturated 9g 46%
  • Fiber 5g 20%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 4g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 8g 16%
  • Cholesterol 38mg 13%
  • Sodium 7mg 0%
  • Calcium 5mg 1%
  • Magnesium 37mg 9%
  • Potassium 46mg 1%
  • Iron 1mg 6%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 49mg 7%
  • Vitamin A 121µg 13%
  • Thiamin (B1) 7mg 483%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 7mg 428%
  • Niacin (B3) 42mg 211%
  • Vitamin B6 7mg 362%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 2%
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