Keto “Popcorn” (paleo, low-carb + dairy-free)

Keto “Popcorn” #keto #lowcarb #highfat #theketodietNo-carb “popcorn” that’s perfect for late night or middle of the day Netflix binging. Whip up a batch in less than 15 minutes and enjoy the crunchiness!

Summer nights are better as movie nights. I don’t know about you, but there’s something so relaxing about snuggling up to a movie after a long day in the sun.

If you’re like me and like snacks when you’re feasting your eyes on Matt Damon, following the yellow brick road, or urging Jack not to fall asleep, I’ve got an awesome keto-friendly movie snack for you!

Originally, I was making these keto “popcorn” pieces for tops of salads and alongside meals when it dawned on me that it was literally the BEST and least expensive keto snack out there. So here we are!

And! Because this recipe has A LOT of fat, making it a fat bomb that’ll boost your ketones to new heights (unlike the effects of popcorn), I thought it’d be worth mentioning that Perfect Keto, my favorite exogenous ketone supplement company, is offering 15% off your first purchase to ALL Healthful Pursuit readers with the coupon code HEALTHFUL.

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Okay, here’s the FULL recipe.

Keto “Popcorn” #keto #lowcarb #highfat #theketodiet

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Keto “Popcorn”
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free, Low-carb, Keto
Serves: 2 Cups
 
I went out for dinner with a friend and we ordered something similar to this and shared it as an appetizer. When Kevin and I got home, I quickly went to work to create the perfect copycat recipe. While I enjoy this keto popcorn with the sauce, if you want to go classic popcorn style, skip the sauce, add to a bowl and enjoy while watching your favorite movie! MACROS: Fat 70%, Carbs 0%, Protein 30%.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (105 g) coconut oil
  • 1¼ lbs (570 g) pork belly, cut into 1 by ½ inch (2.5 by 1.25 cm) pieces
  • 1 teaspoon grey sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon five spice

Sticky sauce, optional
Instructions
  1. Place coconut oil in a large pan set to medium-high.
  2. Toss the pork belly pieces in salt and five spice.
  3. Once the coconut oil melts completely, add the pork belly pieces.
  4. Cover with a splashguard and cook for 20 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  5. Once complete, strain and reserve the fat for another day.
  6. Meanwhile, combine all of the sticky sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Set on medium-low. Once boiling, keep going for 10 minutes. Whisking every 2 minutes.
  7. Transfer the sauce to a small serving bowl and serve alongside the keto popcorn.
Notes
When looking for pork belly, it’s best to choose a cut that doesn’t include the skin. You can ask your butcher for what’s what. If you end up getting a cut with the skin, you can cut it off like you would chicken skin. It’s a bit harder to separate but worth it. I don’t enjoy keto popcorn with the skin on, I feel like it downgrades the flavor and makes it challenging to eat.

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Keto “Popcorn” #keto #lowcarb #highfat #theketodiet

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  1. Chicharones!!! Well we have never eaten them with five spice but we have definitely had our fair share while living in Spain. My 18yr old daughter LOVES them. Now I am curious as to what they will taste like cooked in coconut oil and with five spice. Will test it out next week. Thanks!

    • Heather they make yummy tortillas when pulverized and mixed with eggs and spices. First time I made them I was very skeptical
      After eating a breakfast burriot wrapped in one I knew Id never look at chiccarones the same way again. Tasting is believing

  2. This looks great! Although I don’t think it qualifies as vegan, as listed in the recipe type ;)

  3. It seems to me that the result would be similar to the bacon crackers in your new book. Are the taste and consistency the same?

    • Somewhat similar, yes! The bacon crackers are thin to resemble a crispy cracker, while these have more of a “popcorn” mouth feel because of their thicker shape. These are also seasoned differently and will have more fat than the bacon crackers.

  4. My keto hubby loves movies and popcorn! This recipe looks interesting. He buys pork belly at a local butcher. I saw it in Trader Joe’s as well. looking forward to making this! Thanks Leanne for always innovating!

  5. Would you say this is a single serving, 1 1/4 lbs of pork belly? I know it will cook down, etc., but wondered about the final amount.

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