Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn

Caramelized Popcorn with Hemp & Chia Seeds

I just explained some of the benefits of hemp seeds (and hemp products) in my last post and wanted to use up the last of my hemp hearts before buying a fresh bag. Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn is what I cooked up for a snack this weekend.

I am in love with this popcorn- made with pure organic maple syrup, coconut oil, freshly popped popcorn and other good stuff like hemp and chia seeds. It takes your average popcorn snack to the next level. And who doesn’t love a whole grain healthy snack?

This caramelized hemp and chai seed popcorn has the perfect balance of salty sweet and yummy crunch. The nutmeg in it really shines through, in fact it will have you thinking of October and the fall Holidays. Baking it on low heat creates those little clumps of goodness. You can substitute all hemp seeds (or hemp hearts) or all chia seeds but I did half and half. LOVE the combo.

I quickly popped up fresh popcorn but you could sub low-salt microwave popcorn as well. I think the stove-top popcorn has more of a crunch though. So far I have been hiding it from my kids, but I think they will like it too (update: as of a few minutes ago I found my husband plowing through the tin of popcorn. Guess I’ll have to make more before offering any to the kids. Haha.)

Caramelized Popcorn with Hemp & Chia Seeds

Did you know popcorn counts as a serving of whole grains? Add in the seeds and you are bumping up that fiber and getting some great antioxidants as well. Whole grain goodness!!

Caramelized Popcorn with Hemp & Chia Seeds

Let me know what you think! I will be making a second batch soon!

Before I go, I just have to say I can’t believe summer is coming to an end. Things are getting seriously crazy over here with the start of school at the end of this week, plus soccer season for two of the kids and a whole lot of other family stuff going on. I am hoping to be blogging regularly but if you find me missing just know it’s temporary. I also plan on starting meal planning again in the next couple weeks. I miss hearing your plans and I miss feeling organized. Hope everyone has a fabulous week! XO

Caramelized Popcorn with Hemp & Chia Seeds


Caramelized Hemp and Chai Seed Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 8 cups popped unsalted or low-sodium popcorn
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar (can substitute brown sugar)
  • 3 Tablespoons hemp seeds or hemp hearts
  • 3 Tablespoons chai seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Drizzle with maple syrup and coconut oil and toss well to coat.
  3. Mix coconut sugar, 1 1/2 Tablespoons hemp seeds, 1 1/2 Tablespoons chai seeds, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl. Add mixture to popcorn and toss well.
  4. Transfer popcorn to prepared pan and lightly press together to form flat, unified layer. Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 Tablespoons hemp seeds and 1 1/2 Tablespoons of chai seeds on top. Bake 20 minutes.
  5. Cool until mixture hardens. Break apart. Store in airtight container.


Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times

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Questions: Do you cook with hemp or chia seeds? Do you prefer microwave or stove-top popped microwave?

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  1. Stove popped popcorn is the best thing ever! I will never microwave again. Great idea to add chia and hemp seeds!
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  2. this looks amazing!! i heard that you can put kernels in a paper bag and microwave it with no oil – i want to try that!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Yes, I have seen that a lot too but haven’t gotten around to it. Sounds easier than a hot pan but I kind of love watching the kernels pop in my see-through glass lid. ;)

  3. Miz says:

    this is so my speed too :-)
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  4. What a delicious combo!! We always make our own popcorn- usually in coconut oil or peanut oil, and then add nutritional yeast and salt, but this is a really yummy sweeter alternative!
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  5. My typical popcorn topping is coconut oil and nutritional yeast, SOMEtimes cinnamon and sugar. But this…this is a whole other level. Thanks for sharing!
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  6. You’ll have to sneak this into the movies because I am pretty sure this variety doesn’t exist! OMG I just came up with the most GENIUS MOVIE THEATER IDEA! ;)
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  7. That’s some gorgeous looking popcorn! I will confess, I haven’t caught the hemp bug yet. I’ve tried hemp milk, and hemp powder & don’t care much for the taste, but maybe hemp hearts will convert me?? :-). If I can try them in this popcorn, I’m game!
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Thanks EA! I can send you a sample of hemp hearts if you want! I think you’d like them. I haven’t tried the other stuff. :)

  8. This popcorn sounds like the most amazing snack! Caramelized popcorn with all the goodness of hemp and chia seeds? Count me in!
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  9. Serena says:

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