Cheesy Popcorn Recipe for a Perfect Movie Night

Do you have a craving for something salty and cheesy, but want to keep it vegan? Look no further than this cheezy popcorn recipe! It’s perfect for movie night, snacking on the go, or just satisfying that afternoon hunger pang. And with just a few simple ingredients, you can make a delicious, homemade snack that is not only vegan but also full of flavor. Trust me: once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to boring plain popcorn again. So pop some kernels and get ready to indulge in the ultimate salty, cheesy snack – vegan-style!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cheezy Popcorn(Vegan)
Cheezy Popcorn(Vegan)

Are you tired of bland and boring popcorn? Look no further than this delicious and savory cheezy popcorn recipe!

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the taste of cheesy, buttery popcorn? But for those who are vegan or lactose intolerant, traditional cheese popcorn is off-limits. That’s where this cheezy vegan popcorn comes in.

This recipe is perfect for movie nights, snacking, or even as a party appetizer. The combination of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder creates a flavorful and cheesy seasoning that will keep you coming back for more.

Not only is this recipe incredibly tasty, it’s also easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Plus, by using olive oil cooking spray instead of traditional butter, it’s a healthier alternative.

So why settle for plain old popcorn when you can have a bowl of delicious and cheesy goodness? Try this recipe out today and see for yourself why you’ll love it!

Ingredient List

 Get ready for a deliciously cheesy movie night with this vegan Cheezy Popcorn recipe!
Get ready for a deliciously cheesy movie night with this vegan Cheezy Popcorn recipe!

Here are the ingredients for a cheesy vegan popcorn recipe that is sure to be a crowd favorite:


  • ½ cup popcorn kernels

Cheesy Vegan Seasoning:

  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter or neutral oil
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • Fine sea salt, to taste

Vegan Parmesan:

  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ¼ teaspoons fine sea salt

Note: these ingredients are for the basic recipe. Optional variations and substitutions will be discussed in the next section.

The Recipe How-To

 Who needs cheese when you can have this plant-based flavor explosion on your popcorn?
Who needs cheese when you can have this plant-based flavor explosion on your popcorn?

Once you’ve gathered everything you need for this Cheezy Popcorn Recipe, it’s now time to put all of them together! Here’s how to make your perfect, cheesy vegan popcorn:

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven on 250°F. Meanwhile, grab a large mixing bowl and pour in 1 cup of popcorn kernels.

Step 2: Coat with Flavored Cooking Spray

Coat the kernels with a few sprays of olive oil flavored cooking spray. Make sure each kernel is nicely covered.

Step 3: Add Flavors

Mix in equal parts (around 2 tbsp in total) of onion powder, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast. Then sprinkle a good amount (around ½ teaspoon) of your preferred salt and chili powder. You can adjust the quantity according to your liking.

Step 4: Mix and Bake

Toss everything together with a dash of olive oil or any neutral oil for a little bit of moisture. Mix until every kernel is evenly coated. Spread them out in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Bake them for around 10 minutes until they’re cooked but not burnt.

Step 5: Additional Cheesy Flavor

After removing from the oven, sprinkle some more nutritional yeast on top. Finish it off with some additional sea salt or vegan cheese seasoning to give that extra cheesy flavor!

That’s it! You now have your perfectly cooked, crispy and delicious cheezy popcorn recipe that you can indulge in while watching movies or just simply as a snack any time of the day.

Substitutions and Variations

 It's time to level up your popcorn game with this vegan twist on a classic snack.
It’s time to level up your popcorn game with this vegan twist on a classic snack.

If you want to experiment with different flavors or don’t have all the ingredients, there are several substitutions and variations you can try for this cheezy popcorn recipe.

– Nutritional yeast: If you don’t have nutritional yeast, you can use vegan parmesan, shredded vegan cheese or even cheddar cheese powder. It will give your popcorn a cheesy flavor without using any animal products.

– Oil: While olive oil is recommended, you can also use coconut oil, vegetable oil or any other neutral oil of your preference. Coconut oil will add a slightly sweet flavor while vegetable oil is a great option for those who prefer a more neutral taste.

– Spices: You can experiment with different spices to give your popcorn a unique taste. Smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder or even turmeric are great options to add some depth of flavor.

– Popcorn kernels: Organic popcorn kernels from Eden Foods is the best option for this recipe. However, if you don’t have those available, any store-bought popcorn kernels will work just fine. You can also use pre-made microwave popcorn if you’re short on time.

– Butter: Vegan butter is preferred but if you don’t have access to it, you can always substitute it with coconut oil or olive oil flavored cooking spray.

With these substitutions and variations, you can tailor the cheezy popcorn recipe to suit your own tastes and preferences. Get creative and see what unique flavors you can come up with!

Serving and Pairing

 Say goodbye to boring popcorn and hello to the newest addition to your snack arsenal.
Say goodbye to boring popcorn and hello to the newest addition to your snack arsenal.

Now that your delicious vegan cheezy popcorn is ready, it’s time to pick the perfect snack pairing. You can simply munch on it as is or get creative with your snacking. Here are some ideas:

– For a sweet and salty combo, pair your cheezy popcorn with some juicy slices of fresh fruits like apples or pears.

– If you love savory flavors, pair this popcorn with some baked sweet potato chips.

– You can also serve this popcorn alongside some veggie sticks and dip, like hummus or guacamole, for a healthier snacking option.

– If you’re feeling indulgent, whip up some simple vegan nachos by layering your cheezy popcorn over tortilla chips and topping them with diced tomatoes, avocado, black beans, jalapeños, and salsa.

– Pair this savory snack with a refreshing beverage like a cold glass of iced tea or lemonade.

No matter which pairing you choose, the cheesy vegan popcorn will definitely be the star of the show. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Caution: this vegan Cheezy Popcorn may cause addiction and sudden cravings.
Caution: this vegan Cheezy Popcorn may cause addiction and sudden cravings.

One of the best things about this cheezy popcorn recipe is that it can be easily made ahead of time and stored for later. If you plan on having guests over or simply want to enjoy some homemade popcorn throughout the week, you can prepare a large batch all at once.

To store the popcorn, make sure to keep it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. This will help to preserve its freshness and prevent any moisture from getting in. You can also use a resealable plastic bag if you don’t have a container.

When it comes to reheating the popcorn, there are a few different methods you can use depending on your preferences. One option is to simply reheat it in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and spread the popcorn out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.

Another option is to reheat the popcorn in the microwave. Place it in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time until warm.

No matter how you choose to reheat the popcorn, make sure not to overdo it as this can make it dry and less enjoyable. With just a little bit of effort, you can enjoy fresh-tasting cheezy popcorn whenever you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This recipe is so easy to make, you'll be munching on flavorful popcorn in no time.
This recipe is so easy to make, you’ll be munching on flavorful popcorn in no time.

When making cheezy popcorn, there are a few tips that can help you achieve the best possible results. Here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Use fresh ingredients: To get the perfect cheesy flavor, it is important to use fresh and high-quality ingredients. This includes using fresh popcorn kernels, as stale kernels will not pop properly and could result in burnt or unpopped kernels.

2. Don’t overcook the popcorn: Overcooking the popcorn can make it dry and tough, so it’s important to keep a close eye on it while it’s popping. Once the popping slows down to one or two pops every few seconds, immediately remove the pot from heat to prevent overcooking.

3. Add seasoning gradually: It’s easy to get carried away with adding seasonings like nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder to your popcorn. However, it’s advisable to add these seasonings gradually, tasting as you go along until you reach your desired level of cheesiness.

4. Mix well: After adding all the seasonings and vegan butter (if any), mixing all ingredients well is crucial for even distribution of the flavors.

5. Experiment with different variations: While this recipe is delicious with its recommended ingredients, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations! You can try adding smoked paprika, turmeric or other herbs and spices depending on your preferences.

By following these tips and experimenting with different variations of this recipe, you’ll be able to make the most delicious and addictive cheezy popcorn ever!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, a vegan lifestyle does not mean sacrificing flavor or missing out on some of your favorite snacks. With this recipe for cheesy vegan popcorn, you can indulge in a guilt-free snack that is easy to make and delicious to taste. This recipe is versatile and can be tailored to your liking by using different spices or vegan cheese alternatives. You can also make variations by adding nuts, seeds, or even dried fruits.

Furthermore, this recipe is perfect for movie nights, game nights or a quick snack during work-breaks. It is also an excellent way to introduce non-vegans to the possibility of enjoying plant-based snacks without having to give up their favorite flavors.

So why not give this cheezy popcorn recipe a try? It only takes a few minutes to prepare and uses healthy ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied and nourished. Enjoy your bowl of vegan cheesy goodness while knowing that you are making a positive impact on the environment and animal welfare. Let’s together take one step towards sustainability while enjoying our snacks!

Cheezy Popcorn(Vegan)

Cheezy Popcorn(Vegan) Recipe

This is a low fat snack and is wonderfully delicious. Serve it at parties or when watching your favorite movies. Adapted from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak. Cook time is estimated time to pop popcorn.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Calories 40.4 kcal


  • 4 cups air popped popcorn
  • olive oil flavored cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon chili powder (or curry powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder


  • Place warm popcorn in a large bowl and mist it with olive oil. Toss gently and mist again. Repeat until all kernels are lightly coated with oil.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a zippered plastic bag. Seal bag and shake until well mixed.
  • Drop in popcorn, a little at a time, seal bag, and shake and turn bag to coat.
  • Continue to add a little amount of popcorn to the bag until all kernels are well coated.
  • Store zippered bag. Shake gently again before serving.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 12gCalories: 40.4kcalCarbohydrates: 6.4gProtein: 3.6gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 151.4mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 0.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Corn, Lunch, Savory, Vegan, Vegetable
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